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West Penn Twp El School

Public | K-5 | 238 students

 
 

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3 stars

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Posted April 13, 2014

I have never in my life delt with such a disturbing school! Not only do they give the elementary children 1-3 hours worth of homework on the weekends, but my child refuses to let us try and explain anything because "that's not how the teacher does it and we have to do it her way." The school taxes in our area are absurd, and yet the elementary school does not have enough money to buy matching desks for the classrooms. The kids art projects consist of noodles, paper plates, and strings. All of the school tax money goes to the high school. The elementary kids are served expired orange juice with breakfast, do not have enough funding for updates to the school , and are cheated out of a fair education. I am moving as soon as this school year is over!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 16, 2010

West Penn is a new school, Yet it is already overcrowded, understaffed and lacking in the up to date technology that ALL other schools have as common place. Today computer knowledge is a must for kids and each kid should have thier own computers in class to learn equally & efficiently. The playground is minimal at most, sport fields are up on the side of a mountain out back, far from water, and requires an uphill hike to get there.With only 260 kids each kid should at least have a computer of thier own to be able to learn in class.The cirriculum seems tobe lacking. I'm just gonna drive the 9 miles and take my children to Tamaqua Elementry School. My mother's friend did the same last year and said she was VERY pleased and seen the huge difference in the amount of homework and activities Tamaqua had in comparison.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 21, 2010

Great student to teacher ratio. Very rural setting.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 28, 2009

I have had great experiences with West Penn elementary school and am very happy my children are there. My son was sick for 3 months and out of school recovering from surgery and we were able to have tutors (who were the teachers in that school)come to our house after they were done working all day and spend time with him to help him with his schoolwork so he wouldn't fall behind. I really appreciated their kindness and patience with him and they were always so concerned with his recovery that they never tried to push him too much. Great school!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 27, 2008

I think west penn is a great school and the teachers are very caring.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 9, 2003

Needs up to date materials & more computers, etc., but is a good school overall.
—Submitted by a parent


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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.

48 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
93%

2009

 
 
82%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 74% in 2012.

48 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
85%

2009

 
 
85%
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.

39 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
97%

2009

 
 
95%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2012.

37 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
89%

2009

 
 
81%
Science

The state average for Science was 82% in 2012.

40 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
94%

2009

 
 
98%
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.

27 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
86%

2009

 
 
73%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 65% in 2012.

26 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
64%

2009

 
 
65%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 64% in 2012.

27 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
93%

2009

 
 
63%
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 Students85%
Female85%
Male86%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White86%
Economically disadvantaged73%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students90%
Female92%
Male86%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White91%
Economically disadvantaged64%
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 Students90%
Female89%
Male91%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White92%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students81%
Female82%
Male80%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White83%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students93%
Female89%
Male96%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White95%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
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 Students89%
Female83%
Male93%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White89%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students77%
Female82%
Male73%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White77%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Writing

All Students89%
Female100%
Male80%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White89%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
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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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%
Hispanic 4% 9%
Two or more races 1% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 0% 3%
Black 0% 15%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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185 School Dr
New Ringgold, PA 17960
Phone: (570) 386-5051

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