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Farrell Louis H School

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Posted September 2, 2013

I am a student at Louis H Farrell , and with school starting a week from today , I'm thinking about it . The school & staff are pretty good , they have their good points, but also their bad. The school has little to almost no heating in the winter, and only air conditioning in the office and few classrooms, (kindergarden mostly , and computer lab). Then we have the bathrooms, I know for a fact the one on the third floor can be rather nasty. Other than that, the principal and his staff are on point. And with bullying they try to put its to a stop .They try .


Posted August 9, 2013

My son has gone to Farrell since 2nd grade. He is going into the 7th grade this year. We have had a great experience until his 5th grade year. He had a teacher who was not professional, meaning she was lazy, did not give homework & when she did it was given to the kids as they were being dismissed from school at the end of the day. She was very unorganized & did not give book reports or projects. When we asked why she said it was because some kids don't have the support or help at home and it wouldn't be fair if some came in with great reports and some with not so good reports. WHAT? Never heard such a answer. It was a bad year & he did not learn much. Again in 6th grade nothing but issues. When I asked the principal what was going on he snapped at me. I felt like students & parents were hanging enough not knowing who their next sub was going to be & not knowing what the year had in store. Another school year wasted. Praying this year will be better. I think there could be a lot more communication between parents and staff. Just like all schools, there are a lot of great teachers & staff as well as average. He has been a honor student since 2nd grade & we plan to keep it that way!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 15, 2013

This school has the worst 3rd grade teachers as there is no criteria to judge the teacher performance and despite asking for what kids are doing in the class they blame kids for the mistake and don't take the responsibility of their own actions. Show a very good impression at first and then start picking up on kids and never communicate the improvements nor alert the parents for the tests. On the report card day, when you ask them why are they not communicating to us, their answer is blame game and sometimes rude behavior. Made a biggest mistake of my wife on sending my kid to this school and especially to this 3rd grade. I'll be making a call to school district of Philadelphia later Tuesday otherwise will switch the school for my kid. NEVER SEND YOUR KIDS TO 3RD GRADE TEACHERS AS THEY ARE THE WORST...
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 27, 2011

I went to Farrell for seventh & eighth grade and I think that based on my experience at Farrell, it is an overall good school. There are a few students who aren't willing to make an effort and learn much, but the good thing is that they get separated from the smart students. So there are no class distractions. Also, the teachers are awesome, I got all As and Bs in my seventh and eighth grade years at Farrell and I can honestly say that I worked for my grades and it wasn't "easy", it was a bit challenging, but not too challenging. Farrell is a great school, and most of the students in my eighth grade graduating class got accepted to Central High School, Northeast Magnet, Rush High School, and CAPA. Those are some of the best high schools in Philadelphia. Although, I only went to Farrell for seventh and eighth grade, so I do not know what the lower grades are like. But my experience at Farrell was better than at my old school. I strongly recommend you send your child to Farrell School.


Posted June 6, 2008

This is one of the best elementary schools in Philadelphia. Both of my children attended from grades K-8 and both received a quality education that enabled them to attend magnet schools. The school is well-organized and has a caring principal and staff. It is also a safe and friendly place for students. In regard to the parent who complained about school lunches - ALL schools serve the same lunches in Philly. Talk to the district about that (I agree they are disgusting). But as an educator myself, I can say without question that the children who attend Farrell are lucky to do so.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 18, 2007

Wow. This school is probably the worst I've ever been to. If i could rate this school less that 'unsaticfactory' I would. Even the school lunches are disgusting. They come in plastic wrap. The school is poor and it should be burned to the ground!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 19, 2007

I am a bit disappointed with this school overall. I feel there are many teachers who do their best and are committed but are not getting the support they need from the administration or parents. I agree with another reviewer that parental involvement is not there. Safety and discipline are real issues.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 11, 2007

Good school, organized staff. Gives sense that the school is quite capable.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 6, 2005

My son does wonderful at this school! He was transferred from another school in our district where he had a horrible experience. Since attending Farrell, my son has flourished. Parents and students have the support of EVERYONE in the school from the principal to noon aides. My son loves to go to school and he loves his teachers. I can't recommend this school enough!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2004

