School Details

Penn Wood Middle School

121 Summit St, Darby, PA 19023
(610) 586-1804
3

(out of 10)

Public Grades 7-8 766 students 14 students/teacher (PA avg is 15)

Test Scores by grade

61%
59%
80%
56%
55%
76%

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
  • William Penn School District average
  • Pennsylvania state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

59%
59%
76%
63%
63%
80%
21%
21%
60%
54%
53%
73%

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
  • William Penn School District average
  • Pennsylvania state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Penn Wood Middle School is a public middle school in Darby Township. The principal of Penn Wood Middle School is Mr Brian Wilson. 766 students attend Penn Wood Middle School and identify as Black, non-Hispanic; White, non-Hispanic; and Asian. 80% of the 766 students here get reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Penn Wood Middle School is 14:1. Sharon Hill School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Drawing painting
  • Photography
  • Theater drama

Languages Taught

  • French
  • Spanish

Sports

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Field hockey
  • Football
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Black, non-Hispanic 93% 92%
White, non-Hispanic 4% 5%
Asian 2% %
Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 2%
Hispanic 1% 1%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.4% 0%
Multiracial 0.1% 0%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% 0%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 80% 72%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    Well as a parent my belief is that the teachers in this school are doing very well and it behooves the students to use the opportunity afforded them to get the best result. If the state PSSA exam is a measurement then the school has good potential. Thank God because through this school's curricula my child had advanced in all state tests. Parents have a role to play too.

  • (1 year ago)

    My school is really great. Yeah there are better schools than Penn Wood a hundred times better but there are also schools a hundred times worse. YES we do learn. It's not a babysitting center although sometimes it feels like it. Occasionally you'll hear profanity in the hallways or a angry student going crazy but that doesn't mean it's a horrible school. We have different classes for people with different levels. Yes somedays I really don't want to be there. A lot of bad kids are the faves which gets annoying but it's still a good school. If you can handle it. Not everyone is friendly but most people are. One of my teachers told me the only reason why they work here is because its easy to fail someone here and have the parents not care than fail someone at some prestigious white school and have the parents care. #PWMS Student

  • (2 years ago)

    HORRIFYING!!!! There is no possible way a child can learn or be secure in this school. When I say that these students (about 90%) are out of control I am being too kind. You would literally find better behavior in a prison. What are these parents and administrators doing with their time for God's sake?...surely they aren't concerning themselves with the students behavior or learning. These are the prisoners and murderers of tomorrow. I only wish I could video tape the things I witnessed there because you just wouldn't believe that what I saw could even POSSIBLY occur in a school setting. If you have a child there consider yourself neglectful for subjecting your child to this type of an environment because its like dropping your kid off in a crackhouse every day! What they need are armed guards and cells not teachers and classrooms!

  • (4 years ago)

    I have seen my share of schools and I can tell you that if given the choice I would NEVER go back to Penn Wood. First Penn Wood looks and feels more like a prison than an actual school - barred windows high fences and not the greatest location. The students are disrespectful and care nothing about getting a meaningful education. The students even bragged about how they made a male substitute teacher cry. The staff came off as disorganized rude and appeared to only concern themselves with disciplining students rather than the actual learning process.

  • (5 years ago)

    This school was a wonderful experience for me. Despite the location I got a great education and was prepared for high school. The staff did an exellent job in making my middle school experience a great one.

  • (5 years ago)

    I am an advance student of this school and I've been in this school district since 5 it's an ok school district. Not the best but not the worst. I'm in the middle school and there are good teachers who do care about the student.

  • (5 years ago)

    I am also a parent of a child that has an IEP and this school district falls short especially in the middle school years of providing the level of qualified and knowledgable personnel to help implement IEP based on current NCLB and IDEA regulations. It would benefit us parents to become more unified in demanding better processes with teachers who are HQ and hve the child's best interest in heart to actually implement and execute the plan so that it works and helps the child succeed.

  • (5 years ago)

    This school and school district does not have your child's best interest in mind. I'm still waiting for changes to an IEP for three months to no availe.

  • (6 years ago)

    This is a school where you have to question how much learning could possibly take place because you first concern has to be your safety.

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Overall score

(based on 11 ratings & reviews)

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