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Colonial Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 1055 students

 
 

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Posted May 31, 2014

I have never attended CMS or any public school, for that matter, but my older brother has. He is a highly-functioning autistic person, and from the activities my siblings and i have attended for him, i know that this school has been very accomodating to him. There are special ed classes, some of which he was in. I know that this school has great facilities and theater and sports programs, as well as many academically gifted kids. The high school has great facilities and over 1300 students.


Posted December 17, 2011

The classes here are about 24 students. one teacher per class. bad bullying problems. I do not like this school. some teachers are wacky. barely learned anything. Don't send your kids to this school. Kids in 6th grade aren't ALLOWED to do sports.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 14, 2010

I have 1 child currently attending 8th grade at CMS. This is a wonderful school, with wonderful teachers and coaches and staff. My daughter has excelled tremendously here. She contines to score advanced on PSSA's and is an honor roll student; I attribute this to the wonderful opportunities she has been provided by the district in the form of teachers, curriculum, technology and staff. Above all, I am so impressed at the level of foresight this district has by introducing the importance of grades, attendence and class choices to the 8th grade students and how it will effect them concerning college and career. The impression this information has had on my daughter is beyond signficant. Friends with children in other states, in phenomenal school districts are amazed that this type of foresight and focus is being offered in our district to our 8th grade students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 22, 2010

I must say I am surprised at just how little communication there is between parents and students. The online access is supposed to be the main source of communication but often is not updated for months at a time. I often have NO clue what is going on, until it is too late and the marking period is over. Teachers rarely if ever email me to let me know if something is wrong. I am calling the counselor constantly asking if there is anything more that I can do. I really wish I could pull my child out right this minute but have to wait as it is so late in the year. I notice others say they receive notes home and emails, I wish I could say the same. Sadly, not unless I email/call first. I feel this is a complete utter waste of a year for my son.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 13, 2010

Our daughter is a 7th grader at this school. She loves the activities and is involved in the arts and music here. She has excelled and thrived here. She has been on the honor role all throughout her attendance here, and this is due to the teachers paying attention to her. Teacher interaction with parents is very high, and the staff are very available to parents. We communicated via e-mail, phone, daily notes home, and in person. You see the teachers at extra-curricular activities and other events. The technology in the classrooms (computers, math tools, computerized boards, etc) is astoundingly high end and new. They have modern, up to date classes like 'Technical Ed, advanced computer classes, etc.) This school exceeds anything a private school could offer. The entire school district excels at not only test scores, but real-life education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 3, 2009

Lots of great teachers, small classes and plenty of activities for the kids. They treat the kids with lots of respect, and are working very hard at standarizing rules and treatment (i.e., same consequences for an action no matter what class/ teacher).
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 26, 2009

a wonderfull school with great acidemic programs in all subjects. i am an 8th grader and have been in the school discrict all my life. The teachers and the Administration get the job done. The school lunches are above average and have a variety of healthy choices. 5 star. T...
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 5, 2007

CMS has been a great academic environment. The extra curriculum activities are diveresed and well managed. All CMS staff are friendly, helpful and resourceful, however I would like to see more rapid communication to parents in regards to short and long term projects as well as information on test dates so that parents can be aware of their time management and teach them how to prioritize, manage and balance all their school acitivities. Parents want to stay involved in our childrens academics but often times are not aware of what to follow up with. It would help to have all assignments,test and projects posted on line.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 8, 2006

Colonial Middle School is an amazing school. The academic programs are wonderful. In addition to the academic programs, students can participate in numerous extracurricular activities such as chorus, band, the school musical, and different sports. Not only are the students involved in the school, but so are their parents. CMS is constantly filled with hard-working parents. CMS is really a great school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 7, 2005

Teacher to student ratio is very good. Also advisors are really on top of helping set goals for students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 15, 2004

I'm a first year parent at the Middle School, and a sixth year parent in the school district. My son likes it, although the 'rules' at times seem a bit silly to him, and to me. He is having some difficulty transitioning to being the 'responsible' party. He's used to being told what to do, where to go and when to go. We've already lost the student ID. Academically, it looks quite good. Watch out for those projects, and a lot of homework! The Red Team is wonderful!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 5, 2003

An overall great school. Coming from Norristown school district it is quite a difference.


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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 77% in 2012.

334 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
96%

2009

 
 
93%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 69% in 2012.

329 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
90%

2009

 
 
86%
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.

341 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
93%

2009

 
 
90%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 76% in 2012.

341 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
87%

2009

 
 
86%
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.

320 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
93%

2009

 
 
86%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 80% in 2012.

321 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
93%

2009

 
 
92%
Science

The state average for Science was 60% in 2012.

326 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
75%

2009

 
 
73%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 73% in 2012.

333 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
91%

2009

 
 
92%
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 Students95%
Female94%
Male97%
Black77%
Asian100%
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnic100%
White97%
Economically disadvantaged87%
Students with disabilities (IEP)87%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students88%
Female90%
Male87%
Black79%
Asian87%
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnic82%
White90%
Economically disadvantaged74%
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

Math

All Students96%
Female96%
Male96%
Black87%
Asian100%
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White97%
Economically disadvantaged96%
Students with disabilities (IEP)83%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students94%
Female98%
Male91%
Black83%
Asian100%
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White95%
Economically disadvantaged83%
Students with disabilities (IEP)71%
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 Students95%
Female97%
Male93%
Black82%
Asian100%
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White96%
Economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disabilities (IEP)87%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students97%
Female99%
Male94%
Black90%
Asian100%
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White98%
Economically disadvantaged95%
Students with disabilities (IEP)88%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students77%
Female74%
Male80%
Black48%
Asian86%
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White82%
Economically disadvantaged61%
Students with disabilities (IEP)44%
English language learnersn/a

Writing

All Students90%
Female96%
Male85%
Black75%
Asian100%
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White91%
Economically disadvantaged82%
Students with disabilities (IEP)64%
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 80% 71%
Black 10% 15%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 4% 3%
Two or more races 4% 2%
Hispanic 2% 9%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462
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