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Fairview El School

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Posted August 29, 2012

I have to say that this school overall is good.The curriculum is challenging, the teachers are challenging & most of the teachers are on board w/ the no bullying concept with no toleration.I especially like the new principal and her goals. The one complaint that I do have is that there are a few teachers who don't keep their political or personal opinions to themselves and say them to the kids (ex. Bush, Obama, etc.).Also a few seem to be narrow minded & can't accept the little bit of diversity that is in the school.My family is Middle Eastern & my son experienced his teacher singling him out often without any justification.It was the only year that he felt like he was always treated different than the other kids,so hopefully that will not hold true for his last two years here, because discrimination should not be tolerated by any of the teachers. I would still recommend this school over any of the other schools in NEPA, but if you are of another ethnicity, I would definetly sit them down and talk about how some people will not accept them, but they just have to continue to be a good person in order to move forward. Not all of the teachers are like that, but there are just a few.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 10, 2011

I attended Fairview in the 90s and now my daughter is entering 4th grade. There has never been anything exceptional about this school. There needs to be more creativity and hands on learning. My daughter is bored and unchallenged. There is way too much movie viewing. This, to me, is laziness. Private school is looking better right now.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 16, 2011

My daughter has started kindergarten this year and the school seemed nice and i graduated crestwood but i never liked it. but i heard good things about this school but once my daughter started coming home with broken teeth being bullied at this school and just recently she had an accident in her pants the teacher did not call me so my poor child was sitting in soaked wet pants all day in school without a teacher doing a thing. Thats where i drew a line. I would not recommend this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 3, 2009

I think this school has been excellent overall compared to the other school districts i have been in.. My children have excelled as the teachers have seen their potential.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 21, 2008

I feel that Fairview lives up tothe expectations to do well on te standarized testing. I cannot complain about the teaching because my son has done well and there is a reason for that...teachers that care. My only complaint is with the PTA. I have been a member for the past 4 years. The only times I get invited to help out at parties is when I myself contact the homeroom parent. I myslef have tried to become a homeroom and it is usually people that have been friends of the PTA board that get in. I have also signed up to chaperone each of my son's field trips and have not gotten picked once in 4 years. It is always the same people that attend.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 25, 2008

I have been very satisfied with a number of Teachers at Fairview. Though the Teachers Union has a significant influence in protecting those teachers that do just enough to get by, many seem to focus on the children and educate effectively. The community involvement is strong and a positive thing. Two significant drawbacks that I have seen: 1. security seems lacking and 2. On numerous occasions my children have come home stating that they hate President Bush. I was horrified that Teachers would influence children in both Politics and hate based on their own personal political followings. I want the teachers to focus on Reading, Writing, Math. If you are to discuss politics, I would think that you would promote an environment of diverse opinions.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 19, 2008

My child just moved from a school in West Virginia, To Fairview and he loves it. He's is in sixth grade and he reccomends the teacher Mrs. Andes.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 21, 2008

Fairview Elementary was a good school when I attended in the early 90s; however, now I am not satisfied. Students are not spending enough time on academics, unless watching movies is considered a subject. Also, as an insider many teachers are too busy shopping online instead of teaching. Too bad its who you know and not what you know.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 31, 2008

i love this school. it's design is simple and teachers are great. i'm a 7th grader and have attended Fairview.
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 2, 2007

Our children have attended schools nationwide including highly privileged and rated northeastern and southern schools with standardized test scores in the 80%-90% to some of the most poverty stricken schools in the south. Fairview leaves my kids depressed and hating school. Fairview is awful for students and parents. A total climate of fear. Don't be lured by the test scores.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 9, 2007

This school is not adequately controlled by the Principal as he can not really do much to discipline or even criticize teachers. The PSEA and the contract that they have 'negotiated' truly puts all the power in the teachers court. Therefore there is no 'extra' anything done by the teachers, some of whom are wonderful and wish that things could be different. Unfortunately, there a few unprofessional teachers who not only do not know their subject matter, they do not care as nothing can be done due to tenure. This ruins any positive experiences the school offers for my family. Parents try to be involved, but the overall feeling by most parents is that the teachers do not want them there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 11, 2007

