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The John Hancock Demonstration Elementary School

Public | K-5 | 525 students

Literacy, Arts and STEM

 
 
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5 stars

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2013:
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2012:
Based on 2 ratings
2011:
Based on 1 rating

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Posted September 6, 2005

Wonderful school wish it went up to eighth grade.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 8, 2005

My nephew went to this school. My sister fought to get him here. They have a lot of resources for children with disabilities, small class sizes and they do thorough IEP's. Just ask a lot of questions. Wish they went to 8th grade and not 5th
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 16, 2005

I went to this school and now my son is a 2nd grader there! Teachers and staff are very involved with children. Teacher consistency helps- there are teachers still teaching who were there 20 years ago. Very good gifted support program. Stresses homework and parent involvement. I loved this school and I am proud that my son is able to attend the school also. It is very obvious that he is getting an exceptional education there! The principal is awesome, although she will be retiring shortly.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 1, 2004

I can't say enough about this school! Both of my boys attend this school and they both LOVE it.. My oldest is in 4th grade this year and my other son started K. My oldest has CHD ( Childrens heart disease) and the school has been wonderful w/ him! The nurse, his teacher, the lunch room aides all have been so understanding w/ him. The nurse took him around and introduced him to everyone in the school so they would at least know his face and what was going on w/ him. I am up there everyday to help w/ lunch for my K son and they have no problem w/ me visiting my older one as well! They made exceptions so my older one would not feel left out since he can't take gym! I mean what more can you say, except I wish it went up to 8th!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 10, 2003

My child has attended this school for the last half of 2002-2003 school year and is now on his/her second year there. This school has many good qualities. There is alot of parent involvement and my child is happy there. They have the same teacher and class for 2 years in a row which seems to work really well for the children as far as familiarity goes. I think this school is trying to keep a good reputation. There has been a few procedural problems but when the problems were confronted, they were addressed. I do have to say for the most part my experience with John Hancock has been positive but I have experienced negatives as well. Not enough that I would switch schools at this point and I am hopeful that my child can continue on in this school until the end of 5th grade.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 9, 2003

This is a wonderfull school, my daughter loved it! The staff was terrific the classrooms are very nice,lots of hands on experience! My daughter has a very bright future thanks to the foundation she has received from this 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.

69 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
90%

2009

 
 
79%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 74% in 2012.

69 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
75%

2009

 
 
68%
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.

67 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
93%

2009

 
 
84%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2012.

67 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
71%

2009

 
 
61%
Science

The state average for Science was 82% in 2012.

67 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
87%

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 73% in 2012.

70 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
92%

2009

 
 
90%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 65% in 2012.

69 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
52%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
67%

2009

 
 
72%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 64% in 2012.

71 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
55%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
63%

2009

 
 
59%
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 Students78%
Female83%
Male73%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White80%
Economically disadvantaged76%
Students with disabilities (IEP)64%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students74%
Female81%
Male67%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White76%
Economically disadvantaged68%
Students with disabilities (IEP)36%
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 Students82%
Female74%
Male93%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White82%
Economically disadvantaged78%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students70%
Female66%
Male76%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White73%
Economically disadvantaged74%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students85%
Female80%
Male93%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White87%
Economically disadvantaged85%
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 Students73%
Female67%
Male79%
Black58%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White79%
Economically disadvantaged68%
Students with disabilities (IEP)23%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students52%
Female54%
Male50%
Black42%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White54%
Economically disadvantaged44%
Students with disabilities (IEP)8%
English language learnersn/a

Writing

All Students55%
Female60%
Male50%
Black58%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White55%
Economically disadvantaged54%
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

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 64% 71%
Two or more races 12% 2%
Hispanic 11% 9%
Black 10% 15%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Art teacher(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Dance teacher(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
Gifted specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Reading specialist(s)
School psychologist
Special education coordinator
Speech and language therapist(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
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Special education / special needs

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Special education
Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Autism
  • Hearing impairments
  • Other health impairments
  • Specific learning disabilities
  • Speech and language impairments
Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Technology
Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Science lab

Arts & music

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Arts (all)
  • Music
  • Performing arts
Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Painting
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing and written arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
Clubs
  • Art club
  • Arts and crafts
  • Dance club: Ballroom Dancing
  • Drama club
  • Student newspaper

Language learning

Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered
  • American sign language
  • ESOL
Foreign languages taught
  • American sign language
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs
Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
School facilities
  • Gym
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Gifted / high performing
Staff resources available to students
  • Gifted specialist(s)
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:30 am
School end time
  • 3:05 pm
School Leader's name
  • Mr. William J. Griffin
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Phone
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Fax number
  • (215) 281-5900

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Core knowledge
  • Direct instruction
  • Gifted / high performing
  • Individually guided instruction
  • STEM
  • Teacher-run
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

Don't understand these terms?
  • Arts (all)
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Performing arts
  • Science
  • Special education
  • Technology
  • Writing
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • American sign language
  • ESOL
Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Autism
  • Hearing impairments
  • Other health impairments
  • Specific learning disabilities
  • Speech and language impairments
Foreign languages taught
  • American sign language
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Gifted specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • School psychologist
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Extra learning resources offered
  • Remediation
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
  • Tutoring
Transportation options
  • School shares bus/van with other schools
  • Transportation provided for special education students only
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Science lab
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Sports

Boys sports
  • None
Girls sports
  • None

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Painting
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
Media arts
  • None

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Art club
  • Arts and crafts
  • Chess club
  • Dance club: Ballroom Dancing
  • Drama club
  • Student council/government
  • Student newspaper
School leaders can update this information here.

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School culture

Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer in the classroom
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3700 Morrell Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19114
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Phone: (215) 281-2604

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