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New Garden Elementary School

Public | K-5 | 775 students

 

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Posted August 1, 2013

This school is extremely disappointing. Half of the student population is hispanic, so the majority of the schools resources are applied to them. This in turn slows down the pace of learning for all other students. The year progresses painfully slow . The teachers are disconnected, barely in control of classrooms (with the exception a very few). Minimal homework assignments given, if any at all. Bathrooms are unsanitary.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 31, 2013

My son has been at New Garden for 3 years, and it has been a wonderful experience. He's extremely bright (but not part of the "Gifted" program), and had teachers who recognized that he needed to be challenged more. They were in constant contact with me, and went above and beyond to meet his needs. It's a warm, friendly environment with amazing parental involvement. (No better PTO around!) The teachers and staff know every child, and really do care. The "specials" teachers are top-notch. Mrs. Pizzini (Librarian) is young and enthusiastic, and actually teaches about research, among all of the fun things she does for/with the students. Mr. Scheuing (one of the music teachers) founded the Kennett Choir Boys, which means he's a part of the community, and wants to work with kids even after the school day is over. I'll admit I was worried about the impact of the non-English speaking students on the resources in the school, but it's a non-issue. (Their parents may not speak English, but the kids do.) The fact that New Garden Elementary feeds into Kennett Middle School (recognized as one of the top middle schools in the state) is icing on the cake!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 24, 2012

Mrs. Mcardle is an OK principal but only a few teachers are excellent. Some teachers don't even care about their " Kids" like Mrs. Braunstein.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 8, 2011

This is an excellent school!! My children need more challenging assignments because of their advanced levels, and every teacher has accomodated them. No matter what your child's level is, they will thrive at this school! Superior Super Intendant, great teachers, you can't go wrong!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 6, 2011

Save your children alot of grief and do not send your children here....we are moving the end of this year and it will not be soon enough. If you want your children in an environment where profanity and teasing are a normal everyday occurance than that is what they will get at New Garden Elementary. One of my son's teachers is horrible even after I have counseled with the principal regarding the behavior of the teacher. My children have been to 5 different elementaries and we have never had a more stressful, unhappy year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 2, 2010

Excellent programs and teachers - my child is thriving in this learning atmosphere - thank you New Garden Elementary
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 2, 2008

My oldest has moved onto middle school and my middle child is currently in third grade. I have experienced very committed and warm/friendly teachers that my daughters have absolutely loved. There was one that was fine not spectacular and that is going to occur anywhere. But most importantly I want to point out that my girls (one of which is in the gifted program the other is not yet tested) were challenged in their studies. Despite the lower abilities of the hispanic population, my higher achieving students were not slowed down at all. They were able to push more and more forward. That was my worry when we began and it turned out to not be the case. It's a shame that the minority test scores pull down the school's results. But I can attest that my daughters have received amazing test scores and had a wonderful education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 24, 2008

Although i don't necessarily agree w/the mixed ability grouping...The excellent teachers make it work. Excellent leadership from the principal, excellcent support staff and great parent involvment makes the school an excellent choice.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 2, 2006

The students are highly diverse and the school is moving toward mixed ability grouping. The extremes of the ability distribution do not do well. There is little support for gifted students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 2, 2006

NG has dynamic, involved principal who believes strongly in the value of education - and not just in the classroom. The school promotes and allows use of facilities for a wide range of extracurricular activities before and after school hours (music lessons, sports, scouting). Also has a strong PTO that funds teacher supplies and playground equipment. Most of the teachers are very good; always a few not so good. I especially like their 'Golden Ticket' program to positively reward good behavior, attitudes, deeds; tickets are entered in a weekly drawing for a prize.
—Submitted by a parent


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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 80% in 2012.

98 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
90%

2009

 
 
84%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 74% in 2012.

98 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
78%

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 83% in 2012.

98 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
87%

2009

 
 
78%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2012.

98 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
74%

2009

 
 
71%
Science

The state average for Science was 82% in 2012.

98 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
79%

2009

 
 
85%
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.

122 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
77%

2009

 
 
74%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 65% in 2012.

122 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
64%

2009

 
 
73%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 64% in 2012.

121 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
82%

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

All Students81%
Female79%
Male82%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic50%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White98%
Economically disadvantaged53%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learners22%

Reading

All Students75%
Female75%
Male74%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic41%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White93%
Economically disadvantaged44%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learners11%
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 Students88%
Female91%
Male85%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic76%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White98%
Economically disadvantaged73%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learners47%

Reading

All Students75%
Female86%
Male65%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic57%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White90%
Economically disadvantaged50%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learners7%

Science

All Students92%
Female95%
Male89%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic83%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged80%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learners67%
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 Students82%
Female87%
Male77%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic60%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White94%
Economically disadvantaged58%
Students with disabilities (IEP)53%
English language learners43%

Reading

All Students76%
Female85%
Male68%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic50%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White90%
Economically disadvantaged48%
Students with disabilities (IEP)47%
English language learners14%

Writing

All Students84%
Female95%
Male74%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic68%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White93%
Economically disadvantaged69%
Students with disabilities (IEP)53%
English language learners54%
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 53% 71%
Hispanic 41% 8%
Asian 3% 3%
Black 2% 15%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 2%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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265 New Garden Rd
Toughkenamon, PA 19374
Phone: (610) 268-6900

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