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Conwell Russell Middle School

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Posted November 27, 2007

My child attends Conwel Middle School. I am very dissapointed with his lack of progress. My child came in as a 7th grader and had no idea about the math curriculum that is currently being taught. After we received an interim report which indicated that he was failing, I contacted the teacher to let her know that she was leaving my child behind without concern. This school should have a system in place to identify new students coming in from other schools and not just assume that every student started Conwell at 5th grade and are familiar with learning rhythm at Conwell. Parents, if you child is failing you should contact the school immediately.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 11, 2007

I really enjoy going to this school. I am in the eighth grade and have the 'special' classes at conwell. This school have graet kids that i get along with very well. The teachers help you with your problems and make sure that you understand things before they move on from the topic. The school itself is falling apart little by little. Not to mention that it is in a bad neighborhood. I take the bus both to and from the school and all the time i have to worry. Although this has never happened it sure could. However the police have picked up the protection pace at this school. Over all this school is a great place and makes me expabnd my mind into many places.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 19, 2007

I graduated from this school in 2007. This is the best middle school in Philadelphia. Mr Palmer is awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!


Posted September 5, 2007

My child has shown great progress during his years at Conwell. He has become involved in music and sports and has found great academic growth. He is now attending Central and finding success because of the preparatin he got at Conwell.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 26, 2007

I think that this school has so much to offer. With the problems between Jones Middle School and Conwell , they seem to be handling it in a good respectful way. My daughter goes there and she is about to graduate . She has done so much there since she came last year . The academics are tremendous and they have so many extracurricular classes , to keep my child busy. I love the school and I hope this school will have so many more accomplishments
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 29, 2005

I was extremly excited to have 2 of my four children attend Conwell. However after they have spent a total of 3 years in the school I regret to say it is sad that they allow lower leveled students and discipline problem children attend the school. After all some parents do care weather or not there children are safe and learning above their expectations.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 29, 2005

This is my daughters first year at conwell. I couldn't be happier with her grades. The teachers are highly skilled and work hard to bring out the best in my child.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 31, 2005

I feel as though this public school is biased in that children who are on the honor roll receive more attention and accommodations than the children with average grades or children who are struggling to get by. It seems it should the other way around. On the other hand, the school itself and the curriculum is great.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 30, 2004

So far I am not impressed by the School my son went from an A student to a C/D student. The teachers have not been helpful. Hopefully things will get better this year or I will be relocating him to a school that can make classes more interesting. I have sat in on these classes and could have done a better job there was no enthusiasm and excitement at all.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 17, 2004

Enrolling me in Conwell is the best decision my Mother could have ever made. I excelled as a student at Conwell and the staff could not have prepared me for high school any better. The small but impressive language department gave me a great advantange over the Sophmores as a Freshman when I entered Spanish 2 in high school. I love this school and wish to return very soon for a visit.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted March 15, 2004

I think Conwell is the best school my son could of attended for middle school the teachers in annex section 53 are the best I've seen in a long time. I am happy with my choice for my son. Keep up the good work.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 25, 2004

My daughter is now in 7th grade started attending in 5th grade. Is a better school than most but could and should be so much better, at enforcing discipline codes, and hold teachers to a higher standard.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 10, 2004

I had to decide where I wanted to send my daughter to middle school and Conwell rank with one of the best middle schools in Philadelphia. Even though my daughter has to travel an hour and ten minutes on transportation, it worth it. I wanted her to be challeged academically and Conwell is doing just that.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 15, 2003

I have one child in conwell and one child graduated. I love the education that they provide which seems to be at a higher level than most middle schools in the region. The combination of both parents and teacher involvement is what makes this school succeed!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 9, 2003

Heads up for a great school Several of my children attended Conwell, and to my greatest of happy moments ::: one of my grandchildren is attending now. Teachers are great, no nonsense type. Learning interests are kept very high, and requires challenge. Music department is wonderful, every opportunity given in all departments. Choir director is exceptional. From a parent/grandparent who thinks Conwell is the GREATEST
—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 73% in 2012.

115 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
81%

2009

 
 
90%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 65% in 2012.

115 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
65%

2009

 
 
77%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 64% in 2012.

112 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
51%

2011

 
 
62%

2010

 
 
57%

2009

 
 
52%
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.

191 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
93%

2009

 
 
88%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 69% in 2012.

191 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
79%

2009

 
 
82%
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.

219 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
85%

2009

 
 
89%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 76% in 2012.

218 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
89%

2009

 
 
91%
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.

191 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
87%

2009

 
 
85%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 80% in 2012.

187 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
99%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
98%

2009

 
 
98%
Science

The state average for Science was 60% in 2012.

182 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
75%

2009

 
 
71%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 73% in 2012.

187 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
94%

2009

 
 
91%
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 Students76%
Female77%
Male74%
Black82%
Asiann/a
Hispanic67%
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged76%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students62%
Female68%
Male53%
Black66%
Asiann/a
Hispanic56%
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged60%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Writing

All Students51%
Female62%
Male35%
Black54%
Asiann/a
Hispanic46%
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged49%
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 Students66%
Female63%
Male70%
Black65%
Asiann/a
Hispanic60%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White88%
Economically disadvantaged63%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students69%
Female72%
Male65%
Black69%
Asiann/a
Hispanic66%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White77%
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 Students75%
Female78%
Male73%
Black73%
Asiann/a
Hispanic72%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White85%
Economically disadvantaged71%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students83%
Female88%
Male77%
Black81%
Asiann/a
Hispanic81%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White95%
Economically disadvantaged79%
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 Students90%
Female87%
Male92%
Black89%
Asiann/a
Hispanic90%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White85%
Economically disadvantaged88%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students99%
Female99%
Male99%
Black100%
Asiann/a
Hispanic99%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White96%
Economically disadvantaged98%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students67%
Female59%
Male77%
Black61%
Asiann/a
Hispanic70%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White78%
Economically disadvantaged65%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Writing

All Students92%
Female93%
Male89%
Black92%
Asiann/a
Hispanic91%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White89%
Economically disadvantaged89%
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

Breaking down the GreatSchools Rating

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Hispanic 44% 9%
Black 39% 15%
White 10% 71%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 4% 3%
Two or more races 2% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

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Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
Music
  • Jazz band

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • American sign language

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
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Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • American sign language

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
  • Passes/tokens for public transportation
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Cafeteria
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
Girls sports
  • Basketball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
Music
  • Jazz band
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1849 East Clearfield St
Philadelphia, PA 19134
Phone: (215) 291-4722

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