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8300 Castor Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19152

(215) 728-5009
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Teacher effectiveness: Very effective
August 21, 2015
We've only had Mrs. Pedraz, but she was very good and the other Kindergarten teacher we met seemed just as dedicated.

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Amount of homework: Just right
August 21, 2015
Since I am raising a grand daughter it's been a long time since I was in school. But I think homework is very important to keep the parents in the know!

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Develops grit: Strongly agree
August 21, 2015
The principal is always asking kids, "Is your homework done?" "Did you finish that assignment?" He remembers them by name and teacher and that's pretty impressive!

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Develops respect: Strongly agree
August 21, 2015
Of course!!! With so many different cultures, children learn that we are really all just one people, trying to learn and life in this world together.

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Develops empathy: Strongly agree
August 21, 2015
Again, because of the diversity of the children, Mr. Cirilli has to keep up with all the different cultures and religions. He does so with compassion and caring and the children see it! This man is a great principal and he shows he cares.

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Develops honesty: Strongly agree
August 21, 2015
This school is so very diverse. There are children here from every part of the world and they are all treated equally. The principle is so dedicated and professional. He may seem stern of disinterested at times, but his mind is going a mile a minute keeping his pupils safe and thee school running smoothly. But he is great at letting the kids know they are all there to LEARN!!!!

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August 21, 2015
My Grand daughter started there in Kindergarten and she had Mrs. Pedraz. She was so patient and kind not only to my grand daughter but to us as a family. Great teacher too! Very concerned with her pupils.

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January 31, 2015
I'm not sending my child to this school when I get older. They need to handle the bullying and the negativity or things will get worse.

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September 02, 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 .

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August 28, 2013
I love this school. I was here for seven years. Now I'm going to seventh grade but because of the budget cut, the school isn't doing so well. The only year I didn't like was sixth grade. I loved teachers especially in fifth grade. I loved Mr.William

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August 09, 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!

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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...

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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.

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June 06, 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.

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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!

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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.

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May 11, 2007
Good school, organized staff. Gives sense that the school is quite capable.

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June 06, 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!

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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 student

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.

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Farrell Louis H School
8300 Castor Ave, Philadelphia, PA  19152
(215) 728-5009
Last modified Farrell Louis H School is a Public school that serves grades K-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 3 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Farrell Louis H School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 26 reviews. Top