School Details

Ferndale Elementary School

100 Dartmouth Ave, Johnstown, PA 15905
(814) 535-6724
6

(out of 10)

Public Grades PK-6 429 students 14 students/teacher (PA avg is 15)

Test Scores by grade

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74%

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
  • Ferndale Area School District average
  • Pennsylvania state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

92%
92%
83%
71%
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72%
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82%

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
  • Ferndale Area School District average
  • Pennsylvania state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

90%
90%
73%
55%
55%
65%
72%
72%
64%

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
  • Ferndale Area School District average
  • Pennsylvania state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

86%
86%
77%
65%
65%
69%

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
  • Ferndale Area School District average
  • Pennsylvania state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Ferndale Elementary School is a public elementary school in Westmont. The principal of Ferndale Elementary School is Dr. William J. Brotz and can be contacted at wbrotz@fasdk12.org. 429 students go to Ferndale Elementary School and identify primarily as White, non-Hispanic; Black, non-Hispanic; and Multiracial. 62% of the 429 students here get reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Ferndale Elementary School is 14:1. Westmont Hilltop El School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 83% 86%
Black, non-Hispanic 6% 4%
Multiracial 6% 6%
Hispanic 4% 3%
Asian/Pacific Islander 0.9% 1%
Asian 0.9% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% 0%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% 0%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 62% 60%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (11 months ago)

    Our kids have gone to Ferndale Elementary for 5 years now. We have been extremely happy with this school! I've really felt that each and every teacher they've had has genuinely cared about my kids. The teachers staff principal PTO volunteers...all great. And I'm not on the PTO so I'm not biased. They are just really caring people who truly want the kids to do well and have a great school experience. Of course any school has its issues. I'm not a fan of "silent lunch" either. And there is a definite reason my kids went elsewhere for preschool. And I think the music program could really step up its game - please no more "kids bop karaoke 'concerts'"...we can't take it any more. Teach our kids actual music and real singing! Hence the four stars instead of five. But I would still recommend Ferndale Elementary to anyone. Yes it's a small school. That's one of the things I like best about it - the kids can get so much more individual attention in class. My kids are above average academically and their teachers have always made the effort to make sure that they stayed challenged in the classroom. You just don't get that in a larger school. Keep up the great work!

  • (1 year ago)

    the school really does need to consolidate with another larger school. The academics really lack in depth. They can't meet the needs of their students. If your child is academically advanced their solution is to push that child a grade ahead ridiculous! The children are not emotionally ready for it. I think of a child who will attend high school next year because he "skipped" a grade with the emotional maturity of a 4th grader. In terms of bullying the staff won't even listen to the students no wonder the "reviews" are good. A child is deemed to make poor choices the school ignores the taunting (bullying) other students inflict on that child who often can't help him/herself. Yes I reported it yes I tried to address it. They make me feel crazy and I'm an adult. I can't imagine what they do to young people. Silent lunches? They exclude children when they can barely field a team let alone actually win. In terms of involvement it's a nice thought but the groups are not welcoming in fact they are RUDE. I tried to get involved in the PTO. I tried to get involved at football and cheerleading I have clearances and was told "we don't need help." The school fails on every level.

  • (1 year ago)

    Bullying FERNDALE DOESN'T DO ANYTHING FOR IT!! Yes they stress about how important no bullying is but that's it! They don't give good punishments if there was a fight at the school (like there always is) then the bully would get one day of ISS but the person who is getting bullied would get a greater punishment!!! What's up with that?! My child has been going to cyber school because you guys don't do anything about bullying. Now... for the school in general. It's small the teachers are too hard on the students. (ESPECIALLY THE ELEMENTARY ONES!!!) Miss one question on a homework in the elementary and my 4th grader gets a quiet lunch? REALLY? Back in my day it was NOT like that!! My 4th grader complains about how cold it is in Ferndale! When my 9th grader that is currently in cyber school's friends come over to my house they say they absolutely hate Ferndale! One of her friends said she wore two hoodies and she was still freezing and shivering in each class! Seriously either "level" up with the whole school... or you might as well just shut the school down.

  • (1 year ago)

    1200 characters is not enough-I come from a family of Ferndale Alum and I am a proud parent of a student at Ferndale. You can choose to live anywhere so if you choose to live in and send your child to a school district you do not like then shame on you. Yes Ferndale is a small school but that s what makes it so great. The teachers and administration know the parents and the students. If you have a concern they ALWAYS make the time even if you just walk in unannounced. Perhaps if there was more parent involvement at the schools they would be able to offer more extra-curricular activities. As far as the PTO is concerned there are only a handful of parents that volunteer. I have been to numerous football games this year. Spectators make snide remarks about the team not doing well the cheerleaders the band -loud enough for everyone to hear. How about some positive encouragement? The kids put their heart into the game. If they didn t care they wouldn t even show up. If your child is a victim of bullying or you know someone that is report it! It s easy to sit back and complain. Instead be a positive role model for your child. Become involved in your school. Make a difference.

  • (1 year ago)

    Parent reviewers. Thank you for your responses. I am surprised from the negative reviews! Student surveys indicate a steady decline in bullying and very few reports are made by students. I am also concerned regarding concerns with the PTO. Please feel free to contact me regarding any issues or concerns.

  • (1 year ago)

    small time to take a serious look at consolidation. The school offers few extra curricular activities the school fails to sustain the ones they do offer. The school is failing at meeting the state and federal benchmarks to ensure a qualify education. The PTO does NOT welcome parents I attended in the past and they only welcome those they know. The same clique is always together and they don't welcome outsiders. I tried to offer help to my children's activities the coaches especially cheerleading look at you as if you were an alien. I possess the appropriate clearances told them so and nothing and you wonder why your groups are failing or falling apart. Time to hang it up and close Ferndale.

  • (1 year ago)

    needs to close.. it's so small it barely can support a football program much less an education..... the bulling is ridiculous. Parent involvement is shunned and refused. what an awful experience for my children!

  • (1 year ago)

    in a sorry place. They try to support the "at risk" students at the failure of the thriving students. They foster bullying and support the process. The school does NOT welcome parental involvement nor does the PTA or other school groups. It's no wonder the children bully the parents engage in the same activity. The previous poster is correct the school needs to consolidate and close.

  • (3 years ago)

    My daughter is in first grade at Ferndale Elementary School. She has had health issues since birth which have led to some physical and academic problems. She recieves PT and OT at the school. Her therapists are wonderful and her teachers have always been very understanding and helpful when dealing with missed class time. She has been fortunate enough to have three wonderful teachers in her short time at Ferndale Elementary (she was held back in first grade). The compassion and care that they show her is amazing. They are truly great teachers and wonderful people.

  • (3 years ago)

    I'm sorry but I totally disagree!! This school has the best staff!!! All schools have their problems but nothing like what is being described below!!! The PTO (not PTA) and the district does not do alot of fundraising compared to other schools. The PTO is FOREVER looking for parents to help out. If more parents would come to the meetings and volunteer maybe you would actually see how much time is put into the school. Box Tops and "soup" labels earn the school thousands of dollars a year in cash and equipment for the school! No one has the right to criticize if you are not helping out!

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