I'm a 8th grader at first Philly and I've been here since kindergarten! I know first Philly basically up and down. The school is a very high performing school and the kids there want nothing less of that. They prepare you for high school to your fullest so that you can excel even higher levels. Our sports teams have to be in the top 15 in the state because we take sports very seriously. If you go in our gymnasium (which is beautiful and very nice and clean) you'll see about 10-15 total championship banners from only when we opened this school (2007) to now (2013)! Honestly there are only 2 things to complain about. Lunch and discipline. Lunch is tolerant able but the portion sizes are fit for 3rd grade and under. Our school is from k-8 so giving on piece of chicken and dry rice will not be filling to the 5th, 6th,7th, and 8th graders. Also the discipline is crazy. You can be in kindergarten and get expelled! I do realize that they want our school to be a safe learning environment (which they're doing a great job at) but still... But other than that I would totally recommend first Philly. There's so many activities, sports, dances, and learning experiences that you'll love.
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.
My child is doing wonderfully attending this school. Her grades are fabulous. And her PSSA scores from last year were out of this world!!
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.
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.
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.
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!!!!!
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.
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 .
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.
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.
It is such a beautiful school I am a proud mother of a student of this schooll
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.
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.
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!
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.....
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.
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.
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.
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