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Penrose School

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Posted April 19, 2014

This is school is suffering a great deal. My child goes to a battle field everyday instead of a school. It's too many children in one class room. My child's home is either a repeat from a week before or it's under his grade level. Children that are learning at a faster pace is held back until other children are caught up. When you try to be a parent that is it involved in your children's education the school staff pushes you away. You don't get updates on your child's academic grades no progress reports or anything. Last year the school wasn't like this at all. It has become very unsafe. It's not enough supervision while kids are at recesss. Visit visit the school randomly. If you could give the school no stars this would definitely have no stars. The only good that comes from this school is that you gets credit attending a school. This school will steal your child's spirit of learning and their self esteem . Between the way teachers talk to these and the other children physically bullying your child. It's so unorganized here. The only solution to a promblems that you having while your attends this school is let's have a meeting. Only to have no changes. No structure!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 16, 2014

This school has gotten worse and the children are out of control. All my child comes home and tells about are fights and how teachers just scream all day. I have never seen a elementary school so unorganized.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 20, 2011

Penrose Elementary is a wonderful school equipped with a dedicated staff, active principal, a collective motivation to learn, and unique opportunities for the students. The faculty and students work together as a team to challenge students academically. Throughout the school year Penrose presented several unique assemblies, exciting field trips, contests for the students, and more. The school also offers excellent programs (during and after the school day) such as PlayWorks, Dance, Jump Rope, Chess, Yoga, Karate, Zumba, Basketball, Track, and Cheerleading. The school buildings are kept in an ideal condition; overall Penrose is a great place for staff and students alike!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted July 19, 2011

Penrose has a committed group of staff and teachers, lead by a committed terrific principal. Penrose has made their state exam targets. Over the years Penrose has added a gym, after care program, aand has been completely renovated . There are SMART Boards in most of the classrooms, computers in every classroom, and a terrific variety of after school activities, such as track, dance, Families and School Together program, yoga and the Eat Right Now gardens. Although some prefer to waste time criticizing, Penrose staff focuses on educating students with proven positive results!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted July 19, 2011

Penrose has some hard working teachers. The school needs a better Principal. No one takes care of the kids. they run wild in the yard. Big kids and little kids. No one is in the yard with the kids. My daughter is in second grade I take her every day and make sure she gets in the class and get to the school early to get her so she is not in the yard with the big kids who knock down and pick on the small ones. The principle is the worst she does not think highly of the kids or parents. My daughter transferred to this school because I lost my job. She was in a privet school. I will never forget the conversation the principal was having in the hall way a staff member. I wanted to remove my daughter from the school at that second. If this is how the principal thinks this will not be a good school for her. I did not care very much for the way my daughters teacher dealt with the kids but was OK with the work skills. I have my daughter on a lot of list for schools. I pray something works out.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 19, 2011

Penrose has a wonderful staff led by a well-organized principal. Because of this, Penrose has met state standards with the PSSA exams. Also, the school offers a variety of extra-curricular activities for free to the students. Everyone at Penrose works exceptionally hard in creating an educationally-stimulating atmosphere for its students. Many students excel because of it. As compared to other schools Penrose goes above and beyond with technology, using Promethean Boards and laptops in the majority of the classrooms. Overall, Penrose is a great school!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted July 19, 2011

penrose is an organized and motivated school. it has diffrent learning activities and sport activities to help children improve on thier grades the principle gets all these education websites and the techers are very nice and smart and knows how to handle children and has security for safety


Posted July 17, 2011

There are some really hard working teachers at Penrose. I don't get the sense that they are supported. There is no real conflict resolution or respite for teachers when students get out of hand. Other than a Saturday detention which is not actually attacking the root of the issues. Also, there is very little communication between staff and parents when there are problems arising. On any given day you will see students afterschool beating each other up or jumping into the school buses and cursing. In terms of academics, no emphasis is placed on social studies /science and the PSSA end up being taught while social and science studies are completely neglected. Over the years I have seen a lot of great initatives started but not followed up. I think it is because it is not staffed properly.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 20, 2011

The Penroes school is the Pits. I have a neighbor whose children attend this school in grade 1, which is the last year. she said there are not enough teachers and the children are buck wild, one kid arm got broken, in reading the reviews one mother said it is the best, well maybe she is uneducated and does not recognize education to know the difference. It is a shame and disgrace we have schools in the neighborhood with such low ratings and this is the best for our children. the only attractive thing about this school is the color.


Posted May 7, 2010

Appearance and organization are very important to developing a climate of success. The Penrose building is well maintained and is full of educators (including the principal) who do take education seriously. They are prepared and care deeply for the children as if they were their own.


