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Kirkbride Eliza B School

Public | PK-8 | 528 students

 

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Posted October 3, 2009

This is a great school with dedicated staff and a great student body.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 30, 2009

My child loves to go to school everyday. He gets to participate is extracurricular activities that help homework, reading, math and even learning to speak Chinese. He is learning to speak Khmer and learning about lots of different cultures. He is able to use online programs at home that is provided by the school. We get parent news letters with update information every month. Plus, the school's website has current information about school events. Parents are kept informed and get to come to monthly meeting and help plan fun activities for students. I really like that that Kirkbride is a safe school and there is high expectations for students to behave well.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 10, 2008

I feared the worst and I got it! There is no recess, there is no auditorium, they just got a music teacher this year at the cost of the world language program. they do have awards assemblies which my child was a part of last year but i was never invited.the principal and her staff are unapproachable without an appointment. and volunteers are not as welcome as you would think.I have witnessed far too much yelling and the students have to stand in silence in the gym each morning before school. My son is in first grade this year I have had many concerns. this is my neighborhood school, I hoped he would have attended straight through 8th grade. But we are looking into better schools for the future.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 1, 2006

I attended an awards program for my son today. He won first prize for the writing contest. It is really nice to go to his school for something positive. This school is doing a great job preparing students for high school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 28, 2006

Eliza B. Kirkbride School has been chosen by The School District of Philadelphia as one of The Best Practices Schools. (The Best Practices Schools celebration was held at the Education Center at 440 N. Broad St.) This event celebrated its highest quality schools as models of exemplary performance that can be replicated throughout the District. According to the School District, Kirkbride earned The Best Practices School recognition because it met Pennsylvania No Child Left Behind achievement standards and realized significant achievement growth over the three year time period. Kirkbride has made very good progress and, as a parent, I am delighted that the school has continued to prosper. I would like to congratulate Mrs. Magness, the principal and her excellent staff for maintaining a very high standard. I really appreciate the leadership and management of Ms. Victoria Magness. Her leadership and management of the school are strong and excellent at all levels. She is kind, understanding, and caring person who is easy to talk to. She never looses her cool in dealing with delicate situations. Her implementation of a number of good policies and procedures ensures the safety and the welfare of the students. I give top marks for the energetic and enthusiastic teaching at the school. Students are often swept along by the teacher s enthusiasm and energy. Teachers are knowledgeable and hard working. Their commitment contributes to the good standards achieved academically. I strongly feel that the quality of teaching and learning at Kirkbride is excellent throughout the school. My children are doing so well academically at Kirkbride; therefore, I am very satisfied and content with its management and staff. Overall, I see that the students at Kirkbride have very positive attitudes toward school and behave very well. I feel blessed to be able to send my children to Kirkbride. My first child attended Kirkbride. My second is currently attending Kirkbride. My youngest child will be attending Kirkbride in September 2006. I feel that Kirkbride is one of the most effective and excellent school with many impressive qualities. That s why I am sending my children to Kirkbride.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 27, 2006

My son was transferred from our local school to Kirkbride two years ago. It was the best thing for both of us. We both love the school and staff. All of the teachers,office staff,crossing guards and all of the other staff I've met have been nothing but friendly and professional. My son is in the learning support class and has been able to stay on grade level and above in some areas. Each morning he is happy to go to school to learn which is a change from his old school, he never wanted to go. The principal,Mrs. Magness is wonderful. She knows the children's names and parent's also. She does things for the kids I have never seen other principals do,like making sure they can go on class trips,or attend a book fair. I honestly don't have enough room to write about how much I like this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 24, 2006

The Kirkbride school is a safe, clean, nuturing, learning place. Inside the school is so bright and cheerful. The teachers are hardworking and they care about helping children. My 3 children all have had good experiences at Kirkbride and 2 have graduated and have gone off to really good high schools. The principal and assistant principal care about safety. They are there every morning when kids come in and in the afternnoon when it is time to go home watching over our children to make sure they are safe. Kirkbride is a good school with lots of extra programs where kids can have art, music lessons and sports.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 24, 2006

I went to Kirkbride School for an awards program for my son. He got an award for being a good reader. His teacher works very hard with the boys and girls so that they all read, write and do math well. I am pleased with this school and the test scores keep going up every year. The principal is always there to make sure that kids understand that learning is serious business.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 24, 2006

