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Farmdale El School

Public | K-6 | 513 students

 
 

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3 stars

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2014:
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2013:
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2012:
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2011:
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Posted Sunday, October 19, 2014

Farmdale Rocks! I have seen so many changes with the school over the past two years. There was a re-districting and a new building. THere were some growing pains, but I see that we are still the same small community we were once. There is not one teacher that we have had that wouldn't go out of their way to help. I have seen the Principal do the same. I volunteer A LOT!!! I love helping out, and even on the toughest of days with the students, the Principal keeps the safety and education in the forefront of her goals every day! My three kids LOVE FARMDALE!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 4, 2014

My 5 year old started kindergarten here after just moving across the country and I couldn't be MORE grateful for the wonderful teachers and principal at Farmdale. The kindergarten teachers, principal, and staff have proven themselves to be kind, caring, sensitive, involved, and readily available for my son and myself. The previous comments about the principal have me flabbergasted. I have seen her almost every single day without fail since the first day of school and she has been nothing but open, friendly, and interested in what I have to say. I LOVE this school and am so glad it's K through 6th so that my son can attend for an extended period of time.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 3, 2013

My daughter has been at Farmdale for 4 years now; 2 excellent teachers, 1 OK, and 1 that everyone agrees is a detriment to the intellectual and emotional development of children. Others have commented on the principal, and all I can say is "I agree". Pretty sad that the one "positive" reviewer felt it necessary to imply that anyone who's unhappy must have children with learning or behavioral "issues". Perhaps you're happy with your childrens' level of learning because you are unaware of how limited it is? Yes, if you aspire to nothing more than "adequate" then Farmdale is the place for you!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 26, 2012

I have read the reviews and agree with them. Most of the teachers at Farmdale are wonderful and will go out of their way to help your children. The principal does not. If you have a special needs child or your child is not "typical" she is not helpful. She will dismiss you & your child & will be incredibly rude. It is very difficult to get her on the phone let alone get a meeting with her. She is not an advocate for the "non typical" and does not do her job by them.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 8, 2011

Farmdale has some wonderful and caring teachers, especially in the primary grades. However, the principle can be very moody and rude with both students and parents. It is difficult to volunteer for the school because of the principal's disrespect for parents. The school is finally getting some meeded updates and renovations.
—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 80% in 2012.

71 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
91%

2009

 
 
94%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 74% in 2012.

71 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
90%

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

The state average for Math was 83% in 2012.

75 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
96%

2009

 
 
92%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2012.

73 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
86%

2009

 
 
86%
Science

The state average for Science was 82% in 2012.

75 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
99%

2010

 
 
99%

2009

 
 
99%
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.

70 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
89%

2009

 
 
87%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 65% in 2012.

72 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
83%

2009

 
 
85%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 64% in 2012.

72 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
73%

2009

 
 
82%
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.

71 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
97%

2009

 
 
93%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 69% in 2012.

71 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
87%

2009

 
 
82%
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 Students92%
Female95%
Male88%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White94%
Economically disadvantaged77%
Students with disabilities (IEP)86%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students85%
Female95%
Male74%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White87%
Economically disadvantaged62%
Students with disabilities (IEP)57%
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 Students96%
Female95%
Male97%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White96%
Economically disadvantaged95%
Students with disabilities (IEP)91%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students92%
Female89%
Male95%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White92%
Economically disadvantaged95%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students97%
Female97%
Male97%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White97%
Economically disadvantaged100%
Students with disabilities (IEP)92%
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 Students93%
Female90%
Male97%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White95%
Economically disadvantaged89%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students76%
Female83%
Male67%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White77%
Economically disadvantaged63%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Writing

All Students78%
Female91%
Male60%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White80%
Economically disadvantaged74%
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 Students92%
Female94%
Male89%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White92%
Economically disadvantaged80%
Students with disabilities (IEP)67%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students85%
Female88%
Male82%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White86%
Economically disadvantaged67%
Students with disabilities (IEP)60%
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 85% 71%
Hispanic 8% 9%
Black 3% 15%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 3%
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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Mount Joy, PA 17552
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