School Details

Abington Junior High School

2056 Susquehanna St, Abington, PA 19001
(215) 884-4700
8

(out of 10)

Public Grades 7-9 1702 students 13 students/teacher (PA avg is 15)

Test Scores by grade

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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
  • Abington School District average
  • Pennsylvania state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

89%
89%
76%
90%
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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
  • Abington School District average
  • Pennsylvania state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Abington Junior High School is a public middle school in Abington. The principal of Abington Junior High School is Dr Lorraine Trollinger. 1,702 children attend Abington Junior High School and identify as White, non-Hispanic; Asian/Pacific Islander; and Asian. 19% of the 1,702 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Abington Junior High School is 13:1. Center School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

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

Languages Taught

  • French
  • German
  • Mandarin
  • Spanish

Sports

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Field hockey
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 65% 67%
Asian/Pacific Islander 5% 5%
Asian 5% %
Hispanic 4% 5%
Black, non-Hispanic 25% 22%
Multiracial 0.4% 1%
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 19% 18%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    Awful school. I attended this school district from kindergaten to senior year and the only good thing about this school is its academics. but the students constantly talk about how awful the school is no matter what the academics are like. the only way i survived was taking as many AP classes as i could handle but i know my brother is suffering greatly in his CP (gerenal type) classes. there are fights once a week and it has gotten 10 times worse since ive left and my brother has entered. all the school talks about is the great academics but only a handful of students take advantage of it. junior high is a hard time for everyone but it should involve being bullied and abused when teachers arent looking or being ignored if you arent a genius. take it from someone who has gone through the system and is glad to be in college now because of how terrible the kids are there. all 1500+ of them. its turning into a philly school and i wouldnt recommend this school to anyone i liked.

  • (1 year ago)

    This is a great school with caring teachers that are the absolute best! They really care about the kids education and them succeeding in every way. I have never had a bad experience at this school and my daughter has no complaints. We are new to the area and couldn't have made a better choice!!!!!

  • (1 year ago)

    This school has thee best education ever! With over 1600 kids you have to wonder how they do it. My daughter has been in the Abington school district since 6th grade she is in 8th grade now and when she she started she was struggling and now she is advanced. She was reffered to take an AP class this year and she loves it. The curriculum they offer to 7th & 8th graders is amazing it's like getting a private school education. Before we moved to Abington my children went to Catholic school all their lives and I can honestly say there is no comparison to the education my kids are receivng now. To come to a public school from a Catholic school and be behind is sad I was ashamed to say my kids came from a Catholic school. I was a little uneasy when my daughter first started the Junior high because of the huge population but once I went to the back to school night and learned that all her classes had less than 22 kids in them I was very pleased. It's amazing how a school so big can keep the class sizes under 25 and provide such a phenomenal education. I love love love this school keep up the good work Abington!

  • (1 year ago)

    the program combined children of average academic intelligence with children who have problems learning concentrating and respecting the teachers and other students who want to learn. If you are not in advanced placement you'll have problems with all the disruption in class. On the other hand my other child who was in advanced placement classes thrived.

  • (3 years ago)

    AJHS was a great stepping stone for me. There I learned how to thrive a real academic setting which put me in a position to be sucessful later in my education. The teachers at AHJS were of great influence on me. I was able to take a month-long trip to Europe with one such teacher and that experience has stayed with me even into my 30's.

  • (4 years ago)

    my son came to Abington junior high for 9th grade. He has always been in a small Catholic school. He thought coming to a public school would be cool. Maybe it is but not Abington the kids are out of control but I must admit the principals there take fights and bullying serious. I think there is too many kids in this school. THE EDUCATION IS GREAT!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • (4 years ago)

    My daughter attends AJHS for 7th grade and does well in her classes academically although she finds it difficult to concentrate on school work when there are kids constantly fighting bullying harassing other kids. I've had to go to administration because of a bully yet things continued. The transition from grade school to junior high is hard enough with such a large student body. Thank goodness I'm moving into another district where hopefully this type of behavior is not tolerated!

  • (5 years ago)

    The teachers are exceptional and my son likes the school. He does tell me there is drug use in school and fights everyday. Luckily he has no problems. I do lead a youth group with two 8th grade girls involved from Abington. Both are frightened of all the fights and hate the school although they plus my son do well academically.

