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Decatur Stephen School

Public | K-8 | 964 students

 

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Posted April 11, 2014

Art teacher marisa grasso has mental problems and should not be around children. I'm not sure how she became a teacher in the first place.


Posted September 9, 2013

The school, the staff and teachers are fabulous. The only issue is with the principal ( Mrs. Endy-Okane). She plays favorites with certain teachers and does not allow teachers to be themselves in the school. I have never seen a school have so many teachers shifted and moved around. I looked forward to my child having a certain teacher when graduating to the next grade, but this teacher was moved to a totally different grade level. This was done with many teachers over the last two years. I am very displeased with the way she keeps disrupting a system that was working very well. I am sure that many parents look forward to the opportunity of thier children getting certain teachers as the child progresses through the school. This principal, so far, has not shown any concern to the parents, students or teachers needs. It appears all she cares about is making sure that the numbers are good. I can't wait to see PSSA scores since she has taken over the school. The previous principal (Mr. Connors) kept everyone informed about the scores, so far not a peep from this one. Hopefully this school year will show that a new principal is in order.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 22, 2013

My grandson switched in second grade from the parochial school to Stephen Decatur Public School, and that was six years ago. After his first day there, he came out of the building at dismissal with the biggest smile on his face, so I knew he would be happy there. I have volunteered at this school, on and off, for 2 or 3 years, and from the teachers, to the office staff, the maintenance crew, the Home and School, Stephen Decatur is just the total package. If there are any concerns or issues, you can be sure that the Principal or the teachers will address those problems, and every teacher that my grandson has had was dedicated to providing the best education of their students, even giving of their own time to help a student. I am so proud and so glad that my grandson is attending Stephen Decatur, I would recommend it to any family looking for schools in this area, and I hope that they continue to do the excellent job that they have been doing.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 29, 2013

When issues or concerns are brought up to the school main office there appears to be "no efforts" to have them resolved. The appoach taken is attempting to cover up the matter or completely ignore the concern of the parent. I have even heard and my child has experienced issues of discrimination and bullying by teachers/students. The school board needs to have an investigation on how issues of discimination, and bullying are TRUELY being handled. Parents should be advised to take suspected concerns you may have or your child reports to you to the next level "the school board" when experienced. This school needs some serious training on diversity and respecting all cultures. Sincerely, Disappointed Parent
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 21, 2012

I went there from 3rd-8th grade; in the 2nd 8th grade class to graduate.Academics weren't as good as they could have been.The kids were out of control.Pencils & erasers were thrown in classrooms; food&OPEN milk cartons were thrown in the lunchroom.The students didn't care about learning; the teachers didn't care about motivating them.There were 2-3 fights a year.The bullies did what they wanted.If victims got tired of teachers not stopping bullies&tried to get bullies to stop themselves, the victims got in trouble, not bullies.One teacher even helped the bullies avoid punishment.Detention&suspension motivated the bad kids to cause more trouble.This is a bad school.If you're a parent&want to stay in the school district I suggest Joe Greenburg K-8.The academics are far better; they were number 1 in the city.They teach motivation.They have more control over the bad kids.If public schools aren't for you, do homeschooling.Join Scout troops/karate if you're worried about your kids not being socialized.If you can afford it, a private school with small classes.Small classes don't form cliques or bully each other.I hated going to school as a kid; don't put your child through the same thing.


Posted May 8, 2011

my children love this school very much. It`s a great school.The teachers are very nice.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 26, 2010

My daughter, among my 5 children that have attended Decatur, is in Mrs. Coyle's 6th grade class and it is the first time I have ever seen her motivated and so excited to go to school. Many of the parents in this particular class agree that there is a big difference in our children's work habits and that this teacher and staff this year is a refreshment to Decatur. Excellent school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 12, 2010

My three c hildren attended Stephen Decatur School, I find it to be one of the best elementary schools in Northeast, Philadelphia. I can testify that my children are products of great early childhood education. Mr. Conners is a great principal. I was a very involved parent and my relaionship with the teachers was magnificent. I now can boast a 22yr old college graduate, a 17 year soon to be high school graduate and a 13 year old A student. Thank you Stephen Decatur.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 22, 2009

I have found that if you have any issues with this school or if issues arise surrounding your child, they are not willing to help you...they want to do what is best for the teachers and the school, and not the child as what was stated in an earlier post. I will say that a lot of the staff are very friendly, but they are probably in the wrong positions.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 9, 2009

My family has had a wonderful experience at this school. I have three children. They have all attended this school. The staff is outstanding and Mr. Conner is tough but an excelent principal. He expects as much from his teacher as he does from his students. I am extreamly happy with my children's education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 15, 2009

My son is in 1st grade and did Kindergarten at Decatur. So far I like it a lot. The teachers he's had have been great and he's been learning.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 8, 2009

There staff is A-1! My children love going to school everyday. There are many opportunities for my children there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 1, 2008

i think this school is wonderfull but you should have more activities for the boys and girls such as baseball and basketball
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 1, 2008

i think this school is good for my daughter and son but they need more activities such as basketball and baseball but other then that its wondefull
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 18, 2007

I love this school! My two boys are very lucky to go to a school with such wonderful teachers and so many programs.They handle problems very quickly and fairly.The learning support staff is great and are always there to help if you need them.I am proud to say my children go to Decatur!A++++
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 30, 2007

i love this schoool. It helps me alot.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 28, 2007

