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posted Jan 17, 2018, 1:05 PM by The Webmaster   [ updated Jan 17, 2018, 1:06 PM ]
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November 6, 2017


To:       Montessori Families

Re:       School Performance Profile score (SPP)

On  Tuesday, October 31st there was an article in the Erie Times News regarding the Pennsylvania School Performance Scores (SPP) which were just released for all PA schools.(See below)  The article notes the good news that Montessori Regional Charter School showed significant gains in our overall SPP score - a 20 points improvement from the previous year.  We attribute this progress to the incredible focus of our teachers on presenting new material on English Language Learning skills and, most importantly, our student’s enthusiasm for the new material.  We could not be more proud of our students and staff for this achievement.

State testing and state scores are only one of many measures of the success of our school.  At Montessori Regional Charter School we place equal emphasis on every student’s academic progress as well as their social and emotional growth.    Helping the whole child to love learning, think creatively, and explore their world is the hallmark of their MRCS education.

And yet, as a public charter school, we know preparing our students for high school and beyond is also important.  We do this by rigorously integrating Pennsylvania state standards into our Montessori curriculum.  In doing so, we ensure that our students will excel in any academic environment.

We want to provide the opportunity to fully understand the principles of the Montessori Method and how it impacts your child’s love of learning.  To that end, we will be holding a Montessori Method and Philosophy seminar on Wednesday, February 7th 2018 at our South Campus.   Childcare will be available at no cost.

This presentation, led by Montessori teachers, will discuss the principles of Montessori at each developmental phase, provide hands on opportunities to learn Montessori materials and give families a glimpse of a “day in the life” of a Montessori student.  We hope that you will mark your calendar and plan on attending.  The seating will be limited to assure opportunities for small group discussion so please sign up early if you plan to attend. 

Finally, we want to thank all of our families for supporting your children’s education at Montessori Regional Charter School.  We know and appreciate that you made a choice to attend MRCS and we commit to honoring that choice by working to continually improve the educational experience of your child and your family.   We will continue to ask for and provide opportunities for you to give us valuable feedback about how we can continue to grow and develop as a school community.

We want to take this opportunity to wish everyone the best in the next few busy months.  We look forward to continuing to work with you as the New Year arrives.


Mark Zielinski, Chief Academic Officer
Jane Binder, Chief Operations Officer

Pennsylvania School Performance Profiles also show big improvements at Erie Rise, Montessori. Erie’s Collegiate continues high marks.

Fairview High School ranks as one of the biggest achievers in Pennsylvania.

It scored 101.1 out of 100 on its Pennsylvania School Performance Profile for 2016-17, giving it the second-best ranking for a public high school statewide, according to newly released data from the state Department of Education.

The rating is based on standardized test scores, attendance, graduation rates and other academic measures during the 2016-17 school year.

The plus-100 rating puts the 600-student Fairview High School in rare company.

Only Downingtown S.T.E.M. Academy, in the Downingtown Area School District, about 40 miles west of Philadelphia, scored higher among high schools statewide: 104 out of 100.

“This is a pretty big deal, to be No. 2 in the state,” Fairview School District Superintendent Erik Kincade said. “It is definitely a pretty big deal.”

Fairview High School is the highest-ranked public high school in Erie County. Fairview High School scored 99.1 on the SPP for 2015-16. Its 2016-17 score of 101.1 is its highest ever, Kincade said.

Among the other notable findings in the SPP data, released late Friday:

Two Erie County charter schools showed some of the largest improvements from 2015-16.

The SPP score for the Erie Rise Leadership Academy Charter School, at West 10th and Cascade streets, jumped from 32.2 in 2015-16, which made it the worst-performing public elementary school in the city of Erie, to 50.7 in 2016-17, which placed it higher than five elementary schools in the Erie School District.

The SPP for the Montessori Regional Charter School, with campuses in Erie and Millcreek Township, rose from 56.3 in 2015-16 to 76.4 in 2016-17. The new ranking places the school above all the elementary and middle schools in the Erie School District and above one elementary school in the Millcreek Township School District, Chestnut Hill Elementary.

The scores for the 11,500-student Erie School District, the largest in the region, remained generally low, with signs of improvement in some areas and setbacks in others.


Erie School District’s Northwest Pennsylvania Collegiate Academy, a college-preparatory high school, remained the exception. It scored 89.7 in 2016-17, down from 91.3 in 2015-16, but still making Collegiate second in Erie County behind Fairview High School.

Collegiate’s student body is 29 percent economically disadvantaged, according to the SPP data, compared to 19 percent for Fairview High School, which is the lowest for a high school in Erie County.

The 1,700-student Fairview School District, one of the most affluent in the region, has a student body that is 21.31 percent economically disadvantaged, also the lowest in the county, according to the SPP data. In the Erie School District, 74.9 percent of the students, or the highest percentage in the county, are economically disadvantaged.

At Erie Rise, which enrolls children through eighth grade, 100 percent of the students are listed as economically disadvantaged.

The improved SPP score at Erie Rise is the result of the mandatory school improvement plan that the 411-student school submitted to the Erie School District a year ago because of previous poor academic performance, Erie Rise CEO Terry Lang said.

He said the school also introduced courses to teach students how to take the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment, or PSSA, tests, whose scores are a key element of each SPP. And he said the school focused on mathematics education.

Lang said he wants Erie Rise to perform better than 50.7 on the SPP, but said he is encouraged by the latest results.

“We still have room to grow,” he said.

At the Erie School District, officials are reviewing the data in the context of the district’s financially driven reconfiguration, in which it closed two elementary schools in the spring and merged three of its four high schools at the newly created Erie High.

Those changes mean the district’s structure will be different when students take the newest round of state-mandated tests. The SPP data will be the last for East and Strong Vincent high schools and Central Career & Technical School.

Also, the 2016-17 data will be the last for Pennsylvania under the School Performance Profile format. For 2017-18, the state is switching to a Future Ready PA Index, which the Department of Education said will feature “a broad range of indicators,” such as English language acquisition and career readiness.

The Erie School District plans to expand its curriculum and magnet school programming in the years ahead with some of the $14 million in additional recurring state aid that the General Assembly approved last week. The district had sought the funding to achieve financial stability after years of deficit spending and cutting programs.

“We are reviewing the new SPP scores now that they have been released,” Erie School District spokeswoman Daria Devlin said on Monday. “There are some bright spots in terms of schools making major improvements but, overall, we recognize there is a great deal of work to do.”

Erie Times News
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