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PK-12
Private
Philadelphia, PA
Students enrolled: 196

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6707 Old York Road
Philadelphia, PA 19126

(215) 927-7770
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December 30, 2012
The school year 2011/2012 was the first year that my son attended Hope Church School and I would not recommend this school to anyone. First the teachers are very unprofessional and there is no disipline or structure. The school is not well organize and the lunchroom is in the basement with mold smell.You do not get the your money worth with this school. I did not enroll my son for the 2012/2013 school year. This school did not prepare him for the 8th grade.

- submitted by a parent
August 25, 2011
HCS does offer some benefits however has a lot of areas that are in need of improvement. They truly promote the Lord and loving Him as first priority. The children sing, memorize scriptures, have a curriculum based on His principles. I love that my child can ask questions, talk about, and sing songs to the Lord all day long. But I have had to supplement his academics. When we came, I was told that he would be able to move at his own pace through the workbooks as long as he tested well on the content. Not so. Many of the staff are unprofessional, talking on phones, their personal business and that of other students DURING CLASS TIME with all of the students present. They unfortunately over shadow the other faculty and staff that are excellent. Suggestions to help improve are not received rather they act shocked that there is need for such suggestions. Unfortunately, it appears that the staff leaders are more about pretending that everything is well rather than acknowledging their shortcomings and fixing them. The idea of this school is awesome, the execution not so great.

- submitted by a parent
February 17, 2011
Everyday that I drop my children off and picked them up the teachers are on their ipods, cellphone or whateva gadget they have. Not paying attention to the children. My daughter hates going to school everyday casue she says the teachers yells at her and when I ask if my child was doing anything wrong? They always say is so good. The best child in the class. So who is doing all the yelling and why. We don't yell at our children we talk and discipline with punishment. Then another another father parent and I walked into the classroom and someone had wrote PK-5 shut up on the broad. WOW!!! After that incident. I pulled my child out of HOPE CHURCH SCHOOL the following week!!!

- submitted by a parent
October 06, 2010
The preschool is excellent. However, the school is the worst. You pay all that money and your child is not learning for the price you pay. I am a very concerned parent who pays close attention to my child and her school work. My daugther has been reading since she was three. Everyday I ask her what did she learn and she tells me nothing that she doesn't already know. The homework is for a preschool child. They are learning their shapes and colors. ???Phonics and reading should be taught in Kindergarten. You pay all this money for books and they didn't receive their books until 2 months into the school year. Everyday the children are running around & yelling. I askes the teacher every week how was my child doing in class and all she says is excellent but we still havent gotten into the good work yet. When then?

- submitted by a parent
August 20, 2010
I was totally surprised school yr 2009/10. First the 7th and 8th grades were in the same room with one teacher. Second the same class (7th and 8th) would be in the building across the street from the main building, therefore the class was crossing in the middle of the street in front of traffic, safety was a BIG concern. I was totally disappointed the whole school yr and would never enroll my children again. The teachers (that my children had) were very nice, contacted you every chance they get (to keep you aware of things) also, no school nurse on site. A new building is needed, to place everyone (lower school) together. No formal lunchroom, no lockers for students things, book bags were all over the small classrooms. The aftercare was a mess, kids not doing what they are told, no homework was getting done.

- submitted by a parent
June 06, 2010
I have never read any parent speaking about the preschool/daycare which is better. Any parent who has babies through kindergarten have luck. The setting is very nice, children do learn a lot over there. All the teachers over there are very nice and they communicate with you...you can call anytime of the day and speak to your child's teacher. (even if they are in the middle of something) they also have assistants who help out. Who are also very nice. The preschoolers even wear uniforms. The curriculum is also an excellent one, they have lesson plans for the parents to view, homework is on a daily basis. Parent involvement is encouraged! The upper school...across the street (grades 1-6) teachers are very nice also, they even give you their personal cell numbers in case you need to speak to them anytime. My children in the upper school has had good teachers.

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 10, 2009
My Grandson goes to HCS in the 1st grade this is his first year and you can best and believe it is his last year. The school is unorganized, not that clean, and its smells on some days. I have never seen a school nurse and the lucnh room is a basement with porch chairs for the children to eat on that is a joke for the kind of money they charge. A big dosapointment I see all the other rave reviews I dont know what school they are talking about,maybe they play favors which I am not surprised. Sign Diaspointed

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 10, 2009
Classrooms are small and too many students in them. Desks are old and outdated. School is unorganized, gym and lunch in the basement with patio furniture for the kids to eat on. Never seen a school nurse, I am very disappointed in the school it is not what I was told

- submitted by a parent
September 24, 2009
I heard good things about this school Hope Church so I decided to enroll my daughter. Since she has started I have been very unhappy. My daughter is in the first grade. I find her teacher to be very unorganized. the staff are unprofessional and they are not very nice considering they are supposed to be Christians. I thought the curriculum was supposed to be excellent and it is so easy for her it's pathetic. The environment is awful they never showed me the lunchroom/basement before she enrolled when I asked to see the school. Well let me tell you it is horrible. It stinks and it is dirty. I was in awe. They do not put any money into the school to make it a better environment. It was the worse decision I have made. I am currently looking into finding her a new school because this one is unacceptable.

- submitted by a parent
no rating August 10, 2009
Hope Church School is a wonderful school! The teachers are great and so are the support staff. If you are looking for a place that is spiritual, has a great academic program and still fun for yor child, this is the place! If you have smaller children, check out the preschool. My children have learned so much at a young age and still had fun. They never want to go home. They love it! You will have to pay but every dime is worth it.

