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Pennsylvania Virtual Cs

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Posted May 2, 2014

My children entered PAVCS in 4th and 5th grades. Elementary, intermediate and middle school were wonderful! High School was another story. It was unorganized, teachers and administrators did not follow the diamond model. The scholars program was a nightmare. Had an administrator yell at my husband and myself in a conference, while our child was sitting in the room. Very unprofessional, and the kid was in shock listening to an administrator act so inappropriately. The principal was clueless to what was happening, When listening to a live class, 35 minutes were spent on "housekeeping issues" and not instruction. Totally unacceptable! Paid for a year book last year and still have not received it. Because we left the school we lost access to sapphire so never got a final report card, requested through FSC, Principal and with administration over summer, still have not gotten a report card even though I was promised after learning we had no access to sapphire we would get one. Have no idea how my child did on her Keystone exam last year. Totally disgusted. No problems ever encountered until High School. We took all 3 kids out, and are very happy at another cyber school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 5, 2014

Pennsylvania Virtual Charter School provides a great deal of support to the child with identified reading, writing and math disabilities. Many resources are provided and the school uses The Barton Reading and Spelling program with both regular and special education students that may be in need. From well crafted Individual Education Plans (IEP's), to specially designed instruction (SDI's), related services, and daily synchronous classes, my child has been given the support and tools to succeed as a child with learning differences!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 23, 2013

I am a senior at PA Virtual. I have been with this school since 2002. Although it's had it's ups and downs I believe that PA Virtual is an all around good school. Most of the teachers care about the students, the staff attempts to help work around your schedule. Now, the asynchronous model this year is very biased and might have the school lose more funding, some may excel in one subject, but have another hold them back and then they are stuck in 90 minute classes all day. The classes are too close together, so the student is on the computer all day which is NOT healthy for the student or teacher.The school's problem is funding and they're always trying new things which isn't always great. Two years ago the school was working great, but now it's starting to turn. Hopefully if the school gets more money they can turn it back around.


Posted September 23, 2013

Pa Virtual is pretty neat! We have a variety of courses, good teachers, and interesting videos made to inspire us. PAVCS needs funds in order to improve, we need more teachers and courses (we've had to cut some of both because of lack of funding), but I like the teachers that we have. Some of them are really cool.


Posted September 23, 2013

I started this cyber school since I was in Kindergarten, I've always loved it, the teachers, students the class setup. I could be open in the class room, the teachers were always supervising what was being said and it helped so no big arguments started. A thing I would like to change is that we get more funding so we can become even better (more teachers, more outings etc..) I'm in my junior year now and I still enjoy this school.


Posted August 22, 2013

The 2013-2014 school year will be our first at PAVCS. Since registering in March, everyone including the enrollment team, health team, placement team, ambassador team, family support team, and teacher has been responsive and helpful. In fact I chose this school over another one in PA using the same K12 curriculum due to the lack of responsiveness and poor communication skills on the part of the other school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 5, 2013

This school is a great school. The teachers are very good at their field. I highly recommend this school.


Posted March 12, 2013

I love this school. Brick and mortar public school seemed like the I-can't department; everything my parents wanted them to do to enrich my education, they said they couldn't do. The class instruction was slow, which made it extremely boring for me. A lot of "busy work" had to be given because I would complete tasks so quickly. And the homework was also an issue; I felt I really didn't need it, yet they gave it to me anyway -- and it was just more busy work. In PAVCS (which uses K12) the curriculum is challenging (I can't just coast through it and get good grades like I was able to do in B&M; I actually have to work hard), and the only homework I ever have is homework I create for myself -- uncompleted schoolwork. If I get everything done, once I finish all my subjects, the day is officially over. Plus, I have learned skills I wouldn't have learned otherwise. I have learned to create and manage my own schedule and keep track of my own time, while in B&M school, the school takes care of all that. It is a big change from B&M school, and PAVCS is a wonderful school. (But minor OLS glitches, grading issues, and computer problems - minus 1 star.)


