Welsh Valley Middle School

Summary:

Welsh Valley Middle School is a public middle school located in Narberth, Pennsylvania, serving grades 5-8 with a total enrollment of 814 students. The school is part of the Lower Merion School District, which is ranked 7th out of 606 school districts in Pennsylvania and is rated 5 stars out of 5 by SchoolDigger.

Welsh Valley Middle School consistently ranks among the top middle schools in Pennsylvania, ranking 26th out of 893 schools in the 2022-2023 school year and receiving a 5-star rating from SchoolDigger. The school's PSSA test scores are significantly higher than the state averages across all subjects and grade levels, with 81.3% of students proficient or better in English Language Arts, compared to the state average of 53.8%. Welsh Valley Middle School's performance is also consistently higher than the Lower Merion School District average, indicating that it is a top performer within the district. The school's diverse student population, with 65.23% White, 8.23% African American, 7.74% Hispanic, and 9.71% Asian students, is a key differentiating factor compared to some nearby schools, such as Bala-Cynwyd Middle School, which has a less diverse student population.

Welsh Valley Middle School's strong performance extends to various student subgroups, including Hispanic students (ranked 7th out of 362 PA middle schools in 2022-2023), multi-racial students (ranked 10th out of 187 PA middle schools in 2022-2023), and students with disabilities (ranked 4th out of 660 PA middle schools in 2022-2023). This level of equity and support for all students is a notable achievement, as many schools struggle to address the needs of diverse student populations. In comparison, some nearby schools in the Philadelphia City School District, such as Science Leadership Academy Middle School and Wagner Gen Louis Middle School, have significantly lower academic performance and higher percentages of students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds.


Detail:

Public 5-8

 325 Tower Lane
       Narberth, PA  19072-1105


(610) 658-3920

District: Lower Merion School District

SchoolDigger Rank:
26th of 893 Pennsylvania Middle Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $32,036 Help


Students who attend Welsh Valley Middle School usually attend:

High:    Harriton Senior High School

Feeder schools for Welsh Valley Middle School:

Elementary:    Belmont Hills Elementary School
    Gladwyne School
    Penn Valley School

Student/teacher ratio:  10.1 Help
Number of students:  814

Racial breakdown:

White:
65.2%
Asian:
9.7%
Two or more races:
8.8%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  15.8% Help


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Performance Trends
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Compare Details Welsh Valley Middle School ranks better than 97.1% of middle schools in Pennsylvania. It also ranks last among 3 ranked middle schools in the Lower Merion School District. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 95.54. (See more...)
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The high school dropout rate measures the percentage of students who do not complete their high school education.
Student Body
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Compare Details Racial makeup is: White (65.2%), Asian (9.7%), two or more races (8.8%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 15.8% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. This is the highest percentage in the Lower Merion School District. (See more...)
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Welsh Valley Middle School is 10.1, which is the lowest among 3 middle schools in the Lower Merion School District! (See more...)
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Welsh Valley Middle School is $32,036, which is the highest among 3 middle schools in the Lower Merion School District!
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Welsh Valley Middle School:

SchoolDigger ranks Welsh Valley Middle School 26th of 893 Pennsylvania public middle schools. (See Welsh Valley Middle School in the ranking list.)

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Lower Merion School District:

SchoolDigger ranks Lower Merion School District 7th of 606 Pennsylvania school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Welsh Valley Middle School

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Rank History for all students at Welsh Valley Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools PA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2003 90.20 38th 643 94.1%
2004 90.97 28th 663 95.8%
2005 88.16 51st 687 92.6%
2006 84.52 58th 736 92.1%
2007 81.52 84th 749 88.8%
2008 83.59 71st 753 90.6%
2009 85.46 54th 770 93.0%
2010 87.47 25th 805 96.9%
2011 84.52 63rd 825 92.4%
2012 84.81 55th 834 93.4%
2013 86.82 28th 758 96.3%
2014 89.00 15th 728 97.9%
2015 94.42 19th 835 97.7%
2016 91.99 35th 870 96.0%
2017 92.66 29th 877 96.7%
2018 91.10 40th 861 95.4%
2019 94.61 17th 891 98.1%
2021 96.81 17th 797 97.9%
2022 96.10 17th 883 98.1%
2023 95.54 26th 893 97.1%
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Rank History for Multi-racial students at Welsh Valley Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools PA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2023 92.63 10th 187 94.7%
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Rank History for Low Socio Economic Status students at Welsh Valley Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools PA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2023 88.54 52nd 874 94.1%
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Rank History for Disabled students at Welsh Valley Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools PA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2023 99.92 4th 660 99.4%
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Rank History for Asian students at Welsh Valley Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools PA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2023 79.74 21st 144 85.4%
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Rank History for African American students at Welsh Valley Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools PA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2023 82.32 45th 421 89.3%
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Rank History for Hispanic students at Welsh Valley Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools PA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2023 98.71 7th 362 98.1%
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Rank History for White students at Welsh Valley Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools PA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2023 95.38 22nd 681 96.8%
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Data source: test scores: Pennsylvania Dept of Education, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

As you review the school rankings data, please be aware that some of the information from certain demographics is missing. The reason for this omission is that the data has been redacted from the source data itself due to low population samples in these specific demographic groups.

