Marple Newtown School District

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Marple Newtown School District
Map of Delaware County Pennsylvania School Districts.png
Address
40 Media Line Rd Ste 209
Newtown Square, Pennsylvania, Delaware County 19073-4614
United States
Information
Type Public
School board 9 locally elected members
Superintendent Dr. Merle Horowitz (salary $172,308 2009)
School number (610) 359-4256
Faculty 263.60 teachers 2010
Grades K-12
Age 5 years old to 21 years for Special education
Number of students 3,484 pupils (2009–10) [1]
 • Kindergarten 186
 • Grade 1 222
 • Grade 2 234
 • Grade 3 239
 • Grade 4 241
 • Grade 5 292
 • Grade 6 266
 • Grade 7 289
 • Grade 8 313
 • Grade 9 301
 • Grade 10 293
 • Grade 11 269
 • Grade 12 312
 • Other Enrollment projected to be 3,576 in 2020[2]
Fight song "Hoorah for MN!"
Mascot Tiger
Tuition for nonresident and charter school students ES - $12,815.81, HS - $12,965.73 [3]
Per Pupil Spending $16,176 (2008)
Per Pupil spending $17,194.23 (2010) 44th in State
Website

Marple Newtown School District (MNSD) is a midsized suburban public school district which serves Newtown Township and Marple Township in Delaware County, Pennsylvania. Marple Newtown School District encompasses approximately 21 square miles (54 km2). According to 2000 federal census data, it serves a resident population of 35,437. According to District officials, in school year 2007–08 the Marple Newtown School District provided basic educational services to 3,499 pupils. The student demographic is about 86% Caucasian, 11% Asian, 2% Black, and 1% Hispanic with 51% being male and 49% being female.[4]

In 2011, Marple Newtown School District employed 301 teachers, 371 full-time and part-time support personnel, and 21 administrators. Marple Newtown School District received more than $8.6 million in state funding in school year 2007–08.

Schools[edit]

High School
  • Marple Newtown Senior High School
Middle School
  • Paxon Hollow Middle School
Elementary schools
  • Culbertson Elementary School
  • Loomis Elementary School
  • Russell Elementary School
  • Worrall Elementary School

Governance[edit]

Marple Newtown School District is governed by 9 individually elected board members (serve four-year terms), the Pennsylvania State Board of Education, the Pennsylvania Department of Education and the Pennsylvania General Assembly.[5] The federal government controls programs it funds like Title I funding for low-income children in the Elementary and Secondary Education Act and the No Child Left Behind Act, which mandates the district focus resources on student success in acquiring reading and math skills.

The Commonwealth Foundation for Public Policy Alternatives Sunshine Review gave the school board and district administration a "C" for transparency based on a review of "What information can people find on their school district's website". It examined the school district's website for information regarding; taxes, the current budget, meetings, school board members names and terms, contracts, audits, public records information and more.[6]

Academic achievement[edit]

Marple Newtown School District was ranked 83rd out of 498 Pennsylvania school districts by the Pittsburgh Business Times in 2012.[7] The ranking was based on student academic achievement as demonstrated on the last three years of the PSSAs for: reading, writing math and science.[8] The PSSAs are given to all children in grades 3rd through 8th and the 11th grade in high school. Adapted examinations are given to children in the special education programs. Marple Newtown School District ranked 7th out of 15 public school districts in Delaware County. The highest ranking public school district in Delaware County was Radnor Township School District which ranked 4th statewide (2012).[9]

  • 2011 - 95th [10]
  • 2010 - 82nd [11]
  • 2009 - 80th
  • 2008 - 52nd
  • 2007 - 62nd out of 501 school districts.[12]
Overachiever statewide ranking

In 2012, the Pittsburgh Business Times also reported an Overachievers Ranking for 498 Pennsylvania school districts. Marple Newtown School District ranked 428th. In 2011, the district was 416th. [13] The editor describes the ranking as: "a ranking answers the question - which school districts do better than expectations based upon economics? This rank takes the Honor Roll rank and adds the percentage of students in the district eligible for free and reduced-price lunch into the formula. A district finishing high on this rank is smashing expectations, and any district above the median point is exceeding expectations."[14]

