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Charter | K-8 | 824 students

 

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Posted November 11, 2011

I graduated from this school in 2006 and I really miss it. They really prepare you for high school and I am proud I attended there.


Posted April 27, 2010

I feel that the school could be a better school, if it were cleaned of the current staff. Beginning w/ CEO, principal(s), NTA's and other internal officials. Excluding Teachers. Same people w/same ideas. Nothing new!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 19, 2009

I have two daughters,both in kindergarten and I love their teachers. For the most part, I think that the school is doing a good job. The one area that I would like to see improvement in, is the school helping advanced students more. They need to be more consistent in this area.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 7, 2009

I have two children that attend Hardy Williams Academy Charter school, one in the 6th grade who has attended the school for five years, the other in 1st grade and has been a student here for two years. I am pleased with the security around the school ( Thanks Mr. Simms and your staff), I just wish that they could keep teachers longer, my 6th grade student has had 3 teachers in one school year and I believe this interferes with their learning ability, my child that is in the first grade is on her second teacher this year, Ms. Jenkins was a great teacher. I believe in my heart that Hardy Williams Academy Charter School is going to Excel greatly with the help of the stafff, parents and students full cooperation. Lets continue to work on getting our test scores up. Thanks Mr. Highsmith.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 6, 2009

I am a freshmen in college.I graduated from R.A.C.S. in 2004 and I loved it.Up til now I talk about how fun middle school was for me & how I wish I could go back.The teachers were really caring and I owe everything to them.I still have siblings who attend R.A.C.S and I believe that they are receiving the best education that they might not have received at a public school.:)
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 12, 2009

The staff changes so much. There is no stability. They did have a good asistant principal ms shils but she is gone
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 26, 2008

This is my sons fisrt year he is in the 1st grade, although they still have some areas to work on I like what I see so far. His teacher is very patient and takes very good care of him. Thank you Miss Green
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 21, 2007

I graduated 8th grade from R.A.C.S and it was the best 4 years of my life. I am now about to graduate from high school and I credit most of the things I do to R.A.C.S. Til this day I still refer people to my school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 15, 2007

I say my children had out of 3 years 1 good teacher that showed they were caring, teaching respect and leaning little past basics.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 10, 2007

I am very happy to say that this is my daughters 2nd year at RACS. I have to be truthful in the begining there was a lot of confusion with what teacher the class will have, after 2 teachers. I would say they had a great teacher assigned after that. I would'nt be so quick to blame the school. Parent Particapation plays a big part in school.The expectations of the school is for the students to work hard which in turns requires the parents to also.Staying involved and continuing to be involved made a difference. She has had Spanish, advance math, and reads above her grade level. She enjoys this school very much and we look forward to her finishing out the entire school program up to the 8th grade.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 16, 2007

My two sons have been attending renaissance for 4 years . The school was great until they received a new principle. 2006-2007 was the worst because of the principal
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 8, 2006

This school is absolutely incredible! My child has been here for three years and has made incredible advancements. The administration is very responsive to parent feedback and is constantly trying to find ways to improve the learning environment. The teachers and staff are well qualified and very caring. Every parent is encouraged to become an active member of their child's learning community. If they choose not to care, it's not the school's fault. This is a school, not a daycare or extended babysitter. Given the challeneges of the Philadelphia School District and Philadelphia in general, RACS should be a model for the rest of the school district. Safety is also of great concern, especially with the problems in Philadelphia lately. Thank you RACS!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 28, 2006

My son started this school in kindergarden. He is in the second grade now. He has been doing a fantastic job here. He was on the honor roll through kindergarden and first grade. I believe with the parents involvement with the school the learning experience would be better. This year I also transfered my daughter there from public school. Since she has been in the school she has been a B and C student. Where as, she was in public school she was a C and D student. I found that the school did a great turn around on her. I do not know what problems she was having, but her skills became extremely better. The school does need to put in teachers that are better qualified to work with the kids, but until then parent involvement will help a lot.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 21, 2006

