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St Helena School

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Situated in an inner city neighborhood. The median home value is $71,100. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $890.

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Posted June 27, 2014

I am a 2014 graduate from SHI and honestly I'm so glad I got out of that school. It was the best experience I could have until my 8th grade year, when the vice principal became the actual principal. She ruined everything and got rid of all of the teachers who's been there FOREVER. She took out all of our activities. Everyone misses the old principal and all of our teachers. St Helena will never be the same again. You will be better off sending your child somewhere else now that SHI has changed into a completely different school, because there's a high chance this school will close soon anyway. Other than that, I loved how SHS was before. I truly do miss it and wish my siblings could have the same things I did while in this school, but it's all gone now.

Posted October 24, 2013

I am currently a student at Saint Helena- Incarnation. I have been a part of this school ever since I was 3. Saint Helena means so much to me. It is my second home. I have created close relationships with many of my peers and my teachers. I come to school everyday knowing that once I walk through the doors, I am in a safe environment filled with people of all different diversities coming together as one. In my opinion, I think Saint Helena is very opened and welcomed and we make every new member feel as if they has been here ever since the start. Our door is always open and we look out for one another. The students, teachers, and staff here at Saint Helena consider each other family. I love it here at Saint Helena's and it's sad to say that this is my last year here. I know that my legacy at Saint Helena's will live on and I know from the very bottom of my heart that this will always be my second home.

Posted October 24, 2013

I have been going to this school for a couple of years, and there has been a lot of changes in this school, ex. the merging of Incarnation. In my opinion, I loved my teachers and I had a fun experience in all of the grades I've been here. We often deal with money problems and there has been a lot of unnecessary issues in this school. I think that there should be more student activities/programs because we barely have any. Like the recent reviews posted, we were promised lots of activities but we didn't get any. The only sport we have is basketball, which is for 4th-8th girls, and 7th-8th boys. If you want to send your child here for the lower school (PreK-3rd Grade), I think it will be your best choice because these teachers will genuinely care for you and make your child want to come to school every day. The upper school teachers here are good, but a lot of them left this year. The old Principal left in the beginning of the year, and we now have our Vice Principal as the "acting Principal" at the moment. The Vice Principal is more involved and is kinder to students and staff. It would be best if she was the new full-time Principal for our school.

Posted October 24, 2013

Both of my son and daughter has been going to this school ever since they were 3-4 years old. I never had a problem with the teachers or principals. My kids love it here and doesn't even want to leave. My daughter is graduating this year and she has grown close relationships with many of her teachers and friends. My daughter has never missed honor roll at Saint Helena- Incarnation and is always in the category of top students in the classroom thanks to the wonderful teachers. The teachers at Saint Helena- Incarnation put their hearts out to teaching and always makes sure that each and every one of the student is receiving the proper care and education. The family of Saint Helena- Incarnation know how much it costs to attend here, so they try their very best to make every cent of the money you are paying worth it.
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Posted August 6, 2013

I'm currently going there and before anyone decides to send their child you should know the following. We were promised more activities but none was given. We don't have enough money to go on GOOD trips that are interesting yet we still learn from, but there's enough money to renovate the principles office to make it twice as large. the teachers do try but the principle gives them work that she should be doing herself. she gets smart with the parents and students and random fee's will appear throughout the year. ever since the merge with Incarnation, the school is very disorganized...not to mention the pointless drama this school contains.

Posted August 6, 2013

This school is suckish! It freakin' emerged with Inky or Incarnation and brought 2 good teachers. Let's just say the students had a little bit of drama going on and the brought it. Mrs. Rita Stebbins the current principle picks on us if we got in trouble before. She basically won't give you another chance to prove your a dedicated student. Let's be honest the economy is doing okay, but not good, and next thing you know you get a call from this sick principle asking for money. She gets an attitude too! Students here like to pick on people because that's what there "popular" friends are doing and it's just sick.

Posted August 20, 2012

My daughter went to school here for 3 years. The students are very friendly but it seemed like it was an empty school and nobody knew each other.
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Posted January 10, 2012

I am very unhappy with the student to teacher ratios. My son is in the 2nd grade and there are 34 kids in his class ( was supposed to be 35 but one left) with a new young teacher and no aids to help her. She trys but when I am paying for a school I think the ratios should be better. It is unacceptable and I feel that my son should be getting the attention and education we pay for. When I expressed my concerns to the principal she said that they will not be getting an assistant for the room and in a nice way told me if I don't like it find another school. She is very lucky finding another school in this neighborhood is not the easiest but he will definitely not be going there next year.
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Posted November 23, 2011

Both of my daughters go to this school and I can't say enough good things about it. The teachers are wonderful; the principle is very involved and caring. I pray they stay open so both of my girls can graduate.
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Posted May 29, 2009

My child has been going to St. Helena's School evr since he was 3 years old. My other also went to St. Helena's until his recent illness. From my personal experience I am very,very please about the education my child is recieving. But it is not just the education, it is the warm and loving kindness that is given to the children.These teachers put their heart and soul in educationing and protecting the child. You will not find that in any school. Now as them being concerned about the school closing, no matter what happens in this economy the love these teachers, faculty and staff have for these children will continue. St. Helena's have given their heart and soul into these children and they will continue until Our Savior Jesus Christ comes
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Posted January 21, 2009

My niece and nephew go to this school and I think it is a great school for them. I believe the teachers do try their best but sometimes need to be a little more patient with the students or give the gifted ones more work to do so that they do not get themselves in trouble. I think the principal is a little hard on some of the students. Overall compared to some of the other available options this school does wonders. It is a catholic school so there will always be funding problems but I think they do the best with what they can. I have gone to catholic schools my whole school career from elementary to college and I cant complain about the education I have received.

Posted September 11, 2007

The school was nice but... unforunately it has no advance programs and alot of the chores of done by students themselves inwhich takes time off of their education. Teachers are very nice and disciplined. And the students are very active. Though they ave money problems becuase it's a catholic school, they teach and lear very accurrately.

Posted July 1, 2007

The caliber of the teachers was a total upset.The principal is worried more about protecting the reputation of the school (afraid of closing down), than protecting the children's emotional development. I believe this school just doesn't know how to deal with the kids of today. They think that they are still in the era where all kids folded their hands & were afraid to speak. Just be very careful if you send your child there, because this school does address problems with their staff,nor do they put the children first.
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Posted June 16, 2006

The teachers here are amazing. They really try to understand your kid! My son did better here then at any of the other public, privite and even the acadimies I sent him to. They have music,art , and computer classes(they have a full computer lab, music and art room.) They also have a(very good) boy and girl basketball team. For a little extra money, you can have them take spanish, or any instumaent. They learn the recorder for no extra cost in music. However the parents really need to get involved! The teachers try very hard, but they can't do everything. The school has parties for diffrent holidays, and pizza and hot dogs on Wensdays. You never have to wory if your kid is in good hands because you know the teachers will be there no matter what!
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Ethnicity This school State average
Black 43% 15%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 41% 3%
Hispanic 10% 9%
White 6% 71%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 2%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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6101 North 5th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19120
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