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Shawmont School

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Posted October 24, 2013

I am a parent of a pre-schooler and the Bright Futures program is wonderful. The teacher, Mrs. Magdavitiz, is kind and caring and an overall great teacher.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 27, 2013

The years before leading up to when my own kids would go to school were good, positive, praising of how good the teachers are, the wonderful work that home and school Association does, and the principals hand on how well the school functioned. I only hope that with a lot of the school cuts.... things won't change for my children. We have been very pleased to experience Shawmonts good reputation. We feel the good structure happening at this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 26, 2013

My daughter is going to the Bright Futures program and I couldn't be happier with her teacher. Mrs. Magdovitz is a loving, caring teacher. I know my daughter is in wonderful hands when I drop my daughter off in her class.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 26, 2013

Shawmont is one of the best schools in Philadelphia. Our music program is wonderful. Our teachers truly care about the kids. Our Home and School is fantastic and we really support our kids and the teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 13, 2012

Shawmont is a phenomenal school. The teachers and administration are top notch. The Home & School Association is extremely active and parents are always welcome at the school for any reason, from volunteering to observing.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 22, 2012

My children attended this school for 2 years. The teachers in the lower grades were wonderful, caring, and worked with my children to meet their needs. I found some of the administration to be unprofessional and lacking. For philadelphia county this was considered a great school, but the county is a mess so that isn't saying much. No grass, swings, slides or fields just a cement yard for the kids to play and a few basketball hoops with chain nets. Parking is terrible and my request for a specialist was ignored. Children in the upper grades are bused in from West Philly and some of them are pretty rough around the edges. The teachers are trying but the admin is lacking. This school is better than most in the county, but you could definitely do better elsewhere.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 30, 2010

When my child first attended Shawmont, I thought "now this is a great school". Teachers were hands on and the principal seemed to be very involved. Now 7 years later I am so disappointed in this school. If I had the money I would take my child out now and let him finish at a private school. The teachers don't care anymore and principal is so out of touch with the students and parents, it's pathetic. The whole Phila. School System stinks and Shawmont has definitely gone downhill. Keep your eyes and ears open because they won't tell you anything as far as your child is concerned. Can't wait until graduation.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 2, 2009

I feel the school lacks the leadership skill it needs to take it from a good school to a great school. Some of the teachers are the best you will find while others are just buying time. There are some parents that are very involved but we could use more parents cooperation to take this school to the next level. I would love to see this school become a 5 star school its just not there yet. Many things go unaddressed do to weak leadership.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 1, 2009

Shawmont is an awesome school because of the tremendous principal, caring and inspiring staff and administrators, and dedicated parents! I'm so thankful that my children are part of this wonderful community!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 29, 2009

Shawmont is probably the most family oriented school I've ever been apart if!! Great staff great students! Very respectful which you don't find too much anymore in schools! It's just plain great!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 29, 2009

Because the teachers are the best in Philadelphia and I know my son will get a great education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 29, 2009

Shawmont is a wonderful diversified, family-oriented, community and neighborhood school and I am so happy and proud that my son has attended there since Kindergarten! The teachers are magnificent and dedicated beyond any teachers I've met professionally/personally. The prinicipal Mr Graff is hands-on, accessible and tries his best to met my needs. The music department is fabulous! Most important is my ability to be an active/involved parent because it is encouraged and welcomed by all. I had been a social work/case manager for thirteen years in Philadelphia area and had many opportunities to hear about Shawmont and be a part of different ways they help and support kids with regular and specials needs. The Home & School Assoc is also a dedicated and involved group and most members made me feel very welcomed and appreciated. Shawmont is a great school and I have referred many families to send their children to this great school and they are also very happy so I'm told. I feel like part of a family...and so does my son!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 29, 2009

The school is really dedicated to teaching about the state requirement.Children learning progressively, lead in the furture progressively.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 29, 2009

I have been very impressed with Shawmont and what it has done for my grandson, niece and nephew and many other local children. I feel it has a great family atmosphere and encurages family involvement and I feel known! My grandson has learned so much here. I see his progression each year and I am happy with every teacher he's had and how they embrace the children with their special needs. I am so glad my daughter chose Shawmont!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 29, 2009

They have a great music program they put on a wonderful play every year! Everyone is so kind and helpful! Its a fun and safe school I just love it!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 18, 2009

The teachers and staff are great!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 18, 2009

The faculty and staff at Shawmont go the extra mile to make everyone feel important and to make sure that everyone has a chance to succeed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 24, 2009

