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Meadville Area Middle School (MAMS)

Public | 7-8 | 447 students

 

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Posted May 9, 2014

I have worked at MAMS for 10 years in the same learning support classroom. I enjoy being a part of this team. We take a true middle school approach by implementing teams with in the school. There are two 7th grade pods and two 8th grade pods. We offer many programs taught by encore teachers, as well an many extra-curricular activities. Our students show adequate annual progress yearly. We have fantastic teachers who truly care about their students. The faculty and staff is dedicated to make each year a success. I wouldn't hesitate to send my own son here when it is time for middle school.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted May 9, 2014

Great academics, Great school sprit. Has been that way ever since and before I Graduated. Keep it up teacher and students of Meadville Area high School. Go Bull Dogs. Keep producing great graduates and keep the wonderful and amazing teachers that make it all happen.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 9, 2014

I have a daughter in 8th grade. The pods are wonderful, it's nice to be able to talk to all of get teachers together whenever I want to. The parent portal is fantastic we can keep up daily with grades and we can email teachers with concerns and they are prompt with getting back to you. My daughter has learned so much and is planning on being acquired into Princeton when she graduates and has a great foundation from MAMS to get her there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 9, 2014

As a 1997 graduate from Meadville, I am still proud that this was my school. I have continued to donate to various programs a couple times a year; as I know the money is always put to good use. Great teachers, great programs.


Posted April 4, 2013

Just a clarification, Crawford Central School District does not have the highest average paid teachers salaries in the state. After getting on the site for PA put out by the government on teachers salaries, I found that the average teacher salary in PA is about $55,000 and the average for Crawford Central is about $52,000. The highest average salary in PA about $92,000 a far cry from the $52,000 for Crawford Central. The lowest average was about $30,000 which was in charter schools not public schools. While it is important to share information, it is also important to be sure it is accurate.


Posted August 27, 2012

This middle school has Pods! They are currently named; "Visonaries, Seekers, Explorers & People Movers". What is a pod anyway? It is "Ability Grouping" which is a sneeky way to "Track" academic ability. It is a well known fact that "tracking" is only good for the "brainiacs & gifted" in a school. If your child is not a straight A student & not competing in the top 10% of his/her class then he/she will not prosper in this type of education system partly because the expectations of these students are low so the teachers don't challenge them the way teachers should. Also, the AP classes have the better, more experienced teachers while everybody else winds up with the "newbies" & "paycheck teachers". The schools would be better if they quit spending all the money on the teacher's salaries, benefits & pensions. Crawford Central has the highest average paid teachers salaries in PA while it has one of the lowest per child spending rates. Most of the average & below average students don't even have books to bring home while the AP students do. Look up "Ability grouping" & "Crawford Central School District" at Wikipedia & you will learn tons more about it & the overall effect.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 18, 2012

The Meadville Area Middle School has earned "School to Watch" two times. The administration, faculty, staff, parents and students are working very hard to show how successful they are becoming in academic achievement. Respect for self and others is another focus. It is an ideal climate for learning and growing.


Posted August 15, 2011

Academics and discipline are both poor. An appropriate precursor to the low expectations and lack of discipline at the high school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 2, 2008

I go here and it ain't all that great. the food is bad there are a lot of fights so. disiplin is terrible.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 3, 2005

This school has undergone many changes in the last decade, moving from the old, historical downtown school building to a modern campus near the high school just out of the small town. Plus, MMS is now just 7 & 8th grade versus the former 7-9 configuration. The quality of academics has slid steadily downhill. This came with a new principal in the mid-ninties. While it used to be a strong prep school in terms of preparing middle level students for high school or the voed, academics now seem to have sunk to the mixed group, teach to the middle-end. Another problem is that there are quite a few elementary schools, disjointed and separate, and then the children are thrown together in this huge mix. Since the school is next to the high school, I assume the physical move means extracurriculars are available, but i know of too many teachers who transfered.
—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.

177 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
78%

2009

 
 
82%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 76% in 2012.

177 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
71%

2009

 
 
74%
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.

198 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
78%

2009

 
 
67%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 80% in 2012.

199 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
79%

2009

 
 
81%
Science

The state average for Science was 60% in 2012.

196 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
55%

2010

 
 
64%

2009

 
 
62%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 73% in 2012.

199 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
68%

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

All Students69%
Female75%
Male64%
Black52%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White71%
Economically disadvantaged52%
Students with disabilities (IEP)21%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students67%
Female76%
Male59%
Black52%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White68%
Economically disadvantaged48%
Students with disabilities (IEP)33%
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 Students71%
Female73%
Male70%
Black60%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White73%
Economically disadvantaged58%
Students with disabilities (IEP)23%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students72%
Female79%
Male66%
Black56%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White74%
Economically disadvantaged63%
Students with disabilities (IEP)28%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students62%
Female53%
Male70%
Black36%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White67%
Economically disadvantaged46%
Students with disabilities (IEP)23%
English language learnersn/a

Writing

All Students72%
Female83%
Male63%
Black60%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White73%
Economically disadvantaged60%
Students with disabilities (IEP)33%
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 81% 71%
Black 13% 15%
Hispanic 3% 9%
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%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Assistant principal(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
Gifted specialist(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
Nurse(s)
PE instructor(s)
Reading specialist(s)
Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School psychologist
School social worker/counselors(s)
Security personnel
Special education coordinator
Speech and language therapist(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Tutor(s)
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Special education / special needs

Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Industrial shop
  • Science lab

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Textile design
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Jazz band
  • Orchestra
  • Vocal lessons / coaching

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • German
  • Spanish
Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Swimming pool

Gifted & talented

Staff resources available to students
  • Gifted specialist(s)
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School basics

School start time
  • 7:40 am
School end time
  • 2:40 am

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • German
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Gifted specialist(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
  • School psychologist
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Security personnel
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
  • Tutor(s)
Transportation options
  • Accessible via public transportation
  • Buses/vans for students only
  • School shares bus/van with other schools
  • Transportation provided for special education students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • College/career center
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Industrial shop
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Science lab
  • Swimming pool
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Textile design
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Jazz band
  • Orchestra
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
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School culture

Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer time after school
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974 North Street
Meadville, PA 16335
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Phone: (814) 333-1188

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