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Dr David W Kistler Elementary School

Public | K-6 | 967 students

 

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Posted October 15, 2013

you can make the activities more knowledgeable by email or send papers home with my child
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 22, 2013

parents complain a lot about the schools their children attend. Its up to the parents getting involved in schools that will make a difference. my daughter went to kistler from kindergarten to 6th grade. She had a few issues, and all were resolved thanks to the teachers help. Bullying is in every school, and kistler will not tolerate it. When my daughter needed help in math, her teacher gave me web sites to go on to help. When her teacher knew she loved Science, he recommended the WEBS program for her over the summer. It was the best experience she ever had over her summers! Lets make our schools a better place, its up to all of us, not just the teachers. I feel the teachers were kind, and did the best they could with the large classes of students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 14, 2013

And lets not forget about the silly policys about dying hair of piercing( face/ears). I'm sorry but this is my child, who are you to tell me that if they wanted more then two piercings in their ear, and I allow it,who are you to tell me no? WHat ever happened to expressing ones self? I am not saying go ahead and connect all your piercing together and hang a weight to it. But come on since when is dying your hair and having multipul piercing distracting?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 15, 2013

The principal and staff are friendly and caring. I've only had issues with one teacher in the 6 years my kids have been attending, but she's about to retire. The gifted program is adequate. However, one of my two children has been failing math for years and I've asked every year for help for him and no one has bothered, despite the many resources the school handbook lists. I feel that teachers are reluctant to address black students' poor behavior with the severity they do the white students. In addition, the dress code is ridiculously strict and a hardship to parents.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 29, 2012

FIrst thing I would have to say is more about WIlkes Barre schools in general. The dress code is ridiculous. We shouldn't NOR can afford to have kids use 2 outifts a day one for school and the other for play. Second its absurd for some people on here to complain about a lack of a kindergarten graduating ceremony. As for the Principal he is a no BS person so he doesn't give the "welcoming" feeling but hes the principal and needs to be stern. My kids do very well in this school and have no issues with any of their teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 23, 2012

This is one of the worst schools I have had my children in yet! This is only my kids second school and it is horrible! If you have a child with adhd dont send your child here! This school has been nothing but problems for my son! The vice principal said some nasty things about my son. They also do not have a kindergarten graduation ceremony or even give them a diploma! I am taking my children out of this school next year!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 5, 2011

I have to agree Principal does not give that welcoming feeling. Vice principal is very friendly. My child does very well and her teacher is excellant but parents have ZERO involvement ( rumored to be principal choice) PTO is basically 2 people and do not seem happy doing it. Very negative energy in school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 4, 2011

My son is now a 5th Grader at Kistler and I'm very happy with the education he is receiving. The teachers are all very nice and genuinely concerned for the students. Contrary to the October 12, 2010 review, the teachers, TA's and office staff have always been courteous and helpful. My wife, and I, always feel welcome when we stop in for a parent/teacher meeting. Apparently, the parents are the ones who drop the ball when it comes to studying, homework and projects. My son has told me that on many occasions, he is one of the few who has turned in a homework assignment, take home test or project. You can't complain about the school when the kids don't do anything at home. The things they are exposed to every day need to be reinforced and studied at home so they actually LEARN the material. It's pretty sad if you think it's all up to the teacher to teach your children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 12, 2010

As a parent of a special needs student enrolled in Solomon Plains and a student in Kistler. Solomon wins HANDS DOWN, everyone I have ever had to speak to in Kistler speaks down to you like you are a criminal. As a parent you are NOT welcomed in the school. My kindergarten student has shared some really disturbing policies of the school. All in all this school really is not up to par with the exception of a very FEW great teachers including the music teacher and a few 1st and 2nd grade teachers the rest of the school is terrible.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 4, 2007

Awesome faculty who do an outstanding job preparing our little 'mohawks'!
—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.

114 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
75%

2009

 
 
68%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 74% in 2012.

114 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
56%

2010

 
 
69%

2009

 
 
63%
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.

116 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
53%

2010

 
 
79%

2009

 
 
72%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2012.

116 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
50%

2011

 
 
52%

2010

 
 
52%

2009

 
 
64%
Science

The state average for Science was 82% in 2012.

121 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
73%

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.

119 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
45%

2011

 
 
60%

2010

 
 
65%

2009

 
 
78%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 65% in 2012.

119 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
42%

2011

 
 
49%

2010

 
 
44%

2009

 
 
56%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 64% in 2012.

126 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
54%

2009

 
 
72%
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.

131 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
71%

2009

 
 
76%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 69% in 2012.

130 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
55%

2011

 
 
53%

2010

 
 
58%

2009

 
 
72%
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 Students67%
Female63%
Male71%
Black40%
Asiann/a
Hispanic78%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White65%
Economically disadvantaged61%
Students with disabilities (IEP)45%
English language learners64%

Reading

All Students57%
Female63%
Male50%
Black47%
Asiann/a
Hispanic41%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White65%
Economically disadvantaged50%
Students with disabilities (IEP)30%
English language learners18%
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 Students59%
Female54%
Male63%
Black41%
Asiann/a
Hispanic52%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White68%
Economically disadvantaged54%
Students with disabilities (IEP)45%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students50%
Female52%
Male48%
Black37%
Asiann/a
Hispanic32%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White61%
Economically disadvantaged46%
Students with disabilities (IEP)30%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students74%
Female72%
Male76%
Black79%
Asiann/a
Hispanic57%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White79%
Economically disadvantaged75%
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 Students45%
Female55%
Male33%
Black29%
Asiann/a
Hispanic47%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White51%
Economically disadvantaged38%
Students with disabilities (IEP)8%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students42%
Female51%
Male32%
Black21%
Asiann/a
Hispanic53%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White49%
Economically disadvantaged33%
Students with disabilities (IEP)7%
English language learnersn/a

Writing

All Students64%
Female69%
Male57%
Black49%
Asiann/a
Hispanic56%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White73%
Economically disadvantaged58%
Students with disabilities (IEP)27%
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 Students62%
Female71%
Male52%
Black65%
Asiann/a
Hispanic38%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White74%
Economically disadvantaged55%
Students with disabilities (IEP)30%
English language learners17%

Reading

All Students55%
Female69%
Male40%
Black54%
Asiann/a
Hispanic33%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White66%
Economically disadvantaged46%
Students with disabilities (IEP)20%
English language learners0%
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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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 54% 71%
Black 23% 15%
Hispanic 21% 8%
Asian 2% 3%
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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301 Old River Rd
Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702
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