Penncrest School District

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PENNCREST School District
Address
18741 State Highway 198, Suite 101
Saegertown, Pennsylvania, Crawford, 16433
United States
Information
Superintendent Constance M. Youngblood
Grades K-12
Enrollment 3591 pupils in 2010
Kindergarten 225
Grade 1 207
Grade 2 217
Grade 3 247
Grade 4 296
Grade 5 270
Grade 6 276
Grade 7 308
Grade 8 288
Grade 9 321
Grade 10 288
Grade 11 325
Grade 12 323
Other Enrollment projected by the PDE to be 2808 in 2020 [1]
Color(s) blue & gold (Saegertown),
yellow & black (Maplewood),
blue & white (Cambridge Springs)
Team name Panthers (Saegertown),
Tigers (Maplewood),
Blue Devils (Cambridge Springs)
Communities served large portion of Crawford County, small portion of Venango County
Website

Penncrest School District is a midsized public school district located primarily in Crawford County, in Northwest Pennsylvania, with a small portion of the district's service area in adjacent Venango County. The school district encompasses several rural townships and boroughs. Its administrative offices are located in Hayfield Township outside Saegertown, Pennsylvania. Penncrest School District encompasses approximately 400 square miles. According to 2000 federal census data it serves a resident population of 24,780 people. In 2009, the district residents' per capita income was $16,413, while the median family income was $42,566 a year.[2] Per District officials, in school year 2007-08, the Penncrest School District provided basic educational services to 3,761 pupils through the employment of 300 teachers, 198 full-time and part-time support personnel, and 21 administrators. Penncrest School District received more than $27.2 million in state funding in school year 2007-08.

The school district consists of community centered schools: three K-6 elementary schools and three 7-12 high schools.[3] Its total enrollment is around 3,500 in 2009.[4]

History[edit]

The school district was founded in the 1970s through a merger of the Saegertown, Randolph-East Mead, and Cambridge Springs school systems. The name PENNCREST is derived from the words Pennsylvania, Cambridge Springs, Randolph, East Mead, Saegertown, and Townville. Its physical plant at one point in time consisted of a total of four K-4 and two K-6 elementary schools, two 5-8 middle schools, two 9-12 high schools, and one 7-12 joint high school. Its plant was reduced to its current composition by the decommissioning of several elementary and middle schools during the 1990s and 2000s.

Map of Crawford County, Pennsylvania school districts, with PENNCREST School District's primary area of coverage highlighted in green.
PENNCREST School District also serves Plum Township in Venango County.

Schools[edit]

Municipalities[edit]

The following is a list of municipalities[5][6] served by the PENNCREST School District.

Townships[edit]

Boroughs and CDPs[edit]

Academic achievement[edit]

Penncrest School District was ranked 268th out of 498 Pennsylvania school districts in 2011 by the Pittsburgh Business Times. The ranking was based on five years of student academic performance based on the PSSAs for: reading, writing, math and three years of science.[7]

  • 2010 - 226th
  • 2009 - 198th
  • 2008 - 185th
  • 2007 - 172nd out of 501 Pennsylvania school districts.[8]

In 2009, the academic achievement, of the students in the Penncrest School District, was in the 35th percentile among all 500 Pennsylvania school districts Scale (0-99; 100 is state best) [9]

District graduation rate[edit]

In 2010, the Pennsylvania Department of Education issued a new, 4-year cohort graduation rate. Penncrest School District's rate was 85% for 2010.[10]

According to traditional graduation rate calculations:

  • 2010 - 95% [11]
  • 2009 - 93%
  • 2008 - 95% [12]
  • 2007 - 95% [13]

College remediation[edit]

According to a Pennsylvania Department of Education study released in January 2009, 14% of Penncrest 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.[14] 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.[15] 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 district offers the Pennsylvania dual enrollment program. This state program permits high school students to take courses, at local higher education institutions, to earn college credits. The students continue to have full access to activities and programs at their high school. 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.[16] Under the Pennsylvania Transfer and Articulation Agreement, many Pennsylvania colleges and universities accept these credits for students who transfer to their institutions.[17] The Pennsylvania College Credit Transfer System reported in 2009, that students saved nearly $35.4 million by having their transferred credits count towards a degree under the new system.[18]

In 2010 the district received a $5,571 state grant to be used to assist students with tuition, fees and books.

Maplewood High School[edit]

In 2010, Maplewood High School declined to Warning status for AYP (adequate yearly progress) due to low student achievement. In 2009, the school achieved AYP status.[19] The school provides grades 7th through 12th.

