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Imhotep Institute Charter High School

Charter | 9-12 | 582 students

 

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Situated in an inner city neighborhood. The median home value is $74,400. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $920.

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2011:
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Posted April 30, 2014

This is my son's first year as a student at Imhotep after coming from a predominantly white private school. My son loves the fact that he is surrounded by faculty that is teaching him to take pride in his rich heritage. As a sophomore in all honors classes with teachers that compel him to strive for better, my son has embraced an attitude of accountability because he recognizes that when he succeeds we all succeed. Imhotep's staff aren't your everyday staff they go above and beyond the call of duty. The staff often stand in the gap for parents and are on the frontline fighting with the parents to maintain a safe environment for our children to learn. They are not only instructors but extensions of the parents, while are children are in their care. Imhotep employees some of the best if not the best faculty in Philadelphia. Leaving Germantown Academy where my son became stagnant and complacent with grades (although honor roll) to Imhotep (where a 91 is still an A; but he is pushed to achieve higher) was the best decision I could have made.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 13, 2014

Strong support of staff, commitment of a visionary CEO, hard work and dedication by our Coaches and extra curricular teachers, and parents that come out and support the school are a recipe for success at Imhotep. Early support and focus on post secondary education help them prepare students that start at even the lowest levels, reach success. The climate is supported by doing this to me who knows how to move feat young people to do their best. as I get single mother it's not easy to read young people in this side of pressures of the day. but I've learned I've had so many people who provide resources and solutions to help my sons over come thier challenges and help me to understand how I can better support them at home. The school is a safe and caring climate that fosters parent and community involvement. Further it uses the African principals of MaAt to restore balance and knowledge to our youth. It is the village at work. That is why Imhotep is a great school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 13, 2014

Imhotep Charter High School is excellent school that focus on getting students ready for their future. Great faculty and students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 4, 2013

All you have to do is read the reviews. This will give you an idea of the education that your child will receive. I read about 10. Not a single review was written with proper grammar or punctuation. If this is how you would like your child to prepare for college, have at it. If you would like your child to be a productive member of society, you may want to keep looking at other schools.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 7, 2013

My son will be entering this school in the fall of 2013 as a 9th grader. He will be graduating next week from their sister school Imani, which I love dearly. Reading these comments have given me mixed feelings, however I question is where you an involved parent? I've met the staff and seen some of the students. I was impressed. Nothing is going to be perfect, it will be based on the child. I have truly enjoyed reading the positive comments from the current and former students. I have faith that I have made the right educational choice for my son.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 2, 2013

Imhotep has great teachers and a strong administration,but it has gone down academically because many of the students,do not apply themselves as they should and they do not take full advantage of the opportunities that this school has to offer.My daughter spent one year there and she was more concerned with socializing so I transferred her to a Magnet School hoping for less distractions for her,but she is who she is and is doing well,but socializing is still her focus,but the magnet school faculty calls her on her shortcomings and do not nuture her like the folks at Imhotep. As a parent all I can do is encourage her and pray that she want to succeed as much asI want her to!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 4, 2012

While the school seemed like a great opportunity for my son, it proved to be a horrible experience for him. My son was there for 1 year and the culture of the school is not academic. Sports are taken much more seriously than academics. Additionally, he always spoke of several "thugs" that had serious power at Imhotep and a "ghetto" mentality that many in his class had. Currently, he is thriving at a magnet school. He has been accepted to 5 colleges and awarded substantial money to 3 of the universities. I wish he never had to experience Imhotep, but maybe it gave him a true appreciation for his current school and all the students striving to do great academically. Please note this school has a rating of only 2 out of 10.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 11, 2012

The elementary school that I went to didn't care about you or your education they just passed you on to the next grade and sent you on to high school clueless. When I first got to Imhotep I hated it because they give so much work. But then I realized that Imhotep prepares you for college and I would like to thank them for that !! All of the teachers that I've had has been very caring about me, loved me, and respected me and it feels good to know that you have teachers who cares about your growth and development. They don't turn their back on you like most teachers would do and they are just such a blessing to me. They may not know it but they are. I hope to see them again and I hope that when I have children the school is still open and my teachers is still there so they can teach my son or daughter the importance of school and give them a lot of work so they can get prepared for college.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 10, 2012

this school is very ghetto . the kids are disrespectful. all they do is curse. they really don't have any respect for themselves
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 10, 2012

I was taught by Mama Chris at Leeds Middle School, and I looked at her as a mother figure. I knew when I was in school what type of educator she was and what she stood for. When my middle son was entering high school I choose to sent him to Imhotep because of the education I knew he would receive. His first year was rough because he didn't focus, but Sister Tamara and Tameka gave him the attention he needed to get him back on track. Since then my son has been a excellent student. I just want to say thank you Mama Chris for sharing your dream with the us. I love you so much.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 12, 2011

As a parent visiting to submit my son's application for admission into 9th grade, I was impressed by the courtsey of the security men and woman and the receptionists. First impression matters! I loved the uniforms the students wore. They were unique. Hopefully, my sone will be one of the blessed students to be admitted 2011/2012 session 9th grade.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 14, 2011

