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Great Valley High School

Public | 9-12 | 1250 students

 
 

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4 stars

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2014:
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2013:
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2011:
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Posted September 9, 2014

I am a Great Valley HS graduate and attended GVSD for my entire k-12 education. I moved back to the area when my daughter was born so that she could be afforded the same amazing education. Then she was diagnosed with Rett Syndrome and was to begin GVSD for Kindergarten this year. The special education department is HORRIBLE! They wanted to place her at a school in Coatesville! I would call and leave messages and not get any return calls or emails, then I went as far as showing up to the district office, and again no one was available to help answer my questions. They were late with their transition plan, evaluations, and I had set up a tour to see the school they recommended sending my child to. Before she was subjected to an hour long bus ride into Coatesville, I immediately moved to Virginia to get my daughter the education she deserves. Great Valley should be ashamed of themselves!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 25, 2014

Agree. Terrible special education program. At the elementary level so many mistakes and special ed kids don't meet their goals for the year and the district just resets the goal rather than be concerned about it. From missed deadlines for evaluations to wrong diagnosis they do the bare minimum at our kids expense. They act like its fine that your child isn't on grade level and hasn't made progress because 'they are such a nice kid' that's great but that's not what our goal is...
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 22, 2013

Terrible special education program. Teachers not current on latest strategies. They send children to a resource room where they are not given assistance...children play video games instead of work. If you have a child with special needs, send them to private school or move to another district.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 4, 2011

Honestly, Great Valley is a fantastic school with fantastic staff and fantastic kids. Whoever writes anything bad about this school is just simply wrong. I love this school, and would never want to change.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 23, 2009

I'm a parent and I have been appalled at how rude and inconsiderate the front desk staff are to the students. They treat the kids as if they are an annoyance and are totally disrespectful to them with their tone of voice. I was waiting in the office for my child one day and five kids came up with questions and they were very short, brusque and demeaning in how they talked to the kids. I could sense the kids leaving their with a sense of humiliation. If the ladies don't like kids so much, why do they work there? These kids are people with feelings and should be treated with the utmost respect and made to feel good about themselves, not like they are scum that needs to scrubbed and trashed. This is a serious problem!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 1, 2009

Great School that treats my children very well
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 1, 2009

I love this school. Its so good to my students!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 15, 2008

Before moving to Great Valley, I spent hours doing research on all the schools in the Philadelphia area. Great Valley is the best, bar none.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 24, 2007

Exceptional education, combined with high standards of conduct, outstanding parental involvement and eminently well-qualified faculty - our sons have benefited greatly from a well-rounded educational experience that includes a vast array of multi-disciplinary learning opportunities.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 8, 2003

GVHS provided the best possible secondary school preparation (Class of 1966) for my eventual career as a professional research scientist at a major NASA Lab. It prepared me exceedingly well for college and grad school. Most importantly, when I left GVHS I had learned how to write thanks to a wonderful English teacher--Margaret 'Maggie' McMichael. I can't stress this enough to young students. I hope the modern GVHS keeps the bar as high as our teachers in the '60s did. It was worth all the hard work!


Posted August 28, 2003

What a great experience my kids had at GVHS..I would highly recommend to anyone
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 27, 2003

What a excellent place to educate a child. Our sons absolutely love the Middle school and High school. Teachers and staff are knowledgable and interested in students. Our oldest is a Senior this year and has been helped immensely by his counselor with the college search and process. There is a real family atmosphere in both buildings because of their small populations. It is truly like a private academy. The only negative would be the construction. The High School will be a mess for the next few years.
—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.

289 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
81%

2009

 
 
76%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 68% in 2012.

295 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
89%

2009

 
 
86%
Science

The state average for Science was 42% in 2012.

287 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
66%

2009

 
 
69%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 83% in 2012.

303 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
99%

2010

 
 
95%

2009

 
 
96%
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 Students90%
Female90%
Male90%
Blackn/a
Asian96%
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White91%
Economically disadvantaged75%
Students with disabilities (IEP)67%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students93%
Female96%
Male90%
Blackn/a
Asian92%
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White94%
Economically disadvantaged64%
Students with disabilities (IEP)54%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students80%
Female80%
Male80%
Blackn/a
Asian92%
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White80%
Economically disadvantaged42%
Students with disabilities (IEP)24%
English language learnersn/a

Writing

All Students96%
Female98%
Male94%
Blackn/a
Asian100%
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White97%
Economically disadvantaged75%
Students with disabilities (IEP)72%
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 86% 71%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 7% 3%
Black 3% 15%
Hispanic 3% 9%
Two or more races 1% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Malvern, PA 19355
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