The school is okay - not great. Leadership is subpar and discipline is lacking. It's not unusual to walk through the halls and hear the teachers yelling (screaming) at the children. This is all evidenced by the falling scores. My daughter attended when it was still a tight ship but my son (4 years later) is not benefiting from the same structure. He is still there because the third grade team is awesome. Probably look elsewhere for 4-5th grade. This seems to be the trend in the school.....students exit in the higher grades.
Pittsburgh Linden K-5 is a public elementary school in Pittsburgh. The principal of Pittsburgh Linden K-5 is Ms Carla Berdnik. 413 children attend Pittsburgh Linden K-5 and identify primarily as Black, non-Hispanic; Multiracial; and Asian/Pacific Islander. 54% of the 413 students here have subsidized lunches. The student to teacher ratio at Pittsburgh Linden K-5 is 18:1. Sacred Heart Elementary School is one of the nearest elementary schools.
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We love this school!!. My daughter have been there for 2 year now. When we relocated to Pittsburgh EVERYBODY said that we must go to the suburb if we want good public education. With a little research we found that Linden would be a good option and have been an excellent choice. Linden offers a good education in a diverse environment it is a mixed community that represent our society. The German Program is a plus and now start the Chinese Mandarin program only school in the city that offer that. Now that we want to buy a house...the house must be within the city because we do not want to loose Linden.
I've had one child graduate from here and I have one child currently enrolled. I agree with much of what has been said here about Linden. I would add that Linden's test scores are above all other Pgh Public Elementary schools in all subjects. One of the reasons I think is the high value all the enrolling families appear to place on education. While families here are different in income and backgrounds they are the same in this one value. Thus kids' home environments are already very enriched and families are achievement-oriented. A large percent of kids test at the Gifted And Talented levels. What is really weird about this school is how the curriculum and environment are so out-of-whack with the clientele. The environment is rigid 'old-school' regressive impersonal and punitive. It has all the resources to be in every corner of the school creative warm flexible and highly encouraging.
My son is in his third year at Linden- he's in 2nd grade - and is receiving an excellent education. I've been pleased with the teachers and the style suits his personality very well. It is a tight ship - discipline is a priority but in my opinion that is necessary for a good public school. I agree that K is for the prepared student. My son with a summer birthday was 6. studentsutdeint.
This is a great school!
excellent school good teachers well disciplined clean and orderly
Linden has been a top school for many years. I have had a child there for almost a decade. Student achevement is really high and most of the teachers are great. Kindergarden is really for the prepared student so if you have any question if your child is ready than try next year. He new principal is a question mark.
This magnet school has a high student accomplishment rating but it may be because struggling students are placed on probation and 'encouraged' to return to their home schools. The principal can be a 'bully'.
Emphasis seems to be on writing and busy work -- not enough of the basics in Math English etc. Definitely has some good teachers but I have seen some biases against minority students.
I actually went to Linden El. The quality of the teaching staff at linden is superb. I really felt as though the teachers really enjoyed teaching and they wanted to help me move on in life