This is my son's first year @ Hotep and I can say that it has been a blessing & I'm very thankful that he is allowed this opportunity. The respect that the teachers give & receive from the students is unbelieveable in this modern day society. He had major surgery & they went above/beyond to make sure he did not miss out on any education while he is recovering by setting up homeschooling & part time schedule so he can still see his peers.. The school is always clean, students are in proper uniform, & staff members greet you in a friendly manner. The classrooms are spacous and not crowded. The homework, grades, report card & text books can be accessed from a computer. I always feel like I'm visiting family when I'm there. That's why I joined the parent Wasuri committee. Compared to the (public) school he came from they are a cut above and the icing on the cake. If you want a place for your child to grow and be nurtured in a positive and family oriented way please make sure your apply to Imhotep institute Charter high School. One of the best choices I've made in furthering my son's educational, mental and physical growth into young adulthood. Great basketball & football programs too!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 4, 2011

I really love Imhotep and I would relive it all over again if I could. You really do become a family at that school, and you actually feel loved. They are so welcoming and caring, they can help you out in any situation. Business wise or personal. They will never leave you hanging. I would recommend this school to those who children are well behaved, open to new things, and open to exploring new ways. A child who is NOT negative. Thats the last thing this school needs is bad children giving it a bad name and dirtying it up. The new building that is there is fresh and clean, and we would like to keep it that way and have it looking like some dirty public bathroom. As is the classrooms. I love Imhotep.... <3 I will never 4get my teachers and everyone there who help me get to where I am now!!!
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 1, 2010

My son is a student at this school it's terrible. They claim to care about the student's when they don't, they make mean and hateful comments to the students to break their spirit, cursing at them, some of the teachers are very immature & unprofessional, in the beginning of the school year you were told that you can contact the teachers via their cell phone which was very impressive, they gave them out to the parents one particular teacher who the school CEO brags about NEVER EVER return your phone calls or respond to text and when you call the front office they never receive the message you leave, when they try to transfer you they put you on hold and forget that your on hold, asking you "who you want again", or they hang up on. Their Sponsors need to reconsider and give that money to Dist Public Sch!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 24, 2010

I have watched my son mature over the past 3 years at Imhotep. The teaching staff has been with our family as we struggled to help my son succeed. I love the 12th grade project. It really gave my son the opportunity to see what his career path would require of him and helped him get a job after his internship was done. College and college prep is part of the curriculum. The best I have ever seen. I have teacher's cell phone numbers and can call with any problems or concerns I have. The lack of parental involvement is my own fault, but the opportunity is there. Love this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 17, 2010

I have to agree with the sentiments posted on February 11: this school is highly unorganized and the staff is unprofessional in their dealings with students... and parents, for that matter. The school hides behind its pretentious African/Egyptian name and labels thus trying to stage the illusion of 'unity', 'positivity' and 'community'. But trust me, their actions and interactions with certain students and parents scream to the contrary. I had dealings with one teacher that actually had me questioning whether I was really interacting with an adult or my child's peer, she was so unprofessional and sophomoric. 'Imhotep' translated means 'he who cometh in peace'. Ha! What a misnomer! Maybe with time they will improve, but I cannot recommend this school to anyone as it stands right now.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 16, 2009

I think that Imhotep is a very good school and while it contiues to develop, it maintains a good standard of learning and discipline for the children which will take them far in life.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 11, 2009

I have attended this school during my Senior Year and I must say it was a disaster. It is unorganized, the teachers favor certain students, there are $300 dues that must be turned in every year or your child fails, and everything costs money; even to get work done. absolutely ridiculous. So I recommended another school for your child's' sake.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 15, 2008

I am in the class of 6249 and imhotep has helped me excell in every aspect i can think of... Being there changed my life in the most positive way
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 31, 2008

My son is about to graduate this year and he has matured so much. I don't know if it's the school or not but I really do believe they have a lot to do with it. The first couple of years all he did was complain about the school. I know my son and if he's complaining about having to do school work---it's a good school! I don't know if it's for everyone but the founder and teacher all really care about educating our next generation and promoting respect for themselves and their elders. Now my son has a whole new outlook on the school- when asked about it he has all good things to say like- they really do care about how you learn and continuing your education beyond high school. I am proud of how far the school has come and the work they do everyday for our kids.
—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.

86 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
28%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
86%

2009

 
 
81%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 68% in 2012.

86 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
49%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
75%

2009

 
 
34%
Science

The state average for Science was 42% in 2012.

87 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
5%

2011

 
 
6%

2010

 
 
7%

2009

 
 
4%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 83% in 2012.

111 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
87%

2009

 
 
84%
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 Students28%
Female30%
Male26%
Black28%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged30%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students49%
Female55%
Male44%
Black49%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged58%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students5%
Female5%
Male4%
Black5%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged6%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Writing

All Students67%
Female71%
Male63%
Black67%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged67%
Students with disabilities (IEP)25%
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 100% 15%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 0% 3%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Hispanic 0% 9%
Two or more races 0% 2%
White 0% 71%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

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

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