Posted January 8, 2013

I give this school a five star rating! Two of my children have been enrolled with this innovative learning experience for 10 years. The teachers are EXCELLENT and they provide the students with professional learning discoveries and more. The principal shows extraordinary leadership. They are actively involved with the day to day schedules and their doors are open to meet and or address any concerns. I am highly involved with the parent organization we take every effort in supporting our children's future as well as implementing plans to keep our school on the move. One word of advice if you are apprehensive about enrolling related to social activities no worries this school has plenty of opportunities in all grade levels for students to meet and greet each another. I like the fact that my children are learning in a safe environment and the curriculum used by K12 is a real fun-filled educational package plan that keeps me children interested. There is never a dull moment in my kid s educational experiences. PA Virtual Charter School is the way to go!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 6, 2013

Maybe I should explain. The grammar, intermediate and middle school are wonderful. I've had my children enrolled for 5 years and had receptive, understanding teachers. They were/are awesome and really care about the students (and learning coaches!)! Once you hit high school, LOOK OUT! Teachers become very much like brick and mortar colleagues...insensitive, inflexible and downright impersonal. PAVCS sells the "Diamond Model" and pretty much upholds it, until high school. Many ineffective and unproductive phone calls, unanswered emails and highly unqualified teachers all result in a suffering student. There are many unrealistic work expectations by the so-called teachers and the administration in high school loses their personal touch and the learning coach inclusion model is not only absent, but discouraged. Overnight it seems they began to treat their long time, loyal families like obstacles and appear to highly dislike and avoid accountability. I am not accustomed to complain, but I wish someone would have warned me too, for the sake of my children. Find a different cyber school for high school, trust me.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 30, 2012

K12 math, L.A & science curriculum is good, but other schools use it too. I find many teachers unfit for PUBLIC school. Some just don't know how to keep their political, personal opinions separate, and teach w/o bias, sticking to facts & curriculum. I'm constantly doing damage control after a live class, correcting OPINIONS a teacher gave as fact. Most K-4 teachers seem fine, but in grades 5 & up teacher quality dwindles. They tell kids they can take tests as many times as needed to reach desired grade! How is that preparing them for the REAL world? They use the redundant & counterproductive I-ready test program that frustrates students & tells nothing of skill level. Socially, well, you read some recent reviews. I simply concur. I feel $ is a priority so they're catering to their highest enrollment demographic. I'm going back to homeschooling. I do all the teaching anyway. My kids don't need a school that only cares about looking good on paper & keeping high enrollment to get $, even if it marginalizes some. I feel for the few good & progressive teachers there who are seeing the school decline. I know it breaks their heart like it does mine. It was once a good school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 29, 2012

PAVCS has a great mastery curriculum. However, I agree with another review. Regarding promoting tolerance, PAVCS fails. PAVCS offers many social outings. Due to lack of programs promoting tolerance & as mentioned by another review, lack of staff knowledge on such issues, I was apprehensive to attend outings. A "very enthusiastic" parent encouraged me to attend. She said,"Its a chance to educate". She's sweet, but wrong. We attended a couple of outings. Teachers seemed polite, but distant. Many(not all) student families aren't friendly to "different" people & simply refuse to "be educated". You don't have to agree with all, but kindness is just human. Many families didn't return smiles & hellos to "different" people & tension was thick. Kindness for fellow man should be global, not regional, but maybe outings are better in S.E region, where its more diverse? It doesn't change the fact that there's a lack of school-wide programs condemning bigotry & promoting tolerance. I teach my child tolerance & I expect it taught in a PUBLIC school, which PAVCS is. PAVCS is great for core subjects. If you expect social enrichment with cultural diversity & tolerance education, PAVCS falls short.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 20, 2012

It really upsets me that I decided t take my son out of brick and mortar school to go virtual. This is my sons first year starting with PAVCS and the reason was because he was being mistreated by his teachers and not getting the special attention he needed to succeed. Unfortunately, ever since I signed up for PAVCS its very difficult to get a hold of anyone. Additionally, I am having problems with the computer they supplied and I have been strung along for the last 5 hours, being told to call several different numbers and being placed on hold for almost 30 minutes at times and no one can help me. It makes me sick that they receive almost 10,000.00 per student per year (Don t believe me? Do your homework) and parents do most of the work and they can t even provide proper support and equipment. I am not sure I will be staying. If this is the beginning, I am not sure I can depend on this school until the end.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 19, 2012

