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K-10
Public charter
Philadelphia, PA
Students enrolled: 570
Before care: Yes
After care: Yes

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8001 Torresdale Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19136

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(215) 624-8100
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November 23, 2014
I have been attending New Foundations Charter School for over 8 years now and can honestly say this is one of the best schools to be at. The teachers want to see you achieve and do their best to help you in any way. Is the school strict? Yes. If your child is getting detentions and such then that is on them for not behaving. It is far from the teacher's fault. The school has a friendly environment and many opportunities for the students, this including academics and extracurricular.

- submitted by a community member
September 16, 2014
my boys have been attending nfcs . its a wonderful school. the school prepares them for whats to come. there is no reason i would ever remove my boys from this school. the teachers and faculty are amazing. I have no issues with this school.

- submitted by a parent
September 04, 2014
School is absolutely horrible. My son has sat in wet clothes in school because he wasnt sllowed to go to the bathroom. Report card says one thing but they say another. When I.ask the progress of my son, everything is ok when really its not. His teacher rarely came through on what she said. In the end I pulled my son. They blamed his old school for not giving him the "proper foundation" they were going to hold him.back and fuse to pass him with the grades he has, so when I.went to register him in another school hes going to the next grade. The only 3 people I liked were ms terry ms colligan and ms tiffany. Great communication with all 3 :-)

- submitted by a parent
July 01, 2014
At firstvi was all excited then everything went down hill. My son was given paperwork to attend tutoring...its all a money thing! He had to attend both math and reading. Math he was excellent in but still needed to go but I pulled him. No.communication what do ever. I know im the parent and its my responsibility to keep up with my sons progress but if theres a pronlem it should be brought to my attention and not left go!!! The only communication that was great was the counselor. Shes Amazing! But now because of tge lack of communicationand tge teacher saying sshe will send home extra practice and didnt my son has been held back!! He can do it at home. The teachervwould say one thing and his grades reflected in a positive way. Then her stories would change. I will never recommend any one to.go to this school! Philadelphia public schools are no.better but id rather him go thete then NFCS.

- submitted by a parent
June 19, 2014
I literally hate this school. while I was reading the reviews its like " great community" and "the staff is all so Friendly".The only reason I like going is to school is to see my friends and my favorite teacher Mrs.Tingle-Oline.Other than Mrs.Tingle the staff members are horrible.One teacher actually had the nerve to lie to my parents.Also they should relax on lateness.I was counted for 30 lateness at the end of the year and majority of those lateness were me walking into the class room at 7:00.Also some of the teacher need to actually teach.My last complaint is the staff, especially the Principal, choose favorites. Some of the 12 graders have been to his beach house. How unprofessional is that.Not only that but if you are one of his favorites he buys you birthday gifts.So,at New Foundations things are not what they seem to be.thats coming from the perspective of a 9 grader, that gets honor rolls every semester and dedicates her time volunteering there, not only do I do that but I am on the athletics teams there that has won multiple trophies.Truth being that we are the only team in the whole school to win anything and yet who gets new uniforms but the basketball team.

- submitted by a community member
April 22, 2014
I attend this school right now and love it! The teachers and staff r wonderful! Never too mean, always nice and kind. The only thing I noticed r the kindergarten teachers r infraction crazy! I got 6 infractions in kindergarten, but only 1 or 2 every other year since. The waiting list is kinda long but it's worth the wait! I'm in 5th grade and can't wait 2 keep moving up. Also, I'm in the k-8 building but for older kids there is a 9-12 building down the street! Idk the wait time for there, but it has wonderful programs and a beautiful building. GO NFCS AND NFCHS!!! (New Foundations Charter High School)

- submitted by a community member
March 11, 2014
Poor staff, Bad enviroment - Gives detentions to unliked students...ect - Would not recommend going here - 1 reputation mother of 3 children that go to this school

- submitted by a parent
February 11, 2014
New Foundations is where my grandson attends. I have seen a marked improvement in his overall academics. I enjoy when I visit the school and I am charmed by the politeness of the students and the pleasant staff. Overall, it is a friendly amostphere. If I were to critique anythingas an improvement, it would be the 7AM arrival for the high school students. I feel it is not safe to travel by public transportation in the wee hours of the morning. I believe moving the start time to 7:30AM is much safer for travel. At least there would be daylight while waiting for the bus.

