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Charter | 9-12 | 591 students

 

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Posted December 24, 2012

My son graduated in the top 10% of his class and has gone on to well known college. Prep Charter prepared him college and I must say his first semester went very well thanks to Prep!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 5, 2012

Do not go to this school if you expect to enter a competitive career field in the future. This school does not offer ANY advance placement (AP) courses, and it does not offer electives either. Every single student follows the same curriculum so there is no distinguishing the best from the worst. The school itself is a friendly, work-orientated all around, but it just is not rigorous enough. This is coming from a student who graduated from the top 5% and have plans to enter the medical field.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 7, 2012

I am a proud parent of a prep charter student and I have always felt it takes a village to rise a child and prep charter is my extended village. The support they give their students is outstanding. I would and have recommend this school to everyone.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 2, 2012

Prep Charter is very good school, my son will be graduating this year and I am happy to say I have not had one problem with anyone or anything with this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 28, 2011

Prep is a great school with great teachers. I had graduated from Prep with a lot of help from the teachers. There is no way to fail unless you don't look for help and don't do your work. They could have a few other classes such as economics and higher math and english classes. Overall this school is great.


Posted January 11, 2011

i LOVE PREP CHARTER! prep charter is a good school, it helps me alot with all my work and the teachers really care about my school work. I like Prep the most because they done set you up to fail, the only way you will fail in Prep Charter is if you dont do your work. Other than that, its an awesome school. its like a BIG and Happy family!
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 1, 2010

When i sighned my daughter up for prep i was impressed by the school i love it already one thing that i dont like is this school is a lottery school and with this some good students from her school were not accepted and the bad ones did i was very dissapointed. The school is very diverse very goos school
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 19, 2009

This school is really easy, however some kids still manage to fail. If you send your child here, they will do fine, or even exceptionally well if they put in the effort. Prep Charter will give your child a free high school education, but in terms of getting them ready for college, its curriculum fails to introduce any type of needed difficulty or discipline required for your child to excel at the college level. Then again, Prep Charter is my alumni and I am doing quite well in college after a couple of rough semesters. Another big problem is the recruiting procedure, any student can get in if they 'get picked in the drawing.' The issue with this is that, students with higher intelligence are constantly being held back by the students that think education is a joke. If you still think you want to send you child here, thats fine.


Posted February 4, 2009

This school is hard. My classmates tell me the same: when they were in elementary school, they get A's and B's. In this school, expect your child to get C's and D's and the teachers hand out zero's like it's a normal thing. I like this school because of the students. All of them are respectable, and no fights (or at least, physical fights). Other than that, they won't ask me back to this school. I know it.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 25, 2008

I resently graduated from preparatory charter school with 12 college credit. attending prep charter gave me a extended look on life beyond tommorrow. I can actually say graduating from there payed my way to a better life


Posted November 12, 2007

Prep Charter by far is exceeding my expectations! My daughter is a freshman this year and I'm very pleased with the quality of education she is receiving. The teachers think 'outside of the box' and make learning fun! Prep is preparing my daughter for college. Great School. I recommend Prep to any parent who is looking for a school which will prepare their children for college. Parents would be very happy sending their children here!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 25, 2006

Prep Charter is one of the best schools in all of Philadelphia...Mrs. Gabris is very involved with each of the students, and all of the teachers are extrodinary! Any parent would be lucky to send their child there!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 9, 2003

This Was One of the best school's that my daughter could have gone to, it was college bound, and the teachers were reliable
—Submitted by a parent


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The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.

Grade level

Math

The state average for Math was 60% in 2012.

121 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
57%

2009

 
 
64%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 68% in 2012.

120 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
84%

2009

 
 
84%
Science

The state average for Science was 42% in 2012.

121 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
35%

2011

 
 
41%

2010

 
 
45%

2009

 
 
50%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 83% in 2012.

124 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
99%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
99%

2009

 
 
100%
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 Students69%
Female56%
Male84%
Black68%
Asian79%
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White61%
Economically disadvantaged75%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students83%
Female84%
Male82%
Black81%
Asian85%
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White85%
Economically disadvantaged85%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students35%
Female20%
Male52%
Black33%
Asian37%
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White37%
Economically disadvantaged37%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Writing

All Students99%
Female100%
Male98%
Black100%
Asian97%
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged99%
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 47% 15%
White 29% 71%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 19% 3%
Hispanic 4% 9%
Two or more races 2% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Female 54%N/A49%
Male 46%N/A51%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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1928 Point Breeze Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19145
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