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Pittston Area Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 739 students

 

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Posted April 27, 2014

This school is the worst school ever if your child needs any additional help, testing, outside resources, etc. They have unqualified people evaluating your child, and when you have a problem they won't give you any help. It's ridiculous how many parents sure this school district for lack of help etc. I cannot even rate this school anything is so horrible! They need to get with reality. My son had struggled his entire time within this school district since first grade. I have yet to get anything I need for him to progress. It's such a shame! If your child doesn't need anything the school will treat the well, if your child does need something they will IGNORE them.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 17, 2014

I am currently a 8th grade student at the middle school and to be honest, it is a great school despite all the bad rumors. The teachers are the nicest and you learn very well. There are so many clubs and activities you can do if you don't play a sport. If you do play a sport (which I do) it's amazing. The programs are the best. You learn so much and have a lot of fun. Everyone gives you respect no matter what. It doesn't matter if your new, you make friends very quickly. I've seen it myself. We've had a lot of new students and they get find friends fast. And I mean very fast. Im writing this reveiw because I've seen the other bad comments and I'm not going to let someone trash my school like that. I go to an amazing school and you will not regret attending this school. I highly recommend it.


Posted February 6, 2014

This school is absolutely horrible when it comes to children with learning disabilities. They argue that what they are doing is the right thing, but when your child has no meaningful progression its hard to keep that argument up on their end. A child with disabilities has rights that are protected by law, and this school district will fight you tooth and nail with it all, if it means they need to go above and beyond for anyone. And forget them allowing any outside help like reading specialists, or compensatory education needs. They lie and tell you things that are false, and if you just do your research you will realize it. Its a shame that this still goes on this day and age. They claim their evaluations and staff are trained and appropriate, but they leave alot left to be desired.


Posted July 14, 2011

After being assaulted by another student we knew it was time to pull our daughter out of Pittston Area. It was the BEST move we made as far as her education goes. We asked for 8 years that she be tested to find out if she is gifted. We were given every excuse in the book as to why they didn't do it. The teachers teach at a sub-par level. My daughter was told by a teacher to stop participating in class so much. I could go on an on about the deficiencies of this school district but I won't. She's now enrolled at PaCyber. She was tested for giftedness immediately and guess what?! She is gifted. She's going into the 8th grade and she will be taking 2 high school classes that count as credits towards her high school education. So far, she will be graduating a year early and that may change to an even earlier graduation date. The only way to fix the Pittston Area School district at this point would be a match and gasoline. They need to start from the bottom up and rebuild their "system". The lunatics have taken control of the asylum and I thank God every day that we got our daughter out of there before it was too late for her.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 16, 2008

My daughter has always struggled in school getting low grades. When she started going to Pittston Area in 2005 (3yrs) her grades came up immediately to A and B's. The teachers are wonderful. I love that they can offer one on one time with the students. Several months back I was thinking about moving back to my home town (4hrs away) for financial reasons, but I can't do it. Her education is more important. That's how much I just love this school and what it has done for her.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 3, 2004

This is the nicest, cleanest, most non-disciplined school in the whole entire state.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 5, 2003

My daughter has been attending Pittston Area all her life, she is 10 now and going to 5th grade. I would never take her from this school,they are great w/ the kids,and very serious about their education. It's just a great school,in everything from rewards for the kids when they deserve them,from teaching very well. My husband and I are very impressed w/ our school dist.


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.

220 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
75%

2009

 
 
78%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 69% in 2012.

220 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
70%

2009

 
 
71%
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.

234 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
88%

2009

 
 
84%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 76% in 2012.

233 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
76%

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 76% in 2012.

228 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
89%

2009

 
 
82%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 80% in 2012.

225 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
90%

2009

 
 
86%
Science

The state average for Science was 60% in 2012.

225 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
67%

2009

 
 
64%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 73% in 2012.

231 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
73%

2009

 
 
77%
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 Students76%
Female74%
Male79%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White78%
Economically disadvantaged66%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students76%
Female76%
Male75%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White78%
Economically disadvantaged66%
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 Students85%
Female87%
Male82%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White86%
Economically disadvantaged75%
Students with disabilities (IEP)25%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students75%
Female80%
Male70%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White77%
Economically disadvantaged60%
Students with disabilities (IEP)7%
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%
Female82%
Male72%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White79%
Economically disadvantaged74%
Students with disabilities (IEP)35%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students81%
Female89%
Male74%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White82%
Economically disadvantaged70%
Students with disabilities (IEP)42%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students79%
Female81%
Male77%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White80%
Economically disadvantaged72%
Students with disabilities (IEP)37%
English language learnersn/a

Writing

All Students81%
Female90%
Male72%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White82%
Economically disadvantaged76%
Students with disabilities (IEP)54%
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 93% 71%
Black 3% 15%
Hispanic 3% 9%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 2%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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120 New St
Pittston, PA 18640
Phone: (570) 655-2927

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