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Adaire Alexander School

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Posted March 7, 2014

I graduated from this school recently with an IEP for mentally gifted classes. the work i was being given in my M.G. class (if you could even call it that) was more like busy work than anything. The homework/classwork in no way prepared me for high school, and it seemed that the only goal was to make AYP. I hope that Adaire will realize the error in its ways and understand that they're not the perfect school that they brag about being, they need to buckle the students down and strive to not only make AYP but to do better. Because i am a bright student and the transition to high school was hard for me, i can only imagine what it's like for kids that struggle.


Posted February 7, 2014

I dont understand the bad review, my son has an I.E.P. and is welcomed in this school with open arms, and for the bullying issues, i do not see this happening, my son was bullied at his previous school which had given him social anxiety, could not get my child even to have lunch in the lunch room with other children. since my son started at Adair, he is happier, healthier, and for the first time loves to go to school...He actually feels safe!! I could not ask for a better learning environment for my son...Mrs. Oddo is so involved with the children, and they are all in her best interest all the time. The secretary,. nurse, special ed teacher, school psychiatrist, lunch staff,Home and School. I mean everyone.,every staff member at at Adair, are compassionate and understanding. I have grown children as well, and have been in the school system a very long time, and have not been involved with a school with such high standards..My son comes home feeling more confident and prouder every day in himself....Thank you Adaire
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 18, 2013

VERY UNHAPPY WITH THE SCHOOL ESPECIALLY THE PRINCIPAL MRS ODDO.SHE DOES NOT KNOW HOW TO CONTROL OR RUN THE SCHOOL.THERE ARE MANY ISSUES OF BULLYING AND GOD FORBID IF YOUR CHILD HAS AN I.E.P FOR SPECIAL EDUCATION THEY ARE NOT WELCOMED AT ALL.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 25, 2013

I went to Adaire when I was in grade school and graduated in 2001 I am just trying to find the best school for my son and I am afraid that a lot of things have changed since I've been there. If Anyone has children that go there now I would really appreciate some feedback from thre school I am a little scared because he is starting kindergarten and I just don't know where else to send him. thank you!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 24, 2012

i love adaire i had two sons in adaire one is still going there i love the teahers and the aides my kids both loved mr V HE IS A GREAT GYM TEACHER HE DOES SO MUCH WITH THE KIDS ITS GOING TO BE A SAD DAY WHEN HE LEAVES THE END OF THE YEAR
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 11, 2011

If you don't like the school or have so much to say . Why don't you just take your child out . put them in another school. THe grass may be greener on the other side.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 10, 2011

I would love to know where you get your information. I guess since your a regular volunteer we will see you at every event this year? Perhaps you can man our new welcome desk, or help with one of the many events we have planned since it is always the same few who come out? I can tell you that many things are going to change this year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 23, 2011

I already told everyone I have volunteered there for many years....I do know what I am talking about...maybe everyone else needs to listen to the children that go there too....that is half of Adair's problem.....they don't take the time out for the children...I listen to adults and the children...not just the adults.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 8, 2011

I whould like to tell u that mrs.betty & april are doing a fine job at their work and who ever does not like the way their son/daughter is being treated just come by at lunch time and see how they acted up, My niece and nephew go to this school and i think they get treated very farely.


Posted March 8, 2011

to the person who had worte the message about betty and april taking up space and time needs to see how their child really needs to see how they act up during lunch time. Instead of talking your time to write it on this web site why don't you come and talk about it face to face. Stop talking trash about the people that do a fine job at what they do......


Posted June 15, 2010

I am a former student and a parent of a current student and I am truely disappointed! The school has lost their edge...there's no discipline! The test scores have dramatically dropped every year since my daughter started 6 years ago. I think the scores would go back up if order was brought back and discipline was enforced! What kind of punishment is in- house suspension or detention? The kids know that if they misbehave they get rewarded by getting out of class! What happened to after school detention?? Hit the kids where it hurts...cut into their time! I guess that would mean that the staff may need to stay later and actually work for their money!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 14, 2010

I love the schhol but I think they really need to focuse on the bully and the really need a new nurse the one they have now doesn't not do her job my daughter broke her finger and i wasn't notified she is only 7 seven not to mention she tells the kids i don't wanna hear about it go back to class when they come down saying they are sick I really can't want for MR Mcgrogan to come back I am not liking the new principal.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 24, 2010

