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Conwell Russell Middle School

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Posted February 4, 2014

Our experience with this school has been a nightmare. Back when we selected Conwell for our daughter, the distance wasn't really an issue because we believed that she was going to be getting a great experience going here. Boy were we wrong. My daughter is traveling an hour on public transportation by herself, not being challenged at all because the teachers have their hands full with children with disciplinary problems. And that is just the start of the issues that we have with this school. There is a problem with the children keeping their hands to themselves, not to mention how long the "Smack the butt 'game'" was allowed to happen after it was brought to the attention of the staff. I don't understand the 6 rating that this school has with GreatSchools. As the parent of a child who attends this school, that rating is way too high.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 2, 2014

I had written earlier refraining from giving a star rating, but now that we have been at the school for a while I wanted to provide a more complete rating. I'm very displeased with Conwell. I do like a couple of my daughter's teachers, however, there are still underqualified students there. I've been told that these students have been put on warning and if they don't improve by next quarter they will be asked to leave. How much instructional time will be lost by that time? They should have gone to homogeneous classrooms so the workers could work and the slackers could flounder. I don't have an issue with students who struggle academically, I have an issue with those who refuse to behave and prevent others from learning. The last straw came with "smack butt Fridays"; some boys smacking girls on the bottom. The principal nothing until threatened by another parent with legal action. Also, while the principal leadership score is high here, be aware that the old vice principal became principal; it's not the same person. If the School District of Philadelphia wants to keep it's best and brightest students, it needs more schools like Masterman. I'm shopping for a charter now.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 13, 2013

My daughter has just started 6th grade at Conwell, having transferred from an excellent elementary school. I'm not providing star ratings because I don't feel we've had enough exposure to the school to make those types of determinations. I'm concerned because while Conwell is a magnet school and touts academic criteria, my daughters teachers have mentioned that students who do not meet the published criteria (having scored basic and below basic on PSSA exams rather than meeting the 70th percentile litmus test, and students scoring on lower grade levels on a timed mathematics test) are in the school. As a parent of a gifted child I was hoping that this environment would be able to provide an accelerated curriculum because there would be less differentiation necessary. Instead now I see this as a slightly higher performing public school. I am keeping my fingers crossed that Conwell will pan out; my husband wants to pull my daughter because of the neighborhood but I insisted she be there stressing the academic environment. If the environment isn't there I don't really see a reason to continue sending her.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 22, 2011

Conwell is such a great school. Now there are some Pros and Cons of the school like any other school. The Pros are: This school will get you ready for the upcoming years in high school. I just graduated from this school and I am going to Central. The teachers here will help you out in so many ways possible, the teachers do not want the students to fail. The students help other students out so they can become stronger academically. I went to this school and have leraned so much. You buld a family with the students and teachers around you. The teachers are not only teachers but are also your friends. Now the Cons: Even though this school is an excellent school academilcally, it is not in a great area. There have been a couple fights in the school. There is some name-calling. But in my opinion if you mind your own business and be yourself, you will not have a problem at this school. So overall, this is such a magnificent school, and it is a true priviledge to come here.


Posted August 1, 2011

Conwell is really great school. It may not be in the best neighborhood but the Recent Princible (Mr. Hoffman) is really great at getting the kids out and he tells them to go right home and come right to school! I'll miss MR. Hoffman, this year he retired now we have a new principle. I don't know her that well yet.... But I'm sure I will. My Name is Lianna Enggasser and I will be a 8th grade student at conwell in sept. 2011!!!


Posted April 8, 2011

This is a very nice school, my daughter goes there and she is having no problems and is always brings home great grades, 5/5 !
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 5, 2011

My daughter will be graduating from Conwell this year and I regret ever sending her to this school. In order to keep the funding they recieve they do not report or suspend violent children. There has been several instances of bullying, threats and actual fights that the principal and teachers do not give the attention it deserves. By doing that they fail the children. Its insane what these kids get away with in this school. But since there are no major behavior problems reported in that school they can boast about thier blue ribbon. One parent that I have befriended actually had to press a personal complaint and take a another student to court for bullying in juvenile court because the school would not take action. Thats just sad.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 25, 2011

I go to Conwell and its sooo much fun ! I love the teachers , the students , and the staff members they are so nice and funny ! Its my 8th grade year and I'm graduating soon but I love this school and I'm gonna miss it . I been there since 5th grade and learned a lot there . I'm gonna cry on graduation day :)


Posted December 11, 2010

This is my daughter's first year attending this school and I noticed her personality blossom. She went from a very shy girl to a happy and confident young lady. It really brought out the best in her within a few months and she loves it. She said that her teachers explain things in a way other teachers couldn't and it makes it easier..however, this school is in a horrible area. It's very dangerous and they will not provide yellow bus service. They expect children as young as 10 to take buses and the train. They also admit children with behavioral problems.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 6, 2010

This is the best moved I made for my child as a parent. It was a great opportunity for him. It great partnership and teacher is wonderful with giving me updates. Principal is always friendly
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 10, 2009

Excellent Principle! Best education Cares about every child and all concerns school is organized, clean and staff polite son grauduates this year and will miss it Thank You! Mrs Rivera
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 27, 2009

I am a parent and I agree with the other parent who said this school has MAJOR disciplinary problems that are swept under the rug. I feel that because of the acceptance of children that are frequently misbehaving you are putting your own child at a GREAT risk by enrolling.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 11, 2009

I am a 7th grader attending conwell and I think it is a great school. Our teachers make it very easy to understand and when test time comes around we have no problem. I am not a straight A student but I know I could be with the excellent help I have been provided with by Miss. Golub, Mrs. Fatuzzo, and Miss. Hundley etc. Also the extra-curricular activities are great and give students a chance to enhance their social activity. I definately reccomend conwell to parents
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 5, 2009

my daughter attended conwell annex. i had to pull her out due to her safety, they just swept everything under the carpet.I thought Conwell school didnt accept disciplinary children, but they do.I do not recommend this school. the Vice Principal Ms. Glass does nothing. they cater to the bad kids. My daughter was a straight A student and had no clue some teachers don't teach.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 22, 2008

Hey im a new student at Conwell Middle School and so far it is really great ! Everyone here is so helpful and friendly.Its is a really good school !
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 26, 2008

My daughter just completed her first year at Conwell. The care and concern from the teachers to ensure her success was most impressive. She received individual attention and guidance, and was given relevant feedback on assignments and tests that helped her earn the A's & B's I knew she could.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 1, 2008

I am a student that attends Conwell. So far I'am getting good grades & is very happy with the students & staff around me. Even though the standards are high there are teachers to tutor after school for extra help. There's also many activities to do there.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 12, 2008

I attended Conwell as a child and I thought of no greater place for my child to attend. I'm glad to see that the school is keeping up with old traditions and setting the bar high for new ones.
—Submitted by a parent


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


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.

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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

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Black 41% 15%
Hispanic 40% 8%
White 11% 71%
Asian 4% 3%
Two or more races 3% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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Visual arts
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  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
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  • Basketball
Girls sports
  • Basketball

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