School Details

Forbes El School

5785 Saltsburg Rd, Verona, PA 15147
(412) 793-2155

(out of 10)

Public Grades K-3 248 students 13 students/teacher (PA avg is 15)

Test Scores by grade


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
  • Penn Hills School District average
  • Pennsylvania state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Forbes El School is a public elementary school in Penn Hills. 248 children attend Forbes El School and identify mostly as Multiracial; Black, non-Hispanic; and White, non-Hispanic. 63% of the 248 students here get reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Forbes El School is 13:1. Penn Hebron El Academy is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular activities


  • Orchestra


  • P.E. classes

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Multiracial 7% 3%
Black, non-Hispanic 55% 59%
White, non-Hispanic 38% 37%
Asian/Pacific Islander 0.4% 1%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% 0%
Hispanic 0% 0%
Asian 0% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% 0%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 63% 58%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    The administration and the teaching staff at Forbes are incredible. I have two kids that attend the school. They have had tremendous teachers. The PTA is very active and they support numerous activities for the kids. The school is small and only includes K-3.

  • (2 years ago)

    I have 3 Children in Forbes. One of which has Behavioral problems that come with ADHD. This school the teachers and principal are the best. I cant say enough about how they have helped my son. If you just look at a test score or rating and choose not to attend you will are missing out on a top of line education for your child/children. The teachers and staff in general love what they do and I love the school for that.

  • (5 years ago)

    I am a parent of two children who attend this school. I think this is one of the best scools in the Penn Hills school district. I have found that if parent's have a prpblem with the school most likely the problem lies with the parent. Teachers are there to teach not babysit. This school district has gone through many changes in the past few years. Many of which I am not happy with. However don't fault this school. I am very upset that this school will close within the next 2 years and then I may make a decision to look for education elsewhere. These teachers are great. My children have exceled at any and all work that has been thrown at them. I am very proud of this school.

  • (5 years ago)

    Forbes Elementary is the best in my opinion. It is such a wonderful place to send your children. I have 2 children there and I don't think they would ever get a better education anywhere else. The teachers are spectacular. They love their jobs and love the kids. All the support staff is just as wonderful

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Overall score

(based on 4 ratings & reviews)

  • Teacher quality
  • Principal leadership
  • Parent involvement


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