Growth Screening

The Pennsylvania Department of Health requires school districts to calculate Body Mass Index (BMI). The Stroudsburg Area School District nurses will be implementing the BMI program throughout the district in all grade levels (k to 12).

BODY MASS INDEX (BMI) is a good way to monitor a child's weight to determine   if he/she is at risk for certain chronic diseases. The BMI formula helps us see  whether a child's weight is in proportion to his or her height.

A BMI PERCENTILE indicates how a person's measurements compare to others of the same  age and gender. A child whose BMI is at the 50 th percentile is close to the average of the population. A child above the 95 th percent is considered at risk above  average because 95 percent of the population weighs less than he or she does.  A child below the 5 th percentile is considered at risk below average because 95 percent of the population weighs more.


  • At risk below average weight BMI-for-age < 5 th percentile

  • At risk of above average weight BMI-for-age 85 th percentile to < 95 th percentile

  • At risk of above average weight BMI-for-age >95 th percentile


Growth screening results will be reported each year on parent portal.