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Shoemaker El School

Public | K-5 | 715 students

 
 

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Posted April 28, 2013

You will be impressed from start with the pleasant and helpful front office staff, hands-on principal, and sense of teamwork amongst the staff. It is obvious that not only do the children love their principal, but so do the staff! The school is structured, organized, and a wonderful educational, nuturing environment. Staff are always present at PTO functions and actively involved. The guidance counselor goes above and beyond to play an important role in this school. All staff, from the Music and Art teachers to the janitorial staff work as a team which promotes a wonderful environment for learning and growing for all children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 30, 2012

Many East Penn schools including Shoemaker failed the 2012 AYP (Adequate Yearly Progress - No Child Left Behind law yearly assessment test). This school is run like a daycare center with a lot of crafts and "one size fits all" teaching. Teachers say there is differentiation in the classrooms where children are divided into 4 groups according to learning speed. I've seen the work of children in 2 different groups. One who needed more help and one who needed more challenge. They were both doing the exact same work . Shoemaker is behind in what other schools, such as Jaindl elementary in Parkland SD, are currently working on in math and language arts and there doesn't seem to be any interest on the part of the administration/teachers to get up to speed. Unless something drastically changes, Shoemaker is going to fail the AYP again.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 11, 2011

great school... as long as your kid performs well and has no learning disabilities... if so, forget it... then you'll hear "your child doesn't need any special education".
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 4, 2011

I have no wish to deride the personal experience/feelings of the parent who posted feeling "out of place". The majority of the school population is Caucasian/ Christian and that is reflected. However, that being said, and I am sorry if the person felt excluded, the school is very warm and caring from the teachers, to the front desk ladies, nurse, counseler and principal (Mrs. Brinkman is very hands-on and open to questions). From what I've experienced, everyone has been extremely helpful in nuturing and educating every child. It is a great atmosphere that welcomes parental involvement. Interestingly, I find the parent who didn't find the school had the tools for special education more problematic. This school goes out of its way to help with special needs kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 18, 2011

Shoemaker Elementary is an excellent school both on and off paper. This whole PA Dutch culture referred to is absolute nonsense. The teachers and office staff are superb at what they do, and this reflects in the school and the children who attend. Shoemaker School is the best thing that ever happened to my child.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 19, 2011

The comment about "feeling out of place" because of not being PA Dutch is just plain ridiculous! I was born and raised in a huge city in the Midwest and have only been here 9 yrs and I have never, ever felt anything like that from anyone in this area much less anyone at Shoemaker. There isn't enough space here to list all the good things about Shoemaker. From the principal- Mrs Brinckman to the office staff everyone is wonderful, friendly and helpful. As the mother of a special needs child and a non-special needs child I can tell you that both are treated wonderfully and both are thriving. They both love their school and look forward to every day there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 18, 2011

There si no better school than Shoemaker. For students at all academic levels, they are challenged, supported and loved. The teachers never just give their best, they go so far beyond. There is no closed-mindedness here, and everyone puts kids first. Those of you who think otherwise have not tried to get to know the people here. It is a great school on paper and in every other way. Hats off to the administration for always being available to help and for being amazing, and to the teachers who truly care about every person for who he/she is. Shoemaker is extraordinary, and I am so very grateful for having my children there. he/she is.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 11, 2011

My son love his new school and I love it too he can't wate till Monday
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 24, 2011

This is an excellent school -- on paper. If you are thinking of moving here, please be aware that the "Pennsylvania Dutch" (German) is the prevailing culture here. If you are of another ethnic group or culture you will be made to feel out of place although the teachers/school say they practice diversity and tolerance, actions speak louder than words, and sadly the actions are strongly monocultural. Most of the teachers seem to have graduated from Kutztown University and are a nepotistic group. Yes it does give a feeling of safety, yes there is a "Rah Rah, lets fill the bucket" attitude. If you want your child to be challenged by the curriculum and/or if you are not Pen-dutch, you may want to look into another school system.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 25, 2010

My son attends this school going on his second year, the staff and their' bucket filler' belief system working together in doing just that.. 'filling buckets' in many ways. Working together with pretty much just going the extra mile. I am not saying one couldn't favor a teacher verses the other. So far I haven't seen such a great bunch! At this point I haven't had any problems with my son, but if I would I would like to think my feelings and their actions wouldn't change.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 17, 2005

Academic programs are good but forget it if you have a child with learning problems. lots of extracurricular activites and parent involvement.
—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.
Math

The state average for Math was 80% in 2012.

129 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
92%

2009

 
 
92%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 74% in 2012.

129 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
93%

2009

 
 
90%
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.

103 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
96%

2009

 
 
97%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2012.

101 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
88%

2009

 
 
91%
Science

The state average for Science was 82% in 2012.

107 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
92%

2009

 
 
98%
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.

120 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
81%

2009

 
 
88%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 65% in 2012.

124 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
80%

2009

 
 
89%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 64% in 2012.

124 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
93%

2009

 
 
90%
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 Students94%
Female92%
Male96%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic91%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White94%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)71%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students85%
Female85%
Male85%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic73%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White88%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)59%
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 Students88%
Female93%
Male85%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White87%
Economically disadvantaged87%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students86%
Female95%
Male79%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White87%
Economically disadvantaged79%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students92%
Female91%
Male92%
Black82%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White94%
Economically disadvantaged81%
Students with disabilities (IEP)69%
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 Students79%
Female86%
Male72%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White83%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)46%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students77%
Female83%
Male70%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic82%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White78%
Economically disadvantaged55%
Students with disabilities (IEP)31%
English language learnersn/a

Writing

All Students84%
Female92%
Male77%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic82%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White86%
Economically disadvantaged64%
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

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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
White 77% 71%
Hispanic 8% 9%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 6% 3%
Black 6% 15%
Two or more races 2% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Macungie, PA 18062
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