Souderton Area School District

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Souderton Area School District
Map of Montgomery County Pennsylvania School Districts.png
Address
760 Lower Road
Souderton, Pennsylvania, Montgomery, United States
Information
Superintendent Dr. Fred Johnson, PhD
Grades K-12
Enrollment 6862 pupils in 2011 [1]
Kindergarten 408
Grade 1 496
Grade 2 524
Grade 3 516
Grade 4 550
Grade 5 513
Grade 6 553
Grade 7 510
Grade 8 540
Grade 9 547
Grade 10 541
Grade 11 576
Grade 12 506
Other Enrollment projected to decline to 6688 pupils by 2017
Website

Souderton Area School District is a large, suburban public school district which covers an area of almost 50 square miles (130 km2) in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. The district serves the municipalities of Souderton, Telford, Franconia, Lower Salford, Upper Salford, and Salford. By 2005, the population of the district had exceeded 41,000. The Souderton Area School District operates 3 secondary schools and 7 elementary schools. A new high school was built on Lower Road and was occupied in September 2009.

The teachers union for the Souderton Area School District went on strike on Tuesday, September 2, 2008. The dispute was over wages and health-care benefits, among other things. The strike ended September 25, 2008 with the Teachers' Union's acceptance of a nonbinding arbitration report proposed by the Souderton Area School Board.[2]

Schools[edit]

Secondary[edit]

Elementary[edit]

  • E. Merton Crouthamel (EMC)
  • Franconia
  • Lower Salford (closed in June 2013)
  • Oak Ridge
  • Salford Hills
  • Vernfield
  • West Broad Street

Academic achievement[edit]

Souderton Area School District was ranked 51st out of 498 Pennsylvania school districts in 2012 by the Pittsburgh Business Times. The ranking was based on five years of student academic performance on the PSSAs for: reading, writing, math and three years of science.[3]

  • 2011 - 46th
  • 2010 - 40th
  • 2009 - 40th
  • 2008 - 49th
  • 2007 - 54th out of 501 Pennsylvania school districts.[4]

In 2009, the academic achievement, of the students in the Souderton Area School District, was in the 91st percentile among all 500 Pennsylvania school districts Scale (0–99; 100 is state best)[5]

Graduation rate[edit]

In 2011, the graduation rate was 98.7%. [6] In 2010, the Pennsylvania Department of Education issued a new, 4-year cohort graduation rate. Souderton Area School District's rate was 94% for 2010.[7]

Under former calculation formula:

  • 2010 - 96%
  • 2009 - 96% [8]
  • 2008 - 95%
  • 2007 - 97% [9]

High school[edit]

In 2011 the school achieves AYP status. In 2010 the school was in Making Progress: School Improvement Level II due to chronic, low student achievement. [10]

11th Grade Reading

  • 2011 - 88.2% on grade level (% below basic). State - 69.1% of 11th graders are on grade level.[11]
  • 2010 - 82.1% on grade level (6.4% below basic). In Pennsylvania, 66% of 11th graders are on grade level.[12]
  • 2009 - 80.1% (8.3% below basic), State - 65% [13]
  • 2008 - 82.1% (7.5% below basic), State - 65% [14]

11th Grade Math:

  • 2011 - 85.6% on grade level (4.7% below basic). In Pennsylvania, 60.3% of 11th graders are on grade level.
  • 2010 - 83.9% (5.9% below basic). State - 59%
  • 2009 - 73.2% (11.2% below basic). State - 56%. [15]
  • 2008 - 74.5% (11.6% below basic), State - 56%

11th Grade Science:

  • 2011 - 67.1% on grade level (4.5% below basic). State - 40% of 11th graders were on grade level.
  • 2010 - 54.3% (9.5% below basic). State - 39%
  • 2009 - 66.1% (4.5% below basic). State - 40% [16]
  • 2008 - 55% (8% below basic). State - 39%

References[edit]

  1. ^ Enrollment and Projections Report, Pennsylvania Department of Education, 2010
  2. ^ It's all over! - The Reporter
  3. ^ Pittsburgh Business Times (April 1, 2011). "Statewide Honor Roll.". 
  4. ^ "Three of top school districts in state hail from Allegheny County,". Pittsburgh Business Times,. May 23, 2007. 
  5. ^ "2009 PSSA RESULTS Souderton Area School District,". The Morning Call. Retrieved March 2011. 
  6. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education (2011). "Souderton Area School District Academic Achievement Report data table". 
  7. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education (March 15, 2011). "New 4-year Cohort Graduation Rate Calculation Now Being Implemented". 
  8. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education. "Souderton Area School District Academic Achievement Report Card 2009". Retrieved October 12, 2011. 
  9. ^ Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children. "High School Graduation rate 2007". Retrieved January 31, 2011. 
  10. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education (2011). "SOUDERTON AREA SHS - School AYP Overview". 
  11. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education (September 29, 2011). "2010-2011 PSSA and AYP Results". 
  12. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education (2010). "2009-2010 PSSA and AYP Results". 
  13. ^ The Times-Tribune. (September 2009). "Grading Our Schools database, 2009 PSSA results". 
  14. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education (August 2008). "2007-2008 PSSA and AYP Results". 
  15. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education (2009). "Souderton Area High School Academic Achievement Report Card 2009". 
  16. ^ The Times-Tribune. (2009). "Grading Our Schools database, 2009 Science PSSA results,".