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Jenks John S School

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Posted Thursday, April 17, 2014

Great school. Ambitious teachers,hard working students,great curriculium! We just love our school, students learn so much!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 16, 2013

My son just finished his first year at Jenks and will enter third grade in the fall. He was previously in a suburban school and actually had a better experience last year at Jenks. His teacher was wonderful as is the principal. My son is academically advanced and his teacher was able to keep him interested in class (he had issues with boredom in his previous school). My son has often been the target of bullies, being short for his age and smart, and he experienced less bullying this year than he had in the suburbs. In addition,many of the parents are very involved and supportive of the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 16, 2013

My son just graduated from J.S. Jenks Middle School in June. He attended Jenks from 1-8 grades. We had an excellent experience there. Never any fights, bullies or conflicts the whole time he attended. The teachers, counselor and staff were professional, caring and nurturing to the children. If there were more schools like Jenks in the Philadelphia School District more kids would attend public schools over the now popular Charters.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 16, 2013

Jenks has a great lower grade department, but therer upper grades are the baf my son we to see the school forthe day and when we got a tour the seven grade in 2012 were fight and say bad thing to each when they we at there lockers I was not even able to see the six,or eight class but there were loud noise and all the teacher in the hall. i look fast inside a d student were on top of desk a walking around when i was told that all the student were in class getting but seven grade but the was girls in the bathroom srceam and the was no order for the student i was on floor for 15mins and my son said that he does not want ot attend the school i ask him he said cause im not going to learn any thing lastly as we were walk the principal was very clam like nothing was going on that floor.... Thank gor reading!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 15, 2013

I went to Jenks school did not like the school overall. I was in Jenks for 6 years K-5 i did not like it ,it was alot of bullying in 3-5 grade the teacher really did nothing about it. I am now 13 year old and because my mom but me in a better school my grades have we up and at Jenks it was hard to get help from a teacher we they are just sitting on there butts eating food out of a mini fridge in the class room, as well as fight would go on during class. I am no longer in Jenk but if i was my grade would not be were they are now and i most likely would been doing thing that i should not be doing ......... JENKS WAS A GOOD SCHOOL IN 2007-2010, BUT AFTER THAT GOOD TEACHER STARTED TO LEAVE AND THE SCHOOL WENT DOWN.... Do not but or keep your Kid there for middle school when i was in 5 grade i felt like i was in high school cause of all the drama and fights and bullying that was going on Thank you and look at other school before you pick JOHN STORY JENK SCHOOL.............


Posted August 9, 2010

I was very concerned in 2008 when my girls Private School closed its doors for good. However, Jenks has exceeded my expectations. The curriculum is stellar and the staff from the Principal to the Janitor has our children's best interest at heart. Their is no doubt in my mind that my girls will get into the High Schools of their choosing!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 27, 2009

Jenks teachers really care about the well-being of the students. They are commited to prepare the students to attend some of the best high schools in the city.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 13, 2008

My daughter is in kindergarten at Jenks. Thus far we are extremely pleased. She is reading, writing and very engaged in her day. She has specialists including spanish, art, music, computers and physical education. The new principal is very energetic and dedicated. The parents are very involved. We have enjoyed becoming a productive part of the community.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 7, 2008

Parent of a daughter in third grade and son in fifth grade. We are enjoying our learning experience at Jenks. Jenks offers instrumental music lessons, art, dance and the general academic subjects. (The upper grades also learn Spanish) The teaching and support staff are caring and committed to the children and community. Jenks is a respectful learning community. There is a strong Home and School and the administration addresses parental concerns.


Posted July 19, 2007

John Story Jenks is an excellent school academically; and above average for a public school. The teachers are excellent and care about the success of the students. The negative is [that some] of the children seem to have behavioral problems. I make this statement because there are fights at the school. The principal is very nice but not able to handle conflict. Due to this problem there are more school police, bars on windows, and cameras in the halls. I think that if they had a strong leader and eliminated [spme] of the problem students, verbal and physical violence would go from the norm to a monthly or quarterly experience.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 10, 2006

I have a daughter in second grade and a son in Kindergarten. I am very happy with the educational experience that our children are having at Jenks. The academic program is rigorous and includes math, literacy, science and social studies. There is a gifted program and a learning support program. There is also free after school small group tutoring in math and literacy. The teachers are excellent, experienced and professional. At Jenks, children have weekly art, music, phys ed, computers, and library. The computer lab is new. Enrichment activities also include afterschool arts, dance, and robotics clubs, basketball, as well as artists in residence, field trips and assemblies. Children have the opportunity to play the violin from Kindergarten and our instrumental program is amazing. Jenks parents value education, are listened to, and really make a difference. Jenks students tend to go to some of the best high schools in Philadelphia.
—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.

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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.

50 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
90%

2009

 
 
89%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 74% in 2012.

50 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
81%

2009

 
 
85%
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.

57 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
96%

2009

 
 
87%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2012.

57 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
77%

2009

 
 
77%
Science

The state average for Science was 82% in 2012.

57 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
98%

2009

 
 
84%
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.

61 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
98%

2009

 
 
89%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 65% in 2012.

61 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
54%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
69%

2009

 
 
50%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 64% in 2012.

61 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
61%

2009

 
 
50%
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

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
77%

2009

 
 
55%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 69% in 2012.

42 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
55%

2011

 
 
60%

2010

 
 
64%

2009

 
 
59%
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.

49 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
82%

2009

 
 
86%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 76% in 2012.

49 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
73%

2009

 
 
74%
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.

56 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
55%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
82%

2009

 
 
82%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 80% in 2012.

56 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
96%

2009

 
 
88%
Science

The state average for Science was 60% in 2012.

56 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
25%

2011

 
 
45%

2010

 
 
49%

2009

 
 
30%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 73% in 2012.

56 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
87%

2009

 
 
63%
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 Students72%
Female84%
Male53%
Black65%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged45%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students70%
Female90%
Male37%
Black63%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged33%
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 Students84%
Female84%
Male84%
Black82%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged80%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students65%
Female64%
Male66%
Black61%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged60%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students82%
Female84%
Male81%
Black80%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged73%
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%
Female66%
Male63%
Black64%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged58%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students54%
Female59%
Male50%
Black53%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged48%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Writing

All Students61%
Female72%
Male50%
Black62%
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 Students69%
Female74%
Male63%
Black68%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged56%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students55%
Female61%
Male47%
Black55%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged39%
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 Students84%
Female92%
Male75%
Black85%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged87%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students82%
Female80%
Male83%
Black80%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged78%
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%
Female64%
Male47%
Black53%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged58%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students77%
Female82%
Male72%
Black76%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged79%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students25%
Female32%
Male18%
Black22%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged32%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Writing

All Students70%
Female79%
Male61%
Black67%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged74%
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%
White 7% 71%
Two or more races 5% 2%
Hispanic 2% 8%
Asian 1% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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