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K-8
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Philadelphia, PA
Students enrolled: 517

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2200 Chestnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19103

(215) 299-3566
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June 20, 2014
Incredible, wonderful, diverse urban school in the best sense of the word. We are so thrilled with both of our kids' experiences. The principal is the best. Teachers are exceptional. The parent community does so much, home & school is a machine. The best part - the kids who come from so many different countries and cultures. Beautiful green yard, classes in the secret garden, weather station, trips to historical landmarks, art, music, performances, enrichment, everything's offered. Diversity, achievement, learning - this school has it all.

- submitted by a parent
June 20, 2014
Greenfield Elementary This is a wonderful school. Our child spent first grade in a highly ranked "Mainline" public school. Her second grade teacher taught to each child's abilities and did not let the fact our child is a minority taint his judgement. Please listen to what parents who do not have children in a Philadelphia public school tell you about the school district. Please don't let parents or people who have no child in your local public school tell you about the school. You must visit and talk to the parents and children at the school.

- submitted by a parent
June 20, 2014
We looked at all our options before sending our child to Greenfield. I wouldn't send him anywhere else. This school has the best elementary school principal in the city. He knows each child by name and knows each child's personality. He is amazing. The 4th grade teachers did great by my kid this year. Lots of trips, reading The Odyssey, science fair, and more. Its an extremely diverse school. There are great families of all income levels, who are super active. The funding issues have really hurt all the schools, but because the parents are so active, they refused to allow programs to be cut by helping take up the slack, raising money and buying staff. Why only 4 stars?: Its not perfect, but they are working on it. Some problems are district wide issues. I am not sure where the ultra-negative feedback from other reviewers comes from. We think Greenfield is a great school!

- submitted by a parent
June 17, 2014
best school in Philadelphia?... i think wrong. you only see the good side of this school but deep down , this is the most rowdy , uncontrolled school. not a good place for your child to learn and grow. more discipline needs to show up more in this school. my child would not be returning to this school , and its a shame because i heard so may great things about this school, but sadly there aren't true. one thing i would say good is the funding is slightly better then the other schools, and the home & school is very hard working, and ready to help with anything

- submitted by a parent
December 05, 2013
Its just not the same anymore. I had family attending this school since around 1996 and over the years, everything has changed. I also attended myself and have family there now. I loved it. I hated it. I wanted to leave. I didnt want to go. I was all over the place with everything...and thats just how it is. Both elementary and the middle school is good, but they both have flaws. The elementary school portion is very diverse, educational, and for the most part good. Yet towards my final years, I noticed towards end of my years there, teachers changed due to budget cuts and it seemed as if the whole atmosphere of Greenfield was changed. Middle school is overwhelming at first! If you are not use to somewhat strict teachers and different types of work, get ready! The flaw to the middle school is that it is all over the place. Its not as diverse. Some teachers give you work that is on the level that it should be, others have work that seems on College level, and others seem as if you are in 2nd grade again. What I'll say is the the heavy and enhanced work level has prepared me for highschool. Im currently doing the same amount of work if not less P.S. Detention is major in this school

- submitted by a community member
September 16, 2013
Greenfield is a great school in the heart of the city. Principal has demonstrated that he understands children & the importance of being accessible to parents. He works hard to ensure a safe, fun, educational, inviting environment for families. He does a good job of incorporating district initiatives, while maintaining a sense of responsibility of parents/ staff to do our part to ensure students fare well. He will roll his sleeves up...literally & use a hands on approach. Because our principal understands the value/ necessity of parent/ comm. engagement, he does a great job of allowing for a strong home/ school assoc. with recognized roles/input. Programs serving children, such as after school/ extra curricular activities know this is a school where parents/ students & staff want what's best for children. Children enjoy a welcoming/ respectful as students, while understanding the expectation for appropriate behavior & valiant academic efforts for themselves. My son has had teachers who helped to improve his overall academic skills for the past 4 years. Here, I know $5,000.00 would be put to good use for the benefit of the students going forth. Vote for Greenfield!

- submitted by a parent
September 09, 2013
My son and I were very excited about first grade, but that excitement was quickly shattered. As soon as I picked him up from school he,tearfully, began telling me how the teacher yells at all the boys. This little kid has never had disciplinary issues and has come a long way socially. My fear is that he will shut down and not communicate effectively with his teacher out of fear. I'm hoping that she will take the time to get to know her students and learn how to communicate without making them afraid to come to school. I'm all for being firm with children and I do understand that some children respond to yelling, however my son does not. I have never had this issue with his pre-school or kindergarten teachers of the past. We raise our children to be respectful and obedient, this does not mean that an occasional re-direction is never needed, but it never takes yealling to get a point across to this kid. Hopefully the principal takes a look at these reviews and address some of the concerns. I would like to add that the Principal is amazing.

