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Park Forest Middle School

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Posted Sunday, July 27, 2014

Amazing school with amazing teachers, classes and activities. I am very grateful my children get to attend such a wonderful school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 20, 2014

My child has thrived at this school. The teachers are top notch as is the administration and the guidance counselor. Keep up the good work!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 13, 2014

Wonderful school -- challenging curriculum, differentiated instruction, and excellent facilities. Good communication between parents and teachers as well as students and teachers. My child transferred mid-year and has been very happy with the learning environment and new friends.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 9, 2014

I love pfms! It has been such a huge change. The teachers are so nice and understanding.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 27, 2014

I absolutely love this school. I was the new kid this year, and the school gave me the opportunity to learn new things, make some awesome friends, and have some pretty amazing teachers. The counselors really reach out and want to help you be your best. There's also absolutely no bullying at this school. The academics are top notch. The thing I like best about PFMS though is the attitude. There's a lot of support and there aren't cliques that rule the school. They also have extra curricular activities that give students the chance to try out something new and become part of something that'll help the world. I guess what I'm trying to say is...you rock PFMS!!!


Posted February 12, 2012

I am very disappointed with this school, especially after our wonderful experience with the Park Forest Elementary school. The extracurricular activities are geared toward the older kids. My child loved learning, and I've been saddened to see his love of learning snuffed out by the lack of caring and the overwhelmed teachers here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 11, 2007

my son attended this school for 6th through 8th grades. A few teachers were very good, but most teachers were just average and some were poor. there are many extracurricular activities here - lots of sports, but there is definitely not an 'everybody plays attitude', even in 6th grade only a handful of 'the best' players are picked for teams; the music program, tech ed, and home ec are really excellent. 3 foreign languages are taught beginning in sixth grade.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 29, 2004

This is a wonderful school with a very involved principal to oversee it. They have a great tech ed, foreign language and music program. Math for all levels including advanced placement. There is plenty of homework. Activities abound and safety is tops. The teachers vary from excellet to ok but I have not found any to be poor. I was happy to move into such a wonderful area and school system.
—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.

About these ratings

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.

240 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
89%

2009

 
 
82%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 69% in 2012.

243 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
83%

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 80% in 2012.

241 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
88%

2009

 
 
90%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 76% in 2012.

243 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
88%

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

The state average for Math was 76% in 2012.

245 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
95%

2009

 
 
83%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 80% in 2012.

243 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
93%

2009

 
 
93%
Science

The state average for Science was 60% in 2012.

253 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
85%

2009

 
 
77%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 73% in 2012.

252 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
84%

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

All Students93%
Female95%
Male90%
Blackn/a
Asian95%
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White93%
Economically disadvantaged80%
Students with disabilities (IEP)59%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students85%
Female92%
Male78%
Blackn/a
Asian94%
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White85%
Economically disadvantaged73%
Students with disabilities (IEP)50%
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%
Female95%
Male98%
Blackn/a
Asian100%
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White96%
Economically disadvantaged93%
Students with disabilities (IEP)95%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students93%
Female94%
Male91%
Blackn/a
Asian95%
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White92%
Economically disadvantaged83%
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

Math

All Students93%
Female99%
Male88%
Blackn/a
Asian100%
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White95%
Economically disadvantaged74%
Students with disabilities (IEP)59%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students96%
Female98%
Male93%
Blackn/a
Asian100%
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White96%
Economically disadvantaged83%
Students with disabilities (IEP)70%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students83%
Female83%
Male84%
Blackn/a
Asian100%
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White85%
Economically disadvantaged62%
Students with disabilities (IEP)37%
English language learnersn/a

Writing

All Students89%
Female95%
Male82%
Blackn/a
Asian93%
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White90%
Economically disadvantaged73%
Students with disabilities (IEP)63%
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 85% 71%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 7% 3%
Black 2% 15%
Hispanic 2% 9%
Two or more races 2% 2%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 0%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
Nurse(s)
PE instructor(s)
Special education coordinator
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
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Special education / special needs

Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

School facilities
  • Computer lab

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • German
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
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School basics

Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • German
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Special education coordinator
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • College/career center
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
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Sports

Girls sports
  • Cheerleading
  • Soccer

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
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needs to be verified by school leaders.

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State College, PA 16803
Phone: (814) 272-8217

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