This school is wonderful, it is filled with wonderful teachers and staff.The Principal is o.k., he lacks people skills. He is not very friendly with the parent's & speaks to us like we are one of the student's, for this reason they do not have alot of voluteer's in the building which they need since the budget cut's. The teacher's have been really trying their best to impliment the Common Core which was just put into place in Spetember. It has ben really tought for everyone teachers, student's and parent's.I think this is a wonderful public school for our children and I am lucky to have my children here.
My daughter's school is John Hancock Demonstration School in NE Philly. This is the one of the best schools in Philly, which is surprising in the Phila Public School District. Mr. Griffin, the Principal, is awesome, hand-on and so caring of all the kids that attend.
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.
Outstanding program.... great faculty and students are very goal oriented. I have two daughters there and they love it. John Hancock staff is AWESOME!!!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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
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.
Hancock is an amazing school with an amazing principle who goes above and beyond to ensure the success of the students.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
I love the school but it has to catch up with the times and do a lot more with computers!
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.
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.
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