Graduation rate
  • 2010 - 95% [20]
  • 2009 - 90%
PSSA Results
11th Grade Reading
  • 2010 - 62% on grade level (20% below basic). In Pennsylvania, 66% of 11th graders are on grade level.[21]
  • 2009 - 65% (19% below basic), State - 65% [22]
  • 2008 - 64% (16% below basic), State - 65% [23]
  • 2007 - 68% (18% below basic), State - 65% [24]

11th Grade Math:

  • 2010 - 46%, on grade level (36% below basic). In Pennsylvania, 59% of 11th graders are on grade level.[25]
  • 2009 - 46% (21% below basic). State - 56%.
  • 2008 - 47% (30% below basic), State - 56%
  • 2007 - 53% (25% below basic), State - 53%

11th Grade Science:

  • 2010 - 40% on grade level (23% below basic). State - 39% of 11th graders were on grade level.
  • 2009 - 33% (11% below basic). State - 40% [26]
  • 2008 - 47% (27% below basic), State - 39%

8th Grade Science:

  • 2010 - 64% on grade level (20% below basic). State - 57% of 8th graders were on grade level.[30]
  • 2009 - 64% (17% below basic), State - 55% [31]
  • 2008 - 71%, State - 52% [32]

Maplewood Elementary School[edit]

In 2009 and 2010 the school achieved AYP status.[33] The attendance rate in 2009 was 94%. It rose to 95% in 2010.[34] According to a Pennsylvania Department of Education report 57% of the boys at the school were reading on grade level. Among the girls 71% were reading on grade level in 2010.[35]

4th Grade Science;
  • 2010 - 79%, (8% below basic), State - 81%
  • 2009 - 88%, (4% below basic), State - 83%
  • 2008 - 80%, (1% below basic), State - 81%

Cambridge Springs High School[edit]

In 2010 and 2009 the high school achieved AYP status.[36]

Graduation rate
  • 2010 - 97%.[37]
  • 2009 - 97%

11th Grade Reading

  • 2010 - 69% on grade level (16% below basic). In Pennsylvania, 66% of 11th graders are on grade level.[38]
  • 2009 - 70% (19% below basic), State - 65% [39]
  • 2008 - 74% (9% below basic), State - 65% [40]
  • 2007 - 67% (18% below basic), State - 65% [41]

11th Grade Math:

  • 2010 - 56%, on grade level (26% below basic). State - 59% [42]
  • 2009 - 61% (21% below basic). State - 56%.
  • 2008 - 60% (16% below basic), State - 56%
  • 2007 - 64% (22% below basic), State - 53%

11th Grade Science:

  • 2010 - 37% on grade level (13% below basic). State - 39%
  • 2009 - 50% (14% below basic). State - 40% [43]
  • 2008 - 60%, State - 39%

‘’’PSSA Results:’’’

Cambridge Elementary School[edit]

In 2010, the school declined to '"School Improvement Level 1"' status due to chronic, low achievement of the students. In 2009, the school was in Warning Status due to continued low student achievement.[50] The school administration was required to develop a school improvement plan. The plan had to be presented to the community and submitted to the Pennsylvania Department of Education for approval. According to No Child Left Behind, Cambridge Springs Elementary School must offer students the choice to transfer to another school in the district not in School Improvement. Transportation to one of these schools will be provided by the school district. Students could transfer to Maplewood Elementary School or Saegertown Elementary School.[51] The attendance rate was 95% in both 2010 and 2009.[52]

4th Grade Science;
  • 2010 - 69%, (12% below basic), State - 81%
  • 2009 - 80%, (5% below basic), State - 83%
  • 2008 - 78%, (7% below basic), State - 81%

Saegertown Junior-Senior High School[edit]

In 2009 and 2010, the school achieved AYP status.[53]

Graduation rate
  • 2010 - 93% [54]
  • 2009 - 91%

11th Grade Reading

  • 2010 - 75% on grade level (12% below basic). In Pennsylvania, 66% of 11th graders are on grade level.[55]
  • 2009 - 83% (%10 below basic), State - 65% [56]
  • 2008 - 85% (6% below basic), State - 65% [57]
  • 2007 - 80% (8% below basic), State - 65% [58]

11th Grade Math:

  • 2010 - 63%, on grade level (20% below basic). State - 59% [59]
  • 2009 - 70% (14% below basic). State - 56%.
  • 2008 - 68% (15% below basic), State - 56%
  • 2007 - 63% (15% below basic), State - 53%

11th Grade Science:

  • 2010 - 50% on grade level (10% below basic). State - 39%
  • 2009 - 60% (8% below basic). State - 40% [60]
  • 2008 - 57%, State - 39%

References[edit]