Posted April 12, 2010

This is a terrific school with a caring group of teachers and staff. The district decided the school should teach Corrective Reading and Corrective Math but still the school tries to bring out the best in all of the kids with fun activities. We love it here!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 25, 2010

The principle here is the worst she does not think highly of the students and now the teachers are to teach the students something called C.A.M and i do not think that the teachers seem to like to teach it, my child does not see to be improving either. Whats wrong with the Philadelphia school district
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 7, 2009

As an attended student at penrose, I would definitely recommend this school for any average child ready to make a difference in their grades and behavior. We have alot of parent involvement and it is easy to make friends here. I love this school and never want to leave, but, I unfortunately have to graduate from the 8th grade next year. I will miss my old teachers and good luck to them!
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 19, 2009

This school has very little going for it. Problems start with the principal's negativity and trickle down to the rest of the teacher/student population. The kids need less harsh, negative discipline and more genuine care and compassion. There are, however, excellent fitness programs started and run by the school nurse and the new counselor, Ms. Egan, is a bright spot in the dark. Another major problem is that the school is poorly prepared to handle the addition of 7th and 8th graders on its campus. There needs to be additional opportunities for these students, especially interscholastic sports teams.


Posted November 11, 2008

The school district needs to take a hard look at this school. Times have really changed and the children's behavior has gotten worse. My child's teacher does not communicate with the parents.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 10, 2006

They have a cool computer lab and a good music teacher and science class
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 2, 2005

My son is in the 6th grade this year, and so this is his last year there. We changed to Penrose because he literally hated the school he was in. He enjoyed coming because in his words the kids were better behaved. Due in no small part to the principle and the caring staff of teachers. I would recommend Penrose heartily. The teachers work really hard to give the kids what they need to advance, and it shows. We're kind of sad that he has to change schools, because it's been such a great experience for him.
—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.
Math

The state average for Math was 80% in 2012.

52 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
48%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
64%

2009

 
 
65%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 74% in 2012.

52 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
42%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
59%

2009

 
 
72%
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

The state average for Math was 83% in 2012.

72 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
51%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
83%

2009

 
 
58%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2012.

72 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
43%

2011

 
 
65%

2010

 
 
61%

2009

 
 
56%
Science

The state average for Science was 82% in 2012.

71 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
41%

2011

 
 
36%

2010

 
 
51%

2009

 
 
38%
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

The state average for Math was 73% in 2012.

50 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
46%

2011

 
 
55%

2010

 
 
43%

2009

 
 
58%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 65% in 2012.

51 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
29%

2011

 
 
50%

2010

 
 
38%

2009

 
 
39%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 64% in 2012.

50 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
24%

2011

 
 
26%

2010

 
 
50%

2009

 
 
47%
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

The state average for Math was 77% in 2012.

57 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
55%

2009

 
 
56%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 69% in 2012.

57 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
46%

2011

 
 
56%

2010

 
 
36%

2009

 
 
44%
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

The state average for Math was 80% in 2012.

59 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
61%

2010

 
 
55%

2009

 
 
40%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 76% in 2012.

60 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
66%

2010

 
 
55%

2009

 
 
48%
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

The state average for Math was 76% in 2012.

42 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
55%

2011

 
 
48%

2010

 
 
53%

2009

 
 
34%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 80% in 2012.

42 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
53%

2010

 
 
73%

2009

 
 
66%
Science

The state average for Science was 60% in 2012.

44 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
18%

2011

 
 
14%

2010

 
 
23%

2009

 
 
37%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 73% in 2012.

42 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
19%

2011

 
 
32%

2010

 
 
33%

2009

 
 
44%
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 Students48%
Female48%
Male48%
Black48%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged48%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students42%
Female48%
Male33%
Black42%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged42%
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

Math

All Students51%
Female53%
Male50%
Black48%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged52%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students43%
Female56%
Male33%
Black40%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged44%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students41%
Female53%
Male31%
Black37%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged41%
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

Math

All Students46%
Female42%
Male50%
Black46%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged47%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students29%
Female38%
Male22%
Black31%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged30%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Writing

All Students24%
Female33%
Male15%
Black25%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged25%
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

Math

All Students58%
Female44%
Male70%
Black52%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged58%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students46%
Female37%
Male53%
Black38%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged46%
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

Math

All Students64%
Female56%
Male72%
Black65%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged64%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students70%
Female68%
Male72%
Black72%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged70%
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

Math

All Students55%
Female63%
Male40%
Black54%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged55%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students67%
Female70%
Male60%
Black69%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged67%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students18%
Female17%
Male20%
Black16%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged18%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Writing

All Students19%
Female15%
Male27%
Black17%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged19%
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

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Black 85% 15%
Two or more races 7% 2%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 4% 3%
Hispanic 3% 9%
White 2% 71%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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2515 South 78th St
Philadelphia, PA 19153
Phone: (215) 492-6455

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