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Lansdowne, PA
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161 Ardmore Ave
Lansdowne, PA 19050

(610) 623-7900
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May 10, 2012
Ardmore Avenue has potential to be better. Now that Mr. Timothy McKay is the principal I think the school's culture has changed for the better. The teachers are good and they care about students who come to school to learn. Given the lousy school district we're in I think the teachers do a great job. Mrs Jones and Mrs Griffith are great and they interact with the parents to ensure that everyone has the same goal in mind. If these teachers were provided with the right resources such as up to date classroom technology and school funding to implement more programs, I believe Ardmore could be a great school. But we cant place the blame all on the schools and the teachers. As parents we are the first educators, so a child is only going to do as they were taught. So if every parent communicated effectively with their child's teacher and showed some type of involvement I believe Ardmore could be the shining star in the William Penn School District. 2012 school year

- submitted by a parent
September 08, 2011
This school has the potential to be much better. Now the Principal Harris is gone I am hoping for a more seasoned Principal to replace him. My child is currently in 3rd, during kindergarten and 1st grade I was very pleased. I loved the teachers (Mrs. B and Ms. Griffith). However, 2nd was horrible the teacher (Ms. Thomas) was mean, yelled at the children daily, made children cry. When I met her she seemed to not have a care for children and only teach for the pay. I'm hoping this is a much better school year.

- submitted by a parent
October 02, 2009
I love the school because, even being in a bad district the school has good values,teacher are the best in PA and the parents all help out. The children are taught values and morals. There are rewards(bee points)for good behavior and cosequences for negative behavior. Each child is treated as an individual and are incourage to be an individual.

- submitted by a parent
June 18, 2007
Norma Welsh does a great job. The teachers are caring, knowledgeable and attentive. I have children in two different grades. I think there school work is challenging and interesting for them. Many times the kids come home excited and eager to share about what they are doing in class.

- submitted by a parent
August 16, 2006
Norma Jean Welsh deserves the highest praise for the fantastic job she is doing at Ardmore Avenue. We are sorry that we moved out of the area, as this was a great educational experience for our son. The success of this school comes from the strong staff-parent alliances, developed through an outstanding home-school association. Keep up the great work!

- submitted by a parent
July 24, 2006
My son completed his first school semester June-06 and I am so impressed with his progress. He was diagnosed with a language delay when he was just two years old, and I was very concerned with how it would effect his reading ability. He is reading everything he can get his hands on! Great Job Ardmore !

- submitted by a parent
May 08, 2006
The school is on the older side. Most of the teachers are caring and reach out to the children. The academics are not what they should be.

- submitted by a parent
April 15, 2006
Ardmore Avenue School has a very capable principal who has turned the school around for the 2 years she has been here. A good number of the mile to help the kids learn.I crrently have three kids in this school and Iam satisfied with the teachers.Great Art programme, exposing kids to the fundamentals.Music is also available. Some staff organise after school activities ranging from sports to thearter arts.Strong Home & School Association

- submitted by a parent
April 04, 2006
You can tell as soon as you walk into this school that the staff, especially the principal, care deeply about educating each student in the building. Test scores are rising and the students are happier. Great Job!

- submitted by a parent
March 20, 2006
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- submitted by a former student
no rating February 05, 2006
Everyone involved with Ardmore Avenue work really hard to make it a great place in which to work and learn. The programs offered are of high quality and the parent involvement is great.

- submitted by a teacher
October 31, 2005
Too many children in the class, although the teachers seem geniunely concerned about the success of the children at Ardmore, they seem more concerned with their AYP scores. Their test scores for the 1st year in many moons actually start resembling something to talk about.

- submitted by a parent
March 31, 2005
The quality of the academic program is excellent. The leadership of the principal and the high standards of the teachers make this an exceptional public school. Extracurricular cut backs are a result of high tax burden in the district, but teachers, again, make up the difference. Example of Parent involvement: over 60 parents attend home and school meetings; last night 1st international foods dinner brought in over 100 people! The diversity of the school population - black, white, Indian, latino, asian - is a great strength. While all schools are under pressure to meet standardized test goals and this school is still struggling in that regard - the standardized tests do not take into account the dedication, enthusiasm and hard work put in by administraiton, faculty, staff, parents and students alike. The spirit in this school is high and the strong sense of community is extraordinary.

- submitted by a parent
August 23, 2004
I pulled my daughter out of this school. It is horrible. This school pulls children from a wide area. Most of the children are bussed in from economically poor areas. The majority of children who live in the Lansdowne area are sent to private school. The test scores are awful. They are a direct reflection of the education the children are receiving. I went through the William Penn School District. I was not prepared for college. It was a constant struggle. Luckily, I suceeded, but it was not because I had help from this district. The administrations hands are tied. The teachers care but there isn't much they can do. The worst part is, the parents don't care. Children should not have to fight for an education. Stop making excuses.

- submitted by a parent

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Ardmore Avenue School
161 Ardmore Ave, Lansdowne, PA  19050
(610) 623-7900
Last modified Ardmore Avenue School is a Public school that serves grades K-6. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 2 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Ardmore Avenue School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 14 reviews. Top