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5-8
Public charter
Philadelphia, PA
Students enrolled: 429

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2601 South 58th St
Philadelphia, PA 19143

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(215) 878-1544
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June 22, 2014
I HAD two kids at this school-1 graduated this year and 1 who finished 5th grade. Well let me say this for starters-the school is great for parents who need help w/discipline but it lacks and I mean lacks in educating the kids. My son was stuck in the IEP class where the teacher only worked at 2 schools with 3 years experience well I was very confused about what was being taught for math, reading and writing. There was no consistency in the class OR the other classes. Then they have no books nor did they have to read books or novels. They also did not have weekly spelling, definition tests...get the idea? The teachers also made their own rules this year with regards to state testing. They put kids in a small group for testing but then refused to read the questions that they were suppose to read to them. This new teacher kept claiming she had a legal documents stating that she just could not do that. Then this comes as no surprise - the principal states that she is leaving at the end of the school year. The children were done school on 6/13 and rather than have them meet and greet the 6th grade teachers they watched movies and played games. RAPCS is not a GREAT school.

- submitted by a parent
April 26, 2014
The first year my son attended he had a rocky start, but the teachers kept his father and I in the loop about his grades. This is his second year and the lack of effort by the teachers, and staff to assist you is the worse I've ever experienced. My child is not happy; he has been bullied and will not be attending this school next year. They need to assist all students that need help not just there "favorites", every child deserves the chance to be successful and we shouldn't have to pay a private school to achieve that.

- submitted by a parent
April 05, 2014
I am glad to say that my child is leaving soon. Its a good school, dont get me wrong but math is still a problem for my child. Some teachers cursing and insulting my kids. it been a problem since the split the school into liberal arts and environmental science. Some of the teachers are very good. One way they can make a difference is by getting more experience teachers.

- submitted by a parent
March 13, 2014
I have went to this school for 4 years and I'm in my last year. I most say I only went to school because my sister went there, this is like any poor educating Philadelphia school its just a little better. So far since I been at this school teachers cursed at us 3 teachers walk out and quit because they couldn't put up with the kids behavior. If I were a parent wanting a really good education for my child I would not send my child here but I most say here I found long lasting friendship and that the only good outcome.

- submitted by a community member
October 03, 2013
Change. This year has been very challenging for parents, students and Schools and my son was one of those who was impacted. We live in a school district that does not have school choice. I was please to find an excellent charter school that has "variety". I felt that my son was being pushed to hard the first month of school but with the seasoned teachers, good academics and plenty of extras like Spanish, Art, Music, Gym, etc. I know that I found a great school. Richard Allen Prepatory school sincerely cares about their students and so do the teachers. I am very pleased with what I am seeing so far this school year and I am looking forward to a GREAT SCHOOL YEAR.

- submitted by a parent
September 02, 2013
RAPCS is NOT a school that focuses on student success or achievement. I taught at this school for one year and was extremely disappointed at how this school was run. The administration cares more about their reputation than the well-being of their teachers or students. There were teachers that genuinely cared about the students who were asked to not return. There is no accountability or consequences for students' behaviors, which is extremely unfair to the students who do want to learn. Even if teachers enforce the rules and codes of conduct, without the support of the administration, there is only so much that can be done. Their after school program is also poorly run and often times were like a baby sitting service rather than an academic program like they said it was. If I am a parent, I will definitely think twice before I send my child to this school! The administration puts on a great show in front of the parents, but what really goes on is not the real picture!

- submitted by a teacher
January 22, 2012
This school keep getting better and better. It should be a high school too because my kids do not want to leave.

- submitted by a parent
April 07, 2011
Richard Allen is a great school. My son attends this school and he just loves it. The teachers care about the student and do their best. The school is so great that i told my friend about it and she sent two of her kids there and the like it very much

- submitted by a parent
February 28, 2011
My child attended this school 2 years ago and we left because of the attitudes with some of the staff. I heard that things were better and we came back. My son is doing great . The teachers are good and the school feels different. They have really made a change and my child is happy. I wish he could stay after this year.

- submitted by a parent
September 29, 2010
LAST YEAR THE SCHOOL HAD MANY PROBLEMS. THIS YEAR THE SCHOOL HAS REALLY MADE THINGS BETTER. TEACHERS ARE BETTER AND THERE ARE MORE PGRAMS AT THE SCHOOL. THIS IS NOW A GREAT SCHOOL.

- submitted by a parent
September 08, 2010
I was visiting this school with a parent of a child that attended last school year. I saw parents upset at the school for not notifying them about meetings they needed to attend for their child to remain at the school for fall 2010. The staff was rude, not helpful, and talked to the parents like they all were wrong.

- submitted by a community member
August 09, 2010
Last year was my daughter's first year at this school. In her old school she was treated like a number. At richard allan she's treated like part of a family. Her teacher was new, but he cared if she did her work and how she was doing. The school needs to get better in some areas like letting parents know about dates and information, but the parents have to take a bigger part too. I wouldn't choose any other school for my child.

