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K-8
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Albrightsville, PA
Students enrolled: 701

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2937 Route 903
Albrightsville, PA 18210

(570) 722-1150
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April 14, 2014
I understand that it is difficult to be an educator these days. I admit some of the teachers are wonderful, but it's the burnt out inexperienced teachers that are killing this school. Add a principal and vice principal that are condescending to parents and oblivious to the bullying problem running rampant in their so called bully intolerant school. Their idea of helping children is honestly screaming at the kids till they block out anything positive. If you are looking for a school that nurtures and helps your kids become functional adults than please look elsewhere.

- submitted by a parent
April 01, 2014
Terrible if you have a child who has an IEP or may be in need of one it took for ever just to get the ball rolling I spent almost 2 years waiting for it with my daughter, MOST of the people who work there are very rude and make you feel like they dont have the time to hear your concerns, I am so thankful that there was one person who wanted to help and pushed for my child to get what she deserved. Too many teachers there who forgot why they wanted to be teachers to begin with. they have to put their heads down at the lunch table when they are done eating which I hate that idea. from my personal experience there are only 2-3 people I have come across at that school who really do want the best for the children

- submitted by a parent
November 16, 2013
Parents ... Check it St.joseph regional academy in Jim Thorpe ... It's the best academically for your kids!!!!!

- submitted by a parent
May 10, 2013
Cannot wait to take my daughter out of this school...she has been going there for three years. I find that the teachers yell a lot and their form of punishment for kids (if two are involved even if one is innocent and has never been in an ounce of trouble) is to punish both. She is very smart but very bored. Her teacher has sent e-mails to me with bad grammar and spelling. Half the time my daughter comes home and tells me that they didn't learn something in class but had homework in it, so I have to teach her the lesson. The school comes off as a military like school...the children are treated like criminals in the main office. I just don't see a lot of care and concern for these kids and their development. I am taking her out at the end of this school year and am going south and heading back home.

- submitted by a parent
February 05, 2013
We moved to this school district in 2011. We have had the worst experience with this school district since coming here. First off no communication with the parents as to how there student is doing, my child suffers from anxiety and migraines and they seem totally clueless as to how to deal with this. On numerous occasions, I have requested that when he has to miss because of migraine that they send home the work. They won't and the homework link that is supposed to be updated daily to see what the homework is from home is not being updated. So frustrating. I am now in the process of putting my child in cyberschool. I think that this will be the best thing for him. Give a second look before moving your kids into this school district. It is the worst one I have ever seen.

- submitted by a parent
January 15, 2013
is this school good ? we are moveing to jim thorpe area we need a good school for my 4 year old can someone tell me if this school good before we move ? thank you rlb

- submitted by a parent
April 30, 2012
i am a parent of a child that currently goes to this school. we recenty moved to the area. i find this school to be fantastic. my child has nothing but nice things to say about the school and looks forward to going every day. i find the staff to be concerned and caring

- submitted by a parent
March 29, 2012
great school, the building is new and clean. the equipment is up to date, the staff are well qualified and are doing a great job with the children. i highly recommend this school

- submitted by a community member
March 16, 2012
This school is excellant. The staff is caring and always available to help. If you read the negative reviews carefully you will see that the parent(s) who wrote them cannot even use correct grammer. I would recommend this school to anyone. After going to this school the children then go into Jim Thorpe HS. My older children have graduated from the HS and have gone on to do great in college. The District has done a great job.

- submitted by a parent
March 16, 2012
I totally agree with the other positive reviews. i highly recommend this school to all. The school does a great job in preparing the kids. I also love that the school does not tolarate any troublemakers. I would guess that any negative reviews are posted by the parents of the troublemakers. If your child wants to learn then this is the school for you. If you or your child are a troublemaker then this is not the school for you.

- submitted by a parent
December 13, 2011
I cant beleave the school kept the children in class when the had no heat..Whats wrong with you people? you told the kids to wear there jackets..Come on. Dismiss them until you get the problem fixed..

- submitted by a parent
October 19, 2011
I hate this school. I am waiting for the school year to end and pulling both of my children out of it. A teacher's aid said to my son, "If he were smarter, he would know the answer". On a different occasion, she pushed him back in his seat. My son is brillant and has never been in trouble at school. The teachers when the children get older are horrible. After reporting these issues with the principle, he dismissed them and took the teacher's aid word.

