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Key Francis Scott School

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Posted November 21, 2010

One of the best schools in South Philadelphia. This school has made some major changes and tremendous progress and is one of the top schools in the entire district. They are competing with Masterman for the National Title 1 Distinguished School Awards for PA. The school offers a whole host of opportunities for children now - Golf, Ball Room Dancing, Intramural Sports, Book Clubs, Reading Olympics, Jr. Fire Fighter Program, and Gold Key Incentive Programs to name a few. They also offer support services for the ESOL students as well as after school support services. Parental involvement is starting to pick up and it really makes a difference. With the cooperative effort of the dedicated teachers and parents, this school is definitely a rising star.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 21, 2010

Francis Scott Key school is definitely one of the best kept secrets in the Philly. It is easy to be number one when you enroll only the cream of the crop, yet this school does well despite the obstacles thanks to hard work and determination by the teachers, principal, volunteers and parents. The school offers support services to enhance learning and it also offers various clubs and activities. The gifted program is top notch and the MG students will be competing nationally in ExploraVision. They also offer Robotics and publish a School Newspaper. Golf, Ball Room Dancing, American Girl Book Club, Reading Olympics, Junior Fire Fighter Program, First In Math, Accelerated Reading, Instrumental Music, and intramural sports are just some of the clubs & activities offered. Some students will have the opportunity to participate in a school play and others will perform a choral ensemble at the Bourse Building. They are also a finalist for the National Title 1 Distinguished School Awards. No doubt about it, this is one terrific school!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 10, 2009

I wish I could say this is a great school - but unfortunately, it is not. I am not sure where the ratings for extracurricular activities come - they have NONE! Power Hr must be their after school activity!! There are no clubs, no groups, nothing. Parents don't get involved because the principal doesn't want them to get involved. He is a control monger! Teachers have been there for far too long & are 'too' comfortable teaching the same grade for years. Rotating staff to different grades or switching them to other schools would make a huge improvement for this school. Parents need to step up to the plate because many of them miss the mark. This isn't as bad as some schools in the district but it is not as good as it can be due to principal's unwillingness to strive for more. He is just waiting to retire. SAD!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 7, 2008

The school is older and is NOT maintained. Class sizes are entirely too high. One teacher with 30-31 students is unacceptable. There is no support staff and parent volunteers are not wanted by the principal. The staff literally seems to be afraid of the principal which makes a person question his leadership qualities and capabilities. They don't make a move, think outside of the box, or go the extra mile for fear of retaliation by the principal. Very sad for the children that attend this school. Generally, it seems most teachers care but they lost that drive to make a difference. They don't bother to intervene because there is little follow through by the school and outside agencies. Sad for the children especially those whose parents miss the mark entirely. This school has potential but is in dire need of new leadership.
—Submitted by a parent


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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.

64 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
85%

2009

 
 
79%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 74% in 2012.

64 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
77%

2009

 
 
73%
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.

76 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
73%

2009

 
 
71%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2012.

76 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
61%

2009

 
 
45%
Science

The state average for Science was 82% in 2012.

79 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
62%

2010

 
 
75%

2009

 
 
53%
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.

46 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
64%

2010

 
 
53%

2009

 
 
69%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 65% in 2012.

46 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
52%

2011

 
 
54%

2010

 
 
40%

2009

 
 
39%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 64% in 2012.

45 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
36%

2011

 
 
55%

2010

 
 
35%

2009

 
 
32%
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

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
89%

2009

 
 
82%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 69% in 2012.

57 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
49%

2010

 
 
64%

2009

 
 
56%
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 Students75%
Female77%
Male72%
Black92%
Asian66%
Hispanic77%
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged75%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learners43%

Reading

All Students59%
Female63%
Male55%
Black50%
Asian63%
Hispanic46%
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged59%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learners14%
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 Students70%
Female68%
Male72%
Blackn/a
Asian79%
Hispanic62%
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged70%
Students with disabilities (IEP)25%
English language learners43%

Reading

All Students59%
Female62%
Male56%
Blackn/a
Asian68%
Hispanic46%
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged59%
Students with disabilities (IEP)17%
English language learners14%

Science

All Students60%
Female62%
Male57%
Blackn/a
Asian64%
Hispanic57%
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged60%
Students with disabilities (IEP)17%
English language learners7%
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 Students61%
Female67%
Male56%
Blackn/a
Asian62%
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged61%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students52%
Female71%
Male36%
Blackn/a
Asian48%
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged52%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Writing

All Students36%
Female57%
Male17%
Blackn/a
Asian30%
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged36%
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 Students79%
Female81%
Male75%
Black83%
Asian81%
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged79%
Students with disabilities (IEP)54%
English language learners40%

Reading

All Students53%
Female57%
Male45%
Black58%
Asian55%
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged53%
Students with disabilities (IEP)23%
English language learners13%
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
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 51% 3%
Hispanic 19% 9%
Black 15% 15%
White 10% 71%
Two or more races 5% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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2230 South 8th St
Philadelphia, PA 19148
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