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Garden Spot Senior High School

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Posted June 27, 2013

Many of these review are several - ten years old. In the past two years, both the High School and the Middle School have reflected on past practices and begun a focus of improvement. The teachers are caring and the students are the focus. With any school, the more the student and / or parent is involved does influence the educational experience, Garden Spot is now focused on ALL students, making their success the priority.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted June 2, 2011

The high school has the most uncaring teachers I have ever met. They are there only for a paycheck. What happened to the teachers that actually enjoyed teaching they aren't at Garden Spot that's for sure. When you have meetings with them they seat themselves in front of a laptop and look over the top of it at you instead of really interacting with you. What's that tell you exactly what it tells the students they don't care.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 23, 2009

I agree with most comments. If a student is a good student and self motivated, it is a great school. But, if they have any problems with classes, forget about the help. There is not willingness from most teachers to help those who don't really care about being there. It is the teachers responsibility to help motivate and be positive with the student. Most are not like that unless the student is a 'good' student. I have one good student and the other three struggled. No concern from the teacher or guidance counselors. Just push them through or send them to Washington Education Center, this is their motto.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 3, 2009

I move all the time so I have went to Garden Spot, Ephrata and Govenor Mifflin and out of the three school Garden Spot was the best I went to garden spot middle school and High school only for one year but the school is great everyone is so caring the teachers actually care for and help the students when needed, and the student are all very caring.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 12, 2007

As alumni and parents of alumni, I think that GS tends to let you get what you put into it. Parents who are at the school, involved and participating will have students with a better HS experience. There are good teachers and not so good, just as there are good parents and then there are those who want the school to do all the work for them. Both of our students had good experiences. Our daughter is now an honors student at a state college. While no school is perfect, GS is better than many and I am glad my students had the opportunity to attend here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 27, 2007

I didn't know that this site existed, or I'd have posted a long time ago. My son graduated from Garden Spot in 1999. His entire way through the school system was a struggle. My son has ADD, and did the entire way through high school. He took medication up until he was in 10th grade. All of the teachers labled him as lazy, unwilling to learn and participate in classes. Even if this was true of a student in one class, does this have to be 'written in stone' and pinned on him? Doesn't he get a clean slate everyday, every class? It seems if kids are children of the 'beautiful People' they will succeed!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 26, 2005

My oldest graduated with honors in 2002. My youngest was struggling both academically and personally with the kids... pulled her out into cyber-school. only to find out the credits she earned the first 5 months of 9th grade did not follow her into cyber school. She should be in 11th grade but because of the credits she earned but was not put on her transcript she is considered in 10th grade... what happened to no child left behind? she is ready to quit any school all together. Come on Garden Spot. all other schools give credits where credits are due. open your eyes to the kids!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 28, 2003

I agree with the last comment made about this school. The rudeness and I Dont Care attitude toward parents when asking for help with the child is just not supportive. Parents need help from the school on issues too.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 26, 2003

Poor experience...had to pull my kids out and send them to a private school this year! If a child is gifted or learning disabled there is all kinds of help but let a kid be average and start to slip there is no help, no concern and no desire to help!! I graduated from GS...what disillusionment and dissapointment! We tried for 3 years...7th through 9th grade to make this school work for our family but even with our continued pressuring and involvment nothing was ever done to help us out....a few conferences here and tehre to apese us is all that ever happened, no REAL results!
—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.

Grade level

Math

The state average for Math was 60% in 2012.

254 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
69%

2009

 
 
68%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 68% in 2012.

249 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
74%

2009

 
 
76%
Science

The state average for Science was 42% in 2012.

252 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
45%

2011

 
 
53%

2010

 
 
56%

2009

 
 
51%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 83% in 2012.

255 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
76%

2009

 
 
84%
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 Students68%
Female73%
Male62%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic73%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White68%
Economically disadvantaged55%
Students with disabilities (IEP)22%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students75%
Female83%
Male63%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic64%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White76%
Economically disadvantaged55%
Students with disabilities (IEP)28%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students45%
Female46%
Male44%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic25%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White46%
Economically disadvantaged27%
Students with disabilities (IEP)10%
English language learnersn/a

Writing

All Students80%
Female90%
Male66%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic82%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White80%
Economically disadvantaged61%
Students with disabilities (IEP)44%
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 89% 71%
Hispanic 5% 9%
Black 3% 15%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 3%
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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