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Dorseyville Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 1029 students

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Posted March 18, 2011

I was very nervous when my daughter was about to enter DMS. It has been great, she LOVES it. She is learning a lot. The academics are strong. Dedicated teachers. The majority seem to enjoy the students and teaching. The general atmosphere is a great balance of structure and freedom. The principal supports the teachers and welcomes dialogue with parents. Many extracurriculars available in both the arts and athletics. overall, GREAT school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 3, 2009

I really like this school. I started in the middle of the year but I got used to everything and made friends very quickly. The teachers are great for the most part but I really do not think they push the kids hard enough. There is alot of pressure on you, compared to my old school. They offer many clubs, and after school activities. Such as sports, art, writing, etc. One thing that really got on my nerves was that the fact that they still had not updated my name onto my rotating classes. They did not do it for the whole year, so I had to always go to the office, and was a waste of time. Other than that the school is excellent and I really enjoyed my time there.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 21, 2007

we have a great education here and I am happy that I am going to this school. most of the teachers are great and the students are ok to. I am so glad to go to this school!
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 22, 2007

This school is a fine school but there has been things like teachers.The teachers in this school are mostly greate,but then you get that teacher that really shouldnt be going to the school to teach maybe hight school.The pricibals have thretend my son and is very rude.Mr.harris a pricibal there is not responsible. has rude behavior and does not respect some students.Have greate physical edu teachers.athletic teams are unbelievable. soccor team went to state champs and won.Its amazing they teach good there.My son likes and I like it thank you.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 26, 2003

Most of the teachers are quite good at this school, though of course you will get the occasional not so good teacher since there are about 100 teachers there. The class sizes range from about 18 to 28. The disipline is rather strict which can be helpful but it also can limit the students very much. They also enforce teaching about bulling very strongly. My child says that some of it may be helpful (explaining what you should do if you are bullied or see bullying), but she says that the information about how to prevent bullying is not very helpful. I have had two children there who overall enjoyed the expirence but found it not to be as relaxed and enjoyable as the FASD High School. Their math is very good. Their arts are very good. Their foreign language teaching is quite good. The L.A. is good but not very creative. Their S.S. is good also. Their teaching methods for science are not that great. Their reading program is not wonderful at all but acceptable.
—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.

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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 77% in 2012.

330 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
89%

2009

 
 
88%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 69% in 2012.

329 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
85%

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

The state average for Math was 80% in 2012.

303 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
86%

2009

 
 
89%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 76% in 2012.

302 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
89%

2009

 
 
89%
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.

335 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
91%

2009

 
 
90%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 80% in 2012.

338 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
96%

2009

 
 
95%
Science

The state average for Science was 60% in 2012.

344 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
80%

2009

 
 
79%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 73% in 2012.

354 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
92%

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

All Students89%
Female88%
Male90%
Black53%
Asian96%
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White90%
Economically disadvantaged68%
Students with disabilities (IEP)57%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students87%
Female88%
Male85%
Black47%
Asian92%
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White89%
Economically disadvantaged62%
Students with disabilities (IEP)59%
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 Students90%
Female90%
Male90%
Blackn/a
Asian100%
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White91%
Economically disadvantaged70%
Students with disabilities (IEP)59%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students92%
Female93%
Male91%
Blackn/a
Asian100%
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White93%
Economically disadvantaged76%
Students with disabilities (IEP)62%
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 Students94%
Female96%
Male92%
Black86%
Asian100%
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White95%
Economically disadvantaged80%
Students with disabilities (IEP)63%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students96%
Female97%
Male96%
Black85%
Asian100%
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White96%
Economically disadvantaged86%
Students with disabilities (IEP)83%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students82%
Female82%
Male82%
Black46%
Asian83%
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White84%
Economically disadvantaged55%
Students with disabilities (IEP)49%
English language learnersn/a

Writing

All Students89%
Female94%
Male84%
Black67%
Asian95%
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White90%
Economically disadvantaged68%
Students with disabilities (IEP)61%
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

Breaking down the GreatSchools Rating

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
White 88% 71%
Asian 7% 3%
Black 3% 15%
Hispanic 2% 8%
Two or more races 1% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • Schools to Watch (2009)

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Painting
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
Clubs
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • German
  • Latin
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Gifted / high performing
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Matthew Harris
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
Is there an application process?
  • No

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Gifted / high performing
  • Virtual school
Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • German
  • Latin
  • Spanish

Resources

Extra learning resources offered
  • Remediation
  • Title I Targeted Assistance program (TAS)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer
  • Gym
  • Library
  • Playground
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Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Painting
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Yearbook
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