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Pocopson El School

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Posted April 30, 2014

Pocopson Elementary has it all. The focus is not simply on test scores, but on the child as a whole. The teachers are incredibly caring and are willing to work around children's activities when it comes to homework assignments while maintaining high expectations for academic achievement. Teachers address social issues as swiftly as academic ones and communicate with parents readily and openly. The front office staff knows each parent by name and which child he or she belongs to! My daughter has flourished at the school and LOVES it. I have high expectations when it comes to academic and social achievement and they have been fulfilled. Students excel academically while having fun and developing a love of learning.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 14, 2013

Pocopson is a wonderful vibrant school with teachers and parents all involved in the education and creativity of the students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 4, 2012

A district ahead of most and top in the state for at least 20 years.Pre-1st is an oppty not avail in most districts. With a curriculum developed in conjunction w/ the K and 1st programs, it prepares children not developmentally ready for 1st grade. Parents in other districts send their kids to private/Catholic school or have them repeat at the same school, so there is no ability to coordinate their learning. Statistically, the children in other districts are the same age. The school doesn't just look good because SOME children are "held back" as another parent suggested. Some kids are almost a full year younger/older simply because of the cut off. My son just made the cut off and a good portion of children missed that same cut off the year prior, so they're almost a year older than he is. There isn't anything underhanded going on to give the Unionville children an advantage. This is a district that has recognized, studied and developed a program to accommodate an issue that occurs naturally. It's not a requirement. Numbers don't lie- they don't have enough children recommended for Pre-First grade to support a claim they are holding children back. Absurd and misinformed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 3, 2011

Pocopson is a GREAT school! We have very high expectations for our schools (think tiger mom & dad ), and Pocopson meets every single one of our expectations. It s obviously strong academically, as evident by its impeccable test scores. But more importantly, it gives your child a very complete education. Its math classes are divided into 3 levels starting from 3rd grade (compacted, high-avg, and avg), so regardless your child s level, s/he will fit in with the right group. There is a strong AT (academically talented) enrichment program for certain kids requiring special challenges. There are talent shows, class parties, 1st-grade poetry readings, field trips, Reading Olympics, Read-a-thon, geo-bee, spelling-bee, and countless other programs that make elementary years a memorable one. Pocopson parents are always VERY involved. It s common for an evening open-house event to have 30+ parents showing up for a class of 20. While many of the above qualities are true for all elementary schools in the UCFSD, under the leadership of a strong principal, Pocopson s teachers are creative, dedicated, and loving. Most importantly, I have two kids in this school and they LOVE it!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 14, 2011

Don't move to this school district because you are lured by its high test scores or reputation. It is good school, but part of the reason it looks so good is because many parents hold their kids until they are 6 years old to enter Kindergarten, or recommend those who are 5 years old to go to their pre-first, a clever program in-between Kindergarten and First Grade. The advantage to this is that most of the students are a year older than students in other districts in the same grade, this having the age/maturity advantage with influences test scores. So you aren't getting any more fantastic teachers or amazing resources than other schools, this just makes it seem that way.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 3, 2008

My daughter just entered kindergarten this year and it has been a very positive experience. The school environment is top-notch; from the bright and cheery murals and artwork on the walls to the principal, teachers and staff that are professional and full of high positive energy. The school has a strong emphasis on academic, core values and respect for each child.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 17, 2005

I have four children atending this school and have moved alot so I have a basis of comparison when I say this is REALLY GOOD school. The building is brand new, quality construction and bright and happy. There is a wide variety of teachers and personalities, but due to 'team teaching', outspoken paents and high parental involvement ther are truly no 'bad teachers'. The entire school focuses on the 'whole child', and values and respect as well as academic commitment are stressed. Fortunately, our children have been identified and tested as gifted' so they have the opportunity to participate in a pull out gifted program as well as experience integrated challenging work in their regular classroom. I have also seen the same focus at the other end of the spectrum ... children with issues and learning problems. Bottom line, the high taxes are worth it!
—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.

89 students were tested at this school in 2012.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 74% in 2012.

89 students were tested at this school in 2012.

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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.

109 students were tested at this school in 2012.

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99%

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98%

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2012.

108 students were tested at this school in 2012.

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95%

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98%

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Science

The state average for Science was 82% in 2012.

109 students were tested at this school in 2012.

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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.

113 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
99%

2010

 
 
99%

2009

 
 
93%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 65% in 2012.

113 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
94%

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90%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 64% in 2012.

114 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
93%

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

All Students98%
Female96%
Male100%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White98%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)93%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students97%
Female96%
Male98%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White96%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)93%
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 Students99%
Female98%
Male100%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White99%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)92%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students96%
Female95%
Male98%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White97%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)83%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students100%
Female100%
Male100%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White100%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)100%
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 Students97%
Female96%
Male98%
Blackn/a
Asian100%
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White97%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students96%
Female94%
Male97%
Blackn/a
Asian100%
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White95%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Writing

All Students97%
Female98%
Male97%
Blackn/a
Asian100%
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White97%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)91%
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 90% 71%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 7% 3%
Hispanic 1% 9%
Two or more races 1% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Black 0% 15%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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1105 Pocopson Rd
West Chester, PA 19382
Phone: (610) 793-9241

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