Sayre William L Middle School

5800 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19139
(215) 471-2904

(out of 10)

Public Grades 9-12 598 students 14 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
  • Philadelphia City School District average
  • Pennsylvania state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Sayre William L Middle School is a public high school in Philadelphia. The principal of Sayre William L Middle School is Mrs Gayle Daniels. 598 students go to Sayre William L Middle School and identify mostly as Black, non-Hispanic; Hispanic; and White, non-Hispanic. 99% of the 598 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Sayre William L Middle School is 14:1. Boys Latin of Philadelphia CS is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities


  • Chorus
  • Drawing painting
  • Theater drama

Languages Taught

  • Spanish


  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • P.E. classes
  • Softball
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Black, non-Hispanic 97% 56%
Hispanic 2% 19%
White, non-Hispanic 1% 14%
Multiracial 0.3% 4%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.2% 0%
Asian/Pacific Islander 0% 7%
Asian 0% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% 0%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 99% 75%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (10 months ago)

    I am currently a student at this HIGH SCHOOL and it made a complete turn around. We don't have the BEST teachers but we have teachers that are willing to get out of bed in the morning to teach us because they care! Ms. Eberle is the best principal anyone could ask for. She is there when we need her even if we don't need her she is still there. Don't be afraid to send your student there because it's not a bad school we as students give this school a reputation and we should do better with respecting OUR home.

  • (5 years ago)

    I went to Sayre Middle School. No we did not have all of the opportunities that other schools in other neighborhoods but at that that time the teachers really did their best with what they had.

  • (6 years ago)

    I wouldn't recommend anyone to go to this school! It has nothing to do with behavior it's just the academics and the coursework is not rigorous. They are letting go of the good teachers and keeping the bad ones. They suspend people for wearing the wrong type of uniform(student being unaware of it) without letting them get a chance to go home and change. The staff makes the school something that it is not a well rounded school!

  • (6 years ago)

    it is a wondeful school we just have to work on a lot of things together

  • (7 years ago)

    i went to this school 06-07 my favorite teacher was miss dockett i miss that school so much sayre wasnt the best school but it was average i am thinking about going back for my senior year

  • (10 years ago)

    I went to Sayre Jr. High in 1982-83. I was always an honor student before I attended. In one year I went from all a's and b's to all D's and E's maybe a few 5 or 6 C's. They passed me to the 8th grade. I changed schools and made all A's and B's. I don't live in Philly anymore but that is one school I will never reunite to or send my kids to.

  • (11 years ago)

    My daughter is attending this school for summer program. I am deeply concerned about the violence and obscene language coming from the students. The school staff seems very encouraging and have a great deal of discipline to deal with.

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