Redacting data from low population samples is a necessary step to ensure the reliability and accuracy of the results, as small sample sizes may not be representative of the broader population. Additionally, this measure helps protect the privacy of individuals belonging to these demographic groups.

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Enrollment information for Welsh Valley Middle School

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1988 410 55 9 4 0 n/a n/a 0 478
1989 400 49 7 5 0 n/a n/a 0 461
1990 428 41 12 6 0 n/a n/a 0 487
1991 416 44 13 8 0 n/a n/a 0 481
1992 401 48 14 6 0 n/a n/a 0 469
1993 412 54 23 2 0 n/a n/a 0 491
1994 428 54 18 3 0 n/a n/a 0 503
1995 456 49 14 12 0 n/a n/a 0 531
1996 456 49 14 12 0 n/a n/a 0 531
1997 484 54 19 7 3 n/a n/a 0 567
1998 508 50 20 4 8 n/a n/a 0 590
1999 551 59 21 10 2 n/a n/a 0 643
2000 601 57 25 25 0 n/a n/a 0 708
2001 667 71 24 12 1 n/a n/a 0 775
2002 696 58 33 14 1 n/a n/a 0 802
2003 696 58 33 14 1 n/a n/a 0 802
2004 674 67 46 12 1 n/a n/a 0 800
2005 658 76 38 22 2 n/a n/a 0 796
2006 668 82 36 17 5 n/a n/a 0 808
2007 658 70 34 19 10 n/a n/a 0 791
2008 656 62 33 13 10 n/a n/a 0 774
2009 645 67 49 16 7 n/a n/a 0 784
2010 661 66 48 19 3 n/a n/a 4 801
2011 700 57 44 15 1 0 12 0 829
2012 730 58 50 13 2 0 10 0 863
2013 769 64 60 13 0 0 8 0 914
2014 780 68 70 15 0 0 10 0 943
2015 772 83 69 29 0 0 14 0 967
2016 760 75 76 41 0 0 27 0 979
2017 768 71 91 46 2 0 38 0 1016
2018 779 73 84 51 2 0 56 0 1045
2019 796 67 75 57 2 0 72 0 1069
2020 765 75 81 62 0 0 77 0 1060
2021 718 80 80 58 0 0 75 0 1011
2022 680 80 95 64 0 1 71 0 991
2023 531 67 79 63 1 1 72 0 814

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Enrollment/Ethnicity

For more information about how the Department of Education defines ethnicity, see Defining Race and Ethnicity Data, National Center for Education Statistics

Students eligible for free or discounted lunch at Welsh Valley Middle School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 478 39.5 12.1 n/a
1989 461 39.5 11.6 n/a
1990 487 39.5 12.3 0
1991 481 39.5 12.1 n/a
1992 469 40.0 11.7 n/a
1993 491 37.0 13.3 n/a
1994 503 35.0 14.4 n/a
1995 531 41.5 12.8 n/a
1996 531 41.5 12.8 n/a
1997 567 45.1 12.6 n/a
1998 590 48.4 12.2 n/a
1999 643 49.3 13.0 n/a
2000 708 53.9 13.1 5.4
2001 775 61.9 12.5 7.9
2002 802 71.7 11.2 8
2003 802 71.7 11.2 8
2004 800 72.1 11.1 7.8
2005 796 71.5 11.1 8
2006 808 75.9 10.6 8.7
2007 791 77.1 10.3 8.5
2008 774 82.8 9.3 8.4
2009 784 83.1 9.4 10.3
2010 801 83.9 9.5 8
2011 829 83.7 9.9 6.6
2012 863 83.6 10.3 9.3
2013 914 83.7 10.9 7
2014 943 85.7 11.0 8.3
2015 967 88.0 10.9 11.5
2016 979 89.0 11.0 12
2017 1016 89.1 11.3 9.4
2018 1045 88.7 11.7 11.3
2019 1069 93.7 11.4 10.4
2020 1060 96.1 11.0 13.4
2021 1011 98.6 10.2 14
2022 991 99.6 9.9 13.8
2023 814 80.1 10.1 15.8

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Students eligible for discounted/free lunch:

The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) provides low-cost or free meals to students in U.S. public and nonprofit private schools based on household income. Those with incomes below 130% of the poverty line receive free lunch, while those between 130% and 185% qualify for reduced-price lunch. The percentage of students receiving free or reduced-price lunch serves as a marker for poverty, as it reflects the socioeconomic status of families in a given school or district. A higher FRPL rate typically indicates a higher concentration of low-income families, suggesting that the school or district may face additional challenges in providing adequate resources and support for student success.