- submitted by a community member
December 09, 2013
My children attended NFCS until we moved to Berks Co. They still miss it. I also had a child in Catholic School and my experience w/ NFCS was a ton better. I said from the day we moved...There are three things I wish I could have taken w/ me... My mom, my NFCS and my food service. PS...Mr. Paul and his staff are great!

- submitted by a parent
December 08, 2013
I'm a student here and I got accepted in 5th grade. I thought I wouldn't make friends easily since I'm shy at first but people came up to me after announcement and I've loved it ever since. The curricular is great! I'm in 8th grade and since they have advanced classes, I'm learning to my potential and beyond. I'm learning things my friends in 9th and 10th are learning! And if you don't understand something there's great tutoring programs (I know because my little brother is in it for math and reading) and the teachers will work one on one with you or work with the entire class if there's others in need of help! Only downside to people who want to come is that there's over 1000 people on the waiting list so it's definitely hard to get in but sometimes if someone moves, it'll be a stroke of luck! If you know someone in the school that also increase your chances of getting in! Good luck!!

- submitted by a community member
August 20, 2013
New Foundations Charter School is a great school... except for the infraction crazy teachers. In Kindergarten, my son got more infractions and never got any in 1st grade or 2nd or 3rd...so for the teachers in Kindergarten that are infraction crazy...try to ease up on the kids it's supposed to be a fun "positive" experience, not a scary one.

- submitted by a parent
August 13, 2013
Since this school expanded, it has become a glorified public school. It is easier to get in because of the expansion and that opens the door to problems. Thank God I took my kids out. When I transferred them to a Catholic school, I found out they were quite a bit behind, especially in their grammar and writing skills. Whoever says Charter schools are better than Catholic, just don't want to pay the tuition bill. Some may be equivalent to a Catholic school, but if you are looking at NFCS vs a Catholic school, do what you have to do to go Catholic!

- submitted by a parent
May 20, 2013
I have been a N.F.C.S. parent for 9 years both my kids attend this wonderful school if you are lucky engough to get in you would agree this is the best experice that a child can have the education is advanced the teachers & staff are very helpful & caring . You couldn't ask for more in Philadelphia my kids love this school that are both doing well . They have nerver had a problem with bulling like so many kids in this city have they can actually sit in class and learn , the way it's supposed to be ! My daughter who has been here since kindergarten and is now graduating from eighth grade has decided not to attend the new high school that they just opened :-( she just wants a change . We just wnt any one who reads this to know this IS A Caring Community of Learners ! Love This School and we will miss You . Love , a Very Happy Parent

- submitted by a parent
April 18, 2013
NFCS is an awesome educational environment! This is my daughter's 3rd year and I found that each of the teachers she has had listens to the parent's concerns and nurtures each child according to the child's individual needs both academically & emotionally. The principal for the lower grades, Dr. Smart is a phenom!. She makes herself available to the parents without notice and she follows each of the students educational & behavioral development closely. My daughter and I have been through some very trying times within the past year and NFCS has been a God send, a true Blessing.

- submitted by a parent
October 15, 2012
I called this school and they told me there is a 4yr wait to attend this school.

- submitted by a parent
March 23, 2012
My son attends NFCS and I have to say that everyday he has a smile on his face. I believe that the staff are very nurturing and kind. Paul Stadelberger is the CEO and he is an amazing person always involved in making the school the best it can be. Mrs. Coyle was my sons Kindergarten teacher, and all my son talked about was how much he loved her. I can't wait to take this journey with my son as he grows at NFCS. Thank you to NFCS...and it's wonderful Staff!!!! Laura

- submitted by a parent
January 19, 2011
I like this school, however I believe the teachers don't give the kids enough warnings in school before they give out infractions. I do however feel that a note should be sent home to say that your child and I talked about this and what happened in school. Then if something where to happen again then an infraction would be done. My kids don't get in trouble a lot it is just that there are times which they might be bored or whatever the case may be and I feel they get these infractions for some stupid reasons. I do like they are strict but sometimes it would be great if the parent was able to see what goes on.

