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Situated in an inner city neighborhood. The median home value is $91,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $900.

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Posted October 1, 2013

WPACES is a diamond in the ruff. I have 3 children grades 5, 3, and 1 and my children come home with smiles everyday. It's a school that strives to make everyone feel apart of a family. Teachers and Administration are dedicated to the children and work well with the parents. The male security staff police the school as if the president's daughters attend w/o compromising the family atmosphere. I do think that the academics could be a little more challenging but, overall it is a great school with lots of potential.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 4, 2013

Don't even think of sending your child here. The administration cares only about the money they are making. Most of the hires are related to one another. My child is in a trailer without a working toilet. As soon as I can I am finding another place for him. I feel like i should send a letter to one of the news stations about this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 17, 2013

I have been a teacher at WPACES for the past three years. I feel fortunate to be part of such a positive learning community. We strive to raise the bar for our students and provide meaningful learning experinces. I would like to share some examples of our active learning apporach. In my fourth grade class students learn all about electricty and then apply their skills to build flashlights! Students build upon their knowledge of story elements by drafting their own plays.We master our multiplication facts by singing and chanting.We anlayze the work of authors to choose strategies to develop our own stories and essays. Our students are motivated and they understand that they must strive for personal learning goals. We provide an extended day reading and math intervention and after school tutoring to provide students with the tools they need to be successful. We also provide extra curricular sports and activities that will enhance our students socially and help foster friendships.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted June 10, 2013

I am a parent of a 1st grader who currently attends this school. I feel in the upcoming years this school will acheive great things. I love the indiviual attention my son recives.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 10, 2013

I am a parent of a 1st grader who currently attends this school. I feel in the upcoming years this school will acheive great things. I love the indiviual attention my son recives.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 10, 2013

Almost 2 years now; I love the administrative staff and most of the teachers (I've had some contact with). Yes, they are a bit disorganized, and I feel they need to set a behavioral standard for admission. My 2 children love their school. I have more of an issue with the parents behavior....They don't follow request from the school, yet expect the children to. I can see the passion the staff and teachers have for the success of the children which in turn may be part of the BEHAVIOR issue, seems they want to give everyone a chance. My children are excited about all of the adults they spend most of their day with, they speak of them positively, outside of school. If more parents would parent, I believe WPACES could be a perfect LEARNING environment; one of my favorite things is that the male staff receive and relinquish the students, I view them as protectors and defenders, as this can be especially significant for a child who has no male head in their life. I think any child with a history of negative behavior should be rejected until their parent/parents are done training them (and/or themselves). I see greatness in the acronym W.P. ACES. :-)
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 11, 2009

No diversity here, low standard, high teacher turnover, nestled in a congested dangerous area. Very little counselor support for students. School is a work in progress. Teachers are in constant fear of retribution from the CEO. Academic expectations for students are low.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 28, 2009

I am a parent. My son Keshon has been a part of the wpaces family since he was 9months old. Starting at PeeWee prep daycare center. I love this school. my son entered wpaces in kindergarten and now is currently about to graduate from the 5th grade. Wpaces is a very caring family oriented school. The teachers are very caring and do a great job with the students. Remember no school is perfect and has its ups and downs but overall I give Wpaces an At.. I wish the school went to the eight grade so my son can remain there. wpaces will surley be missed. thanks Mrs.Phillips for all you love and care for the past ten years..
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 13, 2009

Although my child has learned alot during the past 6 months that she has been in this school, there should be more discipline and organization amongst the children and staff. Kids are always running through the halls and they dont seem to pay any attention to authority. The school seems disorganized as I have more than often received important notices the day before an event. The school grouds are in desperate need of care and the building itself could use a makeover. My daughter will be attending this school next year unless I get a miracle from above and she get accepted to Russell Byers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 10, 2007

This is my child second year at WPACES. My child is currently in the fist grade. I found this is to be so much better than public schools. I am one of those parents that is always at the school constantly checking on my child progress. I have also noticed that my child which is in the first grade is learning the same thing as her older brother that goes to public school, and he is in the third grade. Would I recommend this school to someone ? Yes I would, as a matter of fact when my other child turns five next year I plan to enroll her in WPACES to attend kindergarten.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 7, 2007

Hi, my child is fairly new to this school and is in Kindergarten. I heard good things about the school from another parent and through reviews from other parents on the website; and this is how I made the decision to send my child to WPACES. Although, it's been a short amount of time since my daughter started I've already come to the conclusion that she will not be attending this school next year. There are some major safety concerns as well as the way the school is organized and structered. Every morning I drop my daughter off for breakfast children are ripping and running everywhere, screaming and talking to the top of their lungs while the aids or teachers look disoriented about how to handle the situation. There seems to be no organization and if it doesn't get taken care of someone is liable of getting hurt.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 13, 2007

As a parent of a first grader, I was a little leery about sending my child to a 'neighborhood school', but after meeting withe the faculty and staff all my fears were completely melted away. The teachers for the most part are very involved and strive to provide not only the basics but positive life lessons also. I would appreciate more field trips for the children though. Other than that, I would whole heartedly recommend WPACES.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 26, 2006

My Daughter has been Enrolled in this school for the past 4 years, I give this school 10 stars if I could, the teachers are so involved in the students and their lives, I was so sad when my daughter graduated from this school , I have seen my daughter grow into a beautiful young lady and I owe 75% of this to this great school, Yes! there is a great school in the city . WPACES I would reccomend this school to any parent that wants the best for there child
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 29, 2005

My son has been going to this school since kindergarden. I found that not only do the teachers involve themselves in every childs education, but they also provide help when needed. They have the best academic program than the original public school that my son attended. They also have a grandpals program for children that need assistance with reading. They are committed to making sure that all the children do exceedingly well in all areas. They did a testing assessment on all of the children at the school and found that the scores were not acceptable per their cirriculm and they put into affect a mandatory extended day program. The school hours are now 8am - 6pm. The work to provide your children with transportation or a buddy system. I would recommend this school to any parent looking for a highly successful academic school environment for thier child(ren).
—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 80% in 2012.

68 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
57%

2010

 
 
51%

2009

 
 
33%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 74% in 2012.

68 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
52%

2011

 
 
56%

2010

 
 
35%

2009

 
 
28%
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.

67 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
60%

2010

 
 
56%

2009

 
 
61%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2012.

66 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
41%

2011

 
 
52%

2010

 
 
33%

2009

 
 
42%
Science

The state average for Science was 82% in 2012.

68 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
39%

2010

 
 
30%

2009

 
 
58%
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.

53 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
43%

2011

 
 
55%

2010

 
 
38%

2009

 
 
42%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 65% in 2012.

52 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
31%

2011

 
 
38%

2010

 
 
29%

2009

 
 
30%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 64% in 2012.

52 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
35%

2011

 
 
30%

2010

 
 
32%

2009

 
 
12%
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 Students57%
Female62%
Male53%
Black57%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged57%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students52%
Female59%
Male44%
Black49%
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%
Female79%
Male58%
Black68%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged68%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students41%
Female47%
Male37%
Black42%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged41%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students53%
Female53%
Male53%
Black54%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged51%
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 Students43%
Female32%
Male52%
Black42%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged42%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students31%
Female33%
Male29%
Black29%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged29%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Writing

All Students35%
Female27%
Male40%
Black35%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged33%
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

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GreatSchools Ratings for this school are based on 2011-2012 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Black 97% 15%
Asian 1% 3%
Hispanic 1% 8%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 2%
White 0% 71%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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6701 Callowhill Street
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