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Philadelphia, PA
Students enrolled: 501

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23rd and Ritner Sts
Philadelphia, PA 19145

(215) 952-8590
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June 17, 2014
What a gem in South Philadelphia! Carol Domb is a leader with integrity and vision. She is passionate about education AND the music that is an integral part of the GAMP experience. Yes, this is one of the competitive Special Admissions Schools, but if your child passes the rigorous academic criteria and has an apptitude for music, consider GAMP. Fabulous music program, top notch academics, and amazing teachers - what more could a parent ask for?

- submitted by a parent

February 01, 2014
To sum it all up, the school is AWESOME; Ms. Domb is TERRIBLE. Nuff said.

- submitted by a community member

September 05, 2013
GAMP has been a second family to me and my children for the past several years. The teachers and staff dedicate countless hours, week after week, to ensure that their pupils are receiving a valuable education and a respect for society. This is a school that CARES about the future generation(s) of our city! Graduating classes are always sad to go, but they are well prepared and have years of strength, knowledge, and confidence to fulfill their dreams. I can honestly say, there's no other school in the city of Phila, that can do what GAMP does!

- submitted by a parent

June 03, 2013
GAMP is leaps and bounds better than most Philadelphia public schools, but that's not saying much. The school leaves a lot to be desired in terms of nurturing the children. Like most schools the classrooms are overcrowded so the teachers do not get know each child individually. In my opinion, the 5th graders are thrown to the wolves and the teachers show little interest in getting to know the children unless they have exceptional musical talent. I have been made to feel like a nuisance when I have requested one on one feedback regarding my child's progress. It's a good school comparatively, but it lacks what it takes to be a great school.

- submitted by a parent

October 23, 2012
i want to register for gamp, and pray he is accepted, he is a very nice respectfull child, love music, play the violin with tune up philly, have his own violin, and is very good at playing, he is 9, and in 4th grade., i wonder if there is on line application.?

- submitted by a parent

January 01, 2012
I am just starting to get to know GAMP because as have applied for 5th grade. The feedback I hear from other parents is almost uniformly positive. We love the "feel" of the place.

- submitted by a community member

October 13, 2011
My daughter graduated GAMP this year (2011). GAMP was the best experience she had. Their standards are very high and the support for students is impressive. She is now a freshman atTemple University and sees how her training at GAMP prepared her for college academic challenges. We shall miss the school and its wondeful students, teachers, support staff and administration. I Do agree with an earlier comment that the school has its hands into the pockets of parents entirely too frequently.

- submitted by a parent
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March 31, 2010
I attended this school and I can say that there I received the fundamental tools and motivation I needed to gear me in the right direction. GAMP principals, staff anf students all build great student minds and tap into a student's inquisitiveness and ability to question, learn and create results, be it on a test or out in the real world. (submitted by an alumnus)

- submitted by a community member
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March 21, 2010
Compared to many many schools Gamp is leading. The overall objective is what I appreciated, exposure, education, safety and discipline. Any other annoyances are such in life. My daughter attended Gamp for 4 years and did outstanding socially and academically. Gamp has these children performing at the Mann, doing historical walking tours, concerts all on public dollars and donations here in Philadelphia. I was impressed that they don't allow the students to take control of the school like so many failing schools here in the city. Overall they are doing what it takes.

- submitted by a parent
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March 19, 2010
GAMP asks for to much money on a daily basis. I go there and it's pretty ok but the administration has a attitude with everybody everyday. I still recommond this school

- submitted by a student

November 29, 2009
I went to this school in freshman year and transferred to CAPA. GAMP is a great school but they have their flaws. GAMP asks for donations on a virtually daily basis to the point where you have to donate. Also the dances at GAMP are rather expensive $12 and above. The teachers range from absolutely awesome to downright horrible. Some teachers appreciate hard work and basically do their job. Others will see you as a line or space on a sheet and will never really care who you are, but will do anything for the student beside you. Overall GAMP is really a great school. But I personally didn't like it there too much.

- submitted by a student
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November 06, 2009
I was very pleased with the educational and artistic opportunities afforded my son while attending GAMP. He has gone on to college with a great foundation. Thanky you to all for your tireless efforts in preparing our children for life.

- submitted by a parent
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April 17, 2009
I am very proud to have my son attend GAMP. I belive in the educational principles, as well as the discipline being offered. I think GAMP is unique in it approach to teaching by combining the arts with its curriculum. I would and do recommend this school to all my friends. Thank you for doing what you do!

- submitted by a parent
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November 06, 2008
I LOVE this School, my sons who are students...well, what child LOVES school? I thank all the Teachers and Administrative staff for being the Best and for taking such excellent care of our children's minds, spirits, souls and safety! Thank you!

- submitted by a parent

August 19, 2008
I am a former student at Gamp and I feel as though its a school that you can depend on for a good education. My three years at gamp have been very informing and I am most excitied for the seventh grade. I love it here at Gamp. I wanna say thank you Dr.Carr for givng me and my mom(who attened Gamp for her high school years )a great muscical education.

- submitted by a student
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July 29, 2008
As a former professional at GAMP, I really feel that the school's high rating is both deserved and also a misrepresentation. I say this because my experience at GAMP was one of frustration. While the school does get exceptional test scores, it is my opinion that there is a lot more to be desired from this school. As a music school, I think it plays its role very well. However, as a magnet school, I believe that when it comes to academics, a lot more is to be desired. The teachers are highly qualified (at least on paper), but their practices are often not effective with a majority of students, and I have seen this first hand.

