School Details

Edgar Fahs Smith Middle School

701 Texas Ave, York, PA 17404
(717) 849-1240
2

(out of 10)

Public Grades 5-8 & ungraded 676 students 26 students/teacher (PA avg is 15)

Test Scores by grade

53%
47%
73%
38%
31%
65%
36%
30%
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
  • York City School District average
  • Pennsylvania state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

39%
40%
77%
35%
31%
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
  • York City School District average
  • Pennsylvania state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

51%
55%
80%
38%
38%
76%

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
  • York City School District average
  • Pennsylvania state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

56%
48%
76%
47%
44%
80%
17%
14%
60%
51%
32%
73%

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
  • York City School District average
  • Pennsylvania state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Edgar Fahs Smith Middle School is a public middle school in York Township. The principal of Edgar Fahs Smith Middle School is Dr Eric Holmes. 676 students attend Edgar Fahs Smith Middle School and identify mostly as Black, non-Hispanic; Hispanic; and White, non-Hispanic. 35% of the 676 students here have subsidized lunches. The ratio of students to teachers at Edgar Fahs Smith Middle School is 26:1. West York Area Middle School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra

Languages Taught

  • Spanish

Sports

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • P.E. classes
  • Rock climbing
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Track
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Black, non-Hispanic 42% 42%
Hispanic 34% 39%
White, non-Hispanic 23% 17%
Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 1%
Asian 1% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.3% 0.03%
Multiracial 0% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 35% 86%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (4 years ago)

    We are one of the few schools in the district that has made yearly improvements. We are working very hard to educate our students in both academics and life.

  • (5 years ago)

    5 atsr rating this school is great and im sad that Mr. Miller had to leave.

  • (5 years ago)

    i absolutly love smith! i get a great education that i didnt get when i went to central york middle school. and every student is great

  • (6 years ago)

    Loved this school I wish I still went to the school. Great school. There was a few problems with the teachers but other then that a good school.

  • (6 years ago)

    I am a veteran teacher in the district and enjoy working with the students and parents of my students. We do have some problems with the achievement test scores but we are making improvements each year.

  • (7 years ago)

    one of the best schools ever!

  • (7 years ago)

    Teacher to parent communication seems to be a big concern at this school. Yet the first thing that was stated at the opening ceremonies of 2007 was that this is critical to the success of the students. The teachers need to practice what they preach. Communication and or the commitment to the students apparently is not at the top of their priority list. I showed up for teacher parent conference and they were not present because they had postponed it and not called me to reschedule.

  • (9 years ago)

    This school sends mixed messages to parents and provides little support for it's students. As an involved parent I feel the lack of communication with parents apalling. I have found that record keeping and communication between school official is unacceotable.

  • (9 years ago)

    They do not communicate with parents at all. My son got in to trouble and I did not know about it until i found out that he has to go to summer school. I did not receive a call from the school nor any other type of communication. I guess they expect us to be mind readers (or expect a 7th grader to tell his parents he is not doing his work)!

  • (11 years ago)

    The school and the school police officer do not follow thru or act concerned about violent situations accuring during school time. They have been less than helpful in resolving many issues that my husband and I have brought to their attention. They also have not followed through concerning IEP students.

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Overall score

(based on 14 ratings & reviews)

  • Teacher quality
  • Principal leadership
  • Parent involvement

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