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Willow Hill School

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Posted August 13, 2014

This is very good school. My daughter loves it. She had great teachers and can't wait to start the 2nd grade.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 10, 2014

I would like to point out that based on the 2013 School Performance Profile (Pennsylvania Department of Education's new ranking system of Public Schools), Willow Hill Elementary School of Abington School District received an 88.9!! This indicates to me that this school should not have a GreatSchools Rating of 5 out of 10. It should be more of an 8 out of 10 or even a 9 out of 10! Greatschools.org, please upgrade your rankings of public schools on your website because your present rankings of schools are now outdated!! Thank-you!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 16, 2013

My daughter is in 3rd grade and learning stuff I learned in 7th grade. I love it. She is learning about the world, politics, science, advanced math
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 16, 2011

aww i feel so bad for jess only a 3 outta 10!!!!!!!! goog luck jess have fun make friends ill be there 4 u :D


Posted June 18, 2010

I have given three years of my children's education to this school and I am sick. Every year I was assured what they were doing educating my child was fine. It is not fine. My child has been dumbed down. Look into the other schools in Abington. There is no equity. Willow Hill has the lowest test scores out of all the other elementary schools. When parents question instruction, they make you out to be a crazy parent and put blame back on you. Tough questions are not answered and the superintendent of the year allows this to go on. Willow Hill is the poor stepchild to the Abington School District. Parents need to be aware of what oppertunities exist at the other schools and ask is this fair to my child? The only way things will change if parents speak up. Please speak up........
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 9, 2010

Willow Hill has a lot of work ahead of it. The new management may want to focus their attention on how poorly the students are doing academically across the board instead of manicuring the lawns. Recent data from the Department of Education reported that out of all the elementary schools in the Abington School district, WH performed the worst especially in Reading and Math. More work needs to be done by you, New Management . Get it together school and really make a difference to Abington and most importantly our CHILDREN!!!!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted March 28, 2010

Willow Hill has a family feel to it. The teachers really care about your child's education
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 18, 2010

Excellent school! The atmosphere is warm and inviting. Students are the priority and the staff puts forth a consistent effot to ensure that students are making progress


Posted February 6, 2010

I will just say... Abington schools do not live up to the hype. My child transfered to this school from a neighboring school district whose academics surpasse WH by two grade levels. The children who attend this school are not disciplined nor does the faculty care to discipline them. The only regret that I don't have about moving to Abington, is my beautiful home and the low taxes. Oh, now I see, you get what you pay for. Put your children in private school. The Jr. and Sr. High are even worse!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 15, 2008

Excellent school, open, warm and accessible staff and principal. The children all feel loved and listened to, in addition to getting a great education.
—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.

45 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
71%

2009

 
 
71%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 74% in 2012.

45 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
71%

2009

 
 
62%
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.

51 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
74%

2009

 
 
72%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2012.

49 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
52%

2009

 
 
69%
Science

The state average for Science was 82% in 2012.

50 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
61%

2009

 
 
79%
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.

41 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
62%

2010

 
 
69%

2009

 
 
81%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 65% in 2012.

40 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
64%

2010

 
 
40%

2009

 
 
62%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 64% in 2012.

43 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
66%

2009

 
 
43%
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.

53 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
84%

2009

 
 
95%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 69% in 2012.

52 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
68%

2009

 
 
79%
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 Students69%
Female65%
Male74%
Black50%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White94%
Economically disadvantaged63%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students71%
Female69%
Male74%
Black50%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White94%
Economically disadvantaged50%
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 Students82%
Female88%
Male78%
Black77%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White81%
Economically disadvantaged75%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students69%
Female71%
Male68%
Black50%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White93%
Economically disadvantaged57%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students86%
Female87%
Male85%
Black80%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White94%
Economically disadvantaged79%
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 Students78%
Female79%
Male77%
Black74%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White80%
Economically disadvantaged65%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students73%
Female83%
Male64%
Black64%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White87%
Economically disadvantaged77%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Writing

All Students74%
Female84%
Male67%
Black71%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White81%
Economically disadvantaged74%
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 Students79%
Female79%
Male79%
Black75%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged69%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students60%
Female63%
Male57%
Black51%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged56%
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
Black 58% 15%
White 31% 71%
Hispanic 5% 9%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 4% 3%
Two or more races 3% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Willow Grove, PA 19090
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