- submitted by a teacher

April 22, 2008
I am a student at GAMP and I have been since 5th grade. I love it there. The teachers and my fellow students are great. I get a great education in academics AND music. There are so many talented people. It is also very safe. If you are thinking about going to GAMP, I would defiantly try out.

- submitted by a student

November 30, 2007
This school is wonderful, they strive for nothing better than academic excellence. The teachers are wonderful, but a little strict. The school is very serious about music, they have 4 concerts and 1 show every year, and they are big sucesses, and just outstanding performances by these children. GAMP truly is a school for you if you share a love for music, and are academically talented.

- submitted by a student

November 14, 2007
This school is very great. I love how my children learn music in here. After they went there, they improve so much.

- submitted by a parent

August 05, 2007
I currently attend GAMP, and I must say, I absolutely love my school! I am going into 7th grade now, and even though I have not had every teacher yet, I can confidently say they are very dedicated to thier job and care for thier students as if they were thier own children.

- submitted by a student

May 30, 2007
My children love this school! I have never seen so many loving and caring teachers all in one place before. Our experience with public schools haven't always been great, once in a while you get a good teacher, but overall you feel frustrated. GAMP is so much different! These teachers help our children to grow. They care and they give our kids 100% of themselves. At GAMP, my children are not just a student, they are part of a family! I didn't believe it, I thought the Principal just says that to parents to get their kids to go there but it's true! From the principals' office to each and every classroom, I trust that my kids are getting a wonderful education, the individual attention they deserve, and an experience that will stay with them throughout their adulthood.

- submitted by a parent

January 01, 2007
The principal and vice principal are very much involved with the children....it is a smaller school so everyone gets to know you. My son is very timid and this is perfect for him. the teachers are great.

- submitted by a parent

September 19, 2006
The school is fantastic! The academic programs are excelent as well. The school is a specialized music school so if your child is interested in music this is the place. The faculty are all certified and experienced teachers. The school is public but it is run like a private school. The students and teachers seem to have good relationships and because the the school is so small the faculty know each student by name. One of the unfortunate draw backs is the fact that the school is so old. I beleive there are plans to build an addition to the already exsititng school sturcture in the near future that will be a good change!

- submitted by a parent

September 18, 2006
My view on GAMP is on the negative side. The students in the high school are taught to only pass the structured tests given by the city and state. They will tell you that it is not a music school, but half of the time they spend there is in music classes. There is no tolerance for the 'average' student

- submitted by a parent

January 23, 2006
This is a fantastic school that my nephew excelled at. Highly recommend!

- submitted by a parent

August 22, 2005
I, myself, attended GAMP from 5th until graduating high school. I then attended Temple University, where I graduated with honors. I am now 24 years old and the mother of a kindergarten girl. I am currently employed by Urban Outfitter Inc as an Accountant and feel that my foundation at GAMP provided me with fundamentals I have used throughout my schooling and career. The teachers are wonderful and caring. The curriculum is personalized and the wide variety of available extra curricular activities from sports to music is immense. I know GAMP broadened my horizons and my love for music and musical theatre. The level of parent and student involvement in each activity GAMP does is tremendous. This reflects everyone s love for this outstanding program. Now that I am a mother, I would be proud to send my daughter to GAMP!

- submitted by a student

July 20, 2005
GAMP is a terrific school, with children from all over the city,in a beautiful setting in the city of Philadelphia. It's small population and the ability to attend GAMP for 8 years gives it a home-like feeling. Outstanding teachers work with top students in the city at a fast pace, which makes it one of the best. It's has an extremely unique music program that teaches anywhere from beginning to advance. With lots of work done it creates music that sounds nearly professional. Talent shows or plays occur every year. Though this school offers a great music program, it falls very short on all other aspects because the building in which they are located in is just too small. Students are often cramped into the tiny rooms of what was once an elementary school. Parents are allowed to volunteer in anyway, but it is uncommon.

- submitted by a student

April 22, 2005
I can honestly say that GAMP is a great school. I'm not be baised because I am extremely affiliated with GAMP but I love everything about. Its a small school, with gives the students the upper hand. Everyone knows everyone, everyone watches out and cares for everyone ele. The close knit communtity is definitely a plus. You don't have worry about you child attending a school where they are in fear of losing they're lives. Academically, the school is wondeful. It seem as if it was a burden but through out the years my child has definaltey grew and developed into a young adult who is now ready for college. The home and school association is superb and the parents help in any and every way possible. TOP QUALITY.. Gamp is often said to be one of Philly's best kept secret and it truely is.

- submitted by a parent

May 25, 2004
This school is wonderful! The teachers care so much about every child. The principal is a wonderful person. They teach so much here. They also have an awesome music program. I love it.

- submitted by a student

August 26, 2003
This is a great school for kids who love to sing and play musical instruments. Every grade does choir and has the option of play a musical instrument. Gamp has sports and cheerleading, also. The academics in this school are outstanding. They teach so much in one year. The teachers are nice and believe in every child. In this school they allow you to be you and don't force you to be them.

- submitted by a community member
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23rd and Ritner Sts, Philadelphia, PA  19145
(215) 952-8590
Last modified Gamp is a Public school that serves grades 5-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Gamp Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 38 reviews. Top