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G A R Memorial Junior-Senior High School

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Posted June 19, 2014

My child has been to this school and it was one of the worst experience for her she was always getting picked on and the teachers do nothing and there's a lot of fights going on at this school all the children are out of control its a mess so glad my child no longer goes there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 26, 2013

I just moved in and changed schools from Pleasant Valley, and I have to say, this school is not as put together. They need to straighten up. I mean, not even a week after I came, A teacher was almost fired because he cursed at a student. There are fights occasionally, and sometimes even on lockdown because there are fights outside. It seems in my point of view that the teachers couldn't care less about us, I think they do it just for the money. I understand that they try hard but it's not good enough. The school's books are all torn up because they don't have the money to replace them, and frankly that's just distracting, because we're wasting time looking at what people wrote in the book, instead of learning. There is definitely some racial tension going on with my classmates, and to me, that's just sad. Sorry if you are a nice teacher looking at this and if this offends you in any way. Thank You p.s. incase you didn't realize it, i'm a student.


Posted September 7, 2011

Its going on correctoin action 2 the no child left behind that the feds are backing its a very poor academic school that should be taken over by the state
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 3, 2011

I believe that G.A.R is the best school around Wilkes-Barre compared to Coughlin & Meyers because Coughlin has an infestation of cockroaches & Meyers roof is caving in so G.A.R my best bet. Well i loved G.A.R.


Posted April 29, 2010

this school may have its ups and down,but over all its teaches are great,the food is the best in WBASD,sucurity is very good.The only problem is the fights.Were #2 in most fights in WBASD, only to be beat by Myers.Though the fights dont usually require any adult intervintion,they die out pretty fast.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 5, 2010

I am in my freshman year have been in fights i do like some of the teachers
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 19, 2010

Gar is the best skewl i hacve ever been tooo.....The sports are great it great the teachers care bout u .....
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 4, 2010

My daughter went to GAR and it was awful. Most of the students were disrespectful and were very immature. The teachers dont know how to control there students and the students lack school spirit. I would never even consider this school again for my children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 4, 2009

They have the best band in the area and teachers who care. There music teacher is a very strong woman that keeps on going to help teach our children music and get them ready for districts. Even though she is going through a rough time herself with chemo she is still there for our kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 24, 2009

Gar is the best school ever its diverse and wonderful teachers
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 17, 2008

Gar highschool may nnot be a top of the line school, but it creates a wonderfull learning experiance. Im a junior at GAR and I wouldnt trade my last 4 years for any others in any other school. The teachers here are layed back, but they give you the push you need and teach you that not everything is handed to you and not everyone is fair like we'd like. I love it here<3
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 22, 2008

G.A.R. is a good school where you can learn plenty if you apply yourself. The majority of the teachers are friendly and willing to aid you in your endeavors. The two problems that I see in this school is the indifference that some of the students have toward their grades. The other thing is the lack of A.P. classes. Despite these, do not let them deter you from pursuing an education here. The class sizes are nice, and the information is presented well and in a logical order. I ve attended large school districts too, and the education is the same because public school systems nationwide are designed to teach what the Department of Education wants. As long as you realize the vitality of good grades and give it your all, you ll be ready for the road ahead by attending this school. ~ E. Kleist
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 29, 2008

My son has really grown in this school and has the respect from many teachers. He made the honor roll for the first time ever..Im so proud of him and his teachers are easy to contact and talk over things with me...way to go GAR and thankyou!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 30, 2007

this school is the best. everyone is so nice. I'm a seventh grader there and its my best school yet. but its very hot in the summer but you get used to it. it all really depends on the student though. but I love it there. so have fun;]
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 3, 2006

We moved here from florida about 2 yrs. ago and put our 2 kids in this school. Since then our kids have been assalted harassed and discriminated against. They do not offer a safe enviroment for your kids to study or participate in sports. The teachers are ok, but could stand to be more assertive. There are fights everyday after school, less than a block away due to lack of security.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 6, 2005

as a former student at gar this school is great they have alot of great teachers and students the state avrage test scores are lower because some of the students dont care
—Submitted by a former student


Posted October 25, 2004

I am a former student of GAR. I am in my third year of college at a very competitive school, and GAR has prepared me nicely. Especially strong are my Math and English skills. The teachers in these departments are wonderful! If the student is motivated and does their work they can come out of GAR prepared. The problem with GARs standard test scores is a lot of the students don't try. But I have always been in advanced classes and all of my fellow peers in these classes have gone on to good schools well prepared by GAR's faculty.
—Submitted by a former student


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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.

130 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
47%

2010

 
 
50%

2009

 
 
63%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 76% in 2012.

130 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
55%

2011

 
 
49%

2010

 
 
57%

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

The state average for Math was 76% in 2012.

106 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
54%

2011

 
 
50%

2010

 
 
47%

2009

 
 
57%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 80% in 2012.

107 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
66%

2009

 
 
73%
Science

The state average for Science was 60% in 2012.

112 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
29%

2011

 
 
34%

2010

 
 
26%

2009

 
 
43%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 73% in 2012.

117 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
64%

2010

 
 
80%

2009

 
 
71%
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 60% in 2012.

111 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
47%

2011

 
 
54%

2010

 
 
59%

2009

 
 
53%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 68% in 2012.

111 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
46%

2011

 
 
51%

2010

 
 
50%

2009

 
 
53%
Science

The state average for Science was 42% in 2012.

108 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
17%

2011

 
 
26%

2010

 
 
18%

2009

 
 
31%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 83% in 2012.

112 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
87%

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

All Students62%
Female58%
Male65%
Black60%
Asiann/a
Hispanic54%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White62%
Economically disadvantaged57%
Students with disabilities (IEP)29%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students55%
Female56%
Male55%
Black51%
Asiann/a
Hispanic43%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White61%
Economically disadvantaged50%
Students with disabilities (IEP)7%
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 Students54%
Female51%
Male56%
Black54%
Asiann/a
Hispanic47%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White58%
Economically disadvantaged54%
Students with disabilities (IEP)29%
English language learners31%

Reading

All Students57%
Female60%
Male54%
Black59%
Asiann/a
Hispanic46%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White66%
Economically disadvantaged55%
Students with disabilities (IEP)19%
English language learners15%

Science

All Students29%
Female21%
Male37%
Black20%
Asiann/a
Hispanic18%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White44%
Economically disadvantaged24%
Students with disabilities (IEP)10%
English language learners0%

Writing

All Students58%
Female71%
Male48%
Black55%
Asiann/a
Hispanic49%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White64%
Economically disadvantaged56%
Students with disabilities (IEP)19%
English language learners14%
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 Students47%
Female41%
Male53%
Black46%
Asiann/a
Hispanic19%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White65%
Economically disadvantaged41%
Students with disabilities (IEP)21%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students46%
Female48%
Male44%
Black44%
Asiann/a
Hispanic19%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White60%
Economically disadvantaged42%
Students with disabilities (IEP)7%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students17%
Female10%
Male23%
Black11%
Asiann/a
Hispanic4%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White27%
Economically disadvantaged15%
Students with disabilities (IEP)7%
English language learnersn/a

Writing

All Students74%
Female89%
Male61%
Black72%
Asiann/a
Hispanic78%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White73%
Economically disadvantaged77%
Students with disabilities (IEP)37%
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

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 46% 71%
Black 27% 15%
Hispanic 23% 9%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 3%
Two or more races 2% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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