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South Fayette Middle School

Public | 5-8 | 784 students

 
 

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4 stars

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Posted September 28, 2014

Getting really annoyed...5 weeks into 7th grade & my child has not had 1 weekday without 4-6 hours of homework - no kidding. This is a straight A's student that takes studies seriously, but this is ridiculous. Math teacher doesn't teach the lesson - has them watch power points, take notes & go to connected.mcgraw-hill.com and watch the personal tutor, then gives 40-60 problems each night for homework! History class has had 2 papers, 1 project, 3 tests, 4 quizzes and more. Add Language Arts & foreign language classes and the work load is unreal. This is not the case for all students in the 7th grade. It appears the class has been divided and work loads for others are dramatically less-read "very little homework" and lighter class load. My child does not mind being challenged but this is not "honors" or "AP" and they should NOT be expected to do 4-6 hours of homework every night, after spending 7 hours in school! If it keeps up, we will be looking at cyber school - especially since math class is "teach yourself" anyway!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 30, 2014

I disagree with a lot of these people. South Fayette is always pushing their kids to do the best they can. They focus on art athletics and academics which is what any parent I looking for. They have teachers who are more like friends and can be an inspiration. They also have really high PSSA scores. They treat everyone equally whether you are on a sports team or in the drama club. They also provide many different clubs in the school. Upper saint Clair may be known as a good school but in reality they have some of the worst kids. Some of the kids smoke and one of the girls is pregnant. The only reason I know all of this is because my child went to upper saint Clair before I found out what kind of kids are there and we moved to south Fayette. I would recommend your kids go to south Fayette instead of spoiling your child by making them go to upper saint Clair which has the most discussing children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 21, 2014

fort cherry small school teachers dont have huge classes can give a little more attention to children who need it would like parents to get a little more involved in school activities
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 19, 2014

There must have been a push for parents to write good reviews around October 18, 2010 because so many were posted then. This school is ok.If you listen to them,the curriculum is challenging, but it is average,except maybe for the advanced math curriculum.Science and SS for half a year and covers little material at a slow pace.Lang Arts is a joke - reading books 2+ years below grade level.School is simply getting too big for kids to get any attention to their academic needs, especially if they are above average.Dont let them kid you - nothing will be done to enhance your advanced child's needs academically.They will meet with you as a committee and just tell you they can meet the kid's needs in the classroom, but no accommodations will be made in reality. The meeting is just a state requirement. This district has a great focus for you if you have a superstar football player. Plenty of focus on that. Suggest you do wait for a house to become available in Upper St. Clair school district if you can.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 24, 2013

There are many good things about the school and a few bad. The worst is that some genius decided Aug 21st would be a great day for kids to go back to school. Really?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 21, 2012

A PA Blue Ribbon School. New principals in past couple of years have brought new ideas and new energy into an already strong school. My kids excelled here and still return to see their teachers. A strong base provided for them to move on to the rigorous education provided at the SF High School.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 7, 2010

I love our school for the high quality of education my children receive. I also love the programs that are in place to support any level of learning.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 25, 2010

My children are very happy here and are doing well. My son had his highest PSSA scores ever. Both math and science were in the highest bracket. They have a great cafeteria, beautiful buildings and top quality teachers. The band and sports teams are first rate. Lots of community and parent involvement. There are a few things I'd like to see changed, though. I'd like to see more of a variety of sports, my suggestion would be boys lacrosse and tennis. In other parts of the state, most high schools and middle schools have those teams. I agree with the parent who said that help for special needs children is not common. In our case, not only did we not get the help but the disability was not taken seriously. A small blemish on a great school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 21, 2010

my good son is in that scool and he loves it thats good enough for me.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 20, 2010

They are dedicated to our children as evidenced by their growing committment to provide a high quality, well rounded education in a safe and nurturing environment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 20, 2010

SF is an awesome school district. From the teachers down to the custodians! The curriculum makes all the students succeed.


Posted October 19, 2010

It's a private school education in a public school, the school spirit encouraged by all staff, the education, the activities - it offers opportunities to develop well-rounded children, who will become well-rounded adults.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 19, 2010

South Fayette Middle School is a top notch school. The teachers and entire staff are driven to provide the best educational environment for the students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 19, 2010

great teachers!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 19, 2010

Rated as on the the top schools in the state.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 18, 2010

i love south fayette school district because they are an example of a good balanced school - acedemics, arts, and sports! They set good examples for the kids and model those examples so the kids are taught consistently.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 18, 2010

Wonderful techers, challenging ciriculums for the students. Students are laways out first.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 18, 2010

South Fayette Middle School has an excellent learning environment that concentrates not only on the academics but on other important life lessons, such as Bully Prevention. Each week the school holds mandatory Bully Prevention activity periods where kids learn to be their best selves.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 18, 2010

The devotion of the teachers and school spirit all around
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 18, 2010

Happy Kids. Excellent Opportunities for the kids. Teachers who genuinely care and work with parents/
—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.

About these ratings

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 73% in 2012.

191 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
96%

2009

 
 
97%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 65% in 2012.

192 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
86%

2009

 
 
90%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 64% in 2012.

194 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
82%

2009

 
 
88%
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.

176 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
97%

2009

 
 
94%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 69% in 2012.

176 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
90%

2009

 
 
81%
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 80% in 2012.

188 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
100%

2009

 
 
94%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 76% in 2012.

187 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
91%

2009

 
 
91%
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 76% in 2012.

190 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
95%

2009

 
 
91%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 80% in 2012.

191 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
99%

2010

 
 
94%

2009

 
 
93%
Science

The state average for Science was 60% in 2012.

193 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
76%

2009

 
 
75%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 73% in 2012.

194 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
91%

2009

 
 
91%
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 Students96%
Female95%
Male98%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White96%
Economically disadvantaged88%
Students with disabilities (IEP)93%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students88%
Female89%
Male87%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White88%
Economically disadvantaged58%
Students with disabilities (IEP)93%
English language learnersn/a

Writing

All Students89%
Female95%
Male83%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White90%
Economically disadvantaged68%
Students with disabilities (IEP)75%
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 Students97%
Female96%
Male98%
Blackn/a
Asian92%
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White99%
Economically disadvantaged89%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students92%
Female94%
Male89%
Blackn/a
Asian77%
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White95%
Economically disadvantaged74%
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 Students95%
Female97%
Male93%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White95%
Economically disadvantaged88%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students94%
Female94%
Male94%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White94%
Economically disadvantaged83%
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 Students98%
Female99%
Male97%
Blackn/a
Asian100%
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White98%
Economically disadvantaged100%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students98%
Female99%
Male97%
Blackn/a
Asian100%
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White99%
Economically disadvantaged96%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students88%
Female87%
Male88%
Blackn/a
Asian93%
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White89%
Economically disadvantaged83%
Students with disabilities (IEP)64%
English language learnersn/a

Writing

All Students96%
Female98%
Male95%
Blackn/a
Asian100%
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White96%
Economically disadvantaged96%
Students with disabilities (IEP)71%
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

Breaking down the GreatSchools Rating

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 87% 71%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 6% 3%
Black 3% 15%
Two or more races 2% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 0%
Hispanic 1% 9%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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