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Ardmore Avenue School

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Posted 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


Posted September 8, 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


Posted October 2, 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted May 8, 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


Posted 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


Posted April 4, 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


Posted February 5, 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Math

The state average for Math was 80% in 2012.

66 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
63%

2010

 
 
69%

2009

 
 
68%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 74% in 2012.

67 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
58%

2010

 
 
63%

2009

 
 
62%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Pennsylvania used the Pennsylvania System of State Assessments (PSSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in math and reading, in grades 5, 8 and 11 in writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 11 in science. The results for reading, writing, science and math are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The PSSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Pennsylvania. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 83% in 2012.

50 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
50%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
71%

2009

 
 
66%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2012.

48 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
44%

2011

 
 
57%

2010

 
 
69%

2009

 
 
54%
Science

The state average for Science was 82% in 2012.

59 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
51%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
73%

2009

 
 
54%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Pennsylvania used the Pennsylvania System of State Assessments (PSSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in math and reading, in grades 5, 8 and 11 in writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 11 in science. The results for reading, writing, science and math are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The PSSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Pennsylvania. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 73% in 2012.

59 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
55%

2009

 
 
56%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 65% in 2012.

58 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
60%

2010

 
 
50%

2009

 
 
53%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 64% in 2012.

60 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
40%

2011

 
 
57%

2010

 
 
50%

2009

 
 
58%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Pennsylvania used the Pennsylvania System of State Assessments (PSSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in math and reading, in grades 5, 8 and 11 in writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 11 in science. The results for reading, writing, science and math are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The PSSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Pennsylvania. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 77% in 2012.

67 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
63%

2010

 
 
65%

2009

 
 
58%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 69% in 2012.

66 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
55%

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
56%

2009

 
 
54%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Pennsylvania used the Pennsylvania System of State Assessments (PSSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in math and reading, in grades 5, 8 and 11 in writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 11 in science. The results for reading, writing, science and math are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The PSSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Pennsylvania. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Education

Math

All Students59%
Female62%
Male56%
Black56%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged56%
Students with disabilities (IEP)19%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students67%
Female74%
Male59%
Black64%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged66%
Students with disabilities (IEP)18%
English language learnersn/a
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Pennsylvania used the Pennsylvania System of State Assessments (PSSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in math and reading, in grades 5, 8 and 11 in writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 11 in science. The results for reading, writing, science and math are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The PSSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Pennsylvania. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Education

Math

All Students50%
Female50%
Male50%
Black49%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged41%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students44%
Female47%
Male40%
Black42%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged39%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students51%
Female52%
Male50%
Black53%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged52%
Students with disabilities (IEP)31%
English language learnersn/a
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Pennsylvania used the Pennsylvania System of State Assessments (PSSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in math and reading, in grades 5, 8 and 11 in writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 11 in science. The results for reading, writing, science and math are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The PSSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Pennsylvania. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Education

Math

All Students61%
Female82%
Male49%
Black55%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged67%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students53%
Female68%
Male44%
Black46%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged52%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Writing

All Students40%
Female73%
Male21%
Black30%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged39%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Pennsylvania used the Pennsylvania System of State Assessments (PSSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in math and reading, in grades 5, 8 and 11 in writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 11 in science. The results for reading, writing, science and math are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The PSSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Pennsylvania. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Education

Math

All Students66%
Female72%
Male61%
Black67%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged70%
Students with disabilities (IEP)14%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students55%
Female63%
Male47%
Black53%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged52%
Students with disabilities (IEP)15%
English language learnersn/a
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Pennsylvania used the Pennsylvania System of State Assessments (PSSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in math and reading, in grades 5, 8 and 11 in writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 11 in science. The results for reading, writing, science and math are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The PSSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Pennsylvania. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Education

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GreatSchools Ratings for this school are based on 2011-2012 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Black 86% 15%
White 8% 71%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 3%
Hispanic 2% 9%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 2%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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161 Ardmore Ave
Lansdowne, PA 19050
Phone: (610) 623-7900

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