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Parkway West

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Posted May 21, 2014

I'm a student at Parkway west and I'm a 9th grader and I can't wait to leave Parkway. I would tell people to not even think about applying for that school. Worst school ever. Might even be worse than Overbrook. It's way to many fights there and the students be back the very next day from fighting. Even last week 14 students got arrested for fighting and it was all over the news. Also too few teachers. It's not enough teachers to student ratio even though it's a small school. Also the principal and the teachers here are a joke. No discipline at all. This was my very last choice in school and can't wait to leave next September. To anyone going there I wish you lots of luck.


Posted October 11, 2009

I think the staff is working hard to make Parkway a Great Place to learn. The students are good and most are serious about learning. The environment is clean and safe. The principal has a hands on approach and knows all of the students. They have started something new call snapgrades so that we can check our children's grades daily. It needs some work but now I know if my child is missing assignment. They are offering tutoring three days a week. Happy to be a Parkway Parent.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 4, 2009

I am a recent graduate and feel that I had a terrific experience at Parkway. Unlike other schools in the city, even the special admit schools, Parkway West is small. You really get to know your teachers, and they are very supportive. I'm in college now and doing well thanks to the teachers at Parkway.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 30, 2009

I came to Parkway looking for a great school for my son. I am so glad that I found Parkway. The school is doing some interesting thing. I was impressed with all of the college partnerships. The only thing that could be better is the parental involvement. These parents just do not get it. They must not care about their children. They never come to any of the workshops or meetings. I wish they understood the we parents help to make the school great.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 27, 2009

Great teachers, not a big fan of the other staff members, though, including the principal
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 6, 2009

I came to parkway hoping to recieve a different experience than your regular public high school but found it to be a smaller version of such. No wow, but more safety precautions are taken.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 21, 2008

Please do not send your child to this school, this school lacks in teachers who can teach properly and over all will go down in the the worst school of the world .. wait no its worst than that.
—Submitted by a parent


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The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.

Grade level

Math

The state average for Math was 60% in 2012.

60 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
52%

2011

 
 
28%

2010

 
 
59%

2009

 
 
39%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 68% in 2012.

60 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
45%

2010

 
 
63%

2009

 
 
66%
Science

The state average for Science was 42% in 2012.

57 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
11%

2011

 
 
4%

2010

 
 
7%

2009

 
 
8%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 83% in 2012.

57 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
90%

2009

 
 
94%
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%
Female46%
Male61%
Black52%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged38%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students67%
Female62%
Male74%
Black69%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged56%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students11%
Female8%
Male14%
Black11%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged6%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Writing

All Students90%
Female94%
Male82%
Black89%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged87%
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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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Black 96% 15%
White 2% 71%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 3%
Hispanic 1% 9%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 2%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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