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Mcknight El School

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2013:
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Posted March 9, 2014

Wonderful school with a lot of great teachers. My son enjoys going to school everyday and is getting a great education. Many exciting activities for kids and parents.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 2, 2014

This school is by far the worst school i have attended i got in trouble every other day because of a bully if you enrolling your child at NA go to ingomar or even marshal DONT GO WITH MCKNIGHT IS BY FAR THE WORST SCHOOL I MYSELF HAVE ATTENDED!!!!!


Posted October 11, 2013

McKnight Elementary is an exceptional school. It is a large school, but the teachers and parents are so involved that it feels like a smaller school. Mrs. Biro is fantastic and runs many different groups to help students in need. Mr. Shute has been fantastic as the new Principal, as has Ms. Hannigan. I am proud my children attend McKnight and am grateful for the amazing education they are receiving.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 18, 2011

We bought our house because of McKnight. This is an excellent school. Its large but grades are in separate areas. School is nicely organized and safe. Outstanding bullies prevention program. A lot of attention to new students. Friendship groups with Mrs.Biro helped us a lot. In 3rd grade kids raised Monarch butterflies and tagged them for Kansas University migration study. And some of their butterflies reached Mexico! In 4th grade they learned how to do science projects. We were very happy with classrom teachers Mrs.Ferguson (3rd grade) and Mr.Frank (4th grade). Music teachers are very professional. Yearly art shows are amaizing. Phisical education is focused on healthy lifestyle and introduce students to various sports including biking. Mr.Parks is a true leader. It seems that he knows every student by name. He coaches afterschool basketball along with other teachers. For my son he is a superhero. McKight is a perfect choice for parents who want their children to thrive not only academically but also socially.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 9, 2010

We moved to the NA district when our kids were babies, specifically because of the school system. McKnight is a quality school. Not all elemtary schools are equal, even within the same district, and I think McKnight is tops. Mr. Parks cares about the kids more than you can imagine. One of my children has special needs and is receiving an education far superior to anything I could have imagined when we first moved here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 24, 2010

I am blown away by the teachers at this school. They expect the most from the kids but also let them be kids. The things they are learning are above grade level in my opinion. Principal is also top knotch.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 21, 2009

Two of my nephews attend McKnight; one in kindergarten and one who is now in 4th grade. They love the personal attention their teachers take time to give and all the extracurricular activities too. The staff is very good about including and engaging the community and in having the older children help the younger.


Posted February 20, 2007

As a parent who has had children in public as well as private schools I have to say despite its size McKnight Elm school and NA in general are far exceeding my expectations. The individual attention received as well as extra curricular activities offered in everything from intermurals, after school extras and advanced learning. The teachers seem to really love teaching here and the principal is very well respected for his job and his knowledge of each child! It's an amazing school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 13, 2007

As an educational professional that is employed by another school district I would not dream of moving and up-rooting my kids to be closer to my place of employment. I understand the importance of a quality education and you cannot beat the educational experience at North Alleghey. Both of my children attend NA and it is absolutely top-notch! The principal of McKnight Elementary, Mr. Parks, is fantastic and truly puts the needs of children first.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 7, 2004

I think this school is too quick to recommend psychological testing for children that exhibit reasonable developmental behavior. If we stick to education and discipline then things will be fine. The ADHD diagnosis rate for this school is about 10%.
—Submitted by a parent


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.

About these ratings

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.

131 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
92%

2009

 
 
94%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 74% in 2012.

131 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
88%

2009

 
 
89%
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.

133 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
90%

2009

 
 
90%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2012.

134 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
87%

2009

 
 
88%
Science

The state average for Science was 82% in 2012.

139 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
94%

2009

 
 
95%
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.

142 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
85%

2009

 
 
84%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 65% in 2012.

142 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
74%

2009

 
 
88%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 64% in 2012.

144 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
86%

2009

 
 
73%
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 Students92%
Female92%
Male93%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White92%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students89%
Female85%
Male93%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White88%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
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 Students88%
Female88%
Male88%
Blackn/a
Asian100%
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White89%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)63%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students87%
Female87%
Male88%
Blackn/a
Asian92%
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White88%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)65%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students95%
Female95%
Male95%
Blackn/a
Asian93%
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White97%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)84%
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 Students75%
Female79%
Male72%
Blackn/a
Asian79%
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White77%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)35%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students75%
Female80%
Male72%
Blackn/a
Asian93%
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White76%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)35%
English language learnersn/a

Writing

All Students83%
Female93%
Male75%
Blackn/a
Asian100%
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White83%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)63%
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

Breaking down the GreatSchools Rating

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
White 88% 71%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 10% 3%
Black 2% 15%
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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Pittsburgh, PA 15237
Phone: (412) 635-4105

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