Kirkbride is one of the finest schools in South Philadelphia with dedicated and hard working teachers and exceptional leadership from the Principal. Here are the following reasons why Kirkbride has quality academic programs: 100 Book Challenge Program for grades K-6-Students read daily from a wide selection of books in class and at home for approximately one hour a day. Homework is given consistently and effectively every day in grades K-2. There are computer intervention reading programs, i.e. Fast Forword and READ 180 to help students who are reading below level. School-wide writing contests and other reading and math activities in which students are always rewarded with prizes and certificates. The Principal in this school is one of most decent and impartial people who genuinely care about all of her students academic and social needs. I could send my child to any schools, but I chose Kirkbride.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 13, 2005

This is not a school to enroll your children in. The princicpal is very harsh, condescending & 'in charge of her school'. We were reminded of that 4 times in one conversation today. If your child is teased and taunted by the bullies in the school and your child fights as a result your child will be considered the 'problem' and the principal will talk to you as if both 'you and your child are the problem'. This school is the pits!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 12, 2005

This is the worst school I have ever seen. Half of the teachers speak broken english. My daughter went there for K & 1st grade. Her K teacher was wonderful but that was the only good thing about the experience. It was so bad that we removed our daughter and put her in a private school that we really couldn't afford. My husband works two full time jobs just so we won't have to send her back there. When our daughter went into the private school she was very unprepared and had to have special instruction just to be on the same level as the other kids. Parents.. if you have a choice don't choose this school.
—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.

64 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
55%

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
68%

2009

 
 
76%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 74% in 2012.

64 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
39%

2011

 
 
61%

2010

 
 
55%

2009

 
 
55%
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.

38 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
74%

2009

 
 
50%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2012.

38 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
62%

2010

 
 
62%

2009

 
 
42%
Science

The state average for Science was 82% in 2012.

40 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
65%

2009

 
 
55%
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.

54 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
60%

2009

 
 
52%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 65% in 2012.

54 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
54%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
50%

2009

 
 
61%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 64% in 2012.

53 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
63%

2010

 
 
38%

2009

 
 
49%
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.

42 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
71%

2009

 
 
62%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 69% in 2012.

42 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
36%

2010

 
 
55%

2009

 
 
45%
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.

50 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
67%

2009

 
 
58%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 76% in 2012.

50 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
65%

2010

 
 
47%

2009

 
 
65%
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.

40 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
63%

2010

 
 
69%

2009

 
 
52%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 80% in 2012.

40 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
85%

2009

 
 
65%
Science

The state average for Science was 60% in 2012.

38 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
45%

2011

 
 
46%

2010

 
 
33%

2009

 
 
33%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 73% in 2012.

37 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
58%

2010

 
 
73%

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 Students55%
Female50%
Male61%
Black31%
Asian91%
Hispanic35%
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged55%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learners44%

Reading

All Students39%
Female33%
Male46%
Black39%
Asian43%
Hispanic35%
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged39%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learners8%
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 Students66%
Female50%
Male75%
Blackn/a
Asian72%
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged66%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students71%
Female64%
Male75%
Blackn/a
Asian61%
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged71%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students60%
Female47%
Male68%
Blackn/a
Asian61%
Hispanic55%
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged60%
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 Students67%
Female70%
Male63%
Blackn/a
Asian74%
Hispanic60%
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged67%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learners35%

Reading

All Students54%
Female53%
Male54%
Blackn/a
Asian59%
Hispanic60%
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged54%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learners30%

Writing

All Students74%
Female75%
Male72%
Blackn/a
Asian69%
Hispanic86%
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged74%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learners47%
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%
Female80%
Male76%
Blackn/a
Asian86%
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged79%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students60%
Female60%
Male59%
Blackn/a
Asian64%
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged60%
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 Students70%
Female64%
Male75%
Blackn/a
Asian82%
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged70%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learners60%

Reading

All Students66%
Female55%
Male75%
Blackn/a
Asian73%
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged66%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learners35%
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 Students73%
Female91%
Male53%
Blackn/a
Asian82%
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged73%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learners54%

Reading

All Students75%
Female81%
Male68%
Blackn/a
Asian77%
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged75%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learners54%

Science

All Students45%
Female50%
Male39%
Blackn/a
Asian64%
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged45%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learners9%

Writing

All Students68%
Female75%
Male59%
Blackn/a
Asian80%
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged68%
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
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 46% 3%
Hispanic 31% 9%
Black 13% 15%
White 6% 71%
Two or more races 4% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Philadelphia, PA 19147
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