Penn Wood Middle School

121 Summit St
Darby, PA 19023
(School attendance zone shown in map)
Rank
1/
10
Bottom 50%
5.00 5 1 (1 review)
Penn Wood Middle School serves 721 students in grades 7-8.
Penn Wood Middle School placed in the bottom 50% of all schools in Pennsylvania for overall test scores (math proficiency is bottom 50%, and reading proficiency is bottom 50%) for the 2017-18 school year.
The percentage of students achieving proficiency in math is 10% (which is lower than the Pennsylvania state average of 45%) for the 2017-18 school year. The percentage of students achieving proficiency in reading/language arts is 35% (which is lower than the Pennsylvania state average of 63%) for the 2017-18 school year.
The student:teacher ratio of 13:1 is lower than the Pennsylvania state level of 15:1.
Minority enrollment is 98% of the student body (majority Black), which is higher than the Pennsylvania state average of 34% (majority Black).

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School Overview

Penn Wood Middle School's student population of 721 students has stayed relatively flat over five school years.
The teacher population of 54 teachers has stayed relatively flat over five school years.
Grades OfferedGrades 7-8
Total Students721 students
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Total Classroom Teachers54 teachers
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School Comparison

Penn Wood Middle School is ranked within the bottom 50% of all 2,820 schools in Pennsylvania (based off of combined math and reading proficiency testing data) for the 2017-18 school year.
The diversity score of Penn Wood Middle School is 0.15, which is less than the diversity score at state average of 0.53. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five school years.
Definition of Terms 2017-2018 School Year DataThis SchoolState Level (PA)
Overall Testing Rank
#2608 out of 2820 schools
(Bottom 50%)
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Math Test Scores (% Proficient)
10%
45%
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Reading/Language Arts Test Scores (% Proficient)
35%
63%
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Student : Teacher Ratio13:115:1
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American Indian
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Asian
2%
4%
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Hispanic
3%
11%
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Black
92%
15%
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White
2%
66%
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Hawaiian
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Two or more races
1%
4%
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Diversity Score
0.150.53
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Eligible for Free Lunch
99%
46%
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Eligible for Reduced Lunch
7%
3%
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School Statewide TestingView Education Department Test Scores
School District NameWilliam Penn School District
Source: 2017-2018 (latest school year available) NCES, PA Dept. of Education

Nearby Public Schools

The nearest high school to Penn Wood Middle School is Academy Park High School (0.9 miles away)
The nearest middle school is Sharon Hill School (0.8 miles away)
The nearest elementary school is Walnut Street Elementary School (0.2 miles away)
Show me:
  • School (Math and Reading Proficiency) Location Miles Grades Students
  • Darby Walnut Street Elementary School Math: 8% | Reading: 27%
    Rank
    1/
    10
    Bottom 50%
    Grades: K-6 | 398 students
    0.2 miles
    224 South Sixth Street
    Darby, PA 19023
    (610) 534-5660
    0.2 K-6 398
  • Darby Park Lane Elementary School Math: 10% | Reading: 24%
    Rank
    1/
    10
    Bottom 50%
    Grades: K-6 | 407 students
    0.5 miles
    1300 Park Ln
    Darby, PA 19023
    (610) 534-4880
    0.5 K-6 407
  • Lansdowne Bell Avenue School Math: 11% | Reading: 33%
    Rank
    1/
    10
    Bottom 50%
    Grades: K-6 | 344 students
    0.6 miles
    1000 Bell Ave
    Lansdowne, PA 19050
    (610) 284-6100
    0.6 K-6 344
  • Darby Colwyn Elementary School Math: 15-19% | Reading: 40-44%
    Rank
    2/
    10
    Bottom 50%
    Grades: K-6 | 143 students
    0.6 miles
    211 Pine Street
    Darby, PA 19023
    (610) 957-5470
    0.6 K-6 143
  • Philadelphia Philadelphia Montessori Charter School Charter School
    Math: 10-14% | Reading: 35-39%
    Rank
    1/
    10
    Bottom 50%
    Grades: PK-6 | 184 students
    0.7 miles
    2227 Island Rd
    Philadelphia, PA 19142
    (215) 365-4011
    0.7 PK-6 184

School Reviews

5  
I am a student, and have to say that the teachers do a great job at teaching (with a few exceptions..) and the staff and all are pretty good. It's mostly the students that make the school of lower quality. Most of them are bad behavior-wise, and aren't very bright despite receiving good-quality learning. I am in the Advanced route, so luckily I don't experience most of the bad people except in specials, where learning level obviously doesn't matter. A lot of the students are still really nice though. I never experienced bullying really.. if you avoid the bad students you'll be fine. I kind of feel bad that my school gets trashed a lot. Just get good grades, try to avoid bad students as best as possible (which is pretty easy being advanced; most advanced kids are nice) and you'll be fine. Oh and there's "semi-advanced" classes or just the smart people as well it seems. It's pretty easy to get there at least if you're not at a gifted level and these people are nice too. Someone won't punch you in the face for no reason, I promise lol. All in all try giving it a go. The school isn't the prettiest school I can admit ^^ but the staff really tries to bring in fun activities and more.
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