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Lawton Henry W School

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Posted April 13, 2010

I came from this school and it is great. Teachers are by your side. This school has prepared me for middle school and now I'm in high school.It's like one big family and I think your child should go there I never got in a fight in that school. Trust me they don't tollerate it.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 13, 2010

Hello I was a student a Lawton. Trust me that was a great school the teachers got you prepared for what was coming. I am going to high school now and I have learned a lot from that school. I never got in a fight in that school not once. Parents need to talk to there children because if you don't they will just take it out on people. Lawton was a great school. Has great teachers staff and wonderful principal. Adali lopez
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 29, 2009

im not really happy with some teachers. My daugther was there just one year. That's year no was really good for her.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2009

best teachers,principal & students
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 1, 2009

I like Lawton alot I am well respected when I walk into the school everyone knows me by name.My daughter finished fifth grade there,and my son is in fifth grade this year,My children learned at this school they are on high reading levels and good at math.I want to thank this school for all they done.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 31, 2009

As a teacher, I have noticed tremendous changes at Lawton. The positives are that we have a new extension to the building, and a wonderful staff and Principal. We also have some nice families with nice children in our building. The problem is lack of parental support. When your child enters school, it is the beginning of a partnership between the home and the school. The common goal is to look out for your child's best interest. Unfortunately, too many parents here at Lawton do not take or accept the responsibility of raising their children properly. We try to teach proper manners and morals in school, but if they aren't reinforced at home, the child will never learn of the appropriate way to act. Parents, you are the key to your child's success in life. Do your job and we'll do ours.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted January 3, 2009

I really like this school. I was hoping that my son got Ms. McIntyre in first grade and he did. Now I know why everyone speaks so highly of her. She is wonderful!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 1, 2008

I think Lawton is a very good school the teachers and other staff do all they can to keep the bulling out of Lawton. It is not easy to be a teacher today. Children go to school tired, hungry and angry sometimes they just want to talk. but classes are getting bigger so teachers may not have time to talk to that child who has had a bad night. But they try. The Principal at Lawton tries She can't solve every thing But she will take time to talk to a child no matter if the child was right or wrong. People blame the school for kids fighting not learning and being rude All of this starts in the home. If a child is hungry or tired he or she has a bad day A Good nights sleep Full belly and Trust something all kids need
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 1, 2008

Great school! I have 2 kids here 1st and 3rd grades, they love the school and so do I!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 5, 2008

I am a a parent of three. My Stepdaughter came to live with us last year and she was bullied quite often. With numerous meetings with the teacher and letters written, sadly nothing was done. She eventually went back home to live with her mother. My daughter will be entering kindergarten next year and I am not sure if this is the type of school I would like to send my child where pacifing the bullies takes priority over proper education. If the parents of these bullies would take responsibility for their children it would make learning much easier for the kids that are there to learn.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 27, 2007

I have to say one parent said it best If you teach your child that the only way to handle a problem is to fight then that is what your child is going to do You cannot blame the school for that We at Lawton try very hard to teach your children how to solve problems without fighting. Every teacher at Lawton has your child interest at heart We strive to keep our school safe and to archive a wonderful learning experience. We do not look at a child and say he or she is bad. For the most part we belive that there are No bad children sometimes you run up against a difficult child. But with a kind word and understanding that child comes around and starts to enjoy school more. Lawton's wonderful teachers try very hard to put your child first And a smile on each child' face.
—Submitted by a staff


Posted September 6, 2007

My son is entering 1st grade at Lawton. His experience in Kindergarten was very good. He gets extra help in the resource room and his teachers are excellent especially Mrs. Murdah. He loves her! His teacher this year is Mrs. Cragg and I have been hearing very good things about her. I have heard problems with bullying in the higher grades but my son hasn't had any problems. He really enjoys Lawton and so far it has been a great experience sending him here. He is getting the extra help and is really making so much progress.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 20, 2007

I have had alot of problems with the schools bullying rule. I have also hd alot of problems with getting the right help for my other childs adhd problem. No one really wants to help just push u aside to someone else.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 21, 2007

I find the staff at Lawton to be truly dedicated and interested in my children. The school is indeed overcrowded, but a new building is being constructed that should help with this problem. The principal is very supportive and has always helped whenever any situation arose with my children. As far as safety concerns, I have always been stopped at the front desk and given a visitor's pass. The teachers at this school have been helpful, courteous, and extremely professional. As far as extra-curricular activities, my daughter has been in the choir, and she truly loves the experience. Lawton is a great school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 25, 2007

I have to say...that coming from another neighborhood of Philadelphia where my children attended public school (which was comparable to a private school) and coming this area where the children must attend Lawton...I am shocked to say the least about the difference!!! The school needs work, the students are rude, and the staff was not even dressed in attire I would deem appropriate for work. On the first day my child began I was not even given a tour of the school or much information for that matter. I had to ask and press for information. The children when dismissed run around like animals and seem out of control. I do not even feel safe with my child attending but I have no choice. Avoid this area if you can.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 12, 2006

