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.
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).
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.
best school you could ever go to! the teachers are amazing and they really help the kids understand what they are working on.
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
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..
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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'.
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.
Good philosophical premise of reaching urban children with the arts & culture.
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