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Bache-Martin School

Public | PK-8 | 410 students

 

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Posted April 17, 2014

The school is great. The teachers are caring. Lots of individual attention and interesting cultural specials. It's a very diverse student and teacher body which brings lots of positive energy. Highly recommend if you're the kind of parent who will go the distance at home as well -- the school likes an engaged parent group.


Posted September 22, 2012

community school, feel safe to send my kid there. small classes, great program(art, clay, instrument music, reading, etc). parents involvement are amazing, one of the key to make this school to become better and better.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 7, 2011

Bache-Martin has made significant positive changes in the past few years. The school received a $3 million grant focused on technology and project-based learning, a new principal and renewed commitment from the community. It's a true gem. Don't read old reviews, come out and take a look for yourself at the new Bache-Martin. Check out the new parent run website for up to date information www.ThePowerOfBacheMartin. It's one of very few elementary schools that has a full-time librarian who supports the 100 Book Challenge program for grades K through 8. We have a pottery course for elementary students sponsored through the Clay Studio. A theater program for our 3rd graders through the Walnut Street Theater. A supplemental reading program through Philadelphia Reads, and art program for 4th graders through the Philadelphia Museum of Art. WE have a recess program through PlayWorks. We have a violin program starting in Kindergarten. Our test scores have gone up every year since the new principal and grant. We are working on the development of a new play space and outdoor science lab. Most importantly, we have committed teachers who really care about the students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 13, 2011

Bache Martin is a school on an up-swing. A new principal has committed to making it a neighborhood school and keep it small. There is a very caring, positive attitude here. The diversity is wonderful and students are respectful of each other. My son had a great kindergarten year--learned to read, do early math and had a great relationship with his teacher (who is wonderful) and everyone in his class. Parents are encouraged to volunteer in the classroom. My son loved his music class and art classes. Students have spanish, art, music, library and gym throughout the week. Well rounded education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 30, 2008

I enrolled my children in Bache because my husband was a student there in thee 70's and he raved about how involved the teachers were with the children and the community. I have four children who either graduated and/or are still attending and I dont feel they are recieving the same love and attention my husband felt. The last principal had set the precedent around how to miseducate a student body. Now that she is gone I am hoping the new principal who wants to engage the students, teachers and the community will do a better job.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 8, 2008

I just read the student teacher ratio. It states its should be 15 students per teacher. My son class has 21 kids in it. I've have become very unhappy with bache in the last two years. I'm ready to move my son to another school very, very, very soon.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 30, 2007

My child have been attending Bache Martin from 1-4. Out of all his teachers I really believe his 4th grade teacher is the best. I would recommend her to anyone. She is very passion with the kids and let you know how your child behave on a daily basis. He also learn how to play 3 different instruments will attending Bache. The only thing that disappoints me is the extended care program. Some of them do not take the time to help the kids with their homework. The kids just tell them they don't have any & they let them play or do what ever they want. In the third grade my son teacher didn't have the kids participate in the 100 book challenge nor did they do enough reading in this class at all. Now my son is in the 4th grade & he is struggling with his reading.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 28, 2006

I have becone very dismayed about Bache Martin, I have 2 children ( one who graduated from Bache and one still there) My child is currently in the 7th grade and I feel that in the past 2 years she hasn't learned what she was supposed to. Her 6th grade teeacher went out on medical leave and her replacement couldn't control the class. Now in 7th grade, I feel that she is being pushed along because her reading scores are off the charts, but her math score is lacking. I have been told that her math scores are too high to qualifly for tutoring, ( I don't consider a 62 % very high). And so I have decided that the time has come for me to say good by to this school. They have no more to offer my child.I do give thanks for what they have offered my children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 28, 2006

I worked at Bache Martin as an intern and enjoyed my experience there. They have a great staff.
—Submitted by a staff


Posted August 9, 2005

I went to bache martin from 4th-8th grade. It was absolutely wonderful. I loved it. There was alot of parent teacher communication. The teachers really cared about us. So when I had my own children I decided they would go here. It is not the same at all. I graduated in 1990 My oldest son started in 1997. It was okay in the beginning but it seems as though the teachers and principle don't have the same type of love for their jobs. They don't care enough about the children, they just teach. I will say though that it is one of the better public middle schools in Philadelphia. I guess if I never knew how good it was back then I would say it was a pretty good school. I like the school and the curriculm but I do wish they taught another language starting in kindergarten. It's Okay!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 20, 2005

I don't feel that the school has enough academic programs for the children. I do not understand why there are hardly any extracurricular activitites. I feel that the overall involvement of the parents are extremely poor in attendance.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 13, 2005

