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First Philadelphia Preparatory Charter School

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Situated in an inner city neighborhood. The median home value is $65,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $850.

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4 stars

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2014:
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2013:
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2012:
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2011:
Based on 1 rating

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Posted 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


Posted June 8, 2009

The school is a great school for reading and math they have great friendly students and a nice big size school


Posted June 4, 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


Posted 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...
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 27, 2009

Not all it's cracked up to be. Don't let the pretty exterior fool you.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 7, 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted February 6, 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted May 4, 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


Posted 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!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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


Posted October 2, 2005

Great school. Great education. Caring staff. Wonderful place to send a younger child!
—Submitted by a staff


Posted September 2, 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


Posted August 5, 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


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.

About these ratings

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 80% in 2012.

75 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
86%

2009

 
 
66%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 74% in 2012.

75 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
67%

2009

 
 
66%
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 83% in 2012.

70 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
78%

2009

 
 
69%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2012.

68 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
66%

2010

 
 
62%

2009

 
 
70%
Science

The state average for Science was 82% in 2012.

74 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
70%

2009

 
 
69%
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 73% in 2012.

72 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
47%

2009

 
 
41%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 65% in 2012.

73 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
52%

2010

 
 
48%

2009

 
 
56%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 64% in 2012.

77 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
70%

2009

 
 
54%
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.

83 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
55%

2009

 
 
65%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 69% in 2012.

84 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
59%

2010

 
 
57%

2009

 
 
57%
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.

89 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
90%

2009

 
 
65%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 76% in 2012.

91 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
92%

2009

 
 
72%
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.

70 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
74%

2009

 
 
65%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 80% in 2012.

72 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
91%

2009

 
 
76%
Science

The state average for Science was 60% in 2012.

68 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
37%

2011

 
 
53%

2010

 
 
28%

2009

 
 
36%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 73% in 2012.

79 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
86%

2009

 
 
41%
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 Students84%
Female85%
Male83%
Black74%
Asiann/a
Hispanic87%
Multi-ethnic100%
White88%
Economically disadvantaged85%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students69%
Female71%
Male68%
Black65%
Asiann/a
Hispanic67%
Multi-ethnic73%
White75%
Economically disadvantaged71%
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 Students80%
Female80%
Male81%
Black76%
Asiann/a
Hispanic72%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged77%
Students with disabilities (IEP)39%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students68%
Female71%
Male63%
Black52%
Asiann/a
Hispanic62%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged65%
Students with disabilities (IEP)36%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students85%
Female81%
Male91%
Black84%
Asiann/a
Hispanic79%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White95%
Economically disadvantaged83%
Students with disabilities (IEP)65%
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 Students65%
Female62%
Male75%
Black52%
Asiann/a
Hispanic59%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White88%
Economically disadvantaged59%
Students with disabilities (IEP)44%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students64%
Female66%
Male60%
Black62%
Asiann/a
Hispanic46%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White83%
Economically disadvantaged60%
Students with disabilities (IEP)25%
English language learnersn/a

Writing

All Students75%
Female77%
Male71%
Black65%
Asiann/a
Hispanic70%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White95%
Economically disadvantaged73%
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

Math

All Students80%
Female85%
Male73%
Black81%
Asiann/a
Hispanic64%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White85%
Economically disadvantaged79%
Students with disabilities (IEP)71%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students68%
Female70%
Male65%
Black54%
Asiann/a
Hispanic67%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White78%
Economically disadvantaged66%
Students with disabilities (IEP)45%
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 Students84%
Female86%
Male81%
Black80%
Asiann/a
Hispanic83%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White90%
Economically disadvantaged85%
Students with disabilities (IEP)62%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students79%
Female86%
Male68%
Black75%
Asiann/a
Hispanic83%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White83%
Economically disadvantaged79%
Students with disabilities (IEP)52%
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%
Female77%
Male50%
Black63%
Asiann/a
Hispanic59%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White77%
Economically disadvantaged66%
Students with disabilities (IEP)18%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students82%
Female98%
Male57%
Black79%
Asiann/a
Hispanic83%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White87%
Economically disadvantaged82%
Students with disabilities (IEP)39%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students37%
Female34%
Male42%
Black30%
Asiann/a
Hispanic47%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White43%
Economically disadvantaged35%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Writing

All Students89%
Female98%
Male77%
Black89%
Asiann/a
Hispanic95%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White88%
Economically disadvantaged88%
Students with disabilities (IEP)60%
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 38% 15%
White 27% 71%
Hispanic 23% 9%
Two or more races 7% 2%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 4% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Female 56%N/A49%
Male 44%N/A51%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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4300 Tacony St
Philadelphia, PA 19124
Phone: (215) 743-3100

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