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Phoenixville Area Middle School

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5 stars

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Posted June 3, 2014

My son has special needs and the staff could not be better. The do everything that can to help him when he needs it and really care. No need to send him to private school which is great. He has done so well there that his grades are better than we ever expected. Dr. G. is also a great principal to have since he cares so much.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 19, 2013

My son finished 8th grade 6/2012. They have since moved to a brand new building that I hear is fabulous. He had a great 3 years at PAMS. Well organized, great and responsive teachers, appropriately challenging courses. He felt safe there and was able to deal with normal teenage conflict, himself. Bullying was definitely addressed on many levels. My daughter starts 6th grade next year and is greatly looking forward to going there. I definitely recommend it and prefer it to the larger, neighboring school districts. The principal, Dr. C., has left, but I hear that the new principal, who came from a nearby elementary school, is very good.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 31, 2009

PAMS is a great 'little middle school' in Chester County. It only has 750 students compared to most that are in excess of 1000. Most teachers are energetic and highly competent. The administration and guidance counselors are second to none! Lot's of improvements in recent years under Dr. C.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 19, 2009

This is my first year at PAMS and so far it's not so great. There are bugs leaks and no airconditioning. Bugs, yuck we eat there, leaks we slip on them on the stairs, and no airconditioning everyday after gym I head t the nurse to get my inhaler. It has some good after school clubs and some pretty good teachers but all in all, I wouldn't send my kids here.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 21, 2007

Great students, great staff, great community
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted June 4, 2007

Small school for this area - 225 in the 6th grade. Highly educated teachers with lots of energy Excellent advanced math program High level of community involvement
—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.
Math

The state average for Math was 77% in 2012.

275 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
89%

2009

 
 
90%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 69% in 2012.

269 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
78%

2009

 
 
78%
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.

250 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
84%

2009

 
 
82%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 76% in 2012.

248 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
82%

2009

 
 
80%
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.

228 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
81%

2009

 
 
77%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 80% in 2012.

225 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
85%

2009

 
 
91%
Science

The state average for Science was 60% in 2012.

225 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
66%

2010

 
 
64%

2009

 
 
70%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 73% in 2012.

229 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
80%

2009

 
 
87%
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 Students78%
Female82%
Male74%
Black53%
Asiann/a
Hispanic76%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White80%
Economically disadvantaged64%
Students with disabilities (IEP)30%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students76%
Female81%
Male71%
Black39%
Asiann/a
Hispanic65%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White79%
Economically disadvantaged58%
Students with disabilities (IEP)32%
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 Students89%
Female89%
Male89%
Black77%
Asiann/a
Hispanic93%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White90%
Economically disadvantaged75%
Students with disabilities (IEP)59%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students83%
Female86%
Male79%
Black64%
Asiann/a
Hispanic71%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White85%
Economically disadvantaged60%
Students with disabilities (IEP)41%
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%
Female85%
Male79%
Black44%
Asiann/a
Hispanic56%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White87%
Economically disadvantaged69%
Students with disabilities (IEP)53%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students89%
Female93%
Male85%
Black69%
Asiann/a
Hispanic73%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White91%
Economically disadvantaged73%
Students with disabilities (IEP)59%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students68%
Female62%
Male74%
Black27%
Asiann/a
Hispanic38%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White73%
Economically disadvantaged46%
Students with disabilities (IEP)39%
English language learnersn/a

Writing

All Students77%
Female87%
Male66%
Black56%
Asiann/a
Hispanic60%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White80%
Economically disadvantaged65%
Students with disabilities (IEP)34%
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 81% 71%
Black 9% 15%
Hispanic 7% 9%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 3%
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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1330 South Main St
Phoenixville, PA 19460
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Phone: (484) 927-5200

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