  1. ^ Enrollment and Projections by LEA, Pennsylvania Department of Education, 2010
  2. ^ American Fact Finder, US Census Bureau, 2009
  3. ^ SchoolMatters.com query of schools in the Penncrest S.D. (accessed October 11, 2009)
  4. ^ Penncrest.org October 2009 enrollment figures (accessed October 11, 2009) (PDF file)
  5. ^ Crawford County, PA
  6. ^ Venango County, PA
  7. ^ Pittsburgh Business Times (April 2011). "Statewide Honor Roll Information.". 
  8. ^ "Three of top school districts in state hail from Allegheny County,". Pittsburgh Business Times,. May 23, 2007. 
  9. ^ "2009 PSSA RESULTS Penncrest School District,". The Morning Call. Retrieved June 2011. 
  10. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education (March 15, 2011). "New 4-year Cohort Graduation Rate Calculation Now Being Implemented". 
  11. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education. "Penncrest School District AYP data table". Retrieved June 6, 2011. 
  12. ^ The Times-Tribune (June 25, 2009). "Crawford County Graduation Rates 2008". 
  13. ^ Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children. "High School Graduation rate 2007". Retrieved January 31, 2011. 
  14. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education (January 2009). "Pennsylvania College Remediation Report". 
  15. ^ National Center for Education Statistics
  16. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education. "Dual Enrollment Guidelines.". 
  17. ^ "Pennsylvania Transfer and Articulation Agreement.". March 2010. 
  18. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education. (April 29, 2010). "Report: PA College Credit Transfer System Makes Higher Education More Affordable, Accessible". 
  19. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education (2010). "Maplewood HS - School AYP Overview". 
  20. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education (2010). "MAPLEWOOD HS - School AYP Data Table". 
  21. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education (2010). "2009-2010 PSSA and AYP Results". 
  22. ^ The Times-Tribune. (September 2009). "Grading Our Schools database, 2009 PSSA results,". 
  23. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education (August 2008). "2007-2008 PSSA and AYP Results". 
  24. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education (2007). "PSSA Math and Reading results". 
  25. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education (March 2011). "Maplewood High School Academic Achievement Report Card 2010". 
  26. ^ The Times-Tribune. (2009). "Grading Our Schools database, 2009 Science PSSA results,". 
  27. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education (August 2008). "Reading and Math PSSA 2008 by Schools". 
  28. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education Report (September 14, 2010). "2010 PSSAs: Reading, Math, Writing Results". 
  29. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education. "2009 PSSAs: Reading, Math, Writing and Science Results". 
  30. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education Report (August 2010). "Science PSSA 2010 by Schools". 
  31. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education Report (August 2009). "Science PSSA 2009 by Schools". 
  32. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education Report (August 2008). "Science PSSA 2008 by Schools". 
  33. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education (2010). "MAPLEWOOD Elementary School - School AYP Overview". 
  34. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education (2010). "MAPLEWOOD EL SCH - School AYP Data Table". 
  35. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education (2010). "Maplewood Elementary School Academic Achievement Report Card 2010.". 
  36. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education (2010). "CAMBRIDGE SPRINGS HS - School AYP Overview". 
  37. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education (2010). "CAMBRIDGE SPRINGS HS - School AYP Data Table". 
  38. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education (2010). "2009-2010 PSSA and AYP Results". 
  39. ^ The Times-Tribune. (September 2009). "Grading Our Schools database, 2009 PSSA results,". 
  40. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education (August 2008). "2007-2008 PSSA and AYP Results". 
  41. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education (2007). "PSSA Math and Reading results". 
  42. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education (March 2011). "School District Academic Achievement Report Card 2010". 
  43. ^ The Times-Tribune. (2009). "Grading Our Schools database, 2009 Science PSSA results,". 
  44. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education (August 2008). "Reading and Math PSSA 2008 by Schools". 
  45. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education Report (September 14, 2010). "2010 PSSAs: Reading, Math, Writing Results". 
  46. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education. "2009 PSSAs: Reading, Math, Writing and Science Results". 
  47. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education Report (August 2010). "Science PSSA 2010 by Schools". 
  48. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education Report (August 2009). "Science PSSA 2009 by Schools". 
  49. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education Report (August 2008). "Science PSSA 2008 by Schools". 
  50. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education (2010). "CAMBRIDGE SPRINGS EL - School AYP Overview". 
  51. ^ Penncrest School District - Cambridge ES Administration (2011). "School Choice Parent Letter 2011-2012". 
  52. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education (2010). "CAMBRIDGE SPRINGS EL School Academic Achievement Report Card 2010". 
  53. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education (2010). "SAEGERTOWN HS - School AYP Overview". 
  54. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education (2010). "SAEGERTOWN HS - School AYP Data Table". 
  55. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education (2010). "2009-2010 PSSA and AYP Results". 
  56. ^ The Times-Tribune. (September 2009). "Grading Our Schools database, 2009 PSSA results,". 
  57. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education (August 2008). "2007-2008 PSSA and AYP Results". 
  58. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education (2007). "PSSA Math and Reading results". 
  59. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education (March 2011). "Saegertown High School Academic Achievement Report Card 2010". 
  60. ^ The Times-Tribune (2009). "Grading Our Schools database, 2009 Science PSSA results,". 
  61. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education (August 2008). "Reading and Math PSSA 2008 by Schools". 
  62. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education Report (September 14, 2010). "2010 PSSAs: Reading, Math, Writing Results". 
  63. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education. "2009 PSSAs: Reading, Math, Writing and Science Results". 
  64. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education Report (August 2010). "Science PSSA 2010 by Schools". 
  65. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education Report (August 2009). "Science PSSA 2009 by Schools". 
  66. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education Report (August 2008). "Science PSSA 2008 by Schools". 

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