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Franklin Benjamin School

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Posted May 27, 2011

Say the name of this school to my son and his experience comes to mind. My son did Kindergarten here and I was very heart broken with the quality of care that he received. The teacher spoke down to the kids and compared them to her own child. My son did not learn much...he would've disliked school had I not make the decision to change schools.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 7, 2011

I like this school.I have 4 children attending and they are always coming home with projects to do and thing like that. Its not in the greatest area but all in all i like it.The grounds i have not found to be dirty and if they are dirty then its probably those few unruly children that every school has making it that way.Teaching kids to use a trashcan is not the schools responsibility its the parents. I enjoy the teachers they give the kids the basic knowledge that they need so then we as parents can continue to build on it at home.You dont have to move from the neighborhood as the one parent says on here because if you are teaching your children the right way they can prosper anywhere
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 23, 2011

I pulled both of my children out of this school a few years ago. If you want your children to get receive a good education then please do the same! I watched a fight in the school yard go on for a couple of minutes before anyone came to break it up. It was about 30 kids fighting by the time someone came. They had to call for backup to break it up. First problem is... They should have never allowed for the school to go past 6th grade. The neighborhood is horrible. The school grounds are DIRTY.. along with the whole neighborhood. I really feel bad for all the teachers that need to work in that place under those conditions. They tried to improve the school, but as you can tell from the rating of a 2.. it hasn't happened. This school was listed as a bad school during the "no child left behind act" Nothing was ever done about it. I wish I could write more.. but I am sure even this review will be pulled after the school reads this. So if you are one of the lucky ones to read this... Don't send your children here... and if you can, MOVE out of this neighborhood immediately
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 12, 2011

I love this school! So many good things are happening. They did good on the PSSA. Way to go BFES
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 29, 2010

I believe the children are out of control beacause there is not enough relevant stimulation going on. I agree that the teachers have to know without a doubt who is running the show, then the children will know also. How can children in grades K-6 be unmangeable? They are just children that can be positively influenced in many different ways. So one solution is for all school staff and parents to decide if you are in it to win it or just complaining from afar. Do something about it!! Here is one tip, do your best to impart all types of knowledge and stategies for children to understand why good manners and self control is necessary. Adults have to be sincere, because if children observe something other than what you are telling them then you are saying to them they are stupid.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 15, 2009

This school has caring and helpful teachers, and staff. The small size of the school is great because the teachers can really get to know your child. They really do try hard to help your child get the best education. My daughters had teachers who motivated and inspired them to be all they could be. Reach for your highest goal. Keep on pushing to you reach it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 22, 2005

This is an excellent school in a diverse community. There are many great programs for the students - Math Carnival, Back to School Night, Summer program. Teachers and administration are wonderful.
—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.

111 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
46%

2011

 
 
59%

2010

 
 
60%

2009

 
 
52%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 74% in 2012.

111 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
41%

2011

 
 
42%

2010

 
 
50%

2009

 
 
40%
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.

98 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
45%

2011

 
 
50%

2010

 
 
53%

2009

 
 
49%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2012.

99 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
25%

2011

 
 
45%

2010

 
 
32%

2009

 
 
36%
Science

The state average for Science was 82% in 2012.

99 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
32%

2011

 
 
41%

2010

 
 
42%

2009

 
 
31%
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.

118 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
42%

2011

 
 
34%

2010

 
 
43%

2009

 
 
40%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 65% in 2012.

118 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
33%

2011

 
 
29%

2010

 
 
29%

2009

 
 
27%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 64% in 2012.

117 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
22%

2011

 
 
37%

2010

 
 
37%

2009

 
 
32%
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.

85 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
43%

2010

 
 
44%

2009

 
 
40%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 69% in 2012.

89 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
39%

2011

 
 
28%

2010

 
 
32%

2009

 
 
39%
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.

98 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
54%

2011

 
 
51%

2010

 
 
51%

2009

 
 
60%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 76% in 2012.

100 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
41%

2011

 
 
54%

2010

 
 
46%

2009

 
 
44%
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.

118 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
42%

2011

 
 
63%

2010

 
 
66%

2009

 
 
55%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 80% in 2012.

118 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
63%

2010

 
 
69%

2009

 
 
61%
Science

The state average for Science was 60% in 2012.

118 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
14%

2011

 
 
22%

2010

 
 
19%

2009

 
 
10%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 73% in 2012.

123 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
50%

2011

 
 
48%

2010

 
 
63%

2009

 
 
41%
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 Students46%
Female49%
Male43%
Black47%
Asiann/a
Hispanic31%
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged45%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learners50%

Reading

All Students41%
Female51%
Male32%
Black49%
Asiann/a
Hispanic25%
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged40%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learners19%
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 Students45%
Female40%
Male49%
Black40%
Asiann/a
Hispanic48%
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged42%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students25%
Female28%
Male23%
Black24%
Asiann/a
Hispanic27%
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged23%
Students with disabilities (IEP)0%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students32%
Female30%
Male35%
Black28%
Asiann/a
Hispanic41%
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged31%
Students with disabilities (IEP)0%
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 Students42%
Female38%
Male47%
Black37%
Asiann/a
Hispanic33%
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged40%
Students with disabilities (IEP)10%
English language learners27%

Reading

All Students33%
Female33%
Male33%
Black34%
Asiann/a
Hispanic25%
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged33%
Students with disabilities (IEP)0%
English language learners20%

Writing

All Students22%
Female25%
Male20%
Black25%
Asiann/a
Hispanic13%
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged22%
Students with disabilities (IEP)0%
English language learners21%
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 Students60%
Female67%
Male51%
Black58%
Asiann/a
Hispanic53%
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged62%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students39%
Female43%
Male36%
Black40%
Asiann/a
Hispanic33%
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged37%
Students with disabilities (IEP)9%
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 Students54%
Female62%
Male47%
Black47%
Asiann/a
Hispanic73%
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged54%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learners46%

Reading

All Students41%
Female45%
Male38%
Black39%
Asiann/a
Hispanic35%
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged42%
Students with disabilities (IEP)9%
English language learners0%
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 Students42%
Female50%
Male34%
Black39%
Asiann/a
Hispanic61%
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged40%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learners20%

Reading

All Students59%
Female67%
Male49%
Black54%
Asiann/a
Hispanic67%
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged56%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learners27%

Science

All Students14%
Female18%
Male9%
Black13%
Asiann/a
Hispanic16%
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged11%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learners0%

Writing

All Students50%
Female57%
Male44%
Black51%
Asiann/a
Hispanic50%
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged50%
Students with disabilities (IEP)8%
English language learners38%
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 62% 15%
Hispanic 24% 9%
Two or more races 7% 2%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 5% 3%
White 3% 71%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Philadelphia, PA 19120
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