School Details

James Buchanan El School

1621 Catasauqua Rd, Bethlehem, PA 18017
(610) 865-1766
6

(out of 10)

Public Grades K-5 265 students 15 students/teacher (PA avg is 15)

Test Scores by grade

82%
75%
80%
76%
73%
74%

Pennsylvania System of State Assessments (PSSA)

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 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.
  • This school in 2012
  • Bethlehem Area School District average
  • Pennsylvania state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

94%
75%
83%
80%
66%
72%
84%
74%
82%

Pennsylvania System of State Assessments (PSSA)

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 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.
  • This school in 2012
  • Bethlehem Area School District average
  • Pennsylvania state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

78%
65%
73%
60%
62%
65%
71%
63%
64%

Pennsylvania System of State Assessments (PSSA)

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 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.
  • This school in 2012
  • Bethlehem Area School District average
  • Pennsylvania state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

James Buchanan El School is a public elementary school in Bethlehem. The principal of James Buchanan El School is Mrs Mary Catherine Tachovsky. 265 students go to James Buchanan El School and identify mostly as Black, non-Hispanic; Asian/Pacific Islander; and Asian. 52% of the 265 students here get reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at James Buchanan El School is 15:1. Notre Dame of Bethlehem School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Computer arts
  • Drawing painting

Sports

  • P.E. classes

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Black, non-Hispanic 8% 11%
Asian/Pacific Islander 6% 4%
Asian 5% %
White, non-Hispanic 48% 50%
Hispanic 35% 35%
Multiracial 3% 1%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.4% 0%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% 0%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 52% 49%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (5 years ago)

    My daughter really enjoys attending James Buchanan Elementary. The teaching staff is great and the PTA is strong and very involved. I am very satisfied with the leadership.

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Overall score

(based on 3 ratings & reviews)

  • Teacher quality
  • Principal leadership
  • Parent involvement

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