- submitted by a parent
May 08, 2009
I have 2 children attending this school, one for 7 years and one for 4 years. In previous years I had some problems, but this year has been bad! The classes are small (which I like) but sometimes they push your kids through even if don't know the work. As far as kindness, some of the staff have it. I've caught a couple of teachers in lies about students. Don't get me wrong I don't dislike the school.. it's a good school in academics. Just stop asking for so much money outside of tuition..this is a resession!!! and be truthful about things instead of trying to sweep it under the rug!!

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February 03, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
no rating October 06, 2008
I have read the comments and I often search on this site for reviews on different schools. Overall I belive the education is very good. I believe tht they give way to much homework which sometimes takes away from the children retaining things. Some of the children are out of control but no more than any other school. Most of the teachers are amazing. I have only had an issue with one teacher. I felt like she did not care about her job or the students. She even made a comment that when she has children they will not be like her students. All and all I loke the school for my son.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 03, 2008
Hope Church School is a very good school. I love the staff as well as my peers. They try to instill in us principles that will help and guide us through life. Yes, we have problems, but no one is perfect, we are striving to perfection. With the Lord's help, they try to their very best. They are patient. The teachers really care about their students. We are a family at that school. If you want your child in a small class, with good curriculum, and is willing to pay, Hope Church School is one you should consider. God Bless. I love my School! -Adrea

- submitted by a student
no rating July 30, 2008
I am extremely disappointed in this school. I feel I am not getting my money's worth. My daughter has attended this school for the last 2 years and each time I went to the school I was dissapointed with the teachers as well as the Principal & staff and the children always seemed to be out of control, even to the point of fighting & using profanity. I thought because it was a private christian school it would be alot more structured than what it is but often times the children were running around wild & unsupervised at dismissal time. For the last year my daughter was struggling in class but they seemed to just pass her along without following thru with any request I may have had pertaining to her progress. I'm currently in the progress of finding a new school for my daughter.

- submitted by a parent
no rating March 26, 2008
loving school its not like any other school they have so much love and support so therefore the school is 4 ever in my heart 07

- submitted by a community member
March 18, 2008
First and for most Hope Chuch School is a school doing great things. I have read the comments before my post and I agree with most of them saying that hope is a wonderful school it may be a little expensive but when you think about your childs education it really is worth it. I must say that as a Graduate of Hope I recommend that if you have a child and you want your child to be in a smaller class size where there is a more one on one attention Hope is your school. SaVonne

- submitted by a student
February 05, 2008
HCS is alright, the tuition is expensive. The children get taught well. HCS does has some discipline issues with some students that need to be squared away. You definitely pay for everything their nothing free their. Every school have their ups and downs. HCS is definitely one of them.

- submitted by a parent
no rating December 04, 2007
The teachers and support staff at this school really care about the children. They will call parents immediately when things happen, they will stay late, they give money if needed, also they will pray.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 11, 2007
HCS is a great Christian Experience for your children. My daughter has been attending for eight years now and its been very costly but trust and believe me when I tell you its been worth it. It sadden my heart to hear anything negative about anything or body that's trying to make the diffrent in our children life. All that dont think of HCS as God sent then good luck in finding something better. [My daughter] is there to stay because when she hungry she will eat, if she needs a ride home she got it, if she needs to feel special for the day well those need are met to, so if you want somene to love on you children and build their self esteem then HCS is for you and your child. If you are looking for a free hand out then good Luck somewhere else. God Bless Arletha Williams

- submitted by a parent
no rating July 26, 2007
Incredible! Very personable staff. My children love it. They learn so much. They will be there until twelfth grade. ---- A pleased parent.

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April 12, 2007
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March 29, 2007
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- submitted by a former student
February 26, 2007
This school used to be great as far as the Teachers and the Curriculum. My children and been attending Hope for over 10 years. I've watched this school diminish. Somewhere along the line Hope Church School has lost their focus. They make you pay for everything. I've never seen one school with so many fund raisers. Even the lunch program is ridiculous, $5.00 a day....This will be my children's last year here for sure. Thank God!

- submitted by a parent
August 22, 2006
HCS is an excellent school which has a rich spiritual, cultural, and educational heritage. The warmth, experience, and love of the leadership translates into a community of effective teachers and staff. The students are empowered to prosper and I'm very pleased with my own child's progress while there (over two years).

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June 16, 2006
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April 25, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
March 17, 2006
All that I can say is that this is the best school I've ever been to. It has everything I ever wanted and appreciate what they've done for me.

- submitted by a student
November 09, 2005
I have never since should a terrible school. The teachers sit around all day and the children run wild. The Preschool is complete crayness. The staff is also very unprofessional and the so called directors are never there.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 26, 2005
Hope Church School is a very good school. If You Send your child there, you won't regret it :)

- submitted by a former student
July 27, 2005
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April 24, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
March 26, 2004
I have had the most wonderful experience with HSC. If has been a God send. The teachers are warm and wonderful. The non-teaching staff is caring and involved. I would recommend HSC for any family, that prefers a non-public alternative for education. The class size is small and the education is large.

- submitted by a parent
January 12, 2004
This school has been a frustrating experience for me and my son. I have tried to work with the teachers in solving problems as it relates to my son's behaviors and the schools disciplinary rules. They have not handled disciplinary and parent communication issues to my satisfaction, therefore we are in the process of finding another school.

- submitted by a parent
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Hope Church School
6707 Old York Road, Philadelphia, PA  19126
(215) 927-7770
Last modified Hope Church School is a Private school that serves grades PK-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 1 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Hope Church School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 34 reviews. Top