Student/Teacher Ratio Welsh Valley Middle School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 478 39.5 12.1 n/a
1989 461 39.5 11.6 n/a
1990 487 39.5 12.3 0
1991 481 39.5 12.1 n/a
1992 469 40.0 11.7 n/a
1993 491 37.0 13.3 n/a
1994 503 35.0 14.4 n/a
1995 531 41.5 12.8 n/a
1996 531 41.5 12.8 n/a
1997 567 45.1 12.6 n/a
1998 590 48.4 12.2 n/a
1999 643 49.3 13.0 n/a
2000 708 53.9 13.1 5.4
2001 775 61.9 12.5 7.9
2002 802 71.7 11.2 8
2003 802 71.7 11.2 8
2004 800 72.1 11.1 7.8
2005 796 71.5 11.1 8
2006 808 75.9 10.6 8.7
2007 791 77.1 10.3 8.5
2008 774 82.8 9.3 8.4
2009 784 83.1 9.4 10.3
2010 801 83.9 9.5 8
2011 829 83.7 9.9 6.6
2012 863 83.6 10.3 9.3
2013 914 83.7 10.9 7
2014 943 85.7 11.0 8.3
2015 967 88.0 10.9 11.5
2016 979 89.0 11.0 12
2017 1016 89.1 11.3 9.4
2018 1045 88.7 11.7 11.3
2019 1069 93.7 11.4 10.4
2020 1060 96.1 11.0 13.4
2021 1011 98.6 10.2 14
2022 991 99.6 9.9 13.8
2023 814 80.1 10.1 15.8

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Student-Teacher Ratio

Student/teacher ratio is calculated by dividing the total number of students by the total number of full-time equivalent teachers. Please note that a smaller student/teacher ratio does not necessarily translate to smaller class size. In some instances, schools hire teachers part time, and some teachers are hired for specialized instruction with very small class sizes. These and other factors contribute to the student/teacher ratio. Note: For private schools, Student/teacher ratio may not include Pre-Kindergarten.
Finances

Per Pupil Expenditures for Welsh Valley Middle School

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2019 $183 (0.7%) $25,188 (99.3%) $25,372
2020 $149 (0.5%) $27,407 (99.5%) $27,556
2021 $347 (1.2%) $29,648 (98.8%) $29,995
2022 $308 (1.0%) $31,728 (99.0%) $32,036

Data source: Pennsylvania Department of Education
Pre and Post Pandemic Data

Impact of COVID-19 on Welsh Valley Middle School

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Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 17th of 891 Middle schoolsRanks 26th of 893 Middle schools
 1%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
6th Grade Math (Welsh Valley Middle School)78.577.7
 0.8%
   6th Grade Math (Pennsylvania)3936.4
 2.6%
6th Grade English Language Arts (Welsh Valley Middle School)90.279.3
 10.9%
   6th Grade English Language Arts (Pennsylvania)6355.6
 7.4%
7th Grade Math (Welsh Valley Middle School)76.568
 8.5%
   7th Grade Math (Pennsylvania)38.233.2
 5%
7th Grade English Language Arts (Welsh Valley Middle School)83.782.5
 1.2%
   7th Grade English Language Arts (Pennsylvania)60.554.5
 6%
8th Grade Math (Welsh Valley Middle School)64.163.9
 0.2%
   8th Grade Math (Pennsylvania)32.226
 6.2%
8th Grade Science (Welsh Valley Middle School)85.185
 0.1%
   8th Grade Science (Pennsylvania)58.257
 1.2%
8th Grade English Language Arts (Welsh Valley Middle School)79.877.9
 1.9%
   8th Grade English Language Arts (Pennsylvania)57.952.8
 5.1%
All Grades Math (Welsh Valley Middle School)72.873.2
 0.4%
   All Grades Math (Pennsylvania)42.439.3
 3.1%
All Grades Science (Welsh Valley Middle School)85.185
 0.1%
   All Grades Science (Pennsylvania)6865.6
 2.4%
All Grades English Language Arts (Welsh Valley Middle School)84.581.3
 3.2%
   All Grades English Language Arts (Pennsylvania)60.953.8
 7.1%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students1069814
 23.9%
African American6767
American Indian21
 50%
Asian7579
 5.3%
Hispanic5763
 10.5%
Pacific Islander01
White796531
 33.3%
Two or More Races7272
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients10.4%15.8%
 5.5%


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Frequently Asked Questions about Welsh Valley Middle School

Students who attend Welsh Valley Middle School usually go on to attend Harriton Senior High School

Students at Welsh Valley Middle School are 65% White, 10% Asian, 9% Two or more races, 8% African American, 8% Hispanic.

In the 2022-23 school year, 814 students attended Welsh Valley Middle School.

Yes! Welsh Valley Middle School is one of the best middle schools in the state. It ranks 26th of 893 Pennsylvania middle schools.


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SchoolDigger data sources: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Census Bureau and the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

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