My daughter attends this school and has been for the past 3 years. In the begining (3rd grade) the school had better teachers (qualified) and more academic programs. Now, this school has basically resulted to the NTA teaching students. I feel they do not encourage these children to their fullest potential. They have no extended curriculum (i.e Spanish, etc) It seems like they have a teacher in the beginning of the school year and then they leave. This is her last year. I can not take it anymore. I think for a charter eucation, this school is one of the worst.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 17, 2006

Overall, I think this school is great. We have been a part of this school for three years. Hopefully with my daughter starting kindergarten in september we will be here for many more years
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 22, 2005

The Administration at this school is horrible. They definitely need to shut this school down. I believe they are passing our children just to remain open. The curriculum is aweful!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 30, 2005

I switched my children from the school they were in because I was looking for a school that offered a great academic program and extra curriculum activites. This school is horrible and will not be open for long. They have a after school program that only has space for 200 students, but you have over a thousand kids in this school. They advertised the school so good, that I was convinced. I pick up my kids 30 minutes late everyday because they didn't get in after care.
—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.

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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.

134 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
52%

2011

 
 
57%

2010

 
 
56%

2009

 
 
48%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 74% in 2012.

134 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
44%

2011

 
 
48%

2010

 
 
50%

2009

 
 
46%
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.

78 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
53%

2009

 
 
40%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2012.

78 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
49%

2011

 
 
47%

2010

 
 
44%

2009

 
 
32%
Science

The state average for Science was 82% in 2012.

83 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
59%

2010

 
 
49%

2009

 
 
35%
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.

91 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
41%

2010

 
 
45%

2009

 
 
46%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 65% in 2012.

92 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
50%

2011

 
 
41%

2010

 
 
35%

2009

 
 
29%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 64% in 2012.

94 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
51%

2011

 
 
27%

2010

 
 
29%

2009

 
 
49%
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.

75 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
33%

2009

 
 
37%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 69% in 2012.

75 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
49%

2010

 
 
29%

2009

 
 
14%
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.

70 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
45%

2010

 
 
50%

2009

 
 
35%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 76% in 2012.

69 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
55%

2011

 
 
54%

2010

 
 
40%

2009

 
 
36%
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.

67 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
51%

2010

 
 
34%

2009

 
 
39%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 80% in 2012.

66 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
76%

2009

 
 
64%
Science

The state average for Science was 60% in 2012.

66 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
32%

2011

 
 
14%

2010

 
 
24%

2009

 
 
15%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 73% in 2012.

77 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
49%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
27%

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 Students52%
Female55%
Male48%
Black52%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged50%
Students with disabilities (IEP)29%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students44%
Female59%
Male27%
Black43%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged43%
Students with disabilities (IEP)7%
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 Students68%
Female72%
Male64%
Black68%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged67%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students49%
Female54%
Male44%
Black48%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged51%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students57%
Female52%
Male62%
Black56%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged60%
Students with disabilities (IEP)18%
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 Students89%
Female87%
Male91%
Black89%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students50%
Female51%
Male49%
Black50%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged54%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Writing

All Students51%
Female58%
Male43%
Black52%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged55%
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

Math

All Students85%
Female96%
Male71%
Black85%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged87%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students73%
Female82%
Male61%
Black74%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged78%
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

Math

All Students83%
Female83%
Male83%
Black83%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged81%
Students with disabilities (IEP)82%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students55%
Female56%
Male53%
Black55%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged54%
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

Math

All Students70%
Female74%
Male66%
Black70%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged68%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students73%
Female74%
Male72%
Black72%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged67%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students32%
Female26%
Male39%
Black31%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged31%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Writing

All Students49%
Female59%
Male39%
Black49%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged45%
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

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Black 98% 15%
Hispanic 1% 9%
Two or more races 1% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 0% 3%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
White 0% 71%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Female 53%N/A49%
Male 47%N/A51%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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