District AYP History

In 2011, Marple Newtown School District achieved Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP).[15] In 2011, 94 percent of the 500 Pennsylvania public school districts achieved the No Child Left Behind Act progress level of 72% of students reading on grade level and 67% of students demonstrating on grade level math. In 2011, 46.9 percent of Pennsylvania school districts achieved Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) based on student performance. An additional 37.8 percent of school districts made AYP based on a calculated method called safe harbor, 8.2 percent on the growth model and 0.8 percent on a two-year average performance.[16]

Graduation rate[edit]

In 2011, Marple Newtown School District's graduation rate was 97.36%.[17] In 2010, the Pennsylvania Department of Education issued a new, 4-year cohort graduation rate. Marple Newtown Senior High School's rate was 88.51% for 2010.[18] Marple Newtown School District achieved AYP status in years 2004 through 2010. In 2003, the District was in Warning status.

According to traditional graduation rate calculations

High School[edit]

Marple Newtown Senior High School is located at 120 Media Line Road, Newtown Square,. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, in 2010, the school reported an enrollment of 1,216 pupils in grades 9th through 12th, with 90 pupils eligible for a federal free or reduced-price lunch. The school employed 86.77 teachers, yielding a student–teacher ratio of 14:1.[23] According to a report by the Pennsylvania Department of Education, 100% of its teachers were rated "Highly Qualified" under the federal No Child Left Behind Act.[24]

In 2011, Marple Newtown Senior High School achieved AYP status.[25] In 2010, the senior high school was in Warning status due to lagging student achievement in reading and in math.

PSSA results

11th Grade Reading

  • 2011 - 81% on grade level, (8% below basic). State - 69.1% of 11th graders are on grade level.[26]
  • 2010 - 72% (10% below basic). State - 66% [27]
  • 2009 - 79% (4% below basic). State - 65% [28]
  • 2008 - 76% (8% below basic). State - 65% [29]
  • 2007 - 74% (10% below basic). State - 65% [30]

11th Grade Math:

  • 2011 - 70% on grade level (13% below basic). In Pennsylvania, 60.3% of 11th graders are on grade level.[31]
  • 2010 - 60% (23% below basic). State - 59% [32]
  • 2009 - 71% (9% below basic). State - 56%.[33]
  • 2008 - 68% (17% below basic). State - 56% [34]
  • 2007 - 62% (21% below basic). State - 53% [35]

11th Grade Science:

  • 2011 - 49% on grade level (10% below basic). State - 40% of 11th graders were on grade level.[36]
  • 2010 - 46% (9% below basic). State - 39%
  • 2009 - 44% (6% below basic). State - 40% [37]
  • 2008 - 25.7% (28.5% below basic). State - 39% [38]

College remediation rate[edit]

According to a Pennsylvania Department of Education study released in January 2009, 36% of the Marple Newtown Senior High School 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.[39] 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.[40] 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 high school graduation requirements and towards earning a college degree. 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 offered a small grant to assist students in costs for tuition, fees and books.[41] Under the Pennsylvania Transfer and Articulation Agreement, many Pennsylvania colleges and universities accept these credits for students who transfer to their institutions.[42] For the 2009–10 funding year, the Marple Newtown School District received a state grant of $16,857 for the program.[43]

SAT scores[edit]

From January to June 2011, 253 students at Marple Newtown School District took the SAT exams. The district's Verbal Average Score was 502. The Math average score was 514. The Writing average score was 488.[44] Pennsylvania ranked 40th among states with SAT scores: Verbal - 493, Math - 501, Writing - 479.[45] In the United States, 1.65 million students took the exam in 2011. They averaged 497 (out of 800) verbal, 514 math and 489 in writing.[46]

Paxon Hollow Middle School[edit]

Paxon Hollow Middle School is located at 815 Paxon Hollow Road, Broomall. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, in 2010, Paxon Hollow Middle School reported an enrollment of 851 pupils in grades 6th through 8th, with 82 pupils receiving a federal free or reduced-price lunch due to family poverty. The school employed 66 teachers, yielding a student–teacher ratio of 13:1.[47] According to a report by the Pennsylvania Department of Education, 100% of its teachers were rated "Highly Qualified" under No Child Left Behind.[48]

In 2010 and 2011, Paxon Hollow Middle School achieved Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) status.[49]

PSSA Results:

8th Grade Science:

  • 2011 - 76% on grade level (8% below basic). State – 58.3% of 8th graders were on grade level.
  • 2010 - 70% (14% below basic). State – 57%
  • 2009 - 74% (10% below basic). State - 55%
  • 2008 - 65%, (10% below basic). State - 52%
  • 2007 - tested, but results not made public.

