Avon Grove School District

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Avon Grove School District
Map of Chester County Pennsylvania School Districts.png
Address
375 South Jennersville Road
West Grove, Pennsylvania, Chester, 19390
United States
Information
Founder Augustus J. Massaro, Ed.D.
Grades K-12
Enrollment 5441
Kindergarten 323
Grade 1 325
Grade 2 389
Grade 3 384
Grade 4 385
Grade 5 464
Grade 6 436
Grade 7 435
Grade 8 459
Grade 9 471
Grade 10 455
Grade 11 480
Grade 12 435
Other Enrollment projected to 6275 by 2019
Mascot Devils
Website

The Avon Grove School District is a publicly funded school district located in West Grove, Pennsylvania, 19390 [1]. The district covers the Boroughs of Avondale and West Grove and Franklin Township, London Britain Township, London Grove Township, New London Township and Penn Township in Chester County, Pennsylvania. The district operates one High School, one Middle School, two Elementary Schools and one Charter Elementary School

Avon Grove Charter School used to be Avon Grove Elementary until the Avon Grove Intermediate School was built in 2002. All students attending Avon Grove Elementary School were moved to the Avon Grove Intermediate School at the end of the 2002 - 2003 school year.

In 2007 the Pennsylvania Legislature commissioned a Costing Out Study to identify the cost of public education. Avon Grove School District was recognized as achieving high percentages of students scoring either advanced or proficient on PSSA math and reading tests; and having relatively low per-pupil expenditures.[1] Avon Grove School District was one of only 87 schools districts that were identified as high performing in student achievement of the Pennsylvania Academic Standards. Efficiency was gauged by administrative spending, number of teachers per pupil and maintenance/operation spending per pupil.[2]

Schools within the district[edit]

Academic achievement[edit]

Avon Grove School District was ranked 88th out of 498 Pennsylvania School Districts in 2008 by the Pittsburgh Business Times. The ranking was based on three years of student academic performance on the PSSA mathematics, writing, reading and one year of science.

Graduation Rate:
2009 - 76%[3]
2008 - 67%
2007 - 67%[4]

High school[edit]

PSSA Results
11th Grade Reading
2009 - 75% on grade level. In Pennsylvania, 65% of 11th graders on grade level.
2008 - 75%, State - 65%
2007 - 77%, State - 65%[5]

11th Grade Math:
2009 - 65% on grade level. In Pennsylvania, 56% of 11th graders are on grade level.[6]
2008 - 67%, State - 56%
2007 - 70%, State - 53%

11th Grade Science:
2009 - 48% on grade level. State: 40% of 11th graders on grade level.
2008 - 31%, State - 39% [7]

College remediation: According to a Pennsylvania Department of Education study released in January 2009, 24% of Avon Grove School District graduates required remediation in mathematics and or reading before they were prepared to take college level courses in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education or community colleges.[8] Less than 66% of Pennsylvania high school graduates, who enroll in a four-year college in Pennsylvania, will earn a bachelor's degree within six years. Among Pennsylvania high school graduates pursuing an associate degree, only one in three graduate in three years.[9] Per the Pennsylvania Department of Education, one in three recent high school graduates who attend Pennsylvania's public universities and community colleges takes at least one remedial course in math, reading or English.

Dual enrollment[edit]

The high school offers a dual enrollment program. This state program permits high school students to take courses, at local higher education institutions, to earn college credits. Students remain enrolled at their high school. The courses count towards both: high school graduation requirements and towards a college degree. The students continue to have full access to all clubs, activities and programs, at their high school, including the graduation ceremony. The college credits are offered at a deeply discounted rate. The state offers a small grant to assist students in costs for tuition, fees and books.[10] Under the Pennsylvania Transfer and Articulation Agreement, many Pennsylvania colleges and universities accept these credits for students who transfer to their institutions.[11]

For the 2009-10 funding year, the school district received a state grant of $3,976 for the program.[12]

Extracurriculars[edit]

The district offers a large variety of clubs, activities and sports.

By Pennsylvania law, all K-12 students in the district, including those who attend a private nonpublic school, cyber charter school, charter school and those homeschooled, are eligible to participate in the extracurricular programs, including all athletics. They must meet the same eligibility rules as the students enrolled in the district's schools.[13]

Geo-Links[edit]

Ideally Geo links should be integrated into the main body of the article

Here are links for satellite imagery of the schools.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Augenblick, Palaich, and Associates, Inc. Costing Out the Resources Needed to Meet Pennsylvania’s Public Education Goals. November 2007
  2. ^ Augenblick, Palaich, and Associates, Inc. Costing Out the Resources Needed to Meet Pennsylvania’s Public Education Goals. November 2007
  3. ^ Avon Grove School District Report Card 2009 http://paayp.emetric.net/District/DataTable/c15/124150503
  4. ^ Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children - High School Graduation Rates 2007
  5. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education Report PSSA Math and Reading by School and Grade 2007
  6. ^ 2009 PSSAs: Reading, Math, Writing and Science Results http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/school_assessments/7442
  7. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education PSSA Science results by School and Grade 2008
  8. ^ Pennsylvania College Remediation Report http://www.scribd.com/doc/23970364/Pennsylvania-College-Remediation-Report
  9. ^ National Center for Education Statistics
  10. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education - Dual Enrollment Guidelines.
  11. ^ Pennsylvania Transfer and Articulation Agreement. Site accessed March 2010. http://www.patrac.org/
  12. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education Dual Enrollment Fall Grants 2009-10. August 2009
  13. ^ Home-Schooled, Charter School Children Can Participate in School District Extracurricular Activities, Pennsylvania Office of the Governor Press Release, November 10, 2005