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Howe Julia Ward School

Public | K-5 | 293 students

 

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Posted May 30, 2014

The teachers are great most of them love what they do and are great at it. However the principle is very disrepectful to parents and teachers. She speaks to them in a very nasty way. She is extreamly defensive all the time and and is very difficult to talk to or reason with.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 1, 2008

My child attended kindergartner and frist grade their.Her kindergartner teacher was very nice and I must say my daghter and i enjoyed her. However the next year there our experince was horrible. My experince with the princple was horrible she is the most disrespectful/ unaware a person and has no idea what really goes on in he school.My child was detained after school and she was more then 15 minutes late to catch her bus. So the drive called me to see where she was and told me that she hadn't come out. I called the school and the said they where aware of it. But they never informed me.I went to the school the next day to speak with her, and got very nasty with me, I was just a concerned parent
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Posted April 1, 2007

My son attends this school as a Kindergartner and I love his teacher, the amount of work, the principal's firm and encouraging hand. This school has consistently made AYP three years running. The neighborhood ranges from low to middle class single and two parent households.
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Posted March 27, 2006

It seems to me that everything in this school is backwards. Students behave like wild animals in the classroom. The principle has time and again sided with rude, poorly behaved students and their parents over her own staff when settling disputes. The principal consistently undermines the authority of professional level teachers/instructors/and staff in and out of the classroom. Staff moral is low as a result of this. The expectations of students entering the building are so low as a direct result of the principal's uncanny ability to undermine the frontline forces - the teachers - in their ability to perform the duties of their job. If you send your child to this school, support your son or daughter's teacher in their attempt to educate/cultivate the future of this great and historic city of Philadelphia.
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Posted October 4, 2005

This school is located in an economically dsadvantaged neighborhood which leaves resources at a low. They are trying very hard to promote high reading scores and leave little to extracurricular activities. Afterschool programs don't seem to be available at this time. Standardized Tests are stressed. It seems as though there is less parent involvement, due to the working parent/single family home issues.
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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.

45 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
36%

2011

 
 
65%

2010

 
 
48%

2009

 
 
38%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 74% in 2012.

45 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
31%

2011

 
 
58%

2010

 
 
29%

2009

 
 
40%
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.

43 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
37%

2011

 
 
53%

2010

 
 
46%

2009

 
 
39%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2012.

43 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
23%

2011

 
 
42%

2010

 
 
26%

2009

 
 
31%
Science

The state average for Science was 82% in 2012.

45 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
36%

2011

 
 
53%

2010

 
 
28%

2009

 
 
39%
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.

30 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
57%

2010

 
 
56%

2009

 
 
62%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 65% in 2012.

30 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
30%

2011

 
 
47%

2010

 
 
42%

2009

 
 
33%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 64% in 2012.

30 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
40%

2011

 
 
34%

2010

 
 
17%

2009

 
 
16%
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 Students36%
Female33%
Male38%
Black35%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged36%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students31%
Female33%
Male29%
Black28%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged31%
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 Students37%
Female27%
Male48%
Black37%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged37%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students23%
Female23%
Male24%
Black24%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged23%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students36%
Female36%
Male35%
Black35%
Asiann/a
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 Students60%
Female71%
Male50%
Black57%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged60%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students30%
Female36%
Male25%
Black25%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged30%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Writing

All Students40%
Female43%
Male38%
Black36%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged40%
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 90% 15%
Two or more races 5% 2%
Hispanic 3% 9%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
White 0% 71%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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5800 North 13th St
Philadelphia, PA 19141
Phone: (215) 276-5270

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