Elementary schools[edit]

Culbertson Elementary School is located at 3530 Goshen Rd, Newtown Square. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, in 2010, the school reported an enrollment of 367 pupils in grades kindergarten through 5th, with 19 pupils receiving a federal free or reduced-price lunch due to family poverty. The school employed 27 teachers, yielding a student–teacher ratio of 13:1.[54] According to a report by the Pennsylvania Department of Education, 100% of its teachers were rated "Highly Qualified" under No Child Left Behind.[55] In 2010 and 2011, Culbertson Elementary School achieved AYP status.[56] In 2011, 86% of the students were reading on grade level in grades 3rd through 5th. In math, 90% of the students in 3rd through 5th grades were on grade level and 64% scored advanced. In 4th grade science, 95% of the pupils were on grade level.[57]

Loomis Elementary School is located at 369 N Central Blvd, Broomall. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, in 2010, the school reported an enrollment of 329 pupils in grades kindergarten through 5th, with 56 pupils receiving a federal free or reduced-price lunch due to family poverty. The school employed 27 teachers, yielding a student–teacher ratio of 12:1.[58] According to a report by the Pennsylvania Department of Education, 100% of its teachers were rated "Highly Qualified" under No Child Left Behind.[59] In 2010 and 2011, Loomis Elementary School achieved AYP status.[60] In 2011, 83% of the students were reading on grade level in grades 3rd through 5th. In math, 87% of the students in 3rd through 5th grades were on grade level with 59% scoring advanced. In 4th grade science, 91% of the pupils were on grade level.[61]

Russell Elementary School is located at 2201 Sproul Road, Broomall. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, in 2010, the school reported an enrollment of 388 pupils in grades kindergarten through 5th, with 31 pupils receiving a federal free or reduced-price lunch due to family poverty. The school employed 30 teachers, yielding a student–teacher ratio of 12:1.[62] According to a report by the Pennsylvania Department of Education, 100% of its teachers were rated "Highly Qualified" under No Child Left Behind.[63] In 2010 and 2011, Russell Elementary School achieved AYP status.[64] In 2011, 85% of the students were reading on grade level in grades 3rd through 5th. In math, 93% of the students in 3rd through 5th grades were on grade level and 63% scored advanced. In 4th grade science, 100% of the pupils were on grade level.[65]

Worrall Elementary School is located at 2979 Pennview Avenue, Broomall. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, in 2010, the school reported an enrollment of 330 pupils in grades kindergarten through 5th, with 40 pupils receiving a federal free or reduced-price lunch due to family poverty. The school employed 26 teachers, yielding a student–teacher ratio of 12.62:1.[66] According to a report by the Pennsylvania Department of Education, 100% of its teachers were rated "Highly Qualified" under No Child Left Behind.[67] In 2010 and 2011, Worrall Elementary School achieved AYP status.[68] In 2011, 81% of the students were reading on grade level in grades 3rd through 5th. In math, 92% of the students in 3rd through 5th grades were on grade level and 58% scored advanced. In 4th grade science, 88% of the pupils were on grade level with 61% achieving advanced.[69]

Extracurriculars[edit]

[70]

By Pennsylvania law, all K-12 students residing in the district, including those who attend a private nonpublic school, public cyber charter school, public charter school and those that are homeschooled, are all 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.[71]

In 2009, Marple Newtown School District implemented an activity fee. The activity fee is a required payment for students who wish to participate in extracurricular activities, including band, choir, and sports.[72] The fee is currently $75 per student enrolled in activities, with a maximum total payment of $150 per family.[73]

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