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K-8
Public charter
Philadelphia, PA
Students enrolled: 734

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4300 Tacony St
Philadelphia, PA 19124

(215) 743-3100
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October 27, 2014
My daughter has attended this school for the past two years she is now in the 4th grade. The teachers are good, they communicate when needed. The school has ample activities and I appreciate their focus on reading and literacy for all students. I have heard negative things from other parents but with my experience with other schools in the Philadelphia School District, the children at this school are far better off. They do not tolerate behavior problems so the children are able to concentrate, and have a safe learning environment. I'll just be glad when the construction is completed and my daughter has classes at the main building.

- submitted by a parent
October 07, 2014
My daughter has attended this school for 2 years I love the school There are about 800 people every year trying and praying to get chosen through the lottery to all the people who have negative things to say about the school and teachers give up your spot and go to your neighborhood school

- submitted by a parent
February 08, 2014
This school is great, our pricipal is okay and ms Mccoy is one of the best people ive ever incontered! So whatever parents think that our school/ staff is horrible, i come here everyday , and i love them. We all are like one big family

- submitted by a community member
January 23, 2014
Rude, inconsiderate , unprofessional, mrs. Mccoy should be demoted. Do not know howvto talk to children. Mrs. Arcarol always claims she will handle it but it goes dismissed.

- submitted by a parent
October 06, 2013
Not as great as I thought. This is my daughter's first year here and I am not impressed at all. Her teacher is not approachable at all. My daughter learned more from her preschool than she does in here.

- submitted by a parent
September 27, 2013
My child is doing wonderfully attending this school. Her grades are fabulous. And her PSSA scores from last year were out of this world!!

- submitted by a parent
August 16, 2013
It's a wonderful brand new modern facility , incredible clean , very well organized, teachers are well educated and experts in their fields. My son is very happy to go every day and learn from his teachers education, manners, music, physical education and socializing. He comes every day with new exiting stories and great experiences. That is very important for me as a parent, that he wake up happy to know that he is going to a magical place.

- submitted by a parent
August 16, 2013
My first opinion of the school was, wow republicans are really doing their thing for the children. I'm a child care provider and valuing a child education is important. Sometimes the quality of a school of a child effects the help a child receives at home. It does my heart good as someone who loves and works with children to see a school where this effect is taking place.

- submitted by a community member
August 15, 2013
My child is enrolled in the Devaraux campus, recently relocated to Bustleton Ave. I understand that this branch has just recently been added but the moving and relocating has become something of an issue, the communication between the staff and the parents is lacking. Almost all school functions and any other parent/teacher occasion that goes on seems to be put together very last minute or at least the notifications given to parents is. Giving working parents only a few days (2 to 3) notice to schedule a meeting or meet the staff is not enough time, they need to remember that most if not all workplaces request ample time (a week or more) notice for a day off or even an early leave. It's hard enough that the school has 35 days off this year alone along with 15 half days. That's a ton of time off! not many people are able to say they even have half that time accured in vacation/sick time an then to schedule all other functions before 6 is just asking a lot from the parents and seems a bit unfair since most will not be able to participate.

- submitted by a parent
August 14, 2013
I have 2 high school age children that have attended this school from K-8th grades, and I have had a wonderful experience with both of my girls! Although they are making new friends at their new high school, they have an amazing group of friends they met, and grew up with from this school. A very diversified and intelligent group of kids, and I am proud of my girls for having such great friends. These children all share an amazing value system and have learned the importance of staying true to that. I credit the school, in part, for these kid's healthy and accepting views of other people and life circumstances. Not only did this school perform accademically for the children, but the teachers and counselors and other faculty, know each and every child by name, and establish working relationships with the parents. I now have a young child that is in 1st grade at First Philadelphia, and I look forward to his following years to come, the friends he will make, and the wonerful opportunities that will come his way from following the guidance of the school. Hard work is well rewarded and self-esteem is worked on daily!!! I recommend this school!!!!!

- submitted by a parent
August 11, 2013
So far so good! Although I wish the school were a bit less corparatized, I still love that they include art, music, gym/sports and language arts as important components in learning and development. Though my son is still little, I can't wait for him to grow and experience the many clubs and extracurricular activities the school offers. As for supposed racial issues, I must say that this school is one of the most diverse schools I have ever seen and all the children get along great for the most part. The energy is young and sharp, and I like that they expect a lot from my child.

