Advertisement
Advertisement

GreatSchools Rating

S S Palmer El School

Public | 2-6

 

Be sure to visit

Take along one of
our checklists:

 
Last modified
Community Rating

4 stars

Community Rating by Year
2014:
No new ratings
2013:
No new ratings
2012:
No new ratings
2011:
Based on 1 rating

Teacher quality

Principal leadership

Parent involvement

Rate this school

Click on stars to rate
Please select a star rating for this school.
    Helpful reviews answer questions:
  • What do you think others should know?
  • What do you like?
  • How could your school improve?
    Review Guidelines
    GreatSchools won’t post reviews that contain:
  • Inappropriate language
  • Allegations of criminal conduct
  • Names of students, teachers or staff
1200 characters remaining
Please read and accept our Terms of Use to join GreatSchools.
Please indicate your relationship to the school.
Registration is required to post your anonymous review
We will not display your name, photo or email address with your review.
OR
Your email address will never be published or shared.
Indicates a required field

7 reviews of this school


Sort by:
Show reviews by:
Posted June 19, 2011

I am so happy that my grandchildren are attending S. S. Palmer Elementary School! The quality of the education that they are receiving is far and above what I expected from a small-town school. The teachers are amazing. They give so much of themselves, and receive little, if any, recognition or thanks from the administration or school board. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the teachers who have had my grandchildren as their students. You are the best! I now understand why my grandchildren love going to school. They are learning so much more than 'just the curriculum'. They are being educated and prepared, even at their young ages, to be the very best they can be, and are developing a lifelong love of learning. Thank you, teachers!


Posted December 10, 2008

i love the atmosphere that this school encompasses it self in. Although, i do agree with some of the other parents, there is just too much homework. Especially in the reading and math departments. Science! What science? I can only recall one night in the past four months of sitting down and helping my girls do their homework of ever seeing anything to do with science. Maybe the teachers keep all that fun stuff in house. regardless, compared to the Allentown school district this is Harvard. My oldest child from another marraige attends Allentown and is four grade levels above my girls at S.S. Palmer, but she seems to be the one trying to keep up with my kids in Palmerton. Beyond the social aspects and differences the one common tread seems to be the teachers. So, bravo to the teachers in Palmerton. A-Town can't compare.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 6, 2008

We do not send our children to school to be 'taken care of' we send them there to get a quality well-rounded education. A third grader with two hours of homework is not developmentally appropriate at all. Science is important. They need to be learning about nature and physical science. That is the cool curriculum that is going to keep them interested in school. This is such an injustice being done to our children's education and we have parent's happy they are taken care of during the day. What a shame. Lisa Zupa
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 6, 2008

I have a 3rd grader and a kindergartener, I do like the small town feel of the school, but it seems to me and other parents I talk to, they are only teaching to pass your child through the PSSA tests. My 3rd grader is only getting 20 min. of science a week. But he has math and reading everyday, and then 2 hours of homework a night. The new math curriculum is insane, again, teaching only for the PSSA test. My children do, however, love their teachers and I always feel comfortable sending them off to school each day knowing they will be taken care of.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 26, 2008

As a parent of a third grade student and an upcoming kindergarten student, I feel that the S.S. Palmer is staffed with highly educated teachers and staff. They provide my child with an excellent education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 16, 2007

I think this school is a very well educated school an that the teachers here are awesome and also that the school has very intelligant teachers and students!The sixth grade students are very well behaved to! If I were giving this school stars and rated it I would rate it at 10! And give it 5 stars!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 4, 2007

Somethings concerning the teachers. The amount of homework. Why kindergarten is only a half day, yet other schools go all day.
—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.

86 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
97%

2009

 
 
99%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 74% in 2012.

86 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
90%

2009

 
 
91%
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.

88 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
93%

2009

 
 
93%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2012.

88 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
87%

2009

 
 
91%
Science

The state average for Science was 82% in 2012.

87 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
93%

2009

 
 
92%
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.

87 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
88%

2009

 
 
91%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 65% in 2012.

87 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
63%

2009

 
 
69%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 64% in 2012.

84 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
54%

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

The state average for Math was 77% in 2012.

105 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
66%

2010

 
 
93%

2009

 
 
67%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 69% in 2012.

105 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
80%

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

All Students90%
Female88%
Male91%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White89%
Economically disadvantaged87%
Students with disabilities (IEP)83%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students73%
Female79%
Male68%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White74%
Economically disadvantaged73%
Students with disabilities (IEP)50%
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 Students82%
Female76%
Male87%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White83%
Economically disadvantaged76%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students69%
Female67%
Male72%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White70%
Economically disadvantaged54%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students89%
Female88%
Male89%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White88%
Economically disadvantaged85%
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 Students61%
Female58%
Male64%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White61%
Economically disadvantaged39%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students66%
Female65%
Male66%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White65%
Economically disadvantaged46%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Writing

All Students62%
Female70%
Male55%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White60%
Economically disadvantaged50%
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 Students80%
Female85%
Male76%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White80%
Economically disadvantaged81%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students70%
Female81%
Male60%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White70%
Economically disadvantaged60%
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

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 95% 71%
Hispanic 3% 9%
Black 1% 15%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 0% 3%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 2%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Oops! We currently do not have any teacher information for this school. We rely on the state Department of Education, the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), and in some cases school administrators such as registrars and principals for this data.

What makes a great teacher? Study after study shows the single most important factor determining the quality of the education a child receives is the quality of his teacher. Here are some characteristics to look for »

Let your school shine!

School leaders: Help your school shine on GreatSchools
by verifying community responses, adding program highlights
and more! Get started »

Resources

Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
School leaders can update this information here.

Upcoming Events

No upcoming events found for this school
Searching for school events...
Date
Title
  • {{date}}
    {{title}}
Export calendar
Outlook.com
Microsoft Outlook
iCal Format
Google Calendar
Print Calendar
Uploading, please wait...
POWERED BY
Tandem

Apply

To learn more about enrolling, please call the school.
 

TIP: Don't forget to ask about documents required for enrollment, such as your child's birth certificate, proof of address, or a record of immunizations.

 
Notice an inaccuracy? Let us know!

298 Lafayette Ave
Palmerton, PA 18071
Phone: (610) 826-7538

ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT

Compare this school
to nearby schools

Compare schools »

Compare

Add this school to compare

Nearby schools




Slatington El School
Slatington, PA


Franklin El School
Lehighton, PA



ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT