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South Allegheny Middle School/High School

Public | 7-12 | 745 students

 

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Posted August 23, 2012

My 2 children have attended school in this district since kindergarten, both have been either on the honor roll or high honor roll every single 9 weeks of every school year. I credit this to the wonderful teachers. They do care. I think it is very sad that they are so disrespected and unappreciated. I am very thankful for them.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 3, 2011

I went to this school, and let me tell you from personal expierence it was terrible, the teachers could care less about you and your education, now granted not all of the teachers are like this but the vast majority of them are. I was bullied, nothing was done about it, I wasn't taught correctly I asked for help and was told I should've paid attention in class. If i ever have children of my own I can guarantee they won't be attending school there.


Posted May 5, 2011

This is a great school district for activites, but the teachers give too much "busy work" to fill up time. But other than that it is a great school!


Posted December 16, 2010

I have had numerous problems within the past few weeks. My eldest daughter was bulied and called names by a student on the bus. I went to the principal to see what actions could be taken. The teacher pulled my daughter in to the office and made it a point to embarass her and call her a trouble maker. Then sent her back to class while she was crying. Basically blowing the whole thing off and not taking any action against the other student. Then this past week my step daughter and my son were bullied and threatned by a 6th grade student. I contacted the principal and again instead of taking disciplinary action they put the blame on my children. So now I'm basically forced to enroll my children into online schooling to insure their safety. Don't enroll your kids here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 20, 2008

Our decision to move from this district was based largely on the basis of very poor education quality provided throughout the school district. At SA my children made honor or high honor roll every report period. At their new school one child, who used to make high honors, missed honors by 0.5gpa, the other child, honor student at SA struggles to pass classes. I put the blame squarely on the shoulders of SA staff, who did not properly teach, prepare, or discipline students. It seemed as though they were there to put their time in, and could not wait to 'punch out' at the end of the day. We are so pleased to have left this mess of a district behind.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 18, 2008

This school, in my opinion isn't at the average level most schools are at. All the teachers give 'busy work' instead of actually spending the time to really teach kids the basics. Also just recently there was a bomb threat, although this was a threat to the children there, the dean of students went ahead and suspended privileges to all middle schoolers. the bomb threat was found near the middle schoolers, but all children shouldn't have been punished for anthers wrong-doing. This school has many children with a lot of spirit, but lacks the quality most other schools have.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 27, 2007

SA middle and high school has seen many improvements since I've graduated. The number of programs offered to students has grown, but the quality of the programs has went downhill. I am actually surprised at how many parents are involved with their kids education and school in comparision to other area high schools. Teachers and Administrators almost completely ignore behavior and disciipline problems or a regular basis. This is one area that the school needs to really focus on. How can a student bring up their grades if they don't feel safe at school. The level of professionalism by the teachers is embarassing. Most teachers act as immature as a high school student. The school offers a variety of AP and Honors courses, but in most cases the 'honor' students aren't getting ahead of the game, they are getting bogged down with 'busy' work, which doesn't prepare them for life after high school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 23, 2006

Good math and science, relatively poor English and literature.
—Submitted by a former student


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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.

106 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
82%

2009

 
 
70%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 76% in 2012.

106 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
76%

2009

 
 
57%
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.

118 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
69%

2009

 
 
60%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 80% in 2012.

118 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
80%

2009

 
 
69%
Science

The state average for Science was 60% in 2012.

117 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
45%

2011

 
 
62%

2010

 
 
53%

2009

 
 
39%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 73% in 2012.

120 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
92%

2009

 
 
71%
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 60% in 2012.

114 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
35%

2011

 
 
37%

2010

 
 
29%

2009

 
 
32%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 68% in 2012.

114 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
49%

2011

 
 
63%

2010

 
 
50%

2009

 
 
56%
Science

The state average for Science was 42% in 2012.

114 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
33%

2011

 
 
26%

2010

 
 
21%

2009

 
 
34%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 83% in 2012.

118 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
76%

2009

 
 
83%
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 Students80%
Female73%
Male86%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White82%
Economically disadvantaged72%
Students with disabilities (IEP)57%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students68%
Female70%
Male66%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White68%
Economically disadvantaged63%
Students with disabilities (IEP)43%
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 Students78%
Female78%
Male78%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White77%
Economically disadvantaged71%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students78%
Female84%
Male72%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White77%
Economically disadvantaged72%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students45%
Female45%
Male46%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White46%
Economically disadvantaged35%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Writing

All Students87%
Female94%
Male79%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White87%
Economically disadvantaged83%
Students with disabilities (IEP)36%
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 Students35%
Female35%
Male35%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White36%
Economically disadvantaged26%
Students with disabilities (IEP)0%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students49%
Female58%
Male40%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White51%
Economically disadvantaged44%
Students with disabilities (IEP)14%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students33%
Female40%
Male26%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White35%
Economically disadvantaged31%
Students with disabilities (IEP)10%
English language learnersn/a

Writing

All Students84%
Female86%
Male82%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White83%
Economically disadvantaged81%
Students with disabilities (IEP)50%
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 95% 71%
Black 3% 15%
Two or more races 2% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 0% 3%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Hispanic 0% 9%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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