I am a former student of Farrrell school, finished there in 1999. I am currently observing the kindergarten class there to fulfill my field experience for my major, early childhood education. I feel Farrell is still one of the better schools in the greater Northeast. Majority of the teachers there care about their students and make great efforts to enforce higher learning upon them. Sadly, I must say it is the parents who do not put forth effort to enhance what the teachers are relaying to the students. This is what makes the school bad. Parents need to go back and get a proper education. It's ashame a few rotten apples have to spoil it for the bunch. Farrell is still a great school.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted August 23, 2004

I am very dissapointed of this school. The homework given to the children is very poor, the teachers do not make enough efforts to improve the childrens' skills and many more. My son is going right now in 7th grade and because of dissapointment of this school I am looking to sale my house and move to a different location, but not before checking the school in the new area.
—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.

87 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
71%

2009

 
 
73%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 74% in 2012.

87 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
55%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
47%

2009

 
 
70%
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.

81 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
82%

2009

 
 
71%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2012.

79 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
54%

2010

 
 
53%

2009

 
 
47%
Science

The state average for Science was 82% in 2012.

81 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
57%

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.

87 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
63%

2010

 
 
59%

2009

 
 
66%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 65% in 2012.

85 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
48%

2011

 
 
51%

2010

 
 
38%

2009

 
 
52%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 64% in 2012.

92 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
55%

2011

 
 
57%

2010

 
 
35%

2009

 
 
52%
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.

73 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
66%

2010

 
 
77%

2009

 
 
79%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 69% in 2012.

70 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
61%

2010

 
 
68%

2009

 
 
66%
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.

88 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
81%

2009

 
 
72%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 76% in 2012.

84 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
79%

2009

 
 
71%
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.

89 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
81%

2009

 
 
74%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 80% in 2012.

86 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
87%

2009

 
 
86%
Science

The state average for Science was 60% in 2012.

83 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
49%

2011

 
 
40%

2010

 
 
47%

2009

 
 
51%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 73% in 2012.

96 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
80%

2009

 
 
66%
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 Students71%
Female77%
Male66%
Black71%
Asian94%
Hispanic62%
Multi-ethnic60%
White68%
Economically disadvantaged67%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students55%
Female63%
Male48%
Black57%
Asian88%
Hispanic31%
Multi-ethnic53%
White46%
Economically disadvantaged50%
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 Students79%
Female76%
Male82%
Black67%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnic91%
White83%
Economically disadvantaged78%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students66%
Female73%
Male58%
Black44%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnic73%
White79%
Economically disadvantaged65%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students72%
Female74%
Male69%
Black58%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnic73%
White80%
Economically disadvantaged71%
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%
Female63%
Male65%
Black55%
Asian64%
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White67%
Economically disadvantaged45%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learners23%

Reading

All Students48%
Female55%
Male42%
Black46%
Asian73%
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White47%
Economically disadvantaged33%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learners8%

Writing

All Students55%
Female67%
Male45%
Black42%
Asian73%
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White57%
Economically disadvantaged48%
Students with disabilities (IEP)15%
English language learners27%
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%
Female74%
Male76%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic64%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White78%
Economically disadvantaged72%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students57%
Female56%
Male58%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White67%
Economically disadvantaged55%
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 Students76%
Female69%
Male83%
Black77%
Asian83%
Hispanic59%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White74%
Economically disadvantaged77%
Students with disabilities (IEP)58%
English language learners44%

Reading

All Students77%
Female76%
Male79%
Black83%
Asian88%
Hispanic65%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White72%
Economically disadvantaged76%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learners21%
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%
Female78%
Male78%
Black67%
Asian94%
Hispanic62%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White80%
Economically disadvantaged73%
Students with disabilities (IEP)31%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students87%
Female83%
Male91%
Black93%
Asian100%
Hispanic92%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White82%
Economically disadvantaged82%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students49%
Female34%
Male62%
Black23%
Asian65%
Hispanic55%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White53%
Economically disadvantaged39%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Writing

All Students85%
Female93%
Male80%
Black82%
Asian100%
Hispanic92%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White80%
Economically disadvantaged85%
Students with disabilities (IEP)62%
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 47% 71%
Black 15% 15%
Asian 14% 3%
Hispanic 14% 8%
Two or more races 11% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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