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Holme Thomas School

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Posted November 6, 2010

I have two children that attend Thomas Holme and the experience has not been good for our family. The leadership is ineffective and rarely pro-active. They lack parental involvement because the school is not willing to work parents' schedules. They do not seem to realize that most parents work during the day. There is a general feeling that parents are kept out of the process and I do not like that. I though it was a good school when we moved to this community, but it is not. I think it goes back to the leadership. The principal and ombudsman are ineffective. They seem to be behind in their planning every year and only react when there are issues. Holme has some great teachers and parents, but they are not the ones taking ownership so they children suffer. Bottom line they need new leadership.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 16, 2010

I have two children at Thomas Holmes and I have to say that the teachers are wonderful; they are always available and show interest in helping our children. My children have made great improvement in all of their grades thanks to the teachers and our involvement. The school had "one hundred book challenges" it was a good program that motivated children towards a goal and improved their reading skills. It has many other activities that enhance the child s academic learning and builds on each individual skill. I can't say the same for the past principal (they come and go) no returned calls and was not a people person, I thought he was rude. As for discipline many parents complain about the discipline but that goes back to the parent of that child, my experience is that when I complained about another child s discipline action was taken to resolve the issue.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 19, 2009

I taught at Holme for one year and dreaded every day of it. The principal was not supportive of her staff. The students were disrespectful and impossible to teach. Most students were below proficient and it was very difficult to teach due to the large class size.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted January 18, 2008

i went here from pre-k till 5th grade. i got straight A's and the teachers are fantastic! i recomend this school for all children between the grades pre-k and 5th. It has helped me in so many ways. and i actually learned alot. the teachers are helpful and i never failed a thing. straight A's, a high B if that.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 3, 2007

I went to Thomas Holme for 6 years.they used to have great teachers.I got straight A's when I went there.Last year I graduated from there.they had great 6th grade teachers.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted July 11, 2007

This school used to be very good. It is in a great location and kids from all over wanted to come here but it has gone down terribly. theres a huge discipline problem here and the staff does not know how to handle it. I had 3 kids that went here and have since moved on and done very well, I think it was because of the great teachers they had there but I don't think they get much support and what can you do when you have a small group of unruly students causing a distraction. Every teacher that my daughters had here were amazing and they try really hard to be positive images for the kids. Those teachers are truly gifted and it shows.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 15, 2007

I like this school! I do believe that a child should have a quality education.We need more qualified teachers. We need more parents involvement.We need to put our focus on the behavior issues, so we can have better constructive classrooms.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 5, 2006

Thomas Holme is an average school. That is the reason why I am transfering my son to a more challenging atmosphere. There are too many children(about 30) to just one teacher. Does not allow for many one on one with the kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 8, 2006

This school has a disipline problem and is way behind academically, i took my child out of this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 28, 2005

The teachers apparently do not have control over the students. Looks like it could be a good school, just need more parents who can take the time out of their busy schedules to act like they care.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted August 12, 2005

Art teacher has just been let go in favor of a science program. Music program is excellent with opportunities to learn a variety of instruments. Discipline problems persist.
—Submitted by a staff


Posted July 22, 2005

Nice school in a nice area. Has some good programs for the students. The HeadStart & Kindergarten programs are great.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 8, 2004

The Principal is very unprofessional. However the teachers at the school are more than willing to push your child to reach there highest goals.
—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.

56 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
77%

2009

 
 
78%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 74% in 2012.

56 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
67%

2009

 
 
67%
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.

41 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
87%

2009

 
 
69%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2012.

41 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
69%

2009

 
 
49%
Science

The state average for Science was 82% in 2012.

47 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
64%

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

The state average for Math was 73% in 2012.

38 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
61%

2009

 
 
58%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 65% in 2012.

38 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
54%

2010

 
 
49%

2009

 
 
40%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 64% in 2012.

47 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
21%

2011

 
 
55%

2010

 
 
31%

2009

 
 
25%
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.

36 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
73%

2009

 
 
70%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 69% in 2012.

34 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
49%

2010

 
 
56%

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

All Students59%
Female58%
Male60%
Black53%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White65%
Economically disadvantaged59%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students59%
Female65%
Male53%
Black63%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White57%
Economically disadvantaged59%
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 Students78%
Female80%
Male77%
Black60%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White92%
Economically disadvantaged78%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students66%
Female80%
Male58%
Black53%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White85%
Economically disadvantaged66%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students66%
Female67%
Male66%
Black56%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White88%
Economically disadvantaged66%
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 Students61%
Female50%
Male70%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White56%
Economically disadvantaged61%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students61%
Female72%
Male50%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White63%
Economically disadvantaged61%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Writing

All Students21%
Female14%
Male27%
Black36%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White5%
Economically disadvantaged22%
Students with disabilities (IEP)9%
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 Students75%
Female71%
Male77%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White82%
Economically disadvantaged75%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students68%
Female79%
Male60%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White75%
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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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
White 38% 71%
Black 24% 15%
Hispanic 15% 8%
Two or more races 13% 2%
Asian 9% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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9120 Academy Rd
Philadelphia, PA 19114
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