School Details

Welsh Valley Middle School

325 Tower Ln, Narberth, PA 19072
(610) 658-3920
9

(out of 10)

Public Grades 6-8 863 students 9 students/teacher (PA avg is 15)

Test Scores by grade

90%
91%
77%
89%
90%
69%

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
  • Lower Merion School District average
  • Pennsylvania state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

93%
94%
80%
95%
95%
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
  • Lower Merion School District average
  • Pennsylvania state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

94%
94%
76%
95%
97%
80%
79%
82%
60%
87%
88%
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
  • Lower Merion School District average
  • Pennsylvania state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Welsh Valley Middle School is a public middle school in Lower Merion Township. The principal of Welsh Valley Middle School is Dr Deitra Spence. 863 children attend Welsh Valley Middle School and identify as White, non-Hispanic; Black, non-Hispanic; and Asian/Pacific Islander. 9% of the 863 students here get reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Welsh Valley Middle School is 9:1. Bala-Cynwyd Middle School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Orchestra
  • Theater drama

Languages Taught

  • French
  • Latin
  • Spanish

Sports

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Football
  • Lacrosse
  • P.E. classes
  • Rock climbing
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 85% 78%
Black, non-Hispanic 7% 8%
Asian/Pacific Islander 6% 9%
Asian 5% %
Hispanic 2% 3%
Multiracial 1% 2%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.2% 0%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% 0%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 9% 9%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    I am a student and love it! The school has nice teachers and other staff. I like all my classes! They are nice! Stop complaining! It is very nice!

  • (1 year ago)

    In 6th and 7th grade I had pretty good teachers overall but in 8th grade I had new ones that didn't really know what they were doing. The admin tries to make the school feel like a community but it's so cliquey that it doesn't work. Teachers are always willing to help but don't understand the difference between busy work and work that actually make you think. The students are SO cliquey that you can barely concentrate.

  • (2 years ago)

    Wonderful i get to talk to my teachers and if i am struggling and i have Everything I need for school. I get plenty of 1 on 1 time with teachers when I need it. It's Just a fun friendly learning environment!

  • (3 years ago)

    Great school. Reading the comments below I couldn't disagree more with the parent about special ed. More money and resources go into that program than anything else in our district. I'm watching the "middle of the bell curve" slowly get ignored because parents of special needs kids keep demanding more and more and constantly suing.

  • (3 years ago)

    The school has a good academic programs but the students have a lot of boundaries around them a lot of rich snobby people. My child feels uncomfortable learning with the students and if we did anything we had the freedom of speech.

  • (4 years ago)

    Special needs team tries their hardest but the school does not seem to "get it". This is a school with alot of opportunity for main stream kids only. If your child is not in the dead center of the bell curve look elsewhere.

  • (4 years ago)

    WOW! My daughter came to Welsh Valley after 8 years at a very prestigious private school and I am so impressed. The acadmic challenge is definately on par with what she is used to and the teachers are well-educated caring and focused. I am so glad we made the switch! This is a great environment for a child!

  • (5 years ago)

    I have no 1 on 1 time with my teacher so if i need help i never get it because there are always more kids

  • (5 years ago)

    My teachers are unkind and make learning not fun at all. School seems more like a torture method than an education.

  • (6 years ago)

    excellent teachers and staffs nice counsellor excellent Jazz Band and Lab Jazz Band.

  • (6 years ago)

    Mediocre poor administration principle out if touch. Not creative educational tools. Teaching staff good May be it is just the middle school level. From the 2 middle schools in this district I believe this one is lesser. No stars

  • (9 years ago)

    My daughter has been very happy at this school. Very attentive/responsive faculty. The music program is fabulous Part of the great lower merion school district

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Overall score

(based on 17 ratings & reviews)

  • Teacher quality
  • Principal leadership
  • Parent involvement

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