- submitted by a parent
August 01, 2013
My children attend this school for 8 years absolutely love it !! love the teachers all the programs after school , the safety of the school I truly recommended the best school in the area .

- submitted by a parent
June 07, 2013
I have two children that have attended first Philly and in the beginning I loved the school. The principal knew the students by name, was friendly, and very involved. As time went on the principle was promoted to start a new school and that's when things went DOWN.. A new dean was appointed. He had worked in the prison system and attempted to conduct the school as such. Children and parents don't have a voice and parents are not allowed to be involved. The teachers are young minded, inpatient, and bring personal issues to work. I knew all their buisness from who was getting divorced to worker rivalries. The new principal is not involved and has no interest in the children and is clearly their to collect a paycheck and move up the Paridagm Money Making Ladder. The raised tons of money for the school to have a salad bar for healthy eating and has yet to set it up and there only excuse is that the don't have anyone to run it. (HUNH??) The curriculm is okay but they only teach to the test. The upper grades music teacher is the Best!! A lot of the teachers are racist and one sided. You will have no voice or control over the proper treatment of your child especially if your a minority.

- submitted by a parent
May 23, 2013
This is the first year my daughter attended First Philadelphia Charter. She cam from Saint Martin of Tours which was very expensive and the staff was not friendly and her teacher did not have patience with any of the students. I love her first grade teacher she is wonderful and my daughter looks forward to going to school everyday. My daughter struggles with reading and First Philadelphia offers tutoring to help my daughter improve with her reading and as a result she has made great improvements throughout the year. This is a wonderful school my daughter is looking forward to 2nd grade.

- submitted by a parent
May 03, 2013
It is such a beautiful school I am a proud mother of a student of this schooll

- submitted by a parent
September 24, 2012
Alright, So I am a student at First Philadelphia Charter School For Literacy and i would recommend this school but don't expect anything spectacular except for expensive uniforms, a lot of fundraising for our 8th grade trip to italy this year. Now i've gotten to know every teacher in the entire school and some of them are the best ever about 3/4 the other 1/4 are just fill in's from teachers that have just given birth (we have 5 pregnant teachers this year ) we normally have a lot of subs everyday. In kindergarten my teacher had given birth to her first child. I had a sub the first half of the year. Now, yes we have an excellent basketball and flag football team very good poets. The only way to express your individuality is on dress down days every other friday that we have to pay a dollar for to "fundraise." Now, my favorite teacher got promoted to dean of our "sister" school Taconey academy and then they screwed her over.. she's presently teaching at another charter school in west philly. She loves it there. I rated this school average and that's exactly what it is.

- submitted by a community member
June 15, 2012
My son is going into 2nd grade. The staff, teachers, & administrators have always been helpful, pleasant, and "EASY" to get in touch with. My son is very happy and loves going to school. He is reading a grade level above his & is challenged. There is good communication about behavior as well as expectations. The children are held responsible for their actions& there are standards, which I feel is a good thing. The principal has always been pleasant and smiles to greet parents. There are not alot of opportunities for parents to be in the classroom, however too much involvement can be a distraction. But I am always comfortable contacting his teachers and asking questions about his daily routine etc.

- submitted by a parent
June 14, 2012
Parents be very careful when sending your child to this school! I ignored the reviews from previous parents based on the very strict discipline, needless to say your child may be sent to the dean for frivolous things such as laughing, playing or even crying! and my child is a second grader..lastly the principal isn't friendly she doesn't even greet the parents in the morning with a hello! she just stares while drinking a cup of coffee! and just for the record they willingly accept minorities just to keep their quotas up..but rest a sure,,they really don't want any there especially the latinos..seeing is believing!

- submitted by a parent
April 17, 2011
My daughters attend First Philly Charter one is in 7th grade and the other is in 6th grade and I couldn't be any more pleased with their progress through their years here at First Philly. I never have a problem with getting a hold of their teachers, I always get a quick response whenever I have an issue with something. I am very pleased with everything that they have accomplished in their years at First Philly. I would definitely recommend parents to send there children to First Philly Charter School....Thank you to the teachers and staff whom help me and my daughters on a daily basis.....

