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Marzolf Primary School

Public | K-3 | 375 students


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Posted September 3, 2014

This is our 5th year at Marzolf and we have 4 more to go. There has been nothing but greatness from this school. The teachers, administration, and support staff. We are happy to be here and recommend it to anyone. GO MARZOLF!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted May 30, 2014

So the latest review was 3-4 years ago so I'll write an updated one. My son is just finishing up his for year(kindergarten) at this school and I love this school! The principal( Mr. Pelkofer) is around all of the time and all the teachers I dealt with,including the speech teacher, have been very nice and helpful. This school is little and very adorable. I love how it only goes to 3rd grade and in my opinion the school is clean and the lunches are very, very nutritional. I'm more than pleased with Marzolf and this school is absolutely wonderful.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted November 2, 2010

Our children loves the teachers they have in both the classroom and for specials. The PTA also adds a lot to the overall experience.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted August 30, 2010

My child has been attending Marzolf for since 2009, and really enjoys the school and teachers. I believe the leadership work well with teachers and parents to develop a sustained environment for all kids. Good work!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted May 22, 2010

My child currently attends Marzolf School. My husband and I are shocked by the lack of experience and the inflexibility from the staff and the administration. I suppose if you never have a differing view from the teachers, or the principal at Marzolf, regarding student services, or your childs needs, then you could probably love the place. But if you disagree with them on ANY issue regarding your child, you instantly become persona non grata. It's actually been kind of a creepy experience. I wouldn't recomend this school or this district to anyone. We will be looking forward to relocating to a district with teachers that can think critically. Good bye Marzolf and good riddance!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted April 24, 2010

I had three children and two grand children attend this school and it is and always has been an outstanding school with wonderful dedicated teachers.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted August 20, 2009

My son attends this school and I have found it to be a wonderful place for a child to be. the teachers have en helpful and informative whenever I have has a question or any other issue. Every day you see Mr. Marty (the principle) walking the halls or standing on the sidewalk when the bell rings for dismissal. The extra fun stuff, such as parties, movie night, and the teacher talent show, prove just how involved the staff is in my child's education, not just in the classroom, but at every school function. Overall a terrific school.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted July 2, 2009

I currently have a daughter in Marzolf and a Grandson in another Shaler school, Burchfield. I am very pleased with how the Marzolf teachers are engaging my daughter and making sure that any problem areas are addressed and attended to. The principal is great and is always available. Burchfield however is another story. The teachers are great, however they seem to be limited by the schools administration as to how they can properly help a child with special learning needs. I am very displeased with Burchfield and hope that they will strive to improve upon assisting children with special needs and stop failing to educate them properly. Marzolf is a far better Shaler primary school.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted September 19, 2008

The care they took with my child's individual needs were outstanding. This is a great start to the future of their education.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted May 1, 2007

My children currently attend Marzolf. The principal is always around, the entire staff is extremely active with the children. The parents are asked to help aid the teachers whenever they can. We have an open invitation to stop in whenever we want. (as long as we sign in at the office.) The PTO offers many extra-curricular activities for our children. I am well informed of my children's curriculum. I can easily email the teachers with questions, whenever I want. My children are happy and eager to learn what is presented to them. I however, attended private schooling, and wasn't provided with half of the education my children have available to them at Marzolf. I highly recommend Marzolf School without hesitation.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted February 24, 2007

Although now out of school, both of my children attended Marzolf. The school was a joke. The principals, yes there were many, stayed locked up in their offices. The teachers were inexperienced or burnt out. If the children were having problems learning it was always the childs or parents fault. Parents were treated as the enemy. Only allowed to attend the school with their child a few times a year. At the halloween party, the parents can only see their children from the street. The curriculum and technologies were minimal, at best. All though they will say different. Marzolf moto should be 'do as I say not as I do, because we don't do much.' I am glad my children are out of Shaler. Maybe if they would spend more money on education instead of sports and adminstrators, they would have a great school. Of course this is only my opinion.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted January 3, 2007

I feel Marzolf Elementary is a fantastic school to send your children to. The teachers are warm and friendly, the children are very accepting of all disabilities, and the custodians love the children. The Marzolf Staff is truly a team whether they are a teacher, custodian, cafeteria worker, or aide. That is the kind of school I want to send my child to.
—Submitted by a staff

Posted December 9, 2004

This school is downright so ridiculously bad it's beyond words. I can't believe they didn't shut this place down years ago. The Lunches are unhealthy for kids, and disgusting. (Previous Lunches have included 'Animal Nuggets' and 'Mystery Sandwiches') This school's technology is weak because they still use old macintosh Computers. Marzolf is also unsanitary, and has a very small janitorial crew. The Principal always avoids problems. Don't send your kid to this embarrassing 'School'.
—Submitted by a parent

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The state average for Math was 80% in 2012.

60 students were tested at this school in 2012.









The state average for Reading was 74% in 2012.

59 students were tested at this school in 2012.








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


All Students97%
Economically disadvantaged100%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a


All Students80%
Economically disadvantaged80%
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 94% 71%
Two or more races 4% 2%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 3%
Black 1% 15%
Hispanic 1% 9%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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101 Marzolf Rd Ext
Pittsburgh, PA 15209
Phone: (412) 492-1200


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