School Details

Burchfield Primary School

1500 Burchfield Rd, Allison Park, PA 15101
(412) 492-1200

(out of 10)

Public Grades K-3 354 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
  • Shaler Area School District average
  • Pennsylvania state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Burchfield Primary School is a public elementary school in Shaler Township. The principal of Burchfield Primary School is Mr William Tomicek. 354 students attend Burchfield Primary School and identify mostly as White, non-Hispanic; Multiracial; and Asian. 21% of the 354 students here get reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Burchfield Primary School is 13:1. Montessori Center Academy is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular activities


  • Band
  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting


  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Football
  • Martial arts self defense
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Wrestling

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 94% 96%
Multiracial 4% 1%
Asian 1% %
Black, non-Hispanic 0.6% 1%
Asian/Pacific Islander 0.6% 1%
Hispanic 0.6% 0%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.3% 0%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% 0%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 21% 26%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (6 years ago)

    My Grandson is currently a student at Burchfield and I am very dissapointed in this school. The teachers are caring and seem to try to do their best but they seem to be limited by the schools administration as to providing the correct help to a child with special educational needs. After three years of parent teacher meetings improper assessments and slow to act administrators this child is still being left behind!

  • (9 years ago)

    My son started at Burchfield in first grade after a year in full day kindergarten at a nearby private school. I was so impressed with the level of learning that he received at Burchfield. He started off way behind everybody else because his kindergarten experience did not teach him much. The teachers at Burchfield did him assessment early in September and provided him with all the help that he needed to succeed. He worked hard and actually ended the year with 4 A's and 1 B+. He now loves school and learning and I have to thank the teachers at Burchfield for this.

  • (9 years ago)

    The level of parent involvement at Burchfield is amazing. It is so nice to see that the school allows the parents to be so involved it's very comforting. I couldn't be happier that my children attend this school. Both of my children struggled with reading and they offer a wonderful program to help the kids who a need a little extra.

  • (9 years ago)

    Excellent school programs teachers. Good facilities. Excellent music PE and art programs. Active PTA.

  • (10 years ago)

    I felt that at this school the parental involvement was rather weak the extracirricular activities struggled to stay-a-float and playground equipment was rusty and unsafe for children. Teachers seemed disgruntled also.

  • (10 years ago)

    I Went to burchfield from second grade to fourth grade. Throughout that time period I found the teachers kind. I had helped with the homecoming banner as one of the extra curricular activities. The Academic program was the best i culd have imagined. And the level of parent involvement was outstanding.

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Overall score

(based on 7 ratings & reviews)

  • Teacher quality
  • Principal leadership
  • Parent involvement


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