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 22, 2010
My daughter just started Kindergarten at FPCSFL and they have been excellent. My child has been learning so much. She comes home everyday with something new. They have a great reading program and are trying their best to educate our children and doing a good job at it.

- submitted by a parent
February 04, 2010
This school has really improved my child's test scores in the PSSA!

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 07, 2009
My child attended this school for only a couple of months. My child advanced skill's, were ignored, which brought on mischief, (The typical 5 yr old behavior when bordem steps in). The teachers was aware of my child's advanced skills but never did anything about it. My quick experience with this school leaves a bad taste in my mouth. It's not what I expected. They didn't care about my child who needed to be challenged. I don't think they have programs for advanced children. If you are considering this school, make sure your child is on their best behavior. They are so quick to suspend and expell even the younger children. If your child makes a wong decision he/she will not get a fair chance. They don't even consider their age with the disapline action.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 13, 2009
The curriculum at First Philly is great, hands down; the extra-curricular activities for the children-wonderful; faculty and staff know the children by name-yes it's true. If you've had your child in the neighborhood public school you will have an appreciation for First Philly. However if your child has any difficulties with behavior issues (diagnoses or otherwise) you will have a problem with this school. There is no room for error when it comes to discipline at this school. If your child is caught doing the slightest thing he/she will be disciplined. The other thing to consider is the grading system. It is very subjective and based upon the teacher's opinion. The children are never celebrated, awarded or congratulated for their good work. No honor roll, mentally gifted. This is unfortunate because you never realize how smart your child is until they attend another school or program. 2 much focus on discipline.

- submitted by a parent
June 08, 2009
The school is a great school for reading and math they have great friendly students and a nice big size school

- submitted by a community member
June 04, 2009
I have 2 children in First Philly. We have been there since the beginning. I don't see how parents are complaining about no contact with teachers and staff. I have been given the personal cell phone numbers from at least 3 teachers who took their own time to speak about our children. They have always reached out to us. Our concerns are always addressed. I don't feel as if parents should be in the classroom. That would hinder developement and education. I have gone after school and any teachers my children had were accessable and would speak with me personally. The office and staff know all the children and the parents by name and greet you as a friend. They take a personal interest in the kids. My children have grown intellectually and academically. They love First Philly and so do we.

- submitted by a parent
May 13, 2009
My son has been going to First Philly since Kindergarten, and we ask him every year does he want to continue to go there and his answer is yes every year . He loves to go to school , as long as he is happy my wife and i are happy....As far as some of the negative comments go from other posted reviews, if your kids have disipline problems at school maybe it being tought at home.. Have you hugged your chid today...

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May 05, 2009
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- submitted by a student
March 27, 2009
Not all it's cracked up to be. Don't let the pretty exterior fool you.

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February 05, 2009
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January 28, 2009
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October 24, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
September 07, 2008
My son has been a part of the first philly family since day one. He is excelling at such a rapid pace. he is truly becoming a well rounded, educated young man. My daughter now attends the school and the staff, teachers and administration have been more than helpful in the develpoment of my two children. These are only a few reasons of why the wait list is so long!!! And to those who complain about being allowed in the classrooms.There are plenty opportunities to help with your child- during school events, trips, family fun day etc. Besides our children need to learn to be there own individuals after all we wouldn't want them at work with us. Keep up the excellent work 1st philly!!!

- submitted by a parent
August 29, 2008
this is a grate school for kids that have trouble with reading. I am one of them kids and i love it there and i the new building it the grates thing a kid could wish for

- submitted by a student
June 18, 2008
There is no perfect school. In my eyes this school is awesome. My child feels like he belongs there and loves to go everyday. Not too many parents can say that these days.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 16, 2008
first philadelphia is not at all cracked up as some people make it out to be there are a whole lot of issues that needto be addressed there such as special ed,expeeling children for no good resons my list can go on my children will not be threr next year.

- submitted by a parent
February 06, 2008
Just an FYI--the school did not 'fail the terra nova'--test scores actually went up, just not quite enough to make the official NCLB percentage for that one year.

- submitted by a teacher
August 10, 2007
I have been a part of First Philly for almost 2 years now and love them! My daughter is excelling there. She came from a Catholic school and her transition to First Philly made me realize that the education she received in the Catholic School system was inferior to what she is getting now. The emotional support from the staff and guidance counselor can't be beat. They helped her through the change of schools and she is so happy there now. I love this school!

