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K-8
Public charter
Philadelphia, PA

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3556 Frankford Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19134

(610) 617-9121
(610) 660-8416
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December 17, 2014
My daughter currently attends Ad Prima for kindergarten (Frankford) and I love it! The curriculum is vigorous but she is doing a great job. They are really preparing her for the future. The grading system is tough but it helps her strive to continuously do better. The homework is time consuming, we spend 1-2 hours a night getting it done. I know she is learning a great amount and her vocabulary is great! She really enjoys going to this school.

- submitted by a parent
April 29, 2014
I love this school! My son did Kindergarten and 1st grade at Lab Charter and we decided to transfer him to Ad Prima side when the school moved to 63rd and Lansdown and we love it. This school is very structured and thorough with its curriculum. My son is growing and learning very well through this school. There's no doubt in my mind Ad Prima is preparing our son for one of the best High Schools and College for that matter.

- submitted by a parent
March 02, 2014
My Grand children attends AD Prima and this school is very disciplined and structured. My kids can attended school without fear or bullying. The curriculum is very good as I have compared it to schools in New Jersey. They are very hands on and care for the students..

- submitted by a parent
February 27, 2014
My daughter attends Ad Prima Charter (Frankford) for Kindergarten. I am completely happy with the education she receives so far. Like the other ratings, I completely agree that Parents MUST be prepared and ABLE to put in the time to work with their child. The curriculum is rigorous and the homework is demanding. I spend about 1 1/2 to 2 hours a day with my daughter on homework. I admit, it is a demanding but the payoff is worth it. As a Public School Teacher of 10 years, I see that she is ahead of other public school students her age (No fault of theirs but that time in makes all the difference). Her sight word reading, math and writing skills are currently that of a first grade or beginning second grade public school student. (Honestly!!) The school day is longer than public school (8-4pm) but it worked perfectly for my schedule as a teacher. Her teacher is very nice and the principal seems strong and serious. I am okay with that because I feel her job is to make sure the students get a quality education. I was informed and did my research about Ad Prima before applying. I was VERY happy when I received news of her acceptance. Prepare to put in work if you choose this school.

- submitted by a parent
January 21, 2014
My daughter attends Ad Prima's new 63rd street location and we love this school. She is in kindergarten and has the same course work as my nephew in the first grade in a solid New Jersey school district. Miss Simmons is the best. She is warm and encouraging but runs an orderly classroom with clear rules and expectations. I was nervous when we enrolled our daughter but she is a straight A student who more importantly loves school and learning. Best decision we could have made. And the site director(principal) is kind and loving to the children. She is always available and comes out and greets the younger children several times a month. Visit this a location and form your own opinion. I think you will be impressed.

- submitted by a parent
November 27, 2013
I absolutely love this school, my daughter attends Ad Prima @ the 63rd street location, my daughter came their from public school and she loves it, yes she does get a lot of work but she loves the challenge she looks forward to going to school everyday. She has an amazing teacher , I think sending my daughter here was the best thing that I could have done.

- submitted by a parent
November 25, 2013
My daughter has been attending this school for two years now. I have found that the teaching curriculum is challenging yet rewarding because her confidence grows by the week. They do encourage home participation by parents which has helped her tremendously. The color system used to encourage good behavior is brilliant (Red Pink, Orange, Yellow, Green). The closer you are to green, the better you have behaved. I look forward to increasing this rating as she continues through her wonderful journey at this school. We look forward to her attending this school until she has to move on to middle school. -A. Felix-

- submitted by a parent
October 05, 2013
Pros: They have specific rules and have them outlined. They are on the strict side of things but you know what you are getting into ahead of time. Being tardy, absent, not turning in homework, and misbehavior will not be accepted in this school. The homework seems challenging and can sometimes be over the top but overall they must be doing something right because the kids are learning. They offer a lunch program which seems to have a nice menu. Cons: The administration doesn't seem very friendly. The kids appear to be treated like a number instead of an individual. More gym time is to be desired (only 1 time every 10 days) and more recess time (I believe only 2 15 minutes breaks every week is offered). 8am-4pm is a long day, kids need breaks. No bus service. In the morning it is hectic seeing everybody driving crazy to get their kids dropped off in time. Classes sizes seem large (I believe around 25 students per teacher currently). Overall I believe the good outweighs the bad but there is definitely room for improvement.

- submitted by a parent
September 17, 2013
Academically, you can't beat it. Like many of the other reviews you have to be committed as a parent and be an active participant your child's education. The work is rigorous, they even give homework for the entire summer. It definitely is a committment but it's worth it. My friends daughter recently graduated from the sister school Lab Charter (which provides the same intensive curriculum) and she received a full 4 year scholarship to a Main Line private high school . The teachers are for the most part caring and compassionate, many of them straight out of college and eager to teach. I do agree that the upper administration is much to be desired, concerned more about their statewide rating than for the chiildren. That is why I rate the school a 3 not because of the academics but all the nonesense that comes with it... rude administrators, who treat you poorly because they can. The school has an outstanding academic reputation and any parent with a little bit of sense doesn't want to rock-the-boat and potentially hurt their child academically. But until we can afford to move to an area where all the schools provide this type of education.... we're stuck.

