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Tri-Community El School

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Posted April 29, 2012

The school is located in a low income area & the school is out dated. Overall the teachers worked with what they have but mostly teach to test which so far have not helped because they are still sub par. Parents are involved and that is nice to see. Special Needs students lack the support they need to excel because the services are not available and the school is not equipped to give the tools they need. Over all the school is fine if your child is an average student anything else look elsewhere.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 18, 2012

I love the school. My child is doing well and I'm very happy with the teachers. The school is incorrectly listed here as being K-6, but it is K-5. It is a safe school. There are no guns and drugs at this school. A ridiculous statement about kids age 5 through 11. Make no mistake about it, most of the negative comments on here are simply due to the fact that 30 years ago it was mainly an all-white school and now it is not. That is a harsh reality for many older white suburban dwellers. The school has kids from many different ethnic backgrounds and that fact just angers some bigots. The school hasn't gone downhill, these bigots are just scared that their white children may grow up to date a person who is black or brown.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 9, 2011

This school is so below standards that it should be shut down. The teachers have what appears to be an 8th grade education, they don't care. And though some claim to be parents they have no idea how to handle children. Children get bullied, nothing gets done no matter who reports it until the child being bullied stands up for him/herself, then the bullied child gets disciplined, and labeled a bad kid. If I could afford to I'd quit my job and home-school my kids. 2 stars is too generous.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 2, 2009

I have never had any problems with this school. I have a daughter currently attending, and a son who is now in Swatara Middle School, who attended since first grade. The teachers were always nice and interested. They, and other admin staff seem to go above and beyond 'typical' care and concern of students and learning abilities. I have had no scholastic issues with this school, and have no intentions of removing my children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 27, 2006

I was extremely disapointed in this school. My child was struggling in his education and the teacher's attitude was poor. Each year, they progressed him forward, although I asked that he be held back. Many of the teachers had angry attitudes, and they pushed 'ADD' and Ritalin at the first sign of educational struggle. There were a lot of bullies in that school and it seemed the principal looked the other way. I had many problems there, to the point where I moved out of this school district completely. My children are now thriving in their new location. I wish your children well.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 16, 2005

I have had nothing but trouble with this school. I have a 2nd grader that attends the school and he hates it. He gets made fun of and beat up, what kind of school lets the children get away with that? I don't agree with the fact that the kids have to act like they are in high school with the theings they need to know and if they don't know them to the schools standards they are labeled to have a disability. I do not like the way things are run, kids are kids and they should not be rushed in growing up.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 2, 2004

I think this school is good. There are soom bad kids there but it starts with the parents. Parents must show an intrist. Be a part of there school also. Help them with homework. Get involed. That will help some problems at the schools.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 17, 2004

This was a Great school but it has gone down hill to where we had to pull our kids out. The drugs the guns and the riff raff has turned it into a slum school. I am sorry to speak this way but I went to this school when I was a kid, and it is not the same.
—Submitted by a parent


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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 80% in 2012.

68 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
74%

2009

 
 
65%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 74% in 2012.

68 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
62%

2010

 
 
49%

2009

 
 
60%
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 83% in 2012.

64 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
71%

2009

 
 
83%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2012.

62 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
55%

2011

 
 
57%

2010

 
 
41%

2009

 
 
74%
Science

The state average for Science was 82% in 2012.

66 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
45%

2009

 
 
73%
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 73% in 2012.

68 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
66%

2009

 
 
68%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 65% in 2012.

67 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
48%

2011

 
 
44%

2010

 
 
47%

2009

 
 
41%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 64% in 2012.

69 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
52%

2011

 
 
37%

2010

 
 
32%

2009

 
 
39%
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%
Female80%
Male73%
Black88%
Asiann/a
Hispanic65%
Multi-ethnic58%
White82%
Economically disadvantaged70%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students68%
Female83%
Male52%
Black75%
Asiann/a
Hispanic47%
Multi-ethnic58%
White82%
Economically disadvantaged55%
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 Students81%
Female90%
Male73%
Black64%
Asiann/a
Hispanic88%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White91%
Economically disadvantaged76%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students55%
Female73%
Male38%
Black46%
Asiann/a
Hispanic63%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White52%
Economically disadvantaged46%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students71%
Female90%
Male54%
Black56%
Asiann/a
Hispanic67%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White90%
Economically disadvantaged67%
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 Students60%
Female57%
Male65%
Black42%
Asiann/a
Hispanic55%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White77%
Economically disadvantaged49%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students48%
Female49%
Male47%
Black33%
Asiann/a
Hispanic50%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White55%
Economically disadvantaged38%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Writing

All Students52%
Female65%
Male38%
Black53%
Asiann/a
Hispanic45%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White52%
Economically disadvantaged47%
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

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 30% 71%
Hispanic 26% 9%
Black 25% 15%
Two or more races 12% 2%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 7% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Steelton, PA 17113
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