  • (6 years ago)

    Abington schools are excellent I had two go through the elementry schools and JH and High School. There is only one problem as I know there are in many schools. The Bullies get away with things that other students can't get away with. And if you are a football player you can be stupid a bully and still can't do amy wrong. Otherwise a great school district.

  • (6 years ago)

    Wish they better addressed social problems like bullying and teasing etc.

  • (6 years ago)

    I was told that this was a safe good school for my children to learn in; however I found out that the school is lacking in discipline. The kids are involved in drug use gang violence and very racist. Children have taken weapons to school push other kids while the teachers stand and watch. This school campares to schools in Philadelphia in dangers that children have to go through everyday the only thing is that this school is not in Philadelphia

  • (7 years ago)

    I really didn't like elementary school. But now in my 2nd year at AJHS there are what a shock times when I do actually like school. The teachers are amazing; quite a few seem almost like friends whom we joke around with but highly respect and learn from. Many of my teachers have been dynamic exciting funny and creative. The biggest drawback about AJHS is the students. I feel sometimes like we've tried to grow up too quickly attempted to become adults when we don't know what that is. Sex drugs and rock n' roll is sadly a large theme in the social aspect here. However I suspect that this might be the same in many public schools. AJHS is a wonderful school the curriculum is quite good there are dozens of afterschool clubs and the teachers I have I will come back and visit many years later.

  • (8 years ago)

    The teachers are extremely accessible to parents very understanding of the children's developmental challenges and very energetic and creative. Classes can be large and most honors classes have 30 students. Students who are self starters will obtain a great education. There are many talented and smart children. The school offers diversity and needs more character education and diversity training. Administration is very accessible to parents but lacks vision and the ability to create a distinct culture of social excellence among staff and students. The guidance department is useful and parents should stay on top of their services. There are very good extracurricular activities. Parent involvement is definitely present but there are few parents who are progressively involved in the quality of education and socialization in the school. There are some innovative parent initiatives for children of color. AJHS is serious about safety but has improvement opportunities for respect and self esteem.

  • (8 years ago)

    My daughter started Abington Junior High this year. I think it's probably an exceptional school (academically) for those children ready for this kind of competitiveness and involvement. But coming from a very small school to such an enormous student body (in my opinion) is just so overwhelming to soon. I hear about fights and drugs already and this is only seventh grade. My daughter is in all the honors classes and has made the distinguished honor role for the first two marking periods. And as thrilled as we are with that we are still considering a much smaller school for next year. We fear for the safety that does not seem to be there for these (still very young) children.

  • (8 years ago)

    This school is not very good. The kids are not always friendly and the education is not great at all. The campus definitely needs something done about it. Do not send your kids to this school.

  • (9 years ago)

    the teachers are great and have excellent techniques. the chorus and band students are at a high and great activities go on for the music students.

  • (9 years ago)

    Abington is a great school. There are many fights though. Its a really good school though in extra curricular activities and education. I had many good friends there.

  • (9 years ago)

    Programming is varied and includes music/art and extracurriculars too.. However having had 2 children go through the school I'd have to say that there is an level of disinterest in assisting the average child... Seems they focus on the really bright dedicated learners and the troubled learners... middle of the road kids are lost in the shuffle bound to lose interest and focus on learning. Test scores are high because they take valuable classroom time to teach the tests More time might be more effective to the entire student body if spent on creative efforts and diversity.

  • (9 years ago)

    Abington Junior High School has proven itself to be a provider of quality education in the area. Although it has a very large student body (approximately 1900 students) it still manages to maintain the feel of a community school. Smaller learning 'Neighborhoods' help foster a more intimate atmosphere and help to ease the transition between the small elementary schools that the students came from and the larger Junior High. The faculty is well qualified and very enthusiastic helping students to become more focused and successful in their studies. Academic standards are very high and test scores as well. A lively offering of extra curricular acivities offers something for just about everyone and administration and staff highly encourage students to participate. Excellent art music and theatre programs are well supported. Overall Abington Junior High School offers an exceptional educational opportunity.

  • (10 years ago)

    I believe abington to have excellent test scores and the teachers are very helpful for the most part. They have many fundraisers and are always looking to make things better for thir students. The school has many clubs and classes that allow the children to express their musical talents along with drama classes and they also have annual plays. Sports are year round and they give all children a fair chance.

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