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Philadelphia Performing Arts CS

Charter | PK-8 | 617 students

 

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Situated in an inner city neighborhood. The median home value is $95,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $840.

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3 stars

Community Rating by Year
2014:
Based on 2 ratings
2013:
Based on 6 ratings
2012:
Based on 4 ratings
2011:
Based on 6 ratings

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Posted March 19, 2014

After reading some reviews, I'm going to reconsider enrolling my child in this school. Reading what that student went threw I'm not sending my child!


Posted March 4, 2014

Just move in to the neighborhood. And heard a lot of good and bad things about this school. Good thing is the school is great in arts, and we are happy to find a good quality art school in neighborhood, since my daughter so in love with arts. Bad thing is my daughter didn't get in because of the lottery system. Well, they said it is a lottery but obviously they pick and choose by the address and race. Unlike some other charter school which they announced the date and time of the lottery so public could attend it. There is one certain area where all the rich one live, have all their children enroll in this school, Obvious? Sigh.. Next time just put a sign stated what race and zipcode are you accepted, so we don't waste our time waiting..


Posted November 5, 2013

I love this school I got in didn't know anyone but everyone was so welcoming. The principle was really nice and this school has a good curriculum. I was a art major and had a good time even though I was only there for 2 years 5th and 6th still my brother, sister, and I loved it. We wished we would've stayed but we had to move to NC now we barely even like going to school. I strongly recommend this school. P.S don't listen to the people who say that you got to know someone to get in this school because my family didn't know anyone in this school


Posted October 8, 2013

I have a kindergartener at PPACS and am extremely pleased with the curriculum for Grade K. I am also pleased with how the school keeps parents informed with what is going on within the school walls.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 10, 2013

I do agree with the parent that said , you need to know someone there. My daughter has been in performing arts since2009 and it made no difference. And yes I know someone personally that got there three kids in just this august. It should be based on academic and arts achevments. At least a start.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 31, 2013

It is a miracle. I have 2 students there now a d 2 that have graduated high school. What splendor comes from this school. It keeps me crying with joy about all they do
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 1, 2013

I have tried my kids in previous schools, and none compare to what I have found at PPACS. When I put my kids in PPACS, the level of security was amazing. The happiness that my children was missing, return to them very quickly. My kids finally brought text books home! The extra curriculum activities such as music, dance, vocals,chess club, and homework club just put the icing on the cake. All of my children has finally experience greatness. I wish every child could experience a great school, hardworking teachers,a phenomenon staff, safe environment and a quality education that my children experience every day at Philadelphia Performing Arts Charter School. PPACS you rock!!!!!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 31, 2013

Your kid will only get accepted into this school if you know any members of the staff other than that you can forget about it which is really unfair.


Posted September 6, 2012

Unlike most reviews on this website I was a student who went here NOT a parent so I really know what goes on in this school. The teachers pass around gossip like they are all students and when students are in an environment that perhaps encourages that they learn to think doing so is okay. I could not stand being in that school for my 7th and 8th grade they were horrible years for me and changed my whole life. However, the music teaching is great. The school also picks on certain kids and they always get in trouble for normal things kids do it's almost as if the teachers like to call parents on purpose and watch the kids suffer. Certain teachers allow kids to cut class. Some teachers are very good but majority of the teachers in this school will pick out favorite students and treat them better than everyone else. The school is such a fake place to be in and its horrible for a kid to grow up surrounded by a bunch of people who try to act like the school is so great but in reality the school is not as great as it seems. The teachers would sometimes talk and make fun of children who were absent with the students who were in that day. Its sick and not as great as people say.