- submitted by a parent
July 30, 2007
I have been a part of the First Philly family since they opened their doors & although I must say honestly that they are not racing to the top of the charts in many areas. My children (3)are doing exceptionally well. All my children read above grade level. My older 2 are above grade level in math, & my youngest has developed a strong science core at First Philly. I love many of the teachers here & even though I don't fully agree on many things they do at here, compared to the alternative my kids are better off here. I agree w/ the other mom I just wish parents had a more active role IN the school.

- submitted by a parent
July 25, 2007
I have children at this school and although they academically excel, I have several major problems with the school. Parental involvement is lacking as the administration does not allow parents to help out in the school. There are no lunch moms, there are no parent helpers in the classroom and there are never any requests for such. Parents are simply not permitted in the school. Parents have no rights here - you are told like it or leave it. I am at a cross roads because I want stability for my children, however my neighborhood school has such violence and racial turmoil. My kids are doing well but I worry as they have an odd grading system in place and the children do not receive a high grade even if they ace all the tests. I understand the base on which the system is set upon, but it is difficult for a child to ace every test and still not receive the highest score on report cards. Parents are not permitted to speak with teachers unless they go through office staff, and even then the head or assistant head of school must be present for meeting. Again, my children are doing well, talk to other parents before you sign up. You may have better options elsewhere.

- submitted by a parent
July 25, 2007
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- submitted by a teacher
May 04, 2007
I still love this school. My daughter has done so well at this school and she loves going to school. She's in the 3rd grade reading at a 5th grade level. I just wanted to let the parent who gave her review in april 2007 to know that just because you pay for a private school doesn't mean you'll get a quality education. I have 2 other children and tried private and catholic school and was note satisfied they just wanted the money. I just want to say this is a great school

- submitted by a parent
April 27, 2007
This school used to be awesome everyone really cared about the kids but lately they seem more concerned with all of the other activities going on, community classes for adults etc. They do make school fun for the kids with trips etc. but are severely lacking in academics! When a problem arises, the Head of School does not hold her teachers accountable, I got no response when I went to her with a problem. They need to make educating our children their #1 priority and from the dismal test scores and rating from this site, it's evident that they are no longer doing their job. I gave this school a great rating in 05' I can no longer endorse that. I am actually pulling my child and placing her in a private school. Disappointing!

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December 14, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
August 24, 2006
First Philly is a great school. I tried private, Catholic and public schools for my children. Therefore, I have something to compare it to. I love the well rounded education my child is getting. The extracurricular activities (there are lots) are also loaded with opportunities to learn. Bravo First Philly!

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June 14, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
January 30, 2006
first philadelphia is a wonderful school. the staff really cares about the kids and do a variety of things to keep them interested in learning.

- submitted by a parent
October 02, 2005
Great school. Great education. Caring staff. Wonderful place to send a younger child!

- submitted by a staff
September 02, 2005
The academics are top notch. There just seems to be a major disconnect/communication problem between the administration and the parents. Too much homework. They expect alot from the students, and for those students not at that level of responsibility, it is very difficult. Very good school for a quiet child, not so good for an active one.

- submitted by a parent
August 05, 2005
This is a great school. The teachers and administration treat everyone like family. There are many after school activities. They make standardized testing fun for the kids, by teaching them yoga ang ways to relax.

- submitted by a parent
July 18, 2005
I believe that this school is awesome. My daughter has attenede here for the entire past school year and the staff (from the principal to the aides) are very helpful. The extended school year is great (from beg of August thru end of June) There are a bunch of different programs to keep the kids occupied. Love it and so does my daughter.

- submitted by a parent
July 06, 2005
Great School. Caring faculty and the cultrual ammenities are amazing. A great alternative to Philly public schools.

- submitted by a staff
March 12, 2005
This school is the only reason my wife and i did not move from the city, we were ready to move to bucks co. but when our son got accepted to this school and we see on a first hand basis the education they receive, this school is most definitley first hand . Thank you first philly .

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August 11, 2004
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First Philadelphia Preparatory Charter School
4300 Tacony St, Philadelphia, PA  19124
(215) 743-3100
Last modified First Philadelphia Preparatory Charter School is a Charter school that serves grades K-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 5 out of 10 based on academic quality.
First Philadelphia Preparatory Charter School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 53 reviews. Top