We love the math, language arts & science curriculum at PAVCS. Although some of the Language Arts & History lessons seems too pro-Christian. (unbiased teaching of ALL religions is great, endorsement is not). The main problem is that not much is done to condemn bigotry, promote tolerance, and definitely not enough is done to teach about cultural diversity. I mean its PA, outside of Philly, these issues desperately need addressing and the people need to be educated on cultural differences & tolerance. Teachers at PAVCS just aren't very educated on these topics. Teachers also aren't very involved, supportive or friendly once you get to upper grades. The primary grade teachers (K-4) are very good. Once you get to 5th grade, teacher quality starts to dwindle. I expected the school to get better & continue to hire great teachers especially for higher grades, but it doesn't seem that it has. Maybe its due to poor interview practice when hiring teachers, poor hiring standards, or not knowing the needs of the students, which come from a variety of backgrounds. Whatever it is, I think we've overstayed our welcome in the school, and may join others who left if things don't improve.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 14, 2012

This is our second year with PAVCS and it seems as though the quality of their program has really dropped. The teachers never call any more to follow up with progress, we can't see any online sessions anymore. This school is a sinking ship and management better wake up fast and make some changes.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 6, 2012

This is the first year my daughter is attending PAVCS. Prior to this, she attended a "brick and mortar" school (she is in the 8th grade). Because of a demanding sports schedule, she had to work at a self pace. When we signed up, we were told sessions would be available to be viewed after the class was already over. They call them recorded elluminate sessions. One of the very important classes (Algebra) was not recorded and the teacher was not cooperative at all. I would not recommend this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 17, 2011

I have been with PA Virtual for 2 years. The teachers are very supportive and try to make sure your not having problems with your school work. The curriculum is a lot easier than a regular brick and mortar school. Teachers have office hours every Friday where you go and talk to them if you need help with anything. Their Technology Team could definitely use some work!!! The teachers even contact parents to let them know how their students are doing. Parents know what is going on, unlike brick and mortar schools where you have to wait for report cards, or go into the school to find out any information. If you feel that cyber school is the best choice for you and your family I would definitely recommend it!!!


Posted August 8, 2011

This school is the best, has really helped my kid grow into a young lady
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 16, 2011

We have been with this school for ten years. With students in 4th, 7th and 9th grades, our days are very full. I have one student in Title 1 Reading because of dyslexia. Another has different needs, both Occupational and Cognitive. In a brick and mortar setting these two would just be passed from grade to grade not expected to amount to much. The teachers and staff at PAVCS have encouraged my special needs students to excel in all that they do. Requiring their best performance in all that they do. This model includes many family support options to help keep the educational experience a good and productive one for both the parent and student. One note about enrollment. Go to the website, and enroll through it. There are videos that answer most all of the questions a new family might have. They even touch on what the expectations are when you enroll in our school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 14, 2010

This school has already given me a bad first impression, it has taken me days to reach someone for enrollment,when i finally got a call he told me to go on the website and enroll, he didnt ask if i had questions and he was very rude. If it is going to take me a month to reach someone or get info on a school its rediculous
—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.

215 students were tested at this school in 2012.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 74% in 2012.

215 students were tested at this school in 2012.

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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.

235 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
80%

2009

 
 
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Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2012.

230 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
65%

2010

 
 
73%

2009

 
 
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Science

The state average for Science was 82% in 2012.

215 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
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86%
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.

267 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
51%

2011

 
 
64%

2010

 
 
59%

2009

 
 
59%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 65% in 2012.

266 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
56%

2011

 
 
58%

2010

 
 
55%

2009

 
 
63%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 64% in 2012.

243 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
31%

2011

 
 
44%

2010

 
 
43%

2009

 
 
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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.

270 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
71%

2009

 
 
61%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 69% in 2012.

271 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
68%

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71%

2010

 
 
72%

2009

 
 
65%
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 80% in 2012.

236 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
65%

2009

 
 
64%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 76% in 2012.

