School Details

Hershey Middle School

500 Homestead Rd, Hershey, PA 17033
(717) 531-2222
9

(out of 10)

Public Grades 6-8 869 students 12 students/teacher (PA avg is 15)

Test Scores by grade

93%
93%
77%
84%
84%
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
  • Derry Township School District average
  • Pennsylvania state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

95%
95%
80%
93%
93%
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
  • Derry Township School District average
  • Pennsylvania state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

91%
91%
76%
95%
95%
80%
85%
85%
60%
83%
83%
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
  • Derry Township School District average
  • Pennsylvania state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Hershey Middle School is a public middle school in Derry Township. The principal of Hershey Middle School is Mrs Sue King. 869 students attend Hershey Middle School and identify primarily as Asian/Pacific Islander; White, non-Hispanic; and Asian. 15% of the 869 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Hershey Middle School is 12:1. Milton Hershey School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Asian/Pacific Islander 9% 9%
White, non-Hispanic 81% 79%
Asian 8% %
Hispanic 6% 6%
Black, non-Hispanic 3% 4%
Multiracial 1% 2%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% 0%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% 0%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 15% 15%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (4 years ago)

    HMS has a number of issues. The most important one is inadequate leadership from the principal. Teachers vary in quality some are interested but many are not. Parental concerns are usually treated in a flippant manner teachers clearly have no concerns about their relationship to the community. Teacher issues are not resolved by the principal. PSSA scores are good but don't forget that this is a wealthy community where parents take an interest in their children's academic performance. They get every advantage for their children's academic success outside of school lessons travel tutoring. So test scores may reflect the community more than the teachers' success with the students.

  • (4 years ago)

    Well to Deborah Mallek a parent." I hate to break it to you but I am a current Hershey student. And if the school you went to had enough potential why didn't they teach you if you don't have anything nice to say than don't say anything.

  • (6 years ago)

    Hershey Middle School is like no other. I'm a current student and can honestly say that I love my school. The teachers can be amazing while others are just cranky but thats how every school is. Our sports program is amazing. We're always promoting good sportsmanship and leadership. Our school board is always finding new ways to improve our learning experience. Right now we're even in the process of getting new laptops. Some will be available to be signed out by students who arent able to get to a computer at home. The teachers here are really supportive and make you see what your best really is and help you reach it. if your looking for a good stable school Hershey is the best choice.

  • (8 years ago)

    I think that Herhsey Middle School is a very outstanding school. All of their testing average is above the states. The staff is extremely helpful to the parents and staff. From the children's perspective the teachers get them involved in what they are doing. The school offers extra-curricular activities throughout all of the seasons. They also offer plenty of free after school activities with parent permission. For example my daughter has participated in after school bowling 'Dance Dance Revolution' and others. The school allows students to participate in the choices of teachers and principals with Student Council and Principal's Counicl. This school truly gets students interested in learning. They offer the students many things from the languages they take to playing an instrument choir The Science Olympiads The Mathletes art fairs and more. This is a truely genuine school.

  • (9 years ago)

    Like all schools in the District Hershey Middle School boasts an academic level it does not possess. While continuing to claim National Blue Ribbon status this status was achieved in 2002 and has not been achived since. The District also claims no zero tolerance policies but absence of 'zero tolerance' wording does not make this true. Experience has proved otherwise. Unless the schools begin to see and project a realistic view of current programs and academic status they will not be able to correct problems or make improvements. The school has great potential but with continued unrealistic views and reports to the community it will be unable to attain its full potential.

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Overall score

(based on 7 ratings & reviews)

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