My daughter started Shawmont in the 5th and is now going to the 8th and she came from a private school. I have not been disappointed; infact I have been quite please and my husdand and I are looking forward to our son attending this year 9/2009 in the 1st grade. My daughter has had distinguish honor since the 5th grade and attended the Carver Science Fair twice and placed once. They have a strong home and school association and parent participation. No school is perfect and there is always room for improvement but the staff and principal work with you to make your childrens education meaningful, eventfull and exciting. The school main focus of course is education and they keep up with the best of the best schools in Philadelphia.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 15, 2007

Shawmont is a school that has maintained a strong academic environment for many years. I feel that this will soon change with many established veteran teachers soon to retire. Additionally, the principle lacks focus for the future. All in all, a great public school, however, watch your child closely in his/her 7th and 8th grade years as the teachers are uninvolved.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted August 22, 2006

I would have to say that Shawmont is a great school. Its teachers are wonderful. I have 2 children attending this school and they are very happy, and are doing very well grade wise. My children entered into this school from a private school 3yrs ago and I feel they have learned more at Shawmont then they did at the private school. So this goes to show that paying a few thousand a year doesn't mean it's better. Overall I am very pleased with the school and its teachers.I must not leave out my gripes...I feel that the Principal needs to keep on top of things. There where many times when things have happened to my kids at school and I was not aware of it until they came home hours later.Including injuries. Poor communication,lack of information, and his people skills also need to be improved. But he has a tuff job
—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.

66 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
80%

2009

 
 
76%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 74% in 2012.

66 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
65%

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 83% in 2012.

47 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
76%

2009

 
 
83%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2012.

48 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
42%

2010

 
 
62%

2009

 
 
76%
Science

The state average for Science was 82% in 2012.

49 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
65%

2010

 
 
66%

2009

 
 
88%
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.

56 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
61%

2010

 
 
65%

2009

 
 
67%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 65% in 2012.

59 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
48%

2011

 
 
59%

2010

 
 
60%

2009

 
 
58%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 64% in 2012.

61 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
44%

2011

 
 
44%

2010

 
 
63%

2009

 
 
51%
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.

61 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
74%

2009

 
 
80%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 69% in 2012.

60 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
52%

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 80% in 2012.

73 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
79%

2009

 
 
74%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 76% in 2012.

71 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
74%

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.

60 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
71%

2009

 
 
62%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 80% in 2012.

59 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
81%

2009

 
 
70%
Science

The state average for Science was 60% in 2012.

59 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
41%

2011

 
 
47%

2010

 
 
45%

2009

 
 
35%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 73% in 2012.

59 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
38%

2010

 
 
61%

2009

 
 
60%
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 Students73%
Female73%
Male72%
Black64%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White76%
Economically disadvantaged68%
Students with disabilities (IEP)46%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students71%
Female73%
Male70%
Black56%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White79%
Economically disadvantaged59%
Students with disabilities (IEP)27%
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 Students77%
Female65%
Male91%
Black72%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White81%
Economically disadvantaged74%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students67%
Female63%
Male72%
Black64%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White68%
Economically disadvantaged61%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students74%
Female77%
Male70%
Black63%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White83%
Economically disadvantaged58%
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 Students63%
Female60%
Male65%
Black46%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White78%
Economically disadvantaged62%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students48%
Female52%
Male43%
Black26%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White70%
Economically disadvantaged41%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Writing

All Students44%
Female52%
Male37%
Black41%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White63%
Economically disadvantaged42%
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%
Female68%
Male67%
Black57%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White77%
Economically disadvantaged54%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students60%
Female68%
Male53%
Black61%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White60%
Economically disadvantaged58%
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 Students81%
Female78%
Male86%
Black70%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White90%
Economically disadvantaged79%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students82%
Female82%
Male81%
Black77%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White88%
Economically disadvantaged79%
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 Students73%
Female69%
Male79%
Black75%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White72%
Economically disadvantaged67%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students75%
Female84%
Male64%
Black74%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White76%
Economically disadvantaged68%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students41%
Female32%
Male50%
Black30%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White50%
Economically disadvantaged29%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Writing

All Students61%
Female61%
Male61%
Black53%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White69%
Economically disadvantaged46%
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
White 53% 71%
Black 37% 15%
Two or more races 5% 2%
Hispanic 4% 9%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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535 Shawmont Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19128
Phone: (215) 487-4466

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