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Avonworth High School

Public | 9-12

 
 

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3 stars

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2012:
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2011:
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6 reviews of this school


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Posted April 28, 2014

We moved to where we are 10 years ago because of the school district. Once you leave the elementary school it is straight down hill from there. Questionable practices by the now Principal is just that. Parents are informed, usually, by teachers on concerns of their childs performance in class. Getting any extra help or ideas to help your child is never offered. If your ideas aren't convenient for the teacher well tough luck for you. So after paying your thousands of dollars in school taxes be sure to have more to have a tutor on your payroll. You will have a second job searching the PA laws to know exactly what help they are required to offer & ask about it specifically or you won't be offered it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 2, 2012

This school is a shell of what it once was. Around 2002, the trouble started, when the talented administration was forced out, and the current one, with its obsessive focus on punitive punishments and curriculum focusing on teaching to the test was forced in. Too many teachers are inexperienced and lack the ability to manage a classroom, and one-third of seniors graduate and go on to require remedial-level courses at college. By contrast, in the 1990s, Avonworth graduates were lauded for being among the best prepared first-year college students in the state. Its middle school is good, but skill gaps become apparent in the 9th grade, demonstrating that the administration prioritizes teaching to the test over true academic mastery. All the PowerPoint classes and senior projects in the world cannot replace the comprehensive liberal arts education this district gave up when it sent good teachers away on early retirement. Send your children to North Hills or North Allegheny if you want them to enter college well prepared, because this school will not get them where they need to be.


Posted March 14, 2012

Great school with high values. Kids are happy and safe. Teachers care. Parents and teachers share true concerns over their child(ren)'s future.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 17, 2009

Great academic reputation. Kids go to college, veru good schools Great football and girls basketball program. Gets student-athletes in college playing sports, earning an education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 7, 2006

Top quality committed teachers. Parents are involved the school is safer than most. Lots of activities but a little too much sports and not enough arts. Needs a better music program. The annual musical is great. Good place to send your children, if you want to know what's going on.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 30, 2005

Small enough to matter? Heck, it's almost provincial. Lots of meaningless school board bickering. Meanwhile, lots of wonderful teachers are forced out.
—Submitted by a former student


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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.

91 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
70%

2009

 
 
68%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 68% in 2012.

91 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
74%

2009

 
 
74%
Science

The state average for Science was 42% in 2012.

86 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
44%

2011

 
 
57%

2010

 
 
45%

2009

 
 
45%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 83% in 2012.

85 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
85%

2009

 
 
82%
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 Students73%
Female74%
Male71%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White72%
Economically disadvantaged73%
Students with disabilities (IEP)43%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students78%
Female84%
Male72%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White77%
Economically disadvantaged91%
Students with disabilities (IEP)64%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students44%
Female45%
Male44%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White45%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)27%
English language learnersn/a

Writing

All Students97%
Female98%
Male95%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White96%
Economically disadvantaged100%
Students with disabilities (IEP)77%
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 94% 71%
Black 4% 15%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 3%
Two or more races 1% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Hispanic 0% 9%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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304 Josephs Ln
Pittsburgh, PA 15237
Phone: (412) 366-6360

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