- submitted by a parent
September 04, 2013
the kids are disrespectful. but im trying my best to get them ready for life.

- submitted by a teacher
June 13, 2013
Data doesn't lie - - You can do as much P.R. as you want, but the data is what matters.

- submitted by a parent
February 25, 2013
Excellent school. Lower school is exceptional, and middle school is very good and getting better each and every year. Unlike Penn Alexander, which has let parents camp out in January nights in years past to secure spots for their kids before switching to lottery, Greenfield's principal has opened FIVE new classrooms in lower school (so now there are 3 classrooms each in K-4) since the fall of 2009 to accommodate increasing numbers of students. All the new teachers he hired are truly excellent. Dedicated teachers (yes, there is quite a bit of homework and projects), extraordinary parental commitment, and students who work very hard are all factors that make Greenfield a terrific school. May not be a school for everyone - enroll your kids here if you want them to learn and be challenged to give their very best. However, if you as a parent expect that you need to drop off and pick up and the school will do the rest, you might be better off at a private school.

- submitted by a parent
February 21, 2013
Greenfield is an absolutely amazing school. We have two children there, a kindergartener and a 4th-grader, and ever since we started there we have experienced wonderful, caring teachers/staff/principal, tremendous parental involvement and, of course, great and diverse student body. Our 4th-grader will be leaving for a magnet school next year, but we as a family will always support Greenfield long after our kids are no longer students there. I can't imagine what drove the previous poster to conclude the things listed in this negative review below, except to tell you that our experience - and it is out 5th year there - has been nothing short of exceptional.

- submitted by a parent
January 25, 2013
Don't send your child here! Some teachers have no interest in the children they teach. They lack basic courtesy and border on bullying the child. They resort to punishment, excessive homework with very little teaching. Open playground is completely unsafe and mostly unsupervised. Teaching is about love and caring. We haven't found that in this school!

- submitted by a community member
September 21, 2012
To get into this school was a thrill since the system is so broken there is not one good school in my area. Teachers, staff, volunteers...everyone is so helpful, supportive and they actually care about your child's education and mentor when needed. My son has been here since kindergarten and we will stay until high school. Great road to science leadership academy.

- submitted by a parent
June 27, 2011
I went to Greenfiled for 4th - 8 th grade, graudated Masterman, and is in my 3rd year at Bloomsburg University. I have two children and when be getting married when I graudate college. My oldest child goes to greenfield. And he LOVES it.

- submitted by a parent
May 03, 2011
ok so i went here from k-4 and then i transfered to Masterman. I did not transfer because of greenfield i transfered because greenfield applied me for a greater school so i could grow. They really car what happens to you in life. The staff is great. I am now in 7th grade and i do not currently know the status but from what i am hearing it is doing fine!!

- submitted by a community member
October 06, 2010
Great school hands down! My daughter goes here and she fits right in. SHe has been reading since she was three and she is good.

- submitted by a parent
September 25, 2010
My child is in her second year at Greenfield and I feel that the parent involvement is excellent. I am a teacher in another school district and I wish the parents were as involved in what was going on at my school as they are at Greenfield. The principal is caring and personable. Some of the teachers are new and need more training but overall my daughter has made many friends and is learning how to be part of a community.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 09, 2010
I just took my child out of Greenfield. Yes it is considered one of Philadelphia's best school but if you compare the scores to the rest of the State it falls in the bottom 15%. It does not matter how hard or how good th school's leadership is if you do not have the funds or you are forced to keep teachers on who do not care then it drags the entire school down. When children in Greenfield reach the 5th grade many of them leave to go to private school or are lucky enough to be accepted to Masterman (a very good school) this creates a 'brain drain' to Greenfield and places students who do not do so well in grades 5-8 that hurt the school a lot.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 06, 2010
I love Greenfield School because it has a new, progressive-thinking principal who seems open to new ideas and implementing strategies to improve the school. His approachable, respectful manner towards parents and students sets the tone for the same from his staff and visitors to the school. It's green and it's great! Go Greenfield!!!

- submitted by a parent
December 19, 2009
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- submitted by a student
November 06, 2009
This year is my daughter's third year at Greenfield. We have been very happy so far. The teachers are excellent. The parents are very involved. I think Greenfield is a really good school. The only critic is the administration that lacks of profesionalism

- submitted by a parent
October 28, 2009
While attending Greenfield, I enjoyed myself and am very proud to say that I am a Greenfield graduate. Throughout my years of attending, my teachers were caring,understanding and interested in our well being. Going to Greenfield gives any attendee a standard to live up to. I loved going into a diverse classroom everyday, and being able to participate in a great learning environment. I felt like Greenfield was a family to me, a second home.Greenfield gave me the tools that I needed for high school, as far as academic, social, and individual.