- submitted by a parent
June 29, 2011
*DON'T GO TO THIS SCHOOL!* I went to PKC since it opened. I left last year,moved and found myself not knowing ANYTHING in my new school. I was a straight A student, I payed plenty of attention in classes, and I never had any type of punishment. Kids in that school are more focused on negative attention. They all have bad attitudes and simply don't care. The teacher's attitude's toward's us were terrible. (Throwing stools, cussing at us, and yet all kids do is laugh at the teachers) Many teachers are not patient or care about many of the students. They do not offer HALF of the things my new school had for me. I found myself very confused when I was in my classes and I've never even heard of some of the topics these guys have been learning since 5th grade. Growing up there, the school has gotten worse and worse, teachers have gotten worse and worse, and the attitude about school was getting worse and worse. I was extremely lucky to have moved out of the district. Sending your kids to this school would be personally like sending your kids to darcare. Nothing is taught, children are rude, and teachers let kids do anything!

- submitted by a student
April 14, 2011
I have nothing but positive things to say about Penn Kidder. My kids adore the teachers and so do I. We have an excellent staff and lots of fun activities for the families to participate in. We moved to this district 4 years ago and it was the best move ever. We love Penn Kidder!

- submitted by a parent
April 12, 2011
I love Penn Kidder Campus. I couldn't be happier. My kids are straight A students involved in after school activities. They both love their teachers! They have learned so much and are very happy children. I couldn't ask for anything more.

- submitted by a parent
April 11, 2011
Horrid. Teachers called my son lazy in front of class, had to argue to get them to do an eval for SPED. Think the staff is qualified? Think again. He has LD and a neurological disorder. They take entirely too much time cramming the kids for PSSA's, more concerned with them passing the test for their funding, shouldn't they trust in what they teach? If you aren't in the PTA, you are an inconvenience. There is even a sign telling you not to engage in small talk with the office staff when you go in. Bullying is terrible. They ignored calls, until I escalated the matter to higher ups, then it was always my son who was at fault. He was an A-B student, well liked by teachers and staff, and very involved with school and sports, until he came here. I wish I NEVER moved into this district. the HS is no better. If you are thinking of moving into this district, don't walk, RUN away. Should round this out with a positive: The building is new, and kept nice.

- submitted by a parent
October 26, 2010
Not until we moved & had our children attend another school did I completely realize what was malfunctioning @ Kidder. Here goes. It starts with approach. From the moment you speak and/or deal w/ most of these folks do you get the dreaded" your an inconviencence attitude",.. It's lots parents that thrive on fighting (thats clearly passed down to the child and frustrates the educators) as demonstrated below by the woman needing to confront the other womans statements. There is "no community" there is "no respect" The school lacks good old fashioned LIFE SKILLS! Few examples : manners, trust, dignity, honesty, fairness, good judgement, good communication,respect. A few BASICS this school might want to incorporate as well as some of the out of control parents that help to contribute to these horrid reviews. It takes a team to make a community and raise great children!! You won't get it here!

- submitted by a community member
February 18, 2010
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- submitted by a community member
February 09, 2010
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- submitted by a student
no rating November 26, 2009
Maybe you should refer to the jim thorpe area school district and not the penn kidder campus. First of all, it is an elementary school. The only sports that penn kidder provides is cross country, and junior high basketball. In order to play on these teams you need to have passing grades and good conduct. Ms. Conway is not the principal of penn kidder but the superintendent of jim thorpe area school district. It isn't fair to say that 'all' teachers are rude and yell at children. Are you there on a daily basis? Obviously you need to get your facts straight before you post.

- submitted by a parent
November 16, 2009
The teachers are very mean and rude and do not respect the children, the sports are focused on more than the academics, and the courses offered are unsatisfactory or do not make sense. They do, however, have a wonderful band teacher called Mr Harleman, and a good band. They do not have any good gifted program, and the environment is bad. The principal, Ms Conway, is not willing to listen to parents. The teachers yell at the kids constantly, even for things they do no do. It is better to home school your kid then send them here.

- submitted by a parent
October 14, 2009
both my children go here, they have had wonderful teachers, and the staff and programs are terrific

- submitted by a parent
September 10, 2009
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- submitted by a student
May 27, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
January 15, 2009
The school has a friendly and fair staff. The building is clean and neat. There is plenty of extra activities that the kids can and do get involved in. Education is stressed and the school provides an excellent education.

- submitted by a parent
December 14, 2008
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December 04, 2008
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- submitted by a student
December 03, 2008
This school is great. The teachers are great and the students get a great education. The school has a zero tolerance for troublemakers. The dean of students is great and enough good things can t be said about him. The classrooms are neat and the class size is good. I would highly recommend this school to anyone. The staff has an open door policy for all. I definitely would recommend this school.

- submitted by a parent
July 22, 2008
What a great experience! The teachers are awesome, not only are they friendly they do an outstanding job teaching our little ones. My kindergartener went to school just writing his name and came out doing math, skip counting and even reading! Amazing! Thank you so much...I couldn't be happier, so far!

