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Sullivan James J School

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Posted August 2, 2013

I love this school last year my grandson was in kindagarden and he did great now he will be going into 1st grad and I cant wate to see how he dose this year


Posted April 30, 2013

This school smell when you walk into the hallways and in the front door. The children are horrible and may influence your child in a negative way. On the flip side it is one of the better school in the neighborhood but if you have a choice choose another school because this school is not good for my child. The teachers are great and will work with you but the school conditions make it hard for them. The school district of Philadelphia has gotten worse and it shows in their classroom sizes and lack of extracurricular activities for the children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 21, 2010

My children have attended Sullivan for many years. The present Principal cares about the students and the former teacher who says she talks down to the staff is not telling the whole story. The principal abides by the rules. Sullivan has mostly excellent teachers. I do have issue with the lunch aides who I have personally witnessed yelling at students and giving out detention without good cause. Parents aren't notified . Besides that issue, I feel Sullivan is a good school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 18, 2010

It is a school where employees truly care about each students and conmtinue to strive to educate them!


Posted September 16, 2009

I have been a part of the Sullivan family for about 16 years not. Both of my children attended Sullivan and are now successful adults. I began working at Sullivan 15 years ago and I think it is a great place for children. The staff at Sullivan and very dedicated and strive to make every year a success for every child. What do I love about Sullivan? I love the children, staff, and parents who all work together to make the educational experience enriching as well as fun.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 11, 2008

I am a former teacher at Sullivan and I can honestly say that I sympathize with the parents who complain about the prinicipal. She is a major contributor to the school's poor image and performance. She does talk down to the children in a loud voice; she did the same thing to the teachers when I was there. I am so sorry that more cannot be done to dismiss her due to incompetence.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 24, 2007

I truly believe this school's problem lies in the principal as well.The woman does not speak to the children very nicely.She speaks down to them & she is very loud about it.The organization is disgusting & pathetic.Rain days are always a mess, the children don't know where they go because someone is always at the front door telling them to go here, once in the school their told to go somewhere else.I don't think the principal does too much to improve the school.My son is going into 2nd grade this year,& I am worried to be honest.I don't think there is enough help around the school for each child individually.I think if we didn't have this principal our school would be run a little better organized, safer & more child friendly.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 21, 2007

As someone who attended Sullivan from kindergarten through the 6th grade in the 1970's and now has two children of his own who attend the school, my observation would be that any problems that the school may be having are a result of poor administration and even worst parent participation in their children's education. The quality of the teachers is as high as it was in my days as a student, and this is HIGH praise considering that I was educated by the likes of Mrs. Walters, Dugan, Collete, Carbone etc. A principal of Mr. Spanglers quality is wanted and needed, but I am truly disturbed by the lack of parent participation I observe at the school. A proud Sullivan alum.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 20, 2007

I have been with Sullivan for 13 years , my fourth and last child is now in second grade , I have to say , I have seen many , many changes in the school , but the teachers and the administration really do care about the children , my two older sons have attended the best high school in Philadelphia because of the caring and support they have recieved from Sullivan , my 12 year old son is attending a middle school that requires good grades and he owes a lot of that to the teachers at Sullivan.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 24, 2007

I truly believe this school's problem lies in the principal as well.The woman does not speak to the children very nicely.She speaks down to them and she is very loud about it.The organization is disgusting and pathetic.Rain days are always a mess, the children don't know where they go because someone is always at the front door telling them to go here, once in the school their told to go somewhere else.I don't think the principal does too much to improve the school.My son is going into 2nd grade this year,and I am worried to be honest.I don't think there is enough help around the school for each child individually.I think if we didn't have this principal our school would be run a little better organized, safer, and more child friendly.For some reason Dr.Bainbridge believes that appearances are far more important then the feelings of a child.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 26, 2006

This school definitely needs some improvement. The academic curriculum isn't as challenging as it should be. It also needs to have better organization, my son currently attends the 4th grade and his teacher has been out for a month and they haven't even taken the appropriate action to find his class a proper substitute teacher. So for a month now he hasn't had any real lessons, they are doing my son and his classmates a disservice, I have had to pick up the slack so that he doesn't fall behind on his lessons.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 15, 2004

My son attended Sullivan school. The school is dated and could use a little TLC. My son was in a learning support class. His teachers were caring and supportive. Ms. Kelly Cochran and Ms. Butrin were excellent teachers and my son enjoyed his time there.
—Submitted by a parent


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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.

112 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
39%

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
79%

2009

 
 
68%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 74% in 2012.

112 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
34%

2011

 
 
51%

2010

 
 
56%

2009

 
 
46%
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.

85 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
44%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
73%

2009

 
 
71%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2012.

85 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
38%

2011

 
 
59%

2010

 
 
53%

2009

 
 
62%
Science

The state average for Science was 82% in 2012.

86 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
51%

2011

 
 
63%

2010

 
 
67%

2009

 
 
75%
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.

74 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
46%

2011

 
 
55%

2010

 
 
42%

2009

 
 
62%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 65% in 2012.

75 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
35%

2011

 
 
29%

2010

 
 
33%

2009

 
 
40%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 64% in 2012.

80 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
33%

2011

 
 
34%

2010

 
 
29%

2009

 
 
24%
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 Students39%
Female46%
Male34%
Black31%
Asiann/a
Hispanic46%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White38%
Economically disadvantaged39%
Students with disabilities (IEP)6%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students34%
Female48%
Male23%
Black27%
Asiann/a
Hispanic34%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White50%
Economically disadvantaged34%
Students with disabilities (IEP)6%
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 Students44%
Female45%
Male43%
Black33%
Asiann/a
Hispanic57%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White43%
Economically disadvantaged44%
Students with disabilities (IEP)7%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students38%
Female42%
Male34%
Black18%
Asiann/a
Hispanic57%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White43%
Economically disadvantaged38%
Students with disabilities (IEP)0%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students51%
Female54%
Male49%
Black42%
Asiann/a
Hispanic58%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White55%
Economically disadvantaged51%
Students with disabilities (IEP)20%
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 Students46%
Female45%
Male47%
Black43%
Asiann/a
Hispanic50%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White44%
Economically disadvantaged46%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students35%
Female33%
Male38%
Black31%
Asiann/a
Hispanic45%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White31%
Economically disadvantaged35%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Writing

All Students33%
Female34%
Male31%
Black35%
Asiann/a
Hispanic35%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White28%
Economically disadvantaged33%
Students with disabilities (IEP)0%
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

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
Black 41% 15%
Hispanic 29% 9%
White 18% 71%
Two or more races 9% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 0%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 3%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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5300 Ditman St
Philadelphia, PA 19124
Phone: (215) 537-2524

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