Both of my children are enrolled at Bache Martin as a parent I am pleased to see the great results from the school academicly. What I love best is the positive attitude of the teachers and staff when I visit, to me that plays a major role in chidren attitude and readiness to learn. My children come home every day wanting to share there day with me they are really excited to learn and they look forward to returning to school. I am also proud to know that Bache Martin have music and other fundamental classes they play a role in the children's education and also there life. You will never know if the students were not inspired by whats in school how can we today have talented musicians, great artist, and great athlethes for tommarrow.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 4, 2004

My son currently attends Bache Martin in 2nd grade. He has been there since Kindergarten. We have found the teachers to be excellent. The principal and guidance counselor are very accessible and helpful. My son is gifted and has had many of his needs met by having the opportunity to learn in higher level classrooms and attending a mentally gifted class. The music program is a plus, allowing students to start violin lessons in Kindergarten.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 11, 2003

I have had two of my children attend this school. My oldest attended 2-4 grades and had very polite and recommendable teachers. He was also a mentally gifted student who didn't need much help in doing his work and has moved on to attend J.R.Mastermann School. There were over 1200 applicants and only 165 accepted. My younger child attended K-3 grades and only his Kindergarten and Second grade teachers I would recommend to others. I had asked repeatedly for my younger son to be held back in first, second, and third grades due to his very below grade level scores on the Terra Nova tests. He was at least 2 grade levels behind in Reading and Math. I attended many of conferences with the counselor,school psychologist, head of reading program, his teachers, and the principal. They all insisted that my son was doing just fine where he was. Although the tests and his grades showed otherwise. I strongly feel that this school was trying to push my son through because of the Low Test Score Status it has. I had my son tested at a private school and he is equivalent to the beginning of a second grade level in reading and math. Bach Martin would like to put my son in 4th grade this year. I withdrew my son from this school June 2003.
—Submitted by a parent


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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.

23 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
75%

2009

 
 
78%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 74% in 2012.

23 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
64%

2009

 
 
81%
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.

44 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
66%

2010

 
 
63%

2009

 
 
54%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2012.

44 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
49%

2010

 
 
46%

2009

 
 
45%
Science

The state average for Science was 82% in 2012.

44 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
51%

2010

 
 
50%

2009

 
 
46%
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.

42 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
50%

2011

 
 
62%

2010

 
 
56%

2009

 
 
58%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 65% in 2012.

42 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
29%

2011

 
 
48%

2010

 
 
44%

2009

 
 
33%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 64% in 2012.

41 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
22%

2011

 
 
48%

2010

 
 
30%

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.

25 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
56%

2011

 
 
65%

2010

 
 
61%

2009

 
 
36%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 69% in 2012.

27 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
37%

2011

 
 
54%

2010

 
 
50%

2009

 
 
26%
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.

46 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
52%

2011

 
 
54%

2010

 
 
53%

2009

 
 
58%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 76% in 2012.

46 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
54%

2011

 
 
62%

2010

 
 
50%

2009

 
 
46%
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.

34 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
33%

2010

 
 
40%

2009

 
 
49%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 80% in 2012.

34 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
56%

2011

 
 
55%

2010

 
 
92%

2009

 
 
78%
Science

The state average for Science was 60% in 2012.

34 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
12%

2011

 
 
9%

2010

 
 
0%

2009

 
 
22%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 73% in 2012.

33 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
30%

2011

 
 
22%

2010

 
 
60%

2009

 
 
42%
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 Students57%
Female57%
Malen/a
Black50%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged57%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students61%
Female71%
Malen/a
Black60%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged61%
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 Students68%
Female64%
Male74%
Black72%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged68%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students66%
Female72%
Male58%
Black63%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged66%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students57%
Female60%
Male53%
Black56%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged57%
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 Students50%
Female48%
Male53%
Black47%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged50%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students29%
Female16%
Male47%
Black29%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged29%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Writing

All Students22%
Female17%
Male29%
Black21%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged22%
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 Students56%
Female46%
Male67%
Black55%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged56%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students37%
Female43%
Male31%
Black38%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged37%
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 Students52%
Female68%
Male33%
Black46%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged52%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students54%
Female68%
Male38%
Black49%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged54%
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 Students53%
Female68%
Male33%
Black55%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged53%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students56%
Female74%
Male33%
Black55%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged56%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students12%
Female16%
Male7%
Black14%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged12%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Writing

All Students30%
Female26%
Male36%
Black36%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged30%
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 75% 15%
White 11% 71%
Hispanic 7% 9%
Two or more races 6% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 0% 3%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Philadelphia, PA 19130
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