School Details

Bala-Cynwyd Middle School

510 Bryn Mawr Ave, Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004
(610) 645-1480
10

(out of 10)

Public Grades 6-8 830 students 10 students/teacher (PA avg is 15)

Test Scores by grade

93%
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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

96%
94%
80%
96%
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

95%
94%
76%
98%
97%
80%
84%
82%
60%
90%
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

Bala-Cynwyd Middle School is a public middle school in Wynnewood. The principal of Bala-Cynwyd Middle School is Dr Patricia Haupt. 830 children attend Bala-Cynwyd Middle School and identify as White, non-Hispanic; Hispanic; and Asian. 6% of the 830 students here have subsidized lunches. The ratio of students to teachers at Bala-Cynwyd Middle School is 10:1. Waldron Mercy Academy is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Theater drama
  • Video film production

Languages Taught

  • French
  • Latin
  • Spanish

Sports

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Crew
  • Cross country
  • Field hockey
  • Football
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 76% 82%
Hispanic 3% 2%
Asian 11% %
Black, non-Hispanic 10% 8%
Asian/Pacific Islander 10% 8%
Multiracial 0.4% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% 0.2%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 6% 7%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    My daughter is now in her second year at BC and she loves it. We her parents love it too - particularly after the unsatisfying experience at Cynwyd Elementary. The principal Mr. Potten is engaged and energetic. The 7th Grade teachers are all enthusiastic (special note to the fabulous Latin teacher!) We couldn't be happier with the approach this school takes toward the pupils.

  • (1 year ago)

    Bala Cynwyd Middle School is a fantastic school and holds opportunity for any student to succeed. I have attended BC for the past 3 years and I have had an incredible educational and social experience.

  • (3 years ago)

    Great school wonderful teachers they want to make EVERY kid succeed. Great philosophy in dealing with 6-8th graders.

  • (4 years ago)

    Dr. Andersen is an excellent leader and communicator. Most teachers have or are working on their advanced education degrees. The curriculum is robust with many offerings found only in private schools.

  • (4 years ago)

    Lower Merion School District is all I've ever known for my whole entire school career but Bala Cynwyd Middle School has certainly been the highlight so far of my sojourn to graduation. Academics are superior to most other schools in the region with well-educated and caring teachers and three world languages to choose from Spanish French and Latin. Three extra-curricular academic programs are provided Science Olympiad TSA and MathCounts. All of these cater to a student's interests and hobbies. Recently Bala Cynwyd's Science Olympiad team took 1st place at the State Tournament for the first time beating another phenomenal school and a private independent school from Pittsburgh to advance to the National Tournament. 'Many' doesn't begin to describe the amount of athletics programs are provided at Bala Cynwyd. There is much more to this school but if you want an exceptional education for your child this is the place to go.

  • (4 years ago)

    I luv Bala Cynwyd! I was new to this district but I got so many friends at BC. Teachers on team 6-2 are the best and Dr.Pron is best computer teacher ever! There are great electives for World Language and the cafeteria food is awesome. There isn't a big amount of homework and the music program is fantastic. It's a big school and takes a little while to get used to. But if you have to send your kid anywhere choose Bala Cynwyd Middle School.

  • (5 years ago)

    As a BC alumni I have to say that this school isn't as great as I hoped it would be. The music program is better than most schools but lacking compared to that of Welsh Valley (the other middle school in the district). Most teachers are good enough some are great but there are a good few who never should have been hired. Many of the teachers have unrealistic expectations for the students and overload them with homework and tests because they assume the students can handle it. The facilities are good but the gyms and cafeteria could use some work. BC's strengths are in its art program and extra curricular selection but its teachers and classes need some improvement. Bala Cynwyd is not a terrible school but for such a good reputation it really doesn't measure up. A very average school.

  • (6 years ago)

    Mostly very good to excellent teachers. Strong principal. Music program quality has decreased with change in personnel not as enjoyable for students. Math a strength. Latin also strong other language instruction not as strong perhaps the curriculum and lower expectations for other languages in middle school? This is a safe and well run school less homework than I would expect.

  • (6 years ago)

    Excellent facilities. Divisive principal limits acheivement by placating parents rather than enforcing discipline and supporting faculty. Faculty has excellent credentials and potential limited by principal's devotion to public relations and elimination of parent complaints even at the expense of academic integrity.

  • (6 years ago)

    BCMS is the best school in LM! There are some weak teachers (like anywhere) and the scheduling of extras (like having to pull-out for orchestra and challenge) is bad. Scheduling is always a problem and even when they tinker w/it it doesn't improve. Should also have sports options for 6th graders --teams don't start til 7th. Otherwise a great school! Strong principal (Dr. Haupt) keeps everyone (teachers too) in line

  • (9 years ago)

    Academic programs generally good. General level of teaching is good but there are definite exceptions. Surprising number of weak teachers considering the high pay good working conditions and generally good reputation of Lower Merion Schools. Plenty of extracurricular sports art and music. Butlike most large middle schools it is very easy for the individual student to get lost in the crowd.

  • (9 years ago)

    Academic only math is tracked and language arts should be. More than half the kids go to honors level classes in high school. Not as much homework as I expected. Teaching varies with some outstanding and some mediocre. Music- bands including 2 jazz bands orchestra inc. chamber bell choirs Art- beautiful art room Theatre program after school- very popular Sports- open to all except basketball which is by try-outs Parental involvement very strong.

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