239 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
72%

2009

 
 
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

The state average for Math was 76% in 2012.

267 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
58%

2010

 
 
63%

2009

 
 
54%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 80% in 2012.

269 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
83%

2009

 
 
77%
Science

The state average for Science was 60% in 2012.

240 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
60%

2010

 
 
64%

2009

 
 
59%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 73% in 2012.

239 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
38%

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48%

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61%

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54%
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 60% in 2012.

208 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
33%

2011

 
 
41%

2010

 
 
41%

2009

 
 
31%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 68% in 2012.

211 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
67%

2009

 
 
64%
Science

The state average for Science was 42% in 2012.

188 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
38%

2011

 
 
38%

2010

 
 
29%

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31%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 83% in 2012.

203 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
69%

2009

 
 
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 Students67%
Female71%
Male63%
Black32%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnic75%
White73%
Economically disadvantaged50%
Students with disabilities (IEP)40%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students73%
Female76%
Male69%
Black54%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnic81%
White76%
Economically disadvantaged56%
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 Students69%
Female69%
Male69%
Black35%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnic77%
White75%
Economically disadvantaged61%
Students with disabilities (IEP)64%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students69%
Female79%
Male60%
Black49%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnic85%
White73%
Economically disadvantaged55%
Students with disabilities (IEP)45%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students81%
Female80%
Male82%
Black48%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnic85%
White88%
Economically disadvantaged72%
Students with disabilities (IEP)82%
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 Students51%
Female53%
Male48%
Black18%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnic62%
White58%
Economically disadvantaged42%
Students with disabilities (IEP)41%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students56%
Female62%
Male51%
Black27%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnic54%
White64%
Economically disadvantaged50%
Students with disabilities (IEP)31%
English language learnersn/a

Writing

All Students31%
Female37%
Male24%
Black14%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnic20%
White36%
Economically disadvantaged27%
Students with disabilities (IEP)4%
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 Students70%
Female64%
Male75%
Black50%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White74%
Economically disadvantaged61%
Students with disabilities (IEP)54%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students68%
Female73%
Male63%
Black53%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White70%
Economically disadvantaged56%
Students with disabilities (IEP)38%
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 Students70%
Female68%
Male71%
Black44%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White74%
Economically disadvantaged57%
Students with disabilities (IEP)57%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students78%
Female82%
Male74%
Black59%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White80%
Economically disadvantaged68%
Students with disabilities (IEP)69%
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 Students61%
Female60%
Male62%
Black45%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White64%
Economically disadvantaged51%
Students with disabilities (IEP)41%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students83%
Female85%
Male81%
Black80%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White84%
Economically disadvantaged78%
Students with disabilities (IEP)69%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students66%
Female63%
Male69%
Black54%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White69%
Economically disadvantaged57%
Students with disabilities (IEP)42%
English language learnersn/a

Writing

All Students38%
Female48%
Male28%
Black48%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White36%
Economically disadvantaged38%
Students with disabilities (IEP)14%
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 Students33%
Female30%
Male37%
Black20%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White36%
Economically disadvantaged32%
Students with disabilities (IEP)18%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students62%
Female61%
Male64%
Black64%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White62%
Economically disadvantaged61%
Students with disabilities (IEP)36%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students38%
Female34%
Male44%
Black28%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White42%
Economically disadvantaged40%
Students with disabilities (IEP)15%
English language learnersn/a

Writing

All Students75%
Female81%
Male69%
Black79%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White75%
Economically disadvantaged69%
Students with disabilities (IEP)22%
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 78% 71%
Black 13% 15%
Two or more races 4% 2%
Hispanic 3% 9%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 0%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 3%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Female 50%N/A49%
Male 50%N/A51%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • Award of Excellence in Student Services, PA Dept. of Education & PA Assoc. of Pupil Services Administrators (2010)
  • Parents' Choice, Best Public School in PA - GreatSchools.net & BusinessWeek.com (2009)
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Joanne A. Jones Barnett
Special schedule
  • Block scheduling
Fax number
  • (610) 275-1719

Resources

Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Targeted Assistance program (TAS)
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1 West Main St
Norristown, PA 19401
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Phone: (610) 275-8500

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