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Pittsburgh Carmalt K-8

Public | PK-8 | 40 students

 

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Posted September 26, 2013

My child has attended Carmalt since kindergarten & we have been extremely pleased with the education she has received. The school is run effectively & efficiently. I'm thankful that public schools like this are available here in Pittsburgh. I'm also grateful that issues are dealt with and not swept under the rug & there is constant communication from leadership. Dr. Och is a great, hands on principle who knows her students and CARES. I have and will continue to reccomend Carmalt to other Pittsburgh parents looking for a magnet school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 20, 2013

This school is possibly one of the worst in the Pittsburgh Public school district. When I say this, I am NOT over exaggerating. The principal is, like another parent said, accusatory, insane, and abusive. She uses her authority to take control of the kids in a manner that penalizes all kids for what a few kids do. Take it from me, I attended this school for 9 years until I graduated to high school. Dr. Och is a nutjob who abuses her power as principal to intimidate the teachers into doing what she wants, including the social worker, who has lacked doing her job ever since I have been there. Instead, she spends her time bullying children as the principal advises her to do. Many parents say this school is wonderful, but do they truly know what is transpiring behind closed doors? I'm a straight A honor student and was treated so terribly by this principal and her staff. Don't let the name of the school fool you. I didn't learn any science or technology until entering high school. Long story short, don't try and send your kid to Carmalt. Take it from a student who spent 9 years of their life in this school.


Posted February 6, 2013

My son went here for kindergarten, we were excited as he is very interested in and advanced at science and technology. The choice of kindergarten teachers was dismal, he did well even though his teacher was apathetic, yelled at kids for being, um, kids and was stuck in the dark ages of education. She was waiting to retire. The leadership here, or should I say lack thereof, has obviously impacted the morale and efforts of teachers and students. The rules are extremely authoritative and all the kids seemed to pay for a few who acted out. The principal is a wack job, to say the least. She is extremely condescending, disrespectful and accusatory in situations that don't warrant any over reaction. I switched my son to Brookline, as at least 3 other mothers of kindergartners did for first grade. Frankly, he learned science and technology on a level that should have been fit for Carmalt. And the principal there is amazing. Approachable, present and normal. If you are thinking of Carmalt, just talk to Dr. Oche to see what you think and you will see what I mean.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 4, 2013

ANY PARENT OF A CHILD WITH SPECIAL NEEDS, I ENCOURAGE YOU NEVER SEND YOUR CHILD HERE OR TRY! I had spoken to the principal there about registering my 4 yr. old for kindergarten. He is autistic. Once the principal heard that he was autistic she said her class was full. Whispering, she told me that their test scores were low and that Concord Elem. was much better. Today my son's teacher got a call from her with her screaming at her saying, "How dare you refer a special ed student to our school, I have worked to hard to get this school where it needs to be!" His teacher had to tell her she had her hands full with students to get her off the phone. So she tried to persuade me not to register him there. Please pass this along! I will be doing all I can to stop this discrimination!!!


Posted November 17, 2012

I hate this school and the teachers have a hard time understanding what the kids and capable. A lot of them also scream for now reason and jump to conclusion. Student


Posted September 10, 2012

The principal Dr. Och is the sweetest most caring person I've seen within the pittsburgh public school district to date. My daughter ended up leaving this school however due to a few problems. It seemed to me that the kids were a bit out of control there, the class size was too big for her to learn to her potential. She also had problems with some of the older kids cursing and being mean to her. I was ecstatic when my daughter got accepted but it didn't work out for us. I must say that I don't think it was a lack of effort, just a situation that got to big to handle. The teachers seemed a bit overwhelmed as well.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 20, 2011

Leadership is lacking in this school. There is no understanding of parent school partnerships because collaboration is not respected or sought out. How disappointing.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 2, 2009

Carmalt is a wonderful school. My children absolutely love it. Their curriculum is excellent for not only average students but also fits the needs of excelled children. Great school in a great location!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 3, 2008

This schools funding, curriculam and events centers too much around ethnicity.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 29, 2007

This is truly a wonderful school with excellent staff. The teachers care about the students. My 4th grader is very happy here, very proud of her school. Fantastic principal.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 18, 2007

wonderful school love the teachers. principle is wonderful loving person . VP and teachers need help communicating with parents about troubled children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 10, 2006