My kids are learning alot but some other issues with other kid pputting their hands on my child they need to worry about bullying more 3 times this year my son was atack by another student and this was the last time i will let my child come home from school with marks on him and a black eye enough is enough yeah boys will be boys it happens but not 3 time and this last time was bad something needs to be done about it ..
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 14, 2010

I love that school. I was at Richmond School before Adaire & im doing 10 times better now.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 14, 2009

its safe n my children really learn n get help there they really care about the children the teachers r great to.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 25, 2009

the school is good most of the teachers are really hard working teachers. the only bad thing is the bullying that goes on , i've seen first hand the personnel turn the other way with certain kids. its not fair,
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 7, 2008

My son has adhd and was forced out of his previous school in first grade because they didnot want to deal with him but since he switched to adaire he has blossomed into a wonderful child.Mr mcgrogan is the most fair and understanding principal i have ever seen and the teachers all give 100 percent to the children. I think this is the best public school in philadelphia.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 19, 2006

Both of my kids started here in kindergarten. I also had my nieces and nephew going here since kindergarten. I think this is the best public school in the area. The teachers are great and if kids are having trouble they do help in any way possible. Our new principal is the greatest he will help the children and the parents. They have after school programs called Century 21 and power hour which is good for the kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 22, 2006

This is my first year with this school. So far it's been a good experience.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 23, 2006

I wanten to commend Adaires 1st grade teaching team, namely, Mrs Karla Scanlon, as well as the Principal, R. McGrogan for it's participation in the Odyessy of the Mind program. I am a parent of a 1st grader who was invited to be 1 of 8 students chosen for this program. These kids have amazing imaginations and watching them over the 10 week preparation period, bringing their 'Space Trek' to life, was an opportunity of a lifetime. Kudos to you all, you have very bright futures ahead of you!
—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.

51 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
65%

2010

 
 
71%

2009

 
 
59%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 74% in 2012.

51 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
53%

2010

 
 
69%

2009

 
 
65%
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.

46 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
92%

2009

 
 
67%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2012.

46 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
44%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
83%

2009

 
 
50%
Science

The state average for Science was 82% in 2012.

46 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
66%

2009

 
 
77%
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.

37 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
51%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
57%

2009

 
 
58%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 65% in 2012.

37 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
35%

2011

 
 
43%

2010

 
 
54%

2009

 
 
39%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 64% in 2012.

36 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
31%

2011

 
 
13%

2010

 
 
54%

2009

 
 
13%
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.

31 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
74%

2009

 
 
74%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 69% in 2012.

31 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
42%

2011

 
 
49%

2010

 
 
74%

2009

 
 
55%
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.

48 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
66%

2010

 
 
86%

2009

 
 
68%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 76% in 2012.

48 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
61%

2010

 
 
86%

2009

 
 
56%
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.

40 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
68%

2009

 
 
54%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 80% in 2012.

40 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
80%

2009

 
 
63%
Science

The state average for Science was 60% in 2012.

40 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
25%

2011

 
 
40%

2010

 
 
24%

2009

 
 
25%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 73% in 2012.

41 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
67%

2009

 
 
56%
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 Students61%
Female60%
Male62%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White70%
Economically disadvantaged61%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students69%
Female77%
Male57%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White74%
Economically disadvantaged69%
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 Students65%
Female71%
Male56%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White63%
Economically disadvantaged65%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students44%
Female50%
Male33%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White42%
Economically disadvantaged44%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students85%
Female89%
Male78%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White84%
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 Students51%
Female59%
Male40%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White52%
Economically disadvantaged51%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students35%
Female36%
Male33%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White36%
Economically disadvantaged35%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Writing

All Students31%
Female36%
Male21%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White30%
Economically disadvantaged31%
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 Students65%
Female65%
Male64%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White61%
Economically disadvantaged65%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students42%
Female47%
Male36%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White39%
Economically disadvantaged42%
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 Students65%
Female76%
Male58%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White60%
Economically disadvantaged65%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students69%
Female82%
Male61%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White63%
Economically disadvantaged69%
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 Students70%
Female82%
Male61%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White70%
Economically disadvantaged70%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students78%
Female88%
Male70%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White79%
Economically disadvantaged78%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students25%
Female29%
Male22%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White24%
Economically disadvantaged25%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Writing

All Students81%
Female89%
Male74%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White85%
Economically disadvantaged81%
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

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 80% 71%
Hispanic 8% 9%
Black 7% 15%
Two or more races 4% 2%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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1300 East Palmer St
Philadelphia, PA 19125
Phone: (215) 291-4712

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