- submitted by a parent
June 24, 2008
This was my daughters first year of school and I couldn't ask for a better school than the Penn Kidder campus. The staff and students are very kind and treat you like family

- submitted by a parent
June 03, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
May 08, 2008
My two children are new this year to Penn Kidder. I am apalled at what goes on in the classroom. Kids do not receive 'real' punishment for misbehavior. My sons are bullied and nothing seems to get done about this. The class sizes are large and only three teaches per grade. My older son hasn't learned anything new since going because the school is behind the school he used to go to. Kids get ISS in fourth grade. They seem to do whatever they want without any discipline. All the kids seem to misbehave. My sons complain they can't find 'good' kids to hang out with. I wish we could afford private school, I would go in a second. I feel it was a big mistake to move to this district. Our old school was much better all around.

- submitted by a parent
March 31, 2008
We have had our children in this school since it opened.. there is no consistancy to the school what so ever! Gladly we are not sending our children back and have made other arrangements to better benefit our children. There are entirely to many teachers in and out.. come and go... which is very hard for the children to adjust. There has also been a new principal almost every year. Which is not comforting as well. Some very inappropriate imature teachers. Also I totally agree with other parents unless you are the PTA (which I in no way mock what they stand for) you are not permitted to help at your childrens school.. Lots of bullying goes on at PKC. Nobody cares anymore everyman for themself.Faculty and students alike mostly out of control. If u like 'dysfuntion' go to PKC!

- submitted by a parent
March 31, 2008
If you like inconsistancy and severe dysfunction than have your children attend PKC. The teachers come and go very hard on children. Too many behavior issues at the school very distracting to other students. Our children dread going to school. Lots of bullying. Not enough man power to claim ' no child left behind'. Like a prison with it's rules. Children will not be attending anymore, way to dysfunctional for our liking. Our family shakes it's head ever day with a 'what's next?' attitude. Teachers are verbally abusive and have had it.. nobody cares... Wouldn't recommend it. If you want your children to remain children and not learn to scream(teachers) and other age inappropriate things ..(students & staff) make other arrangements for your children.

- submitted by a parent
October 19, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
August 16, 2007
PKC is not a good school whatsoever as a matter of fact; the Dean Of Students is degrading toward the students even for the simplist mistake. So far as the teachers go some are good some just should not be teachers.

- submitted by a parent
March 07, 2007
I feel PKC assists with the needs of the children, and has added several Aides this year to assist with the growing classes. The principal at PKC is outstanding and always has our children in his best interest! I feel he goes above and beyond to ensure our children are treated fairly and are learning in a safe and calm environment. The staff I have encountered have always seemed to have a strong concern for the children and they have always kept in contact with me when needed. The school uses an online grading system which is a great asset so parents can keep up to date with their children's grades, and email contact can be made to all the teachers. As far as parents needing to be a PTA member to volunteer, I feel this is a good thing, you can never be to careful when our children are involved.

- submitted by a parent
February 28, 2007
There are many young inexperienced teachers in this school who have no children and no patience. There are some very good teachers who are seasoned and work very well with the children. The classrooms are overcrowded; my child s 3rd grade classroom has 29 children. The teacher doesn t have enough time for the children who need help and the children who are advanced are bored because they are left waiting for others. They often have quiet lunch and blow whistles in the cafeteria. The district plans not to purchase playground equipment due to liability reasons, children have recess on the asphalt. Safety is always a concern for the Principal, parents MUST be a member of the PTA to help in the school. The overall quality of the school is mediocre at best. C.D.

- submitted by a parent
December 21, 2006
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October 31, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
October 03, 2006
In response to the parents comment about fundraising. It is necessary to have fundraisers to be able to continue to have assemblies and pay for field trips. PTA has taken on the responsibility of fundraising to take the burden off the teachers. The teachers only have to send the info home, then put responses in the PTA mail. We offer different fundraisers so everyone can have a choice. We do not ask that everyone participate in every fundraiser, but we do ask everyone to remember that this is how we pay for many student benefits(field trips @ $6 per student, assemblies, last years field day shirts,& family social events). Last year we purchased the sign out front and tables for the back patio. Pta has also brought the concern of class size to the School Supt. Everyone is encouraged to attend PTA meetings. Thank you

- submitted by a parent
September 30, 2006
Penn/Kidder is a wonderful school my daughter loves it there. Yes like any order place expect some problems along the way. If you get the staff to listen they would be more than happy to help. So where do you draw the line. I will be an hypocrite if I said that nothing happens but if you catch on time it will keep it from occurring again. Thanks ILM.

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Penn/Kidder Campus
2937 Route 903, Albrightsville, PA  18210
(570) 722-1150
Last modified Penn/Kidder Campus is a Public school that serves grades K-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 6 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Penn/Kidder Campus Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 42 reviews. Top