It was very important to choose a school that would allow both my Kindergartners creativity & intellect thrive & this public magnet school certainly goes above & beyond our expectations. The administrators, teachers & support staff's qualifications and the love that they have for their position is a rarity these days. It refreshing and assuring for me as a parent knowing that when I send my daughter to school, she's getting a great education and learning experience full of academia, technology and the arts.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 30, 2004

I think the saying goes, 'You get what you pay for.' Carmalt provides just that...a mediocre environment. While there are certainly caring teachers on board and some good intentions, there are plenty of worms in these apples! Parent participation for field trips, class projects, etc., seems to be limited, particularly for working parents. I don't feel welcomed in my child's school. Communication between school personnel and parents is pretty low. Written communication to parents is not only last minute, but also written at the level of a first grader. Safety is an issue, and the curriculum is poor in many ways. Overall, a poor choice...keep searching!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 22, 2003

I have been wanting my children to go to Carmalt even before I had them. I grew up with an Aunt who had taught there for years and I just thought she was the coolest person in the world. She still is the coolest. I currently have two children attending. I plan on having them attend until they graduate to go on to High School. I believe that change can be constant for some children. Attenting Carmalt provided stability.
—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.

62 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
78%

2009

 
 
82%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 74% in 2012.

62 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
64%

2010

 
 
74%

2009

 
 
75%
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.

57 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
82%

2009

 
 
71%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2012.

57 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
54%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
75%

2009

 
 
60%
Science

The state average for Science was 82% in 2012.

62 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
74%

2009

 
 
66%
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.

62 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
74%

2009

 
 
70%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 65% in 2012.

61 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
64%

2010

 
 
60%

2009

 
 
61%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 64% in 2012.

63 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
49%

2009

 
 
59%
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 77% in 2012.

57 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
79%

2009

 
 
75%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 69% in 2012.

56 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
59%

2010

 
 
69%

2009

 
 
63%
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.

53 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
83%

2009

 
 
79%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 76% in 2012.

52 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
70%

2009

 
 
72%
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.

49 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
85%

2009

 
 
69%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 80% in 2012.

49 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
89%

2009

 
 
86%
Science

The state average for Science was 60% in 2012.

49 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
34%

2010

 
 
47%

2009

 
 
52%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 73% in 2012.

54 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
93%

2009

 
 
85%
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 Students68%
Female56%
Male80%
Black52%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White85%
Economically disadvantaged56%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students73%
Female66%
Male80%
Black63%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White82%
Economically disadvantaged69%
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 Students65%
Female61%
Male68%
Black44%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White83%
Economically disadvantaged57%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students54%
Female57%
Male53%
Black28%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White79%
Economically disadvantaged48%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students63%
Female56%
Male68%
Black44%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White78%
Economically disadvantaged58%
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 Students79%
Female75%
Male82%
Black79%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White81%
Economically disadvantaged79%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students71%
Female64%
Male76%
Black72%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White68%
Economically disadvantaged68%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Writing

All Students68%
Female86%
Male54%
Black69%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White59%
Economically disadvantaged69%
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%
Female89%
Male66%
Black68%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White90%
Economically disadvantaged71%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students71%
Female75%
Male68%
Black60%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White86%
Economically disadvantaged64%
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 Students79%
Female69%
Male89%
Black68%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White89%
Economically disadvantaged67%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students77%
Female65%
Male89%
Black71%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White82%
Economically disadvantaged63%
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 Students86%
Female86%
Male85%
Black79%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White90%
Economically disadvantaged79%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students84%
Female86%
Male82%
Black79%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White90%
Economically disadvantaged77%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students63%
Female64%
Male63%
Black42%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White84%
Economically disadvantaged59%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Writing

All Students70%
Female86%
Male59%
Black63%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White75%
Economically disadvantaged63%
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
White 46% 71%
Black 44% 15%
Two or more races 8% 2%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 3%
Hispanic 1% 9%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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  • Art teacher(s)
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
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  • Art teacher(s)
Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
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  • Cafeteria
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  • Basketball
Girls sports
  • Basketball

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