- submitted by a parent
November 21, 2010
im, there now, they're kinda strict but its a good school they really want people to get a good education, im new there but my opinon so far is its okay not that bad but could be better :) i made friends so its okay

- submitted by a community member
no rating October 12, 2010
I love New Foundations Charter School, The faculty and teachers are great. They go above and beyond for each of their students. You can actually feel the family environment as soon as you walk into the school. I love the community and parent involvement. New Foundations actually has a plan, a goal, and a mission that will provide a great future for all students and families involved.

- submitted by a parent
October 05, 2010
New Foundations is the equivalent to a private school. It's small staff to student ratio is unheard of. It simply is a world class education.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 24, 2010
I think it is giving my son a fabulous education. I love this school. I am so happy and so is my son.

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November 14, 2009
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September 21, 2009
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- submitted by a student
September 24, 2008
this is my first year here and it is the best school ever

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September 19, 2008
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July 23, 2008
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- submitted by a student
July 22, 2008
I was in this school since i was 6 years old and love it and next year is my last year i am in 8th. The teachers are great i will miss one alot because she mad me feel like she was my second mom. The only thing i dont like is the infractions i dont really get any bit we never use to have that book but then we did sooo. I will miss the school alot. Bring your kids hear nfcs has alot of activities school work and more....

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April 28, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
January 30, 2008
I have been a student at New Foundations Charter School since it opened in 1999. I started as the first kindergarten class ever and now I am in 7th grade. I have nothing but nice things to say about this school. The teachers are the nicest people you will ever meet and the staff in general is wonderful. Our school has so much to offer! Lately we have been doing some construction to make out school ever better and expand it even more. We will be adding another 3rd through 8th grades. I am very happy to be apart of this wonderful environment and will be very sad to lever hear next year. Chelsea Berkowitz 7th grade student.

- submitted by a student
October 25, 2007
I'm an eigth grader at New Foundations and I can tell you I am blessed to go there. I have gone to NFCS since it started and all these years I must say the teachers are incredible people who really care and you can just feel the spirit there.

- submitted by a student
no rating July 02, 2007
NFCS is a wonderful school. My son started at NFCS when it first opened and graduated 8th grade this year. The teachers are great and very concerned about the kids. The support staff, Ms. Terry and Ms. Cohen, I couldn't have gotten through it without them.

- submitted by a parent
no rating June 30, 2007
This year I graduated from New Foundations Charter School. I attended the school since 2nd grade, the year it opened. NFCS is a fantastic school. The teachers and faculty are great. They were always willing to help you, not only with school work but also if you just needed someone to talk to. Over the past seven years, I was able to experience things that I would not have in any public school. I traveled to New Mexico for the National Service Learning Conference and visited a homeless shelter with the Service Learning Council. I was apart of the Odyssey of the Mind Team which this year traveled to Altoona, PA to compete. I was able to become apart of a Video Production team and now I hope to major in editing and film making. I am going to miss New Foundations so much!

- submitted by a student
October 09, 2006
Our family has been involved in the school since the beginning. We have seen a lot of changes and things are only getting better. Thanks to the active involvement of staff and family members you can't help but have pride in everything that goes on! Remember a school is only as good as the people that work to make things happen! And we have the best! Special thanks to Paul Staddleburger for being a better principal then we ever could have hoped for and to Shirley Perzel for her hard work and dedication to making it all happen!

- submitted by a parent
September 19, 2006
My son is very happy at New Foundations Charter School. He loves learning and socializing with his classmates. He is learning in a positive environment and is being nurtured by dedicated individuals, all whom work together to make it a high quality school with high standards and performance.

- submitted by a parent
September 04, 2006
I have 3 children that attend nfcs. This school has many diverse programs. My children have been in Drama, Choir, softball, soccor, basketball, Band, several art programs and computer programs. They also have an wonderful after school program.

