School Details

Washington El School

2501 Main St, Pittsburgh, PA 15235
(412) 793-2800

(out of 10)

Public Grades K-3 346 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

Washington El School is a public elementary school in Penn Hills. 346 children attend Washington El School and identify primarily as Multiracial; White, non-Hispanic; and Black, non-Hispanic. 62% of the 346 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Washington El School is 13:1. Kindercare Learning Center is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Multiracial 8% 3%
White, non-Hispanic 45% 37%
Black, non-Hispanic 44% 59%
Hispanic 1% 0%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.9% 0%
Asian/Pacific Islander 0.9% 1%
Asian 0.5% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.3% 0%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 62% 58%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (2 years ago)

    I have been beyond satisfied with this school! The teachers are fabulous!!! My children have been challenged and have also been given the support when needed. I wouldn't send them anywhere else!

  • (3 years ago)

    For children with special needs this school is not addequate. I was told by a staff member that a lot of kids with special needs have been taken out of the school because the school isn't equipped to deal with them. The Transportation department makes K-3 walk anywhere from 1/2 mile to a mile to get to the bus no matter what the weather is like. The secretary is very abbrasive and rude to both the children and the parents. The principal is very easy to talk to and seems to genuinely care about the students. The counselor also cares about the kids and does what she can to help them in any way. The nursing staff does not keep the parents informed if the child has an issue other schools in the same district have excellent nurses that keep the parents informed through a call or a letter home.

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