Posted August 13, 2012

My son is beginning first grade at PPACS. His kindergarten year was both enjoyable and challenging. The workload is heavy but nothing the kids couldn't handle. He came out of kindergarten having studied subjects I never learned until 3rd or 4th grade. LOVED his teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 17, 2012

I have my two daughters at PPACS. I am extremely happy with the teachers, the curriculum and the extra activities (ballet, violin, French, vocal, visual art and creative writing). The school culture is wonderful: zero tolerance for bulling and good manners are reinforced. The school is very safe and comforting. The kids are welcomed by the school staff in the morning. The school opens the doors early to accommodate the need of working moms and the principal and teachers are always available.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 1, 2012

Ppacs is a wonderful school and I feel very lucky to have my daughter attending. She benefits greatly from the daily art classes and can't wait to choose a major. At the end of fifth-grade children are asked to select a major from the arts they have experienced since kindergarten; they will then continue to study their chosen Art for an hour and a half each day! Arts include creative writing, science, violin, ballet, visual arts, chorus and French language. As in all schools you won't love all the teachers however we have been very lucky and my daughter has been truly inspired by her teachers. PP a CS purchased the former Fels recreation center and the school will greatly benefit from having a gymnasium as well as an indoor pool. With all the awful cuts to public schools in the Philadelphia District PEP ACS offers a truly incredible opportunity to its students. The arts or a cool war part of the curriculum and will never be cut. Last, by participating in the schools by annual performances at the Kimmel music center the children gain a once in a lifetime experience which builds character,pride, and it is a wonderful celebration of this hard work they do all year long.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 2, 2011

I love this school, I M in seventh grass and I have been in this school since kindergarden. I love all of my teachers and me and my sister are doing excellent in our academics and our majors.


Posted September 18, 2011

I love love love this school. I tried to get my daughter in for 3 years and then finally - she was able to get in thorugh their lottery process. The curriculum is awesome, staff and students are great, loving and veyr helpful. My daughter is excelling in her regular subjects (which are a year a head of the public schools) and she loves her specials (art, creative writing, french, ballet, violin, science lab and computers).
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 30, 2011

I know a lot of people that have their children in this school and if you don't get in with the lottery in kindergarden forget about it. It's all about who you know, don't let them tell you different! The people I know got their children in by knowing the principal and staff. If you know the principal all she has to do is sign her name on a piece of paper or your packet you fill out and your in. I've tried for 5 yrs to get my child in and now I glad I didn't because my daughter is now in one of the top rated best middle schools in Philadelphia better than PPCAS. She is an A student and recieves high pssa scores so overall I'm happy she doesn't go there now. Good Luck and if your child is very smart think about Masterman, Gamp, and Meredith before you decide to go with this Chater school.


Posted June 26, 2011

best school you could ever go to! the teachers are amazing and they really help the kids understand what they are working on.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 16, 2011

The teachers that my children have had are excellent, there are some staff members that are rude and a bit standoffish however for the most part, it is a great school and we are happy our children attend
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 16, 2011

I have two children in PPACS. The school is great. The teachers really are interested in academic performance and encourage their students to excel. The administration and staff are wonderful as well. They have always addressed my concerns. Overall, I am pleased with the school's academic and performing arts programs.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 24, 2010

My son attended PPACS from 1st gr. Graduated in June 2010. He loved all his teachers & staff who were all amazing. I have to disagrre with reviews on getting in touch with teachers, principal & staff. I am disable, can't speak, I have a trach. I email the teacher, staff etc, & they always got right back to me. If I had my daughter call & speak for me they were always nice & helpful. I recommned this school to everyone. My son loved this school & misses it. Great school..
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 12, 2010

My eldest child graduated with honors. He is now attending a blue ribbon public school and is doing well. With a background in the arts and majoring in Creative Writing at this school he is excelling in most of his classes. My youngest child is advanced in all subjects in this school and I am working with the principal to see that he gets the attention that is needed to ensure he continues to do so. The staff is always willing to assist and direct the parents to ensure sucess for every student. All you have to do is ask and be willing to do your part as a parent and mentor.
—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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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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Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2012.

72 students were tested at this school in 2012.

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73%

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Science

The state average for Science was 82% in 2012.

73 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
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91%

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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

 
 
59%
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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2600 South Broad St
Philadelphia, PA 19145
Phone: (215) 551-4000

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