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Pittsburgh Colfax K-8

Public | K-8 | 700 students

 

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Posted October 8, 2014

My son is there and we love this school. Teachers are always friendly and doing their best to children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 19, 2013

I love Colfax, especially the staff. My daughter and two sons go there. As the kids get older, the teachers do not treat them like children, but as young adults, this school really made a great impact on my children!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 4, 2008

I have two children at Colfax, and to date their teachers have all been excellent. The principal is very engaged, and gets parents engaged. The recently completed addition gives the school a much-needed larger gym and lunch space. Our kids reading and math levels are above some of their neighborhood peers who attend expensive private schools.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 12, 2007

This school has and is undergoing some major transitions. We just transferred our 3rd grader here from another local school. We like the way the classes are structured - separate math, science, spanish teahcers instead of one teacher for everything.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 1, 2007

The hype far outweighs the reality for this school. It has a great group of very commited parents. Many of whom will leave because of the level of kaos that has taken place in the 2006-7 school year. There are many factors that have screwed up this school that was on the fast track to becoming a star of PPS. Much of it was because of too many poorly planned changes in too short a time.
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Posted March 29, 2006

Colfax Spanish Academy in Pittsburgh is a school that has made a remarkable turn-around in the past three years (2003-06), in large part due to the great leadership of the principal David May-Stein, who has been able to rally parental support and efforts. The school is growing both in popularity, and in size, as more neighbors come back, and it has moved to a K-8, and will receive an addition, construction set to start summer 2006. However, the school was rated a low 1 out of 5 on a recent Rand rating, due in part to a racial achievement gap, and has just been clared an 'Accelerated Learning Academy' by the PBOE, and will undergo unknown changes in curriculum, approach to testing, length of school day, and school year in the 2006-07 year.
—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 80% in 2012.

85 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
93%

2009

 
 
78%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 74% in 2012.

85 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
85%

2009

 
 
79%
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.

80 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
79%

2009

 
 
85%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2012.

79 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
70%

2009

 
 
75%
Science

The state average for Science was 82% in 2012.

80 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
79%

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

The state average for Math was 73% in 2012.

73 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
83%

2009

 
 
75%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 65% in 2012.

70 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
65%

2009

 
 
72%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 64% in 2012.

77 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
64%

2010

 
 
48%

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.

76 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
82%

2009

 
 
58%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 69% in 2012.

75 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
60%

2010

 
 
66%

2009

 
 
58%
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.

47 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
63%

2009

 
 
63%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 76% in 2012.

46 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
69%

2009

 
 
61%
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.

67 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
60%

2010

 
 
60%

2009

 
 
48%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 80% in 2012.

68 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
71%

2009

 
 
69%
Science

The state average for Science was 60% in 2012.

67 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
60%

2010

 
 
51%

2009

 
 
28%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 73% in 2012.

73 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
59%

2010

 
 
53%

2009

 
 
51%
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 Students82%
Female88%
Male77%
Black38%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White98%
Economically disadvantaged29%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students79%
Female86%
Male72%
Black38%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White92%
Economically disadvantaged35%
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 Students81%
Female81%
Male81%
Black41%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White95%
Economically disadvantaged52%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students80%
Female81%
Male79%
Black50%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White95%
Economically disadvantaged52%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students84%
Female83%
Male85%
Black57%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White98%
Economically disadvantaged54%
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 Students78%
Female76%
Male81%
Black33%
Asian91%
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White91%
Economically disadvantaged47%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students80%
Female81%
Male79%
Blackn/a
Asian100%
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White94%
Economically disadvantaged44%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Writing

All Students68%
Female80%
Male50%
Black13%
Asian91%
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White88%
Economically disadvantaged30%
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 Students74%
Female67%
Male84%
Black44%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White94%
Economically disadvantaged52%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students65%
Female60%
Male73%
Black31%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White82%
Economically disadvantaged45%
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%
Female65%
Male92%
Black65%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White88%
Economically disadvantaged68%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students76%
Female61%
Male91%
Black65%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White94%
Economically disadvantaged60%
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%
Female83%
Male77%
Black50%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White90%
Economically disadvantaged52%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students84%
Female91%
Male80%
Black60%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White95%
Economically disadvantaged59%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students72%
Female67%
Male74%
Black35%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White87%
Economically disadvantaged48%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Writing

All Students66%
Female75%
Male61%
Black52%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White71%
Economically disadvantaged52%
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 49% 71%
Black 30% 15%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 12% 3%
Two or more races 5% 2%
Hispanic 4% 9%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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  • Basketball
Girls sports
  • Basketball

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Pittsburgh, PA 15217
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