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Caln El School

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Posted April 21, 2014

Teachers are very attentive and caring. School psychologist,strongly pushes for medication for students and is very egocentric, . The rest of support staff is awesome. Classrooms average 27 students. Lots of fundraisers and family night activities to help raise money for school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 24, 2013

Great teachers, terrible administration at all levels. Building has mold issues that are not being resolved. Teachers are always wanting help with these issue but the administration just pushes it to the side. Now with taxes there is not enough money because alot of people rent their house so no taxes. It is a sad situation, that is called beating the system. Even though with these issues there is a great staff of teachers that will teach even though they are putting there lives in jeopardy!


Posted July 15, 2013

I will try to sum up my 4 years of experience with this school: Kindergarden we had Mrs Yoder,the screamer ,her approach to "try " to educate 5 year olds by screaming and terrorizing them did not work for us ,he cried every day before I had to send him to school . 1st grade we had Mrs Fogg,best teacher in this sad excuse of a school,my son flourished ,enjoyed going to school every day an learned so much . 2nd grade Mr. Brown,pathetic teacher that punished my son ,put him in a desk by himself,for 3 months !! Called him rude an obnoxious ,screamed and pointed his ridiculous sword at kids,the lack of communication was despicable ,he was never opened to work on what works best for my son . 3rd grade Ms. Sinton ,tried her best ,but always brings her personal problems to work ,my son had a substitute for half of the year The principal did not approach bullying the proper way,my son is very small and got picked on a daily base,nothing was done ,in the end he skipped recess because of it an had to have lunch with the school counselor . The school counselor ,Mrs. Fogg an Mrs. Wilson were wonderful !!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 17, 2013

Our experience with this teachers of this school has been outstanding. There is overcrowding in classroom, and the building itself needs a facelift. But my special-needs daughter has gotten consistent, caring, and dedicated attention from her teachers both years we've been here. We're grateful for their dedicated effort.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 1, 2011

This is a great school! My child is getting a great education and the teachers are some of the best around. I am amazed at how much he has learned to do in 1st grade!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 1, 2011

Caln Elementary is a wonderful community school full of bright students. My oldest child attended Caln from 1st-5th and his experience was terrific. Caln teachers properly prepared him to be successful in middle school. My 7 yr old is in 1st grade and he loves his teacher. I appreciate how committed the teachers are too. Caln recently won the District Spelling Bee too.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 22, 2011

my question is when is the cut off for kindergarten for school year 2011 2012? my daughter turns 5 september 11th? if she doesnt make the cut off will they make any exceptions if she is extremely bright?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 25, 2010

Last year I wrote in about the experience my son had in Kindergarden at Caln. I was very pleased then and I can say I am very pleased this year too. My son has Miss Walker and she is outstanding!!! My son loves his school and is learning so many new facts. I think it is wonderful that Caln teaches their students to give back and get involved in the community along with teaching them normal every day studies. I also think is is awesome they promote school pride and encourage the kids to be proud of where they go. As for the other comments posted on here against Caln Teachers I haven't met one who does not love these kids and doesn't go above and behind. As for the building being run down who cares what matters is the education, love, and support given in those walls.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 27, 2010

Caln Elementary has so many programs to help a child learn its incredible. What a school of excellence!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 27, 2010

We love Caln. It is full of caring teachers who really know how to help all kids learn. They make a difference in a kid's life!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 25, 2009

Very, very disorganized. Always submitting and re-submitting student inforamtion. Always asking for money. It would seem like if they wern't so focused on their money problems they woud pay more attention to teaching.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 19, 2009

caln elementary is a great school, its awesome and such a fun school!
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 18, 2008

We moved here three years ago very nervous to sent our daughter to caln but we decided to sent her for kindergarten and guess what now she is second grade doing great! We love caln no complains at all! We were so happy this year because of the pssa test results caln did really very good! Really proud of the teachers who work really hard and the students who are working hard to take the school to next level!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 1, 2008

Prinsipal has no leadership. Many of the teachers are inexperinced and bring their personal lives into the classroom. Building is in disrepair. Blacktop for a playground with limited space. Large classes due to closing of elementry schools in Coatsville. Classes in relocatable classrooms. Extracurricular class are very expensive. If I had a choice my child wouldn't be attending this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 31, 2008

We gave this school two years and each year they fell short. Many of the classrooms are disorderly and reflect the education. The teachers have positive attitudes with the exception of a few. The children get fifteen minutes for recess and fifteen minutes for lunch.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 23, 2007

I didn't think this school was going to turn out good for my daughter, but it has!!! She likes her teachers and school mates in Caln. Everyone is very nice and they let you know when there's trouble near by.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 23, 2005

Principal has no leadership, kids rule the school since there is no discipline, a few teacher actually care about the students and are very good educators, where others should choose a different profession. District always out of money, keep raising already outrageous taxes, no extra curricular programs, old building in need of repairs or demolition, don't sent your kids here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 23, 2004

Terrific faculty and staff. Always proactive in their approach with children. When necessary, practice fair diciplinary actions with the children and never make the children feel bad about the experience. Children return to school knowing what is expected of them and with a better attitude. The school environment is pleasant and fosters an atmosphere conducive to learning. Every day my child steps off the school bus, at the end of the day, he tells me his day was awesome! That's what I appreciate most about Caln Elementary!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 9, 2003

The class room sizes have increased to 30 kids per class. This I do not like.
—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 80% in 2012.

88 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
87%

2009

 
 
82%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 74% in 2012.

88 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
49%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
71%

2009

 
 
83%
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.

92 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
81%

2009

 
 
68%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2012.

91 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
77%

2009

 
 
59%
Science

The state average for Science was 82% in 2012.

93 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
80%

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 73% in 2012.

89 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
72%

2009

 
 
58%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 65% in 2012.

91 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
67%

2009

 
 
42%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 64% in 2012.

95 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
77%

2009

 
 
50%
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 Students66%
Female68%
Male65%
Black46%
Asiann/a
Hispanic50%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White86%
Economically disadvantaged53%
Students with disabilities (IEP)29%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students49%
Female54%
Male45%
Black32%
Asiann/a
Hispanic33%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White65%
Economically disadvantaged39%
Students with disabilities (IEP)19%
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%
Female75%
Male85%
Black68%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White85%
Economically disadvantaged76%
Students with disabilities (IEP)63%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students66%
Female63%
Male69%
Black58%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White69%
Economically disadvantaged58%
Students with disabilities (IEP)33%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students72%
Female64%
Male79%
Black65%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White76%
Economically disadvantaged73%
Students with disabilities (IEP)40%
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 Students74%
Female73%
Male76%
Black61%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White86%
Economically disadvantaged58%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students61%
Female62%
Male59%
Black42%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White79%
Economically disadvantaged44%
Students with disabilities (IEP)18%
English language learnersn/a

Writing

All Students59%
Female71%
Male49%
Black39%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White76%
Economically disadvantaged48%
Students with disabilities (IEP)13%
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 50% 71%
Black 36% 15%
Hispanic 11% 9%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 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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3609 Lincoln Hwy
Thorndale, PA 19372
Phone: (610) 383-3760

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