So far all looks well. I attended this school some 35 years ago, and it's sad to see that the school yard looks the same( I don't think the black-top has ever been repaved). The school looks run down, which I guess is par for this city. I was very hesitant to send my kids to (any) Phila. Public school, but it was pointed out to me that Decatur is now K thru 8 (since they closed Rush), therefore there is less bussing in of troublemakers, in other words it is more of a neighborhood school again, like it was 40 years ago. I like what I see so far.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 2, 2007

My son went to school here for 1st grade and the teacher was wonderful. However, this year he was in 2nd grade and problems are constantly ignored and and any issues get told to you after the fact. The bathrooms and school are filthy. A previous post said 'This school is not about doing what's best for the kids, but doing what best to make the principal look good regardless of the consequences' And I totally agree with that!!! We need a better school for our children to be brought up in!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 5, 2006

The academic programs are excellent. The school truly cares about the students and provides various programs to cater to the children. They encourage parent involvement and parents' often attend various activities held by the school. Anyone would be proud to have their child/children attend Decatur Stephen.
—Submitted by a staff


Posted April 4, 2006

I think that this school is an excellent school, and my children have been given some wonderful opportunities. I have a daughter that is in golden attitude, which is a program that acknowledges your attitude toward school, yourself and others. It has nothing to do with grades, it is all about acknowledging respectful, responsible, and kind children. She is also in the mentally gifted program. I know it is because she is very bright, but loving the school you go to has a lot to do with the effort that children put into learning. My son, although too young yet for these programs, is also doing amazingly well at school. I am proud to call Stephen Decatur my childrens school.
—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.

112 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
90%

2009

 
 
83%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 74% in 2012.

112 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
69%

2009

 
 
79%
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.

101 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
95%

2009

 
 
90%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2012.

101 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
56%

2011

 
 
64%

2010

 
 
75%

2009

 
 
75%
Science

The state average for Science was 82% in 2012.

101 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
80%

2009

 
 
89%
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.

106 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
56%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
79%

2009

 
 
78%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 65% in 2012.

106 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
46%

2011

 
 
65%

2010

 
 
60%

2009

 
 
72%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 64% in 2012.

105 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
30%

2011

 
 
37%

2010

 
 
50%

2009

 
 
45%
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.

92 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
87%

2009

 
 
95%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 69% in 2012.

92 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
66%

2010

 
 
63%

2009

 
 
80%
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.

105 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
83%

2009

 
 
86%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 76% in 2012.

105 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
82%

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 76% in 2012.

60 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
93%

2009

 
 
91%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 80% in 2012.

60 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
88%

2009

 
 
92%
Science

The state average for Science was 60% in 2012.

60 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
35%

2011

 
 
54%

2010

 
 
50%

2009

 
 
51%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 73% in 2012.

60 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
45%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
87%

2009

 
 
83%
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 Students72%
Female69%
Male75%
Black63%
Asiann/a
Hispanic47%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White78%
Economically disadvantaged67%
Students with disabilities (IEP)37%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students70%
Female75%
Male65%
Black58%
Asiann/a
Hispanic40%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White75%
Economically disadvantaged64%
Students with disabilities (IEP)26%
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%
Female67%
Male87%
Black53%
Asiann/a
Hispanic82%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White87%
Economically disadvantaged77%
Students with disabilities (IEP)55%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students56%
Female51%
Male58%
Black35%
Asiann/a
Hispanic55%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White62%
Economically disadvantaged52%
Students with disabilities (IEP)9%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students74%
Female59%
Male84%
Black47%
Asiann/a
Hispanic82%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White82%
Economically disadvantaged73%
Students with disabilities (IEP)64%
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 Students56%
Female52%
Male58%
Black57%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White59%
Economically disadvantaged47%
Students with disabilities (IEP)7%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students46%
Female50%
Male44%
Black57%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White43%
Economically disadvantaged45%
Students with disabilities (IEP)11%
English language learnersn/a

Writing

All Students30%
Female37%
Male24%
Black29%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White31%
Economically disadvantaged21%
Students with disabilities (IEP)4%
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 Students85%
Female86%
Male83%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic83%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White86%
Economically disadvantaged82%
Students with disabilities (IEP)59%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students71%
Female72%
Male69%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic67%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White71%
Economically disadvantaged64%
Students with disabilities (IEP)12%
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%
Female72%
Male79%
Black77%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White75%
Economically disadvantaged74%
Students with disabilities (IEP)48%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students75%
Female77%
Male73%
Black92%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White72%
Economically disadvantaged83%
Students with disabilities (IEP)52%
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 Students65%
Female59%
Male70%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White71%
Economically disadvantaged58%
Students with disabilities (IEP)36%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students72%
Female81%
Male64%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White71%
Economically disadvantaged68%
Students with disabilities (IEP)46%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students35%
Female30%
Male39%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White39%
Economically disadvantaged34%
Students with disabilities (IEP)18%
English language learnersn/a

Writing

All Students45%
Female52%
Male39%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White51%
Economically disadvantaged37%
Students with disabilities (IEP)18%
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 64% 71%
Black 13% 15%
Hispanic 10% 9%
Two or more races 7% 2%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 6% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Philadelphia, PA 19154
Phone: (215) 281-2606

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