- submitted by a parent
April 22, 2010
I think the school is great, Ive attended the parent meetings and trust me, its not the school. The parents are the problem!! they place judgment on everyone but themselves which is sad because their kids are reflection of them!! Anyway the admin staff is really down to earth and very informative, there are a few teachers who i'm not to sure about but others are nice and helpful. I would really rate the school at a 3.5 but these reviews are untrue to the real view of the schools structure so i'm going to give it a 5 because they deserve it.

- submitted by a parent
April 08, 2010
My son went to this school last year. I couldn' t wait for the school year to end. The head of the school Mr. Jones is rude and not approachable. The teachers have liitle concern about student progress because their absenteeism was deplorable. Choose another school!!!!!!!!!!

- submitted by a parent
March 30, 2010
Two of my kids graduated from this school and one is there now. She likes the school, but some teachers are better than others. The school has worked to get rid of ghetto staff and my kids have gone to good high schools. Parents and teachers need to work together. Administration should be seen more. The still have work but are doing good.

- submitted by a parent
March 22, 2010
I agree with the other parents who posted about the administrative staff. Most of them are very unprofessional and not equipped to run a school or teach our children. The staff there flirts with the parents like they are on the street. My child has an facebook and myspace page and when on several of the staff members page. All I can say I am glad this will be my child's last year there. The staff needs to remember that they are role models and students look up to them.

- submitted by a parent
March 19, 2010
I am closing out my fourth year with RAPCS and I must say I am happy it is over. Year after year they make promises but often fall short. The staff turnover is way too high. The administrative staff are unprofessional. They have a new sturcture but I feel is worse than ever. I hope that they work harder to be a great school.

- submitted by a parent
March 18, 2010
Richard Allen suffers from a lack of school culture. This school has potential to be great but the administration is clearly not equipped to run the school.

- submitted by a community member
January 05, 2010
I am a student at Richard Allen, and I am very happy to be saying I am going too graduate from this school. I've been here since my 6th frade year, and I have to say it was quite a school. Being a student oringinally from Connectcut this would have to be one of the most unsatifactory schools I've ever been to start with the students. T he school has very poor diversity. With me dealing with the students hear it has been the worst experience ever I would have to say the kids act very uneducated. Students skip class and also very disructive. The teachers are ok but they could be better at their standards. The sckool itself is beautiful and i did have fun at richard allen i just wish things could be better expessially with the students. Bullying is also an issue even the 5th graders are terrible.

- submitted by a student
November 23, 2009
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November 05, 2009
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September 16, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
September 03, 2009
I have two children that graduated and one whom is just starting. i think this is a great school with an excellent curriculum. they are organized and very discipline. i can review my childs daily activies in realtime on the web. the only issue is the cost of the uniforms . i believe the person who decied to enforce these particular uniforms has not considered the fact of parents being in a recession as well. Flynn & Ohara are expensive to start but when you are giving us no alternatives to save money that is rediculous. i understand purchasing the embroidered sweaters and vest, but to enforce the skirts and dress pants come from there which are about $40.00 that is an issue. what about parents that have 4 and 5 kids in the same home or have gotten laid off.

- submitted by a parent
August 11, 2009
The school lacks structure, discipline, organization and leadership. They don't have a parent teacher association in place. The children eat lunch too late. The secretary looks unprofessional and the children are out of control before and afterschool. I would not recommend u send your child here. It can possibly be a good school if they work out the kinks it will take a few years before they are ready to run a exceptional school they are a work in progress.

- submitted by a parent
March 12, 2009
Good school. They provide training and support. Leadership needs to be consistent, but teachers are supported have tools to teach.

- submitted by a teacher
March 11, 2009
Poor leadership. School cares about money coming in. Teachers left to fend for themselves with little to no support.

- submitted by a teacher
February 08, 2009
Poorly managed school. Administration is inconsistant. Their main concerns are money and test scores. When teachers are out they simply split up the class and they waste a day. Admin is disrespectful to staff, and kids are disrespectful to staff. Over-crowded and violent. Do not work here!

- submitted by a teacher
December 30, 2008
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- submitted by a student
December 16, 2008
Very good school, clean, nice staff and the atmosphere is very different from a puplic school. Mot a lot of riff raff. I love it! Classes are not over crowded at all. Great!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 10, 2008
This school is poor. Classes are huge - not enough desks for 32 kids, scores are low, management is inconsistent, don't even think of working there let alone having your child attend. Pick elsewhere.

- submitted by a teacher
September 28, 2007
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Richard Allen Preparatory CS
2601 South 58th St, Philadelphia, PA  19143
(215) 878-1544
Last modified Richard Allen Preparatory CS is a Charter school that serves grades 5-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 3 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Richard Allen Preparatory CS Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 31 reviews. Top