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Washington Grover Jr School

Public | 5-8 | 716 students

 

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Posted November 5, 2013

Grover is a good school and all but its the student's that make it seem bad. I mean the teachers are great and they're very helpful.


Posted May 28, 2013

GWJr. is not a bad school. ithink the trouble comes from the students that have a hard time listening. But other than that the school is a very good school. The academic used to be really good until students that don't want to learn attended this school. Those students interupt the classrooms from learning. overall the teacher try very hard to teach their classes the most and wanting them to learn alot.


Posted October 15, 2012

I went to this school for all four years. I graduated in 2005 and was accepted to Central High School. I learned what I needed to in this school. My PSSA scores and Terra Nova scores were all above the 85 percentile. The teachers did their jobs. The true problem here are the students. When I was there, I do recall some students running around the school and causing trouble, but that has nothing to do with the teacher. If a kid decides to get up and act obnoxiously, disrespectful, and careless, that's on them. Teachers are there to provide them with an education, not teach them manners and discipline. If the student really cares, they will learn and do just fine.


Posted May 8, 2009

I am currently a teacher at Grover, and would have to disagree with some of the comments posted. While it is unfortunate that some people may have had poor experiences at this school we cannot judge the entire quality and commitment of the staff based on these situations. I have had the opportunity to work with some of the best teachers in Philadelphia, and most of my co-workers are dedicated and committed to the success of our students. Teaching in a middle school can be challenging with many of the strong personalities we encounter. However, despite these challenges most of my colleagues and I do what we can to provide a positive learning experience for our students. This school has a lot of potential, we would greatly appreciate more volunteers and community mentors to help make this a more successful school.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted April 29, 2008

I think that grover could do a whole lot better. The teachers don't care about our education, the kids care less, and the staff is not so friendly and never wants to hear your side of the story if an adult gets into an argument. They just write them up and the student doesn't really learn their lesson by getting punished. That school is oh wow... And i still have one more year to go.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 17, 2008

I am a substitute teacher for the Philadelphia School District. My experience at Grover Washington Middle School is perhaps the worst I have ever had. Support is nonexistent. The kids run wild and when there is a disruption in the classroom you better not call the office for help. More often than not, no one comes to help. This school is out of control. I was there for two weeks and saw the principal only one time. Stay away from this school if you can.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted August 24, 2006

I am a former teacher of GWJr. I have to agree with the parent that said that this school has had a great decline in both academics and behavior over the past few years. The administration should be ashamed at how the school is run. Some changes in the powers that be are greatly needed! By the way... class size is 33-35, not 22 as stated on this site!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted July 5, 2006

I feel Grover Washington is a good school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 24, 2005

Grover Washington Jr. in it's beginning stages was a very good school. Since the city removed it's all year round status, the school's academic status has dropped tremendously. There has been a steady influx of troubled students with discipline problems. Even the teachers seem to care much less than in the past.
—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.

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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 73% in 2012.

125 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
39%

2011

 
 
44%

2010

 
 
36%

2009

 
 
46%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 65% in 2012.

122 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
26%

2011

 
 
43%

2010

 
 
36%

2009

 
 
39%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 64% in 2012.

122 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
24%

2011

 
 
44%

2010

 
 
45%

2009

 
 
35%
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.

150 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
45%

2010

 
 
52%

2009

 
 
42%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 69% in 2012.

150 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
36%

2011

 
 
32%

2010

 
 
42%

2009

 
 
37%
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.

174 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
51%

2011

 
 
61%

2010

 
 
48%

2009

 
 
58%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 76% in 2012.

172 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
45%

2011

 
 
61%

2010

 
 
60%

2009

 
 
49%
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.

155 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
54%

2010

 
 
61%

2009

 
 
60%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 80% in 2012.

155 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
76%

2009

 
 
77%
Science

The state average for Science was 60% in 2012.

162 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
20%

2011

 
 
16%

2010

 
 
13%

2009

 
 
15%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 73% in 2012.

155 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
80%

2009

 
 
75%
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 Students39%
Female33%
Male44%
Black32%
Asian59%
Hispanic50%
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged39%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learners19%

Reading

All Students26%
Female24%
Male28%
Black25%
Asian36%
Hispanic13%
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged26%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learners0%

Writing

All Students24%
Female30%
Male19%
Black20%
Asian33%
Hispanic33%
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged24%
Students with disabilities (IEP)17%
English language learners13%
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 Students59%
Female61%
Male55%
Black54%
Asian88%
Hispanic42%
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged59%
Students with disabilities (IEP)6%
English language learners14%

Reading

All Students36%
Female41%
Male29%
Black37%
Asian40%
Hispanic26%
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged36%
Students with disabilities (IEP)6%
English language learners0%
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 Students51%
Female56%
Male45%
Black48%
Asian73%
Hispanic57%
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged51%
Students with disabilities (IEP)29%
English language learners31%

Reading

All Students45%
Female50%
Male40%
Black42%
Asian57%
Hispanic50%
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged45%
Students with disabilities (IEP)25%
English language learners31%
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 Students63%
Female67%
Male59%
Black54%
Asian93%
Hispanic64%
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged64%
Students with disabilities (IEP)33%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students67%
Female73%
Male61%
Black61%
Asian85%
Hispanic74%
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged68%
Students with disabilities (IEP)27%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students20%
Female17%
Male24%
Black15%
Asian39%
Hispanic24%
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged21%
Students with disabilities (IEP)0%
English language learnersn/a

Writing

All Students71%
Female78%
Male64%
Black68%
Asian84%
Hispanic72%
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged71%
Students with disabilities (IEP)22%
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

Breaking down the GreatSchools Rating

GreatSchools Ratings for this school are based on 2011-2012 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Black 69% 15%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 14% 3%
Hispanic 13% 9%
Two or more races 2% 2%
White 1% 71%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Dance teacher(s)
Music
  • Jazz band

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Dance teacher(s)
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Resources

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  • Dance teacher(s)
Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Cafeteria
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
Girls sports
  • Basketball

Arts & music

Music
  • Jazz band
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Philadelphia, PA 19120
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