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Philadelphia Performing Arts CS

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3 stars

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2014:
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2013:
Based on 6 ratings
2012:
Based on 4 ratings
2011:
Based on 6 ratings

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Posted May 11, 2010

The administration is very unprofessional. It took over a week before my phone call was returned by the principle to discuss my sons test results. Than when she returned my call, she didn't have his chart to disscuss the issue.The staff that I have encountered have been rude when I have called to have questions answered regarding my child. I agree with the parent that said that certain individuals receive a warm welcome, while others do not. It is definetly not a school of diversity and I have call the school district to complain of issues that I have encountered with the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 24, 2010

Great school! if you read the review you'll see that the 'parents rating' 3 of 5 is not representative because some folks neglected to RATE the school, but their comments are positive. My son is excelling and the school has been very supporting and open to providing extra reading/math. They have an affiliation with St. Johns College (university?) and students from the Masters Program in Education come to provide tutoring help to those who are 'behind' as well as the the top percent of the class that need more stimulation. SO far our experience has been very positive and my son LOVES it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 7, 2009

As a graduating student from ppacs, i feel as though some of these reviews are absurd and should be disregarded. this school has a beautiful atmosphere. it prepares you for all of the obsticals and hardships to come in the next grade as well as highschool. i think if parents were to attend ppacs as a student, they would see that it is a very good to send your child to.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 18, 2009

I also am a parent of 3 children attending PPACS. And my eldest is graduating this year. She has been there from day one in the very first kindergarten class. I am surprised at some of the reviews claiming that there is a lack of diversity. The students there come from many backgrounds/cultures. It is very diverse! And academically it is very advanced. My kids have excelled at this school! My daughter got excepted to every high school she applied to which is a true testament to the schools level of academics. And the arts program is superb!It gives the kids that extra leg up. I recommend this school to everyone parent I know!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 25, 2009

As a teacher at this school, I see first hand how hard the faculty and administration works to make sure that every child excels academically. In addition, the arts program is first class, providing many professional opportunities for its students. Students from this school graduate and go on to attend the best criteria based and private high schools in the city.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted February 27, 2009

This school is great. My daughter likes most of her teachers. But the only problem is that teachers are always busy to reach to discuss children with them. very hard to reach a teacher.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 5, 2008

I feel there is nepotism in this school and any activities I tried to participate in or any suggestions I gave were ignored. My child has been exposed to bullying by a child who's mother runs activities in the school. The atmosphere of of this school can come off very cold and it is obvious that certain individuals get a warm welcome when others don't get the same.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 29, 2008

As a teacher at this school, I am very surprised by the responses posted by some parents on this site. I have worked at other schools and can honestly say that the environment created here is safe, loving and inviting. There are a wide variety of after-school programs and events that welcome parents and children back into the school. In fact, our parent's association works hard to ensure that parents are involved. This is why I can't understand why some people have stated that they feel like they are treated as strangers. I feel I must also pay tribute to the administration and faculty at this school. Everybody works as a team to make sure that EVERY student, regardless of race, academic ability or economic background, is given an education that ensures they become successful students. From what I see, the students love it here as much as I do!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted March 31, 2008

As a parent I am appalled at the way administration and staff discuss students and fellow teachers affairs. I have heard negative comments about their own staff's work, and students that are a 'problem'.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 25, 2007

This school has a strong arts curriculum, unfortunately it lacks the diversity that one would expect in an arts influenced educational environment. As a parent, I believe this school has the potential to become a great place if the administration commits to providing a diverse staff, smaller class sizes (current avg 29) and an educational approach that enhances critical thinking. From a student perspective, the arts programming and unique learning opportunities are enjoyed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 28, 2006

Good philosophical premise of reaching urban children with the arts & culture.
—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.

About these ratings

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.

77 students were tested at this school in 2012.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 74% in 2012.

77 students were tested at this school in 2012.

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71%
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.

72 students were tested at this school in 2012.

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90%

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84%

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2012.

72 students were tested at this school in 2012.

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2011

 
 
73%

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66%

2009

 
 
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Science

The state average for Science was 82% in 2012.

73 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
91%

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93%

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93%
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.

51 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
64%

2010

 
 
71%

2009

 
 
63%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 65% in 2012.

51 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
57%

2010

 
 
60%

2009

 
 
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Writing

The state average for Writing was 64% in 2012.

53 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
76%

2009

 
 
65%
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.

66 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
82%

2009

 
 
79%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 69% in 2012.

66 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
78%

2009

 
 
73%
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.

62 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
92%

2009

 
 
64%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 76% in 2012.

62 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
90%

2009

 
 
80%
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.

54 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
77%

2009

 
 
87%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 80% in 2012.

54 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
87%

2009

 
 
87%
Science

The state average for Science was 60% in 2012.

54 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
50%

2009

 
 
51%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 73% in 2012.

54 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
89%

2009

 
 
93%
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 Students95%
Female96%
Male93%
Black94%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White96%
Economically disadvantaged90%
Students with disabilities (IEP)86%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students85%
Female87%
Male80%
Black69%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White87%
Economically disadvantaged69%
Students with disabilities (IEP)64%
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 Students90%
Female90%
Male93%
Black100%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White87%
Economically disadvantaged90%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students75%
Female78%
Male64%
Black77%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White79%
Economically disadvantaged65%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students93%
Female93%
Male93%
Black93%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White94%
Economically disadvantaged88%
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 Students75%
Female73%
Male76%
Black67%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White73%
Economically disadvantaged77%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students73%
Female73%
Male72%
Black50%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White76%
Economically disadvantaged69%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Writing

All Students87%
Female96%
Male80%
Black85%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White85%
Economically disadvantaged86%
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 Students74%
Female71%
Male79%
Black55%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White74%
Economically disadvantaged79%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students67%
Female71%
Male58%
Black73%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White63%
Economically disadvantaged70%
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 Students95%
Female95%
Male95%
Black93%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White95%
Economically disadvantaged94%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students87%
Female90%
Male81%
Black80%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White89%
Economically disadvantaged82%
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%
Female85%
Male81%
Black71%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White87%
Economically disadvantaged72%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students91%
Female97%
Male81%
Black82%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White93%
Economically disadvantaged89%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students70%
Female67%
Male76%
Black53%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White77%
Economically disadvantaged57%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Writing

All Students93%
Female97%
Male86%
Black88%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White93%
Economically disadvantaged93%
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
White 68% 71%
Black 18% 15%
Asian 6% 3%
Two or more races 5% 2%
Hispanic 4% 8%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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Philadelphia, PA 19145
Phone: (215) 551-4000

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