- submitted by a parent
September 14, 2013
Ad Prima is an ok school. The teachers are great but the head of the schools are unprofessional and do not really seem to like children.

- submitted by a parent
September 10, 2013
My son started Kindergarten at Lab Charter (59th street) and stayed thru 1st grade, he now attends Ad Prima (63rd & Lancaster) and we love both parts of the school. If your a parent that cannot be involved in your childs school working progress then this is not the school for you or your child. I love the parent involvement and the great education my son has been receiving. He's in the 2nd grade on a 5th grade level. I commend the staff and the parents that are giving this new generation a better way of life and preparing them for the real world from day one.

- submitted by a parent
January 21, 2013
i LOVE this Ad Prima Charter. My daughter have been going to this school since she was in Kindergarten. Now I must admit it's a lot of work for both parents and students. However, in my opinion it's worth it. My daughter is on a 5th grade level and she's only in 2nd grade. I do however, wish they kid had a longer recess. This year they started giving the children 15 minutes recess twice a week. This school focuses on education, and prepares their students for the future. I joke about my child being ready for college by time she reaches 5th grade. I joke however, I think she will have the study skills and work ethics in place to be ready for Middle School, High School, and college. If you are looking for a school to send your child to Ad Prima Charter is the best choice. It's so good that I chose not to move out of State because no school had the same result and quality of education as Ad Prima Charter. However, please know your child's limit. If you child can excel in a high pressure environment then this school is right for them. A 75 is considered failing. So they push the kids to thrive and excel. So also keep that in mind when making your choice.

- submitted by a parent
October 02, 2012
My son is in Kindergarten in this awesome school!! I was so disappointed with purchasing a home in the City of Philadelphia because THE VAST majority of Phila schools are Terrible! When it came time for my son to go to K, I was terrified as our neigborhood school in NE phila which is supposed to be the better part of phila was terrible with a 4 rating! It was like a dream come true when my hubby came home with news of Ad Prima! I was of course a little skeptical about this school but I AM NOW A BELIEVER! This is an awesome school with an AWESOME curriculum. The only thing i dont like is that there is no lunch program or school bus. There is nowhere to microwave or refridgerate food atleast in Kindergarten which is a little disappointing. My son has learned so much even in the first few weeks and even his behaviors have improved significantly! I have to spend a good 1 1/2 on his hw per day! This school gives LOTS of HW so parents must be willing to sit and teach children in order for children to succeed=) Teachers, staff are awesome!!! The location can be a little better as it is in the busy region of Frankford but the inside of the school is great=)

- submitted by a parent
May 10, 2012
I think the curriculum is very good and classroom size is appropriate. However, if your child is active and need recess, this is not the school for your child. I do believe that the teachers care about the children, but should know more about child development and appropriate discipline measures. It seems as if they want the students to come sit for 8 hours a day doing work all day well behaved. My daughter is currently in Kindergarten and I do not think she will be returning. Yes, I am an active parent and yes I make strives to make sure that she is reaching her full potential. Honestly, I just wasnt impressed with the school at all.

- submitted by a parent
March 21, 2012
I stumbled across this Great School website via a link and was not surprised to see Ad Prima had #10 star rating. Our daughter will be the 2nd graduating class frm Ad Prima. (59th St site). She started in First grd. Throughout her 8 yr tenur, she has blossomed beautifully w/ soooo many wonderful teachers / staff / faculity along the way. We have always been involved parents keeping up and staying in tuned w/ all the bends / curves and challenges along the way ! A FOR SURE WORKOUT ! Parents, commitment / participation are equal partners, therefore a MUST for continued growth / success in your child / ren academic life. Potential future students / parents come on, YOU CAN DO IT ! As the school year winds down, it's gonna be hard to say good bye to a great partnership ! Ad Prima truly has broke ground, dug ditches and planted seeds in preparing our daughter for the next step in her scholastic life ! ( HIGH SCHOOL) Keep up the GREAT WORK AD PRIMA, WE CERTAINLY APPRECIATE YOU ! GOD BLESS !!!!!

- submitted by a parent
March 21, 2012
My daughter transferred from public school in the 4th grade to the Laboratory Charter school 4th and Brown and now attends Ad Prima 59th and Woodbine. The school is awesome. It challenges the students to reach their highest potential while offering the support they need. She is now in the 8th grade and was acceptanced into 3 private schools in the area. It takes commitment and effort on the part of both the parent and student but the rewards are worth it. The teachers and staff are supportive. I would recommend this school to serious minded parents who want a good education and future for their child.

- submitted by a parent
February 29, 2012
Ad Prima is among the best overall schools in the state. I highly recommend this school to parents with exceptional values.

- submitted by a parent
January 05, 2012
Ad Prima is an excellent charter school. My son attended from K-4th grade, and then he transferred to the Laboratory Charter School of Language and Communication. Dr. Brown is an excellent CEO, and the staff she employs are caring, diverse, and seem to enjoy their profession. I took my son out of the school for one year, and that was a