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Pennell Joseph School

Public | PK-6 | 449 students

 

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Posted January 27, 2014

This school isnt the same at all. The children are not motivated to do they best. When its one rotten apple in the bunch the entire class suffers. That's not fair to the kids that actually want to learn. My daughter is above her 4th grade level and when i asked to have her tested they never did it, but they will make your child feel horrible for wearing a regular jacket in the cold classes there. Not to mention that if your child believes in Santa Claus just be prepared to dry they tears cause a teacher informed my daughter class that they parents bought they toys. My daughter was hurt badly. Next year i have enrolled in home schooling for her where she will get the appropriate work and not preschool work for a 4th grader. Parents beware of this school!!!!! When kids are shown positive they give back positive. Some teachers serm to just be there for the pay check and do not take time with the kids But all the teachers are not the same some actually have a heart. But i would have to rate this school a negative 0, they need to make some serious changes. For the kids sake!!
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Posted April 30, 2013

I really think the staff at Pennell(From Principal to teachers and aids) are doing an awesome job. As a parent I am kept well informed of activities and events .
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Posted October 24, 2012

My son is currently in the 1st grade and I'm highly disappointed. The work assigned isn't challenging enough for my son. I had to request that his teacher send home more challenging homework, so my son doesn't get bored and uninterested in learning. Both my son's kindergarden and first grade teacher agree that he's above average but the curriculum does not expand his inteligence. I have several of his teachers tell me to transfer my son to a better school where he isn't held back by his classmates. My son comes home upset, more often than not, because his class didn't finish their assignment due to behavioral issues. My son takes his education very seriously and he is being held back by other children who aren't interested in learning. Until I can transfer him, I'll continue teaching him more challenging lessons at home outside of what he learns at Pennell.
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Posted May 28, 2008

I love this school, my daughter curently attends the school. I like the fact that the teachers are very involved with the students, as well as the princple. There has been times where I have visted the school and seen how the princple as well as teachers comend the students on a job well done, even for little things as wearing the proper uniform.
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Posted May 29, 2007

pennell is not the school it use to be. my husband when there as a child they had so many activies. they no longer have music,art or sports. i have decided to take my kids out of pupil school and put them in scottland i hear it is a very good school. my 10 year old is very smart and i don't think the school is a challage to him i would love him to have music and some extracurricular.
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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.

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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.

61 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
41%

2011

 
 
57%

2010

 
 
51%

2009

 
 
52%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 74% in 2012.

61 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
30%

2011

 
 
39%

2010

 
 
35%

2009

 
 
33%
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.

64 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
34%

2011

 
 
54%

2010

 
 
39%

2009

 
 
54%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2012.

63 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
25%

2011

 
 
35%

2010

 
 
34%

2009

 
 
34%
Science

The state average for Science was 82% in 2012.

65 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
32%

2011

 
 
47%

2010

 
 
29%

2009

 
 
58%
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.

37 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
32%

2011

 
 
33%

2010

 
 
42%

2009

 
 
35%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 65% in 2012.

37 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
35%

2011

 
 
24%

2010

 
 
19%

2009

 
 
23%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 64% in 2012.

37 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
24%

2011

 
 
22%

2010

 
 
21%

2009

 
 
18%
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.

48 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
25%

2011

 
 
46%

2010

 
 
33%

2009

 
 
34%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 69% in 2012.

48 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
23%

2011

 
 
25%

2010

 
 
29%

2009

 
 
38%
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 Students41%
Female42%
Male41%
Black42%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged41%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students30%
Female46%
Male19%
Black31%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged30%
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 Students34%
Female41%
Male31%
Black36%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged34%
Students with disabilities (IEP)7%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students25%
Female36%
Male20%
Black26%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged25%
Students with disabilities (IEP)0%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students32%
Female55%
Male21%
Black33%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged32%
Students with disabilities (IEP)13%
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 Students32%
Female13%
Male48%
Black34%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged32%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students35%
Female25%
Male43%
Black37%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged35%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Writing

All Students24%
Female25%
Male24%
Black26%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged24%
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 Students25%
Female44%
Male8%
Black26%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged25%
Students with disabilities (IEP)0%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students23%
Female39%
Male8%
Black23%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged23%
Students with disabilities (IEP)0%
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
Black 97% 15%
Two or more races 1% 2%
White 1% 71%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 0% 3%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Hispanic 0% 9%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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