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Pittsburgh Linden K-5

Public | K-5 | 425 students

 

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Posted December 12, 2013

The school is okay - not great. Leadership is subpar and discipline is lacking. It's not unusual to walk through the halls and hear the teachers yelling (screaming) at the children. This is all evidenced by the falling scores. My daughter attended when it was still a tight ship but my son (4 years later), is not benefiting from the same structure. He is still there because the third grade team is awesome. Probably look elsewhere for 4-5th grade. This seems to be the trend in the school.....students exit in the higher grades.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 13, 2011

We love this school!!. My daughter have been there for 2 year now. When we relocated to Pittsburgh, EVERYBODY said that we must go to the suburb if we want good public education. With a little research we found that Linden would be a good option and have been an excellent choice. Linden offers a good education in a diverse environment, it is a mixed community, that represent our society. The German Program is a plus and now start the Chinese Mandarin program, only school in the city that offer that. Now that we want to buy a house...the house must be within the city because we do not want to loose Linden.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 6, 2009

I've had one child graduate from here, and I have one child currently enrolled. I agree with much of what has been said here about Linden. I would add that Linden's test scores are above all other Pgh Public Elementary schools in all subjects. One of the reasons, I think, is the high value all the enrolling families appear to place on education. While families here are different in income and backgrounds, they are the same in this one value. Thus, kids' home environments are already very enriched, and families are achievement-oriented. A large percent of kids test at the Gifted And Talented levels. What is really weird about this school is how the curriculum and environment are so out-of-whack with the clientele. The environment is rigid, 'old-school' regressive, impersonal, and punitive. It has all the resources to be in every corner of the school creative, warm, flexible, and highly encouraging.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 13, 2008

My son is in his third year at Linden- he's in 2nd grade - and is receiving an excellent education. I've been pleased with the teachers and the style suits his personality very well. It is a tight ship - discipline is a priority, but in my opinion, that is necessary for a good public school. I agree that K is for the prepared student. My son, with a summer birthday was 6. studentsutdeint.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 30, 2007

This is a great school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 1, 2006

excellent school, good teachers, well disciplined, clean and orderly
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 22, 2005

Linden has been a top school for many years. I have had a child there for almost a decade. Student achevement is really high and most of the teachers are great. Kindergarden is really for the prepared student so if you have any question if your child is ready than try next year. He new principal is a question mark.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 29, 2005

This magnet school has a high student accomplishment rating, but it may be because struggling students are placed on probation and 'encouraged' to return to their home schools. The principal can be a 'bully'.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 10, 2005

Emphasis seems to be on writing and busy work -- not enough of the basics in Math, English, etc. Definitely has some good teachers but I have seen some biases against minority students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 19, 2003

I actually went to Linden El. The quality of the teaching staff at linden is superb. I really felt as though the teachers really enjoyed teaching and they wanted to help me move on in life
—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.
Math

The state average for Math was 80% in 2012.

62 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
75%

2009

 
 
85%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 74% in 2012.

62 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
67%

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

The state average for Math was 83% in 2012.

65 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
93%

2009

 
 
92%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2012.

64 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
82%

2009

 
 
87%
Science

The state average for Science was 82% in 2012.

65 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
89%

2009

 
 
90%
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.

63 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
76%

2009

 
 
80%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 65% in 2012.

60 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
69%

2009

 
 
80%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 64% in 2012.

64 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
41%

2011

 
 
63%

2010

 
 
46%

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

All Students74%
Female83%
Male62%
Black53%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged53%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students73%
Female83%
Male58%
Black50%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged53%
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 Students72%
Female77%
Male68%
Black65%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged63%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students70%
Female71%
Male70%
Black62%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged56%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students74%
Female71%
Male77%
Black67%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White100%
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 Students59%
Female55%
Male63%
Black44%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White89%
Economically disadvantaged44%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students62%
Female67%
Male57%
Black50%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White89%
Economically disadvantaged42%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Writing

All Students41%
Female50%
Male31%
Black32%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White67%
Economically disadvantaged32%
Students with disabilities (IEP)27%
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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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
Black 60% 15%
White 30% 71%
Two or more races 6% 2%
Asian 3% 3%
Hispanic 1% 8%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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725 South Linden Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15208
Phone: (412) 665-3996

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