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Edgar Fahs Smith Middle School

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Posted March 29, 2010

We are one of the few schools in the district that has made yearly improvements. We are working very hard to educate our students in both academics and life.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted April 3, 2009

5 atsr rating this school is great and im sad that Mr. Miller had to leave.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 22, 2008

i absolutly love smith! i get a great education that i didnt get when i went to central york middle school. and every student is great
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 22, 2008

Loved this school I wish I still went to the school. Great school. There was a few problems with the teachers but other then that a good school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 4, 2008

I am a veteran teacher in the district and enjoy working with the students and parents of my students. We do have some problems with the achievement test scores but we are making improvements each year.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted August 31, 2007

one of the best schools ever!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 20, 2007

Teacher to parent communication seems to be a big concern at this school. Yet the first thing that was stated at the opening ceremonies of 2007 was that this is critical to the success of the students. The teachers need to practice what they preach. Communication and or the commitment to the students apparently is not at the top of their priority list. I showed up for teacher parent conference and they were not present because they had postponed it and not called me to reschedule.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 6, 2005

This school sends mixed messages to parents and provides little support for it's students. As an involved parent I feel the lack of communication with parents apalling. I have found that record keeping and communication between school official is unacceotable.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 27, 2005

They do not communicate with parents at all. My son got in to trouble and I did not know about it until i found out that he has to go to summer school. I did not receive a call from the school, nor any other type of communication. I guess they expect us to be mind readers (or expect a 7th grader to tell his parents he is not doing his work)!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 17, 2003

The school and the school police officer do not follow thru or act concerned about violent situations accuring during school time. They have been less than helpful in resolving many issues that my husband and I have brought to their attention. They also have not followed through concerning IEP students.
—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 73% in 2012.

148 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
48%

2010

 
 
n/a

2009

 
 
n/a
Reading

The state average for Reading was 65% in 2012.

148 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
38%

2011

 
 
34%

2010

 
 
n/a

2009

 
 
n/a
Writing

The state average for Writing was 64% in 2012.

144 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
36%

2011

 
 
36%

2010

 
 
n/a

2009

 
 
n/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.

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 77% in 2012.

147 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
39%

2011

 
 
42%

2010

 
 
48%

2009

 
 
53%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 69% in 2012.

145 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
35%

2011

 
 
37%

2010

 
 
37%

2009

 
 
38%
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 80% in 2012.

123 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
51%

2011

 
 
54%

2010

 
 
57%

2009

 
 
50%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 76% in 2012.

122 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
38%

2011

 
 
43%

2010

 
 
51%

2009

 
 
38%
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.

98 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
56%

2011

 
 
47%

2010

 
 
48%

2009

 
 
47%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 80% in 2012.

98 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
47%

2011

 
 
57%

2010

 
 
65%

2009

 
 
54%
Science

The state average for Science was 60% in 2012.

97 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
17%

2011

 
 
23%

2010

 
 
25%

2009

 
 
20%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 73% in 2012.

97 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
51%

2011

 
 
45%

2010

 
 
39%

2009

 
 
37%
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 Students53%
Female59%
Male49%
Black54%
Asiann/a
Hispanic44%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White70%
Economically disadvantaged51%
Students with disabilities (IEP)28%
English language learners19%

Reading

All Students38%
Female44%
Male32%
Black38%
Asiann/a
Hispanic36%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White39%
Economically disadvantaged33%
Students with disabilities (IEP)3%
English language learners8%

Writing

All Students36%
Female49%
Male24%
Black36%
Asiann/a
Hispanic40%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White23%
Economically disadvantaged37%
Students with disabilities (IEP)6%
English language learners13%
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 Students39%
Female37%
Male43%
Black37%
Asiann/a
Hispanic29%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White57%
Economically disadvantaged36%
Students with disabilities (IEP)26%
English language learners5%

Reading

All Students35%
Female37%
Male31%
Black35%
Asiann/a
Hispanic25%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White44%
Economically disadvantaged30%
Students with disabilities (IEP)10%
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

Math

All Students51%
Female53%
Male50%
Black53%
Asiann/a
Hispanic53%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White42%
Economically disadvantaged51%
Students with disabilities (IEP)7%
English language learners17%

Reading

All Students38%
Female37%
Male39%
Black33%
Asiann/a
Hispanic43%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White37%
Economically disadvantaged37%
Students with disabilities (IEP)4%
English language learners6%
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 Students56%
Female59%
Male53%
Black44%
Asiann/a
Hispanic58%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White71%
Economically disadvantaged53%
Students with disabilities (IEP)22%
English language learners31%

Reading

All Students47%
Female53%
Male40%
Black38%
Asiann/a
Hispanic49%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White59%
Economically disadvantaged44%
Students with disabilities (IEP)11%
English language learners8%

Science

All Students17%
Female16%
Male17%
Black10%
Asiann/a
Hispanic15%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White35%
Economically disadvantaged15%
Students with disabilities (IEP)0%
English language learners0%

Writing

All Students51%
Female63%
Male35%
Black47%
Asiann/a
Hispanic50%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White59%
Economically disadvantaged47%
Students with disabilities (IEP)16%
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

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 40% 15%
Hispanic 39% 9%
White 19% 71%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 2%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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York, PA 17404
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