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Alcorn James School

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Posted March 20, 2012

Everything about this school is horrible!!!! I have 3 children attending there and I am concerned about their safety and education. My daughter who is only in Kindergarden Is being bullied and the children are so loud she cant even concentrate on her work. She comes home complaining of a headache everyday because the children are so loud. How do they expect these children to learn if they cant even keep them quiet enough to sit there and learn. The hallways are digusting and spell just like urine. The staff are so unprofessional. It took two weeks before my children were even able to start school. I had to put up a fight before they allowed them to enter. BIG MISTAKE!! I should have fought with the Board Of Education to find my children a safer and cleaner school. My two oldest which are only 8 and 9 years old are afraid to go to school because they are being bullied during recess. My son asked 1 of the staff that are supposed to be watching the children for help. Do you really wanna know what she said??? She said " Are you kidding me, as big as you are? Go over there and play!!" Can you believe that??? DO NOTSEND your kid to this school. Im still tryna find a good school..
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 1, 2011

James Alcorn is not a good learning environment. Most of the students have major behavioral problems that are not addressed. The teachers are constantly redirecting these students while the few students who are capable learning sit and watch . The principal needs more security staff because safety is major issue inside this school. This school has gang fights inside the school everyday.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 1, 2009

James Alcorn is terrible. The students do whatever they want and there are no consequences.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted March 18, 2004

I am extremely disappointed with the quality of leadership at Alcorn. The Principal is not consistant in dealing with her employees or with the discipline of the students. The school does not meet my standards for what I expect a safe and productive atmosphere to look like. I have witnessed the principal repremand her staff in front of parents and students. The severity of the negligance in this Philadelphia public school needs to be recognized and action needs to be taken to solve this dilema. I eagerly want to bring the public's attention to the poor learning atmosphere to which these studnets are being subjected.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 2, 2004

The princple at Alcorn is not a very good princple. She doesn't treat her staff or students the way they should be treated. The only way she will hear what you have to say is if you really be up in her face. She has no respect for any of her staff or the people who comes to just help out in the school,to make it better for the kids.


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.

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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.

49 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
16%

2011

 
 
50%

2010

 
 
32%

2009

 
 
25%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 74% in 2012.

49 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
27%

2011

 
 
38%

2010

 
 
20%

2009

 
 
22%
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.

53 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
40%

2011

 
 
20%

2010

 
 
16%

2009

 
 
20%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2012.

52 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
27%

2011

 
 
14%

2010

 
 
11%

2009

 
 
13%
Science

The state average for Science was 82% in 2012.

53 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
26%

2011

 
 
10%

2010

 
 
11%

2009

 
 
17%
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.

43 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
14%

2011

 
 
14%

2010

 
 
10%

2009

 
 
12%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 65% in 2012.

42 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
12%

2011

 
 
10%

2010

 
 
7%

2009

 
 
12%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 64% in 2012.

46 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
13%

2011

 
 
11%

2010

 
 
7%

2009

 
 
8%
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.

33 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
12%

2011

 
 
24%

2010

 
 
21%

2009

 
 
25%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 69% in 2012.

33 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
12%

2011

 
 
7%

2010

 
 
17%

2009

 
 
15%
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.

44 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
32%

2011

 
 
28%

2010

 
 
30%

2009

 
 
27%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 76% in 2012.

44 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
27%

2011

 
 
25%

2010

 
 
26%

2009

 
 
27%
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.

38 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
24%

2011

 
 
8%

2010

 
 
20%

2009

 
 
9%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 80% in 2012.

38 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
29%

2010

 
 
32%

2009

 
 
12%
Science

The state average for Science was 60% in 2012.

39 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
0%

2011

 
 
2%

2010

 
 
11%

2009

 
 
1%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 73% in 2012.

46 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
9%

2011

 
 
12%

2010

 
 
21%

2009

 
 
15%
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 Students16%
Female14%
Male19%
Black16%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged16%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students27%
Female36%
Male14%
Black27%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged27%
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 Students40%
Female44%
Male36%
Black33%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged40%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students27%
Female32%
Male22%
Black22%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged27%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students26%
Female35%
Male20%
Black22%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged26%
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 Students14%
Female11%
Male19%
Black13%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged14%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students12%
Female15%
Male6%
Black10%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged12%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Writing

All Students13%
Female16%
Male10%
Black14%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged13%
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 Students12%
Female21%
Male0%
Black10%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged12%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students12%
Female21%
Male0%
Black10%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged12%
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 Students32%
Female31%
Male33%
Black31%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged32%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students27%
Female35%
Male17%
Black26%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged27%
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 Students24%
Female23%
Male25%
Black25%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged24%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students53%
Female64%
Male38%
Black56%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged53%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students0%
Female0%
Male0%
Black0%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged0%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Writing

All Students9%
Female11%
Male5%
Black9%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged9%
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 92% 15%
Two or more races 3% 2%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 3%
White 2% 71%
Hispanic 1% 9%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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3200 Dickinson St
Philadelphia, PA 19146
Phone: (215) 952-6219

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