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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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2014:
Based on 1 rating
2013:
Based on 11 ratings
2012:
Based on 2 ratings
2011:
Based on 1 rating

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Posted April 7, 2014

John Hancock Demonstration School - I lucked out by living in this neighbrohood with John Hancock right down the street. I never thought a public school would be so organized, supportive and wonderful as John Hancock is. I can't say enough about my daughter's teachers and Mr. Griffin is just great!! Keep up the good work, Hancock!! I'm proud to me a student's Mom @ Hancock and this school is WAY better than 2 catholic schools in my immedate area. Thanks!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 29, 2013

I have two children in the school. The oldest is in 4th grade. This is likely the best public elementary school in the city, with a principal who has navigated the draconian budget cuts better than other schools. I'd give it 5 stars if they had adequate money and staff. I hope they do again in the future.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 22, 2013

Outstanding program.... great faculty and students are very goal oriented. I have two daughters there and they love it. John Hancock staff is AWESOME!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 21, 2013

John Hancock demonstration school fulfilled all my expectations of a great school. The teachers and staff are wonderful, even with all the budget cuts they're making things happen. The principal is one that you would hope for in every school! I couldn't be happier.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 20, 2013

The John Hancock Demonstration Elementary School has the best teachers and students in Philadelphia! I have always known my children's education and safety are in the very best hands.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 19, 2013

John Hancock is definitely one of the better schools in the area. My daughter is in the fourth grade and has attended Hancock since Kindergarten, enjoys going to school everyday and loves her teachers. The teachers are always available when my wife and I have questions or concerns. I am also a John Hancock alumni from way back and still have fond memories of the school and my teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 19, 2013

This is my child's 2 cd year at Hancock and I must say that I was a little "iffy" about sending my child to a philadelphia public school to start with, because you hear so many bad things and the school district i'snt the best ,BUT.. I am so happy and grateful that we live in this area where my son gets to attend John Hancock. I have heard so so many good things about the school and it was one of the best public school we have. The teachers, staff and principal are fabulous, they really care about the children's learning experience and morals. Safety is a big concern especially after Sandy Hook, Mr. Griffin the principal really does his absolute best to make drills mandatory and really boosted it up to keep our children safe. We all as parents,teachers and staff really work as a team for all the children as if everyone was our own. We stand up and work together to help in anyway we can. My child now is 1st grade is becoming more independent and getting into a routine of doing things on his own, and I think its great that they start them young. No negative complaints about this school because they really are doing a great job!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 18, 2013

Im so happy with Hancock. It is the best school. The teachers are awesome and really care about their students. Mr Griffin has done so many wonderful things for the school
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 18, 2013

I love John Hancock! I have a 1st and 3rd grader and I cannot say enough about the teachers at this school. They are wonderful, caring teachers. They do their best with the resources they have. I wish they had smart boards in every class and I Pads. I like how they say the pledge, affirmation, school song in the school yard as well as inform us about current events.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 18, 2013

Hancock is an amazing school with an amazing principle who goes above and beyond to ensure the success of the students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 18, 2013

John Hancock is an excellent school!! Teachers, staff and Mr. Griffin and Mrs Miller are a great asset to the school and community. Hancock offers so many amazing opportunities for our children. I am so happy with the education and life experiences my kids receive from Hancock.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 22, 2013

Hancock has some amazing Learning Support Teachers! I would recommend this school to any family with an IEP as well as my own friends and family.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 19, 2012

I was lucky enough to attend Hancock in the 70s, which is a diamond in the rough. In my neighborhood of Morrell Park, hardly anyone went off to college. However, my sister and I went off to college, received advanced degrees, and I am now a very successful attorney in a national law firm. I knew of no professionals living in my community growing up. I look back and see that my love for learning originated at Hancock, and served me well. The teachers cared, and they offered an alternative curriculum that included exposure to such things as photography, silk screening, gardening and the like, and these are the things I remember most.


Posted August 30, 2012

Its a shame you cant post names of teachers or other staff.I had a principal at John Hancock when i was a student back in the early 70s.The man was a good man with a kind soul.He looked like Buddy Holly,lol..I fell in the school yard and he saw the blood on my knee.He took me to the office and sat me down and said,Lets see that knee and proceeded to clean my knee and put on a bandage.He coulda ignored me or sent me to the nurse.Our principal helped me himself ,I never forgot the kindness he shown.My childhood was far from perfect but sometimes a smile or an act of kindness can stay with you forever.I found out he passed a year or two ago.I wept.I would have liked to say thank you to the man for what he did 38 years ago..God bless you F.R.R...................M.Cresta


Posted February 1, 2011

John hancock is a great for for hard of hearing children. I wish it went to 8th grade though. Its smaller then all the other public schools and Mr. Griffin is a very caring and involved principal.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 28, 2007

John Hancock is a terrific school. The Principal, Teachers and staff are all wonderful. They care about the children that attend the school and children that don't attend. They are involved with programs that help children with life threatening diseases. my daughter has been there for 2 years and she loves it..everyone knows her in the office and some teachers that don't teach her, it's a good community & school of compassion & good teaching skills. J.Smith
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 27, 2007

I love the school but it has to catch up with the times and do a lot more with computers!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 14, 2007

Wonderful school...great teachers, excellent principal - professional, yet caring, friendly staff. My daughter loves it and is sad it's her last year there. I'm impressed with their curriculum, and their approach to teaching, everyone is on the same page and most teachers know just about every student's name, no matter what class they teach. Learning and safety come first, but they manage to make classtime a fun activity for the students to learn in. One the best public schools around, I only wish it offered grades 6-8.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 24, 2006

John Hancock is an excellent school. My daughter had just finished and my son is in kindergarden. The music program is excellent, the arts program is excellent.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 7, 2005

To tell you the truth I wish Hancock offered grades up to 12. My kids are going to one of the best school in Philadelphia. They are professional, and committed to teach. Everybody is on the same page, getting kids to learn. It truly hurts me knowing it is over on Grade 5, they are wonderful.
—Submitted by a parent


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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

Breaking down the GreatSchools Rating

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 68% 71%
Black 11% 15%
Two or more races 9% 2%
Hispanic 8% 8%
Asian 3% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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)
School leaders can update this information here.

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

Don't understand these terms?
  • 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
School leaders can update this information here.

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
School leaders can update this information here.

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3700 Morrell Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19114
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