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Posted December 11, 2011

This is the third year my kids have gone to this school and it seems to be getting worse each year (as the scores have shown). My kids have gone from loving to go to school, to crying nearly every night after they return home. Teachers yell a lot- not directly at my kids, but in gerenral. You can feel the tension (and yelling) if you spend any time volunteering. The PTO needs more support, and are limited by the school district's policies, which according to my friends who have kids in the other elementary schools, are not adheared to equally among the other elementary schools (number of permitted fundraisers, playground equipment, number of parties allowed...). My children have witnessed teachers flipping desks over to get their point across to students, and I have witnessed scarcasm directed at students, that undermines the confidence of the kids. Staff seem to always have an excuse why the school isn't thriviing and they blame the fact that we have a high rate of free/reduced school lunches or paretnting and the responsiblity never ends up on them. When I've gone to the administration about thesee concerns, I have gotten either no response or "I don't agree."
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 13, 2010

teachers dont call you and they have hardly any activities for the kids. how can i make this better for my child?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 19, 2007

The education is good. This school has no playground for the younger children, just a big yard! Why they can't have a donated playground, or have the PTO organize something like 'project playground' would be great. My daughter said they arn't aloud to talk during lunchtime, and they need 'serious' crossing gaurds, for the parents who walk their children to school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 1, 2006

This is a good school but could use some work. How the PTO functions needs to be revised. The quality of education is very good. Extra cirricular activities available to students needs some improving.
—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.

56 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
94%

2009

 
 
91%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 74% in 2012.

56 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
87%

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.

57 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
94%

2009

 
 
82%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2012.

57 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
82%

2009

 
 
71%
Science

The state average for Science was 82% in 2012.

58 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
94%

2009

 
 
89%
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.

73 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
64%

2010

 
 
76%

2009

 
 
76%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 65% in 2012.

73 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
54%

2010

 
 
74%

2009

 
 
71%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 64% in 2012.

75 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
68%

2009

 
 
77%
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 77% in 2012.

57 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
80%

2009

 
 
68%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 69% in 2012.

57 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
68%

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

All Students93%
Female91%
Male94%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White92%
Economically disadvantaged95%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students84%
Female87%
Male82%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White83%
Economically disadvantaged85%
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%
Female83%
Male78%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White82%
Economically disadvantaged76%
Students with disabilities (IEP)46%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students72%
Female87%
Male56%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White72%
Economically disadvantaged67%
Students with disabilities (IEP)36%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students86%
Female90%
Male82%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White88%
Economically disadvantaged83%
Students with disabilities (IEP)67%
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 Students73%
Female74%
Male71%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White71%
Economically disadvantaged65%
Students with disabilities (IEP)39%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students66%
Female77%
Male53%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White68%
Economically disadvantaged59%
Students with disabilities (IEP)31%
English language learnersn/a

Writing

All Students77%
Female83%
Male71%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White74%
Economically disadvantaged75%
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 Students84%
Female83%
Male85%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White81%
Economically disadvantaged78%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students74%
Female75%
Male73%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White73%
Economically disadvantaged65%
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 86% 71%
Black 13% 15%
Hispanic 1% 9%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 0% 3%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 2%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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420 Franklin Ave
Vandergrift, PA 15690
Phone: (724) 567-6706

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