Fairview is overrated. The focus of the curriculum appears to be geared entirely toward the success of the school on standardized examination scores. Like all schools there are some teachers that are more dedicated than others-and my son's kindergarten experience was exceptional. Homework is exhausting--I have a son who consistently is assigned > 1 hour of homework a night-and who progresses from topics with ease but the amount of material being brought home restricts him from choosing books he wants to read and makes it difficult to participate in extra activities. Parents are more welcome in the kindergarten class and from then on are mainly restricted to the chosen homeroom parents who selectively choose their friends to participate in class parties.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 19, 2006

My son started kindergarten this year and despite some anxiety over the long day my husband and I have been very pleased with Fairview.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 9, 2006

Generally a good school, for a public school. After first grade, the feeling of being 'in the system' was unmistakable. Lots of parental involvement... maybe too much? Schools need to be secure and organized. Fairview (Crestwood District as a whole) seems to be disorganized and weak on security. Our son can do the work but it is drudgery... even more so than it should be for a kid in first grade. One particular peeve: he has seen a lot of Disney movies at school, but we have an average of one hour homework each night. More in-school teaching please, I work for a living (and pay taxes). State mandates aren't helping, they're hindering. We're shopping for private school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 11, 2006

Fairview elematary was an excellant school. Teachers have become non-involved with the students and do not relate pertinanent student/classroom information to the parents. We have a 4.0 GPA 6th grader and a kindergardener. We had our first request for a parent teacher conferance this year. Teachers do not comunicate students behavor issues with parents, we heard about our kidnergardners behavior from another student. We were not given the oppurtunity to help our child with any classroom issues he/she may have had. Teachers totally support their union and have removed themselves from 100% of extracuricular activities. This school districts teachers have lost the good relationship they had with the students & parents. Teachers adhear 100% TO THE LATE ASIGNMENT TURN IN POLICY OF ISSUING a 0 grade for all late turn-ins. Teachers have excellant skills and reasourses, but choose to short change the student due to contract negotiations. Parental involvment is high.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 28, 2005

My children have been attending Fairview Elementary for several years. The teachers at Fairview have high expectations for my children. Fairview's PSSA scores are the highest in the region. The level of parent involvement is good. We are allowed to help out at parties and there are many activities such as sing a longs and enrichment programs sponsored by the PTA. PTA parents serve as chaperone's on field trips and 6th grade socials. The school's PTA organization offers numerous opportunities for parents to get involved such as the book fair, riff, and parties. The PTA assists with kindergarten registration and the school even allowed the PTA members to assist kindergarten students at lunch and with their buses. Teachers meet frequently with parents when my child had academic difficulty. The school has two scheduled parent teacher conferences and a Meet the Teacher Night. This is an excellent school!
—Submitted by a parent


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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.

88 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
88%

2009

 
 
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Reading

The state average for Reading was 74% in 2012.

88 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
77%

2009

 
 
90%
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.

82 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
87%

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90%

2009

 
 
90%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2012.

82 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
81%

2009

 
 
91%
Science

The state average for Science was 82% in 2012.

85 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
93%

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97%
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.

99 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
80%

2009

 
 
83%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 65% in 2012.

99 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
83%

2009

 
 
79%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 64% in 2012.

103 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
86%

2009

 
 
59%
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.

95 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
95%

2009

 
 
79%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 69% in 2012.

95 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
82%

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73%
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 Students94%
Female98%
Male91%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White94%
Economically disadvantaged95%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students85%
Female89%
Male82%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White86%
Economically disadvantaged68%
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 Students91%
Female97%
Male88%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White95%
Economically disadvantaged71%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students89%
Female91%
Male88%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White91%
Economically disadvantaged72%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students95%
Female97%
Male94%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White96%
Economically disadvantaged87%
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 Students85%
Female85%
Male85%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White87%
Economically disadvantaged36%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students81%
Female85%
Male76%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White82%
Economically disadvantaged50%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Writing

All Students68%
Female80%
Male54%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White71%
Economically disadvantaged33%
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 Students97%
Female100%
Male94%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White97%
Economically disadvantaged100%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students84%
Female89%
Male80%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White85%
Economically disadvantaged73%
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

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 91% 71%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 3%
Black 2% 15%
Hispanic 2% 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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