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Arts Academy at Benjamin Rush

Public | 9-12 | 550 students

The Arts Academy is a creative and performing arts college preparatory school
 
 

 
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5 stars

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2014:
Based on 2 ratings
2013:
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2012:
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2011:
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Posted August 18, 2014

As a current student at Rush, I must say that this school is amazing. Coming from a Catholic/private school, Rush was like a breath of fresh air to me; the education is wonderful and the teachers are truly exceptional. It is nice to wake up everyday knowing that you are going to a place where you know you will be accepted and not receive pretentious, insincere care. There is a nice variety amongst the student body, making the environment highly accepting. If you are considering Rush for your child, I highly recommend this school; I have loved every minute of my time here and am sad to be leaving.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 17, 2014

I am a former student at this school and I must say this school is amazing. At the time as a teenager I failed to recognized how amazing Rush was until I entered college. You will not find any teachers like the ones at Rush. They are truly the most caring educators that I have ever crossed paths with. The teachers actually work with you, and most students who are interested in the arts improve rapidly. It's not your typical student and teacher connection here. Teachers and students communicate as friends. The teachers here have been nothing but encouraging, caring, and they make learning fun. It's great! The best thing about these teachers are that they involve creativity with their lessons. I was part creating rush's atmosphere and environment, and due to budget cuts Rush has suffered a lot. Though Rush may lack a few supplies, students work with their teachers to fundraise what they need by hosting bake sales and candy grams. Most students may say, "Rush? Yuck!" But after they graduate and look back at their high school experience, they will be happy that they were able to be themselves, grow, and learn. It's a great school, and take my word for it as a Rush alumni.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 24, 2013

My son is a sophomore at RUSH. We love this school. The academics are excellent and the staff are amazing. This is definitely the best thing to happen to the Northeast. We are applying for my daughter this year and can't wait to have another child in this outstanding school ! Ms. Brown is the best principal I've encountered yet, she works so hard to make this school what it is ..... GREAT !
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 17, 2012

Please use spell check or a dictionary when writting a review. As a grandparent of two students that attend Rush, I find that this school gives these student plenty of opportunity to advance academically and grow as fine adults. The students seem to respect each other and the school, and respect is something missing in children these days. The programs they put on for the parents are top rate, you can tell alot of hard work goes into it. I know my grandchildren look forward to going to school.


Posted September 17, 2011

This school is the best thing that ever happened in the Northeast. Both of my daughters attend this school and I couldn't be happier! My oldest will be part of the first graduating class. The academics are very rigorous and students have many opportunities to express themselves through the various arts programs. The teachers are young and enthusiastic and give so much of their time. They are to be commended. The principal, Ms. Brown, never seems to tire of giving herself to the school and its students. Also, the counselor, Ms. Senner, has been very helpful in getting the students ready for college. All in all, I highly recommend this school to parents.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 7, 2010

its alright there. the kids need more fun activeties my son doesnt look foward to waking up in the mornig for school hes said it boers him and there really strick when it come to having fun, there not even allowed to hug each other, i fell that hugging among teenagers is a big part in there lives but its great when it come to academics it one of the best
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 31, 2010

Nice and small, great one on one teachers work. The arts are so beutiful and the school is so clean
—Submitted by a parent


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

About these ratings

The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.

Grade level

Math

The state average for Math was 60% in 2012.

121 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
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2010

 
 
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2009

 
 
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Reading

The state average for Reading was 68% in 2012.

121 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
69%

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2009

 
 
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Science

The state average for Science was 42% in 2012.

119 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
19%

2011

 
 
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2010

 
 
n/a

2009

 
 
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Writing

The state average for Writing was 83% in 2012.