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April 18, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
April 17, 2006
Great teachers and opportunities for students. A wonderful caring community.

- submitted by a teacher
April 12, 2006
my daughter attended nfcs when it began. she started in middle school. her 3 years were the most wonderful experiences she had there. she would not be the person she is today if it was not for nfcs. she is now a junior in high school. the academices were fine. she was one of the first group of students to attend the national service learning convention in minnesota. it was an experience that i as well as my daughter will never forget. the teachers are all wonderful and are there for your children if they need additonal help. The small class sizes are a plus as well. parent involvement could have been better, but whatever time you can donate to the school is helpful. if you are considering nfcs for your child, i can assure you that you will not be making a mistake.

- submitted by a parent
January 10, 2006
I would rate NFCS #1 in the Philadelphia school district. It is one of the best places for any child. It is a wonderful, caring and discipline environment. Since moving my child to NFCS, my child has become a more enthusiastic and focus student, her grades are at the top. She enjoys school and look forward to it daily. Her projects and extra curriculum activities have been a delightful part of her task each day. The staff at NFCS is doing a remarkable job!

- submitted by a parent
no rating January 06, 2006
This school is the best! From the wonderful principal to the excellent teachers, to the very patient and caring faculty down to the students! I never imagined being so satisfied and happy with a school as I am with the entire NFCS family! They have really been a blessing to my daughter who has a hearing impairment! I never feel that she isn't receiving adequate attention or that she is missing any of the lesson. I love this school! They truly are a caring community of learners!

- submitted by a parent
September 17, 2005
We love this school ,my little girl is happy eveyday when I pick her up. It's hard to get into unless you get in at the kindergarten level,(like we did )that's because nobody leaves and now I know why. It's also a very beautiful school.

- submitted by a parent
September 15, 2005
Great school. Very organized and communciation levels are excellent. Academic programs are good. Music, art sports and extra curricular activies are all available. Parents are involved, 20 hours volunteer time per child required.

- submitted by a parent
January 11, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
November 01, 2004
LOVE this school. We have three children here and have been here since it's inception. Lot's of opportunity for community involvement and an emphasis on being responsible, caring citizens. They offer inclusive education rather than 'programs' for children with differing abilities to learn. Each child has an individual learning plan developed by parents, student and teacher. Strengths are emphasized. In areas needing improvement, strategies are developed to assist the child in learning the best way for that particular child. Although not obligated to provide for mentally gifted children, along with the Individual Learning Plan, NFCS uses the Odyssey of the Mind as an afterschool program. This school has lots of opportunity for extra-curricular activities including things like band and sports. Music, art and gym are part of the curriculum. Also offered are electives such as Spanish, sign language, choir etc. Did I say we love it here?

- submitted by a parent
August 04, 2004
My opinion of NFCS is low due to the fact that they do not have any programs for mentally gifted students in place. Their idea of a sufficient program is called 'Odyssey of the Mind', which is essentially, an after school program that can be cut at any time due to budgetary restrictions. My son's grades decreased as a result of going to this school. They failed to even have an adequate library system in place at the beginning of the 2003-2004 school year. They also failed to abide by a parent's wishes to be contacted immediately in the event there was a problem concerning the student.

- submitted by a parent
August 26, 2003
I not only had a child in this school but I also worked as a lunchmom for the past three years. We have since moved to New Jersey and all I know is that I have made some wonderful friends with both the parents and staff at New Foundations. I will miss you guys very very much! I wish you nothing but the best in all the years to come.

- submitted by a parent
August 26, 2003
This school is great all the way around. I have 2 children in there now and I couldn't ask for anything better. Love the fact that any parent that wants to go on trips or help out with the kids needs a criminal background check!! Have to say this school is a much better place then the Philadelphia public school system!!

- submitted by a parent
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New Foundations Cs
8001 Torresdale Ave, Philadelphia, PA  19136
(215) 624-8100
Last modified New Foundations Cs is a Charter school that serves grades K-10. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 7 out of 10 based on academic quality.
New Foundations Cs Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 47 reviews. Top