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Pittsburgh Obama 6-12

Public | 6-12 | 861 students

 

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Posted June 13, 2014

This school is great, they teach you that discipline is definitely a must to succeed in this world. The IB program is what sets your student apart from other students when they go to college. Also the musicals are always amazing.


Posted March 7, 2014

This school is a joke. The IB program is not a real IB, rigorous program. It is IB in name only. They don't even take the IB exams! It is a complete sham. Administrators are much more concerned about becoming friends with the children rather than actually disciplining them. The school as a whole is incredibly dysfunctional and only a matter of time before anyone with any intelligence removes their child from the school and it is left suffering like the other schools in the district.


Posted June 27, 2013

My child got an excellent education at Obama--totally prepared him for serious college work. Obama has a fabulously dedicated core of IB teachers who have worked together for years (when school was Schenley). The teachers have genuine respect for the students and challenge them to achieve college-level standards. I am so grateful to them for their expertise and dedication. The school has a welcoming family feel--no snarky cliques--real room for kids to be themselves and grow into young adulthood with strong support from their fellow students and teachers.
—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 77% in 2012.

148 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
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2010

 
 
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2009

 
 
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Reading

The state average for Reading was 69% in 2012.

145 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
48%

2011

 
 
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2010

 
 
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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.

116 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
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2010

 
 
n/a

2009

 
 
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Reading

The state average for Reading was 76% in 2012.

116 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
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2010

 
 
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2009

 
 
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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.

120 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
n/a

2009

 
 
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Reading

The state average for Reading was 80% in 2012.

120 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
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2010

 
 
n/a

2009

 
 
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Science

The state average for Science was 60% in 2012.

118 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
n/a

2009

 
 
n/a
Writing

The state average for Writing was 73% in 2012.

121 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
n/a

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

The state average for Math was 60% in 2012.

98 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
n/a

2009

 
 
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Reading

The state average for Reading was 68% in 2012.

97 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
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2010

 
 
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2009

 
 
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Science

The state average for Science was 42% in 2012.

98 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
42%

2011

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
n/a

2009

 
 
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Writing

The state average for Writing was 83% in 2012.

100 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
n/a

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 Students64%
Female67%
Male61%
Black58%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnic87%
White81%
Economically disadvantaged60%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students48%
Female58%
Male35%
Black39%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnic60%
White88%
Economically disadvantaged42%
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 Students73%
Female77%
Male69%
Black69%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White95%
Economically disadvantaged66%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students66%
Female68%
Male65%
Black60%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White90%
Economically disadvantaged56%
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 Students77%
Female79%
Male73%
Black67%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White91%
Economically disadvantaged63%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students93%
Female99%
Male85%
Black89%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White97%
Economically disadvantaged85%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students61%
Female61%
Male61%
Black46%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White86%
Economically disadvantaged47%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Writing

All Students82%
Female90%
Male72%
Black76%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White89%
Economically disadvantaged73%
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 Students70%
Female61%
Male83%
Black60%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White90%
Economically disadvantaged63%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students79%
Female74%
Male88%
Black71%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White97%
Economically disadvantaged67%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students42%
Female30%
Male59%
Black15%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White90%
Economically disadvantaged20%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Writing

All Students97%
Female97%
Male98%
Black95%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged95%
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 69% 15%
White 21% 71%
Two or more races 6% 2%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 3%
Hispanic 1% 9%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • German
  • Japanese
  • Spanish
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Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • German
  • Japanese
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Cafeteria
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
Girls sports
  • Basketball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
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515 N Highland Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15206
Phone: (412) 622-5980

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