120 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
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2010

 
 
n/a

2009

 
 
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Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Pennsylvania used the Pennsylvania System of State Assessments (PSSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in math and reading, in grades 5, 8 and 11 in writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 11 in science. The results for reading, writing, science and math are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The PSSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Pennsylvania. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Education

Math

All Students58%
Female54%
Male69%
Black30%
Asiann/a
Hispanic61%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White67%
Economically disadvantaged51%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students69%
Female71%
Male63%
Black43%
Asiann/a
Hispanic78%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White76%
Economically disadvantaged63%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students19%
Female14%
Male32%
Black7%
Asiann/a
Hispanic35%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White20%
Economically disadvantaged18%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Writing

All Students84%
Female87%
Male78%
Black75%
Asiann/a
Hispanic85%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White86%
Economically disadvantaged78%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Pennsylvania used the Pennsylvania System of State Assessments (PSSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in math and reading, in grades 5, 8 and 11 in writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 11 in science. The results for reading, writing, science and math are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The PSSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Pennsylvania. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Education

Breaking down the GreatSchools Rating

GreatSchools Ratings for this school are based on 2011-2012 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 53% 71%
Black 26% 15%
Hispanic 15% 9%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 4% 3%
Two or more races 3% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

College readiness and student pathways

Percentage of students going to 2-year college 5% (2013)
Percentage of students going to 4-year college 90% (2013)
Percentage of students going to the military 0% (2013)
Percentage of students going to vocational programs 1% (2013)
Percentage of students going directly into the workforce 4% (2013)
Colleges most students attend after graduation Drexel
Albright
Eastern
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Source: Manually entered by a school official.

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
College counselor(s)
Dance teacher(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Nurse(s)
Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
School psychologist
Foreign languages spoken by school staff French
Spanish
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Source: Provided by a school official.

Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Technology

Arts & music

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Arts (all)
  • Performing arts
Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
Visual arts
  • Painting
  • Photography
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Orchestra
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing and written arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Graphics
  • Video / Film production
Clubs
  • Art club
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Latin club
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • French
  • Spanish
Clubs
  • Foreign language club: Latin

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Advanced placement courses
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College Fair
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • Community college courses
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
  • Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 7:50 am
School end time
  • 2:50 am
School Leader's name
  • Jessica M. Brown
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Gender
  • Coed
Is there an application process?
  • Yes

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Advanced placement courses
  • College prep
  • Internships
  • Project-based
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

Don't understand these terms?
  • Arts (all)
  • Performing arts
  • Technology
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages taught
  • Latin club
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • College counselor(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
  • School psychologist
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • French
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
  • Career/college counseling
  • Counseling
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
  • Tutoring
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College Fair
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • Community college courses
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
  • Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
Transportation options
  • Accessible via public transportation
  • Passes/tokens for public transportation
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Gym
  • Internet access
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
  • Glen Foerd on the Delaware
  • Philadelphia Young Playwrights
  • Astral Artists
  • Arden Theatre
  • JEVS
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • ping pong
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Volleyball
  • ping pong

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Painting
  • Photography
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Orchestra
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Graphics
  • Video / Film production

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Art club
  • Foreign language club: Latin
  • Homework help/study buddy club
  • Video Journalism
  • Yearbook
  • ping pong
  • writing club
School leaders can update this information here.

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School culture

Dress Code
  • Neither uniforms nor dress code
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • Volunteer during performances
  • Volunteer time after school
More from this school
  • Our 2013 graduating class had a 98% college acceptance rate.
School leaders can update this information here.

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What are your chances?


1 out of 10students were accepted for the 2013-2014 school year.


Students accepted for the 2013-2014 school year
145
Applications received for the 2013-2014 school year
1500

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
Drexel
Albright
Eastern
College preparation / awareness offered
College prep programs/courses during the year
College presentations or information sessions
Community college courses
SAT/ACT prep classes
School-sponsored trips to college campuses
Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
College Fair
Students' post-graduation plans in 2013
2 year college - 5%
4 year college - 90%
Military - 0%
Vocational - 1%
Workforce - 4%
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11081 Knights Rd
Philadelphia, PA 19154
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