Lawton has a chorus with Mr Hood,it also has a instrumental progam.I think it is a alright school. My daughter and son have a high reading level. The addition of the school is long over due. And I think Lawton has too many kids in the size of the school. Both of my children are in the instrumental program. I think the teachers are good.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 15, 2006

I have to say, 4 yrs ago this school was a dream come true. since then, it has seriously declined. The behavior students are completely out of control and there doesn't seem to be an end in sight. I'm very disappointed that after ALOT of money was spent on outside tutoring for my student and the no child left behind act just shouldn't be. These children are struggling and there isn't enough help for these children. The teachers spend most of their time dealing with these discipline children instead of helping the students that are willing to learn but could use some of that precious time these teachers do not seem to have. I understand this is mainly a parental problem, and these teachers (and the principal) aren't miracle workers, but a solution needs to be found.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 20, 2006

This is a well run school.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted May 15, 2006

My Child attends first grade at Henry W. Lawton School, her Teacher Mrs. Cragg is excellent! Mrs. Cragg keeps learning fun and interesting, and my daughter loves her very much. The school grounds are kept neat, and staff seem pleasant and very friendly. However, security is poor, on more than one occasion I was allowed to just walk into the building without being stopped or questioned. Also during dismissal children were not properly supervised staff members would stand at the top of the steps talking amongst themselves instead of watching the group of children that were leaving. Also my daughter was being bullied and reported the problem to a teacher, the teacher told my daughter 'not to tattle'. Nothing was done until I contacted the child's adult sister, I then sent a written complaint to the Phiadelphia School District Eastern Regional office.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 12, 2005

Lawton school is not that great. It is kept up well, but their are a number of bad students in the school throughout each grade. Most students pick on each other and really bring each other down. Education wise, they base the ciriculum on the lowest level children, so the higher level students are bored. There is a class for the mentally gifted, but it is not enough for those who are above the average level.
—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.

111 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
52%

2011

 
 
63%

2010

 
 
79%

2009

 
 
66%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 74% in 2012.

111 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
45%

2011

 
 
63%

2010

 
 
60%

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 83% in 2012.

96 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
66%

2010

 
 
76%

2009

 
 
66%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2012.

96 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
45%

2011

 
 
55%

2010

 
 
56%

2009

 
 
54%
Science

The state average for Science was 82% in 2012.

98 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
72%

2009

 
 
64%
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.

108 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
47%

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
64%

2009

 
 
57%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 65% in 2012.

109 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
44%

2011

 
 
62%

2010

 
 
47%

2009

 
 
48%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 64% in 2012.

111 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
30%

2011

 
 
24%

2010

 
 
33%

2009

 
 
32%
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

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
61%

2010

 
 
62%

2009

 
 
n/a
Reading

The state average for Reading was 69% in 2012.

105 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
49%

2011

 
 
47%

2010

 
 
49%

2009

 
 
n/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.

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Education

Math

All Students52%
Female43%
Male63%
Black45%
Asiann/a
Hispanic36%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White77%
Economically disadvantaged36%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students45%
Female40%
Male51%
Black45%
Asiann/a
Hispanic29%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White61%
Economically disadvantaged33%
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 Students57%
Female50%
Male64%
Black44%
Asiann/a
Hispanic56%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White71%
Economically disadvantaged58%
Students with disabilities (IEP)53%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students45%
Female43%
Male46%
Black32%
Asiann/a
Hispanic44%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White46%
Economically disadvantaged44%
Students with disabilities (IEP)33%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students61%
Female64%
Male60%
Black47%
Asiann/a
Hispanic64%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White70%
Economically disadvantaged63%
Students with disabilities (IEP)55%
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 Students47%
Female48%
Male47%
Black37%
Asiann/a
Hispanic44%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White56%
Economically disadvantaged45%
Students with disabilities (IEP)11%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students44%
Female60%
Male31%
Black37%
Asiann/a
Hispanic41%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White51%
Economically disadvantaged42%
Students with disabilities (IEP)0%
English language learnersn/a

Writing

All Students30%
Female47%
Male16%
Black19%
Asiann/a
Hispanic27%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White41%
Economically disadvantaged30%
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

Math

All Students61%
Female58%
Male65%
Black49%
Asiann/a
Hispanic54%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White74%
Economically disadvantaged56%
Students with disabilities (IEP)29%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students49%
Female47%
Male50%
Black45%
Asiann/a
Hispanic39%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White55%
Economically disadvantaged44%
Students with disabilities (IEP)12%
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 34% 71%
Black 32% 15%
Hispanic 22% 8%
Two or more races 7% 2%
Asian 4% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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