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Richard Allen Preparatory CS

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2013:
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2011:
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Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted April 5, 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


Posted 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.


Posted October 3, 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


Posted September 2, 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


Posted 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


Posted April 7, 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted September 8, 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.


Posted August 9, 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


Posted 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


Posted April 8, 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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.


Posted January 5, 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


Posted September 3, 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


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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.

90 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
50%

2011

 
 
60%

2010

 
 
23%

2009

 
 
31%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 65% in 2012.

90 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
37%

2011

 
 
53%

2010

 
 
22%

2009

 
 
33%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 64% in 2012.

95 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
36%

2009

 
 
39%
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.

107 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
56%

2010

 
 
41%

2009

 
 
32%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 69% in 2012.

107 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
49%

2010

 
 
39%

2009

 
 
39%
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.

106 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
62%

2010

 
 
40%

2009

 
 
26%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 76% in 2012.

106 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
60%

2010

 
 
63%

2009

 
 
34%
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.

103 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
32%

2010

 
 
35%

2009

 
 
29%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 80% in 2012.

101 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
73%

2009

 
 
53%
Science

The state average for Science was 60% in 2012.

107 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
28%

2011

 
 
26%

2010

 
 
21%

2009

 
 
9%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 73% in 2012.

107 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
66%

2009

 
 
31%
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 Students50%
Female50%
Male50%
Black51%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged52%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students37%
Female41%
Male32%
Black37%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged35%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Writing

All Students57%
Female63%
Male50%
Black57%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged53%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
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

Math

All Students59%
Female61%
Male56%
Black58%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged59%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students53%
Female61%
Male44%
Black51%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged52%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
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

Math

All Students67%
Female66%
Male68%
Black66%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged70%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students67%
Female70%
Male64%
Black67%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged68%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
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

Math

All Students63%
Female61%
Male65%
Black62%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged63%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students76%
Female78%
Male75%
Black77%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged75%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students28%
Female20%
Male35%
Black29%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged31%
Students with disabilities (IEP)17%
English language learnersn/a

Writing

All Students79%
Female82%
Male75%
Black78%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged79%
Students with disabilities (IEP)50%
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

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Black 97% 15%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 3%
White 1% 71%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Hispanic 0% 9%
Two or more races 0% 2%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Female 51%N/A49%
Male 49%N/A51%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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