- submitted by a student
October 05, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
October 04, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
July 25, 2009
My daughter is in second grade now. She is really happy with her school. The teachers are great. The principal is great. The Home and School Association is very active and communicative. I agree that the office staff should be more friendly. And the location is very accessible

- submitted by a parent
July 25, 2009
I was not satisfied as a Greenfield parent, so much so that we were going to send our child to private school if we hadn't decided to move this year. Teaching was variable - a few great teachers, but many who were near retirement and disengaged, cynical and unenthusiastic. Our child bore the brunt of that. Perhaps the new principal this year will helpl

- submitted by a parent
July 24, 2009
The location is great. The diversity is awesome, the Home and School association is very active and productive. Office staff could be more friendly, more extra curricular activities would be great. The school should take a stronger approach in dealing with students with disciplinary problems. Overall my son is happy there, and I am happy as a parent.

- submitted by a parent
June 22, 2009
Parent-teacher communication is non-existent. Administration lacks professionalism and is nearly impossible to approach. The playground area is open and teachers would leave children unattended before the end of the school day. While the school might be academically better than most in the vicinity, it is by no means a good school.

- submitted by a parent
September 29, 2008
Greenfield is a great school -- committed, involved parents with smart, happy, engaged children combine to make for a diverse, stimulating, creative, active, intelligent, educational culture.

- submitted by a parent
September 27, 2008
We have been at Greenfield for 4 years and have been even happier here than we expected to be. The school really focuses on turning out academically skilled students and we have been satisfied with the curriculum and the pace at which they move through it. There are many excellent teachers at all grade levels, a good level of enrichment (Italian, Technology, Creative Writing, Instrumental Music, Art, and Gym as of 2008), and an excellent Mentally Gifted program. Clubs and sports abound, and the school strives to take full advantage of its great Center City location and gets the kids out and about to cultural programs on a regular basis. Best of all is the incredible level of parental involvement, a hallmark of the school, and the true feeling of community that pervades this genuinely diverse urban school.

- submitted by a parent
August 11, 2008
Greenfield School afforded my girls a wonderful education. They are prepared for highschool and one is in going into her 2nd year of college. If felt the teachers were dedicated and wanted the girls to succeed that was key. However I had a completely different experience for my son at Greenfield which came as a complete shock to me, being a dedicated parent who had 1 child go K-4 (then to Masterman) and two girls K-8 at Greenfield. I think that Greenfield teachers and faculty needs to focus on how to educate their young men (especially young men of color) more effectively.

- submitted by a parent
June 26, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
no rating May 29, 2008
I am a parent of a sixth and fourth grader at Albert M. Greenfield. I love the school because it has a wonderful mix of diversity, involved parents, and great teachers. Although, many students leave after fourth grade, my older daughter stayed and loves middle school. The teachers are dedicated. There is a Greening Initiative going on at Greenfield at this time. We just purchased a new weather station, some classes are working on a curriculum based mural with a community organization. It's a great school.

- submitted by a parent
November 09, 2007
I am a proud student to be apart of greenfield. In Greenfield school we dont have to worry about anything. We have great acadmics and we get the best teachers. Im currently in the 8th grade and i have been attending greenfield since 2nd and throughout those 5 years i have learn all that i can and greenfield has taught me to me the person that i am today. i am happy to have had the privilage to attend Albert M Greenfield school. It was agreat experince. For any one who has choose to go to greendfield you have made the best choice and will wont regret it. I promise. Thank you Makaha Lacey

- submitted by a student
February 14, 2007
Academics is very low,programs in the school are below basic,parent involvement is low also.

- submitted by a parent
January 31, 2006
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- submitted by a former student
November 27, 2005
Average,good parent teacher interaction

- submitted by a parent
November 27, 2005
Average, good parent teacher interaction

- submitted by a parent
November 24, 2005
Mediocre quality of academics. Music, art and sports are there but nothing outstanding. Parent involvement is high

- submitted by a parent
November 02, 2005
my daughter is attending the kindergarten class and I am very pleased with the ratio and what she has learned thus far. they wrote a sentence on their first day and have journal writing every day. there is a lot of parent involvement and is very welcome. they have drama, music and spanish weekly.

- submitted by a parent
February 04, 2005
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Greenfield Albert M School
2200 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA  19103
(215) 299-3566
Last modified Greenfield Albert M School is a Public school that serves grades K-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 4 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Greenfield Albert M School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 41 reviews. Top