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Burrell High School

Public | 9-12 | 601 students

 
 

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4 stars

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2011:
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Posted September 8, 2012

Great school - good academics, tons of AP courses starting in 8th grade, opportunities to take college classes at Penn State New Kensington, tons of technology, & a well trained staff. The small community seems very supportive of the students and goes above and beyond to help them achieve. Recent grads went to M.I.T. & West Point. The opportunities are there for the students to get an amazing education and they are expected to be involved in their community in a positive way. Besides academics I beleive my kids are learning good values in this this community.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 17, 2012

As a local realtor with 2 children attending schools in the district I am continuously impressed with Burrell. Their new superintendent is very active and progressive; the kids are great and are provided with tons of opportunities. Because of its smaller size, every student has a chance to participate in athletics and extra-circular activities. I have heard this is not the case in huge quad A districts. I feel confident that my customers who buy homes in this school district will also be pleased with Burrell.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 7, 2011

Excellent teachers, wide variety of AP classes, partnership with Penn State New Kensington gives students a unique opportunity to get college courses throughout high school - we have been impressed. Graduates end up at top notch universities.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 15, 2010

In two years Burrell has been reviewed 4 times, yet the two 5 star reviews are on the same day, which is suspect. If you look at the other two reviews they both talk about the sports at Burrell, and those are what ring most true to me. My son had an awful time at the school socially due to his lack of interest in sports, and the administration didn't seem to care about anyone but the athletes. It shouldn't be that hard for an A+ student to find a niche, and when serious allegations of cheating, favoritism and bullying arise, it would be nice for someone in power to actually look into the matter. We ended up doing cyber school for part of the year and then paying for admission into another district the next fall....no such problems since.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 17, 2008

Innovative teachers, great academics, ranked in the top high schools in the state, good student to teacher ratio, uses technologies from Penn State and Alcoa to teach students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 17, 2008

As a parent of a Burrell High School student I could not be more impressed with the quality of education found here. Top academics, highly qualified teachers and principal - very up to date in terms of technology. I've shopped around for great schools, including private school and I give Burrell an A+.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 18, 2006

Academics needs worked on. Better communication needed between teachers, students and parents. Young teachers.Sports programs are great. Wrestling is outstanding
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 3, 2005

My children never had any problems here that were not easily resolved. They both were very involved in sports and enjoyed all they did. As far as parental involvement, I think there was as much as anywhere...you have the same parents who volunteer all the time and some parents who never get involved.
—Submitted by a parent


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

Grade level

Math

The state average for Math was 60% in 2012.

133 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
69%

2009

 
 
57%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 68% in 2012.

134 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
75%

2009

 
 
68%
Science

The state average for Science was 42% in 2012.

132 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
48%

2011

 
 
42%

2010

 
 
46%

2009

 
 
33%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 83% in 2012.

133 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
94%

2009

 
 
89%
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 Students70%
Female65%
Male74%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White70%
Economically disadvantaged52%
Students with disabilities (IEP)55%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students77%
Female81%
Male74%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White77%
Economically disadvantaged54%
Students with disabilities (IEP)58%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students48%
Female40%
Male53%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White48%
Economically disadvantaged26%
Students with disabilities (IEP)36%
English language learnersn/a

Writing

All Students86%
Female95%
Male78%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White86%
Economically disadvantaged79%
Students with disabilities (IEP)53%
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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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 95% 71%
Black 2% 15%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 3%
Two or more races 1% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Hispanic 0% 9%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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1021 Puckety Church Rd
Lower Burrell, PA 15068
Phone: (724) 334-1403

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