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K-8
Public charter
Philadelphia, PA
Students enrolled: 642

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2600 South Broad St
Philadelphia, PA 19145

(215) 551-4000
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November 15, 2014
Had a chance to look around inside this So Called Prestigious school on November 10th,2014. On their Open House flyer (as well their website) did mention lottery application available online and each campus, for those who don't have internet access, can get the application at the campus. I know a lot of desperate parents (including me) have high hopes on that date thought It's all about registration, but we all get disappointed. Instead of handed out the application, they handed out the Petitions for us to sign. Tricky yet smart move though. How could you reach out to hundreds of people when you can lured them to come to you instead. I hope they really did get all the signatures they need. Don't get me wrong though, I love the idea of adding more school. It's for everybody's sake. But next time do something nice and more transparent.

- submitted by a parent
August 28, 2014
The school has increased enrollment giving other children more opportunities to attend a good school. As a city school, their test scores are excellent. My children have done very well at this school.

- submitted by a parent
August 17, 2014
My kids go to this school, It's a very safe school. Not to mention my kids have fun going to school because of the way they teach.

- submitted by a parent
August 16, 2014
My daughter is entering her third year at PPACS. As a family we love the school and can't wait for my son to enter. That being said PPACS is a choice you make as a family and if your looking for the full experience be prepared to put in the effort. We have had nothing but good experiences with all the staff here. If you are sending your child for the special classes be prepared to follow through as a parent. Yes we have had to put time in to understanding a violin to help our daughter practice, learning ballet to make sure positions are correct, and having to thoroughly practice French at home. Theses were efforts we had to make as a family and it was a big adjustment but it was something we did as part of our commitment in sending our daughter to a school we felt was on par with educational, community, and moral ideals.

- submitted by a parent
June 11, 2014
Do not send your children here. What they preach & what they practice are polar opposite. Their leadership is deplorable. And they are getting away with it all because the city schools are a mess.

- submitted by a community member
May 31, 2014
My Kindergartner is reading,writing simple sentences, solving math problems and learning the arts. Academically, my child is thriving at PPACS. Some of the problems the schools has comes from the administration. To me, they seem to make quick decision without thinking of the impact on parents. However, PPACS is a fairly a new school and they are working through some of this problems. I couldn't be happier about choosing to send my child to PPACS. As a parent, you want your child to become a well-rounded individual, and I feel PPACS helps develop my child to strive long after his departure.

- submitted by a parent
May 31, 2014
My daughter is coming to this school on September. Really excited and believe she will flourish here. I encourage administrators to add Spanish to the curriculum as a second language alternative I believe our children will navigate more effectively in American culture where the number spanish population is growing

- submitted by a parent
May 30, 2014
This school is absolutely horrible. There is no male teachers or administrators which is concerning. The teachers are never available and the children are forced to do ballet without being able to pick. Also they teach French which is not used much in business marketing, or social services. So what are they really preparing the children for???The school is located on Broad Street which is extremely dangerous for many reason and the building is unwelcoming and unfriendly structurally. The building sits on top of the El Station and the children hear it throughout their day. Removing my children after only 1 year.

- submitted by a parent
May 06, 2014
String Theory school are growing too fast and the quality is suffering. There is no excuse for the low level art teachers that are being hired considering how many art teachers are unemployed these days. The school would do well to stop rampant nepotism and hire teachers and staff based on their credentials, not who went to which catholic school, or how long you've lived in Philadelphia. The concept of the school is excellent and my daughter did received the support she needed, but we witnessed a steep drop in quality in the last couple of years. And the parent who said her child speaks french.. laughable. No conversation french.. number the anthem and other nonsense

- submitted by a parent
April 20, 2014
PHILADELPHIA PERFORMING ARTS CHARTER SCHOOL is not just a school, it's a community working together to provide not only an excellent education for the children who are blessed to be selected to attend, the school teaches students respect for authority, the school and each other. This should be the model for all schools.

- submitted by a parent
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!

- submitted by a community member
March 04, 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..

- submitted by a community member
November 05, 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

- submitted by a community member
October 08, 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
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
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
August 01, 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
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.

- submitted by a community member
September 06, 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.

- submitted by a community member
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
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
November 02, 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.

- submitted by a community member
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
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.

- submitted by a community member
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
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
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
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
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
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.

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January 26, 2010
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- submitted by a parent
July 07, 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
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
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.

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March 19, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
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.

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February 05, 2009
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November 18, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
June 05, 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
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
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'.

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January 08, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
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
March 28, 2006
Good philosophical premise of reaching urban children with the arts & culture.

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March 28, 2006
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Philadelphia Performing Arts Cs
2600 South Broad St, Philadelphia, PA  19145
(215) 551-4000
Last modified Philadelphia Performing Arts Cs is a Charter school that serves grades K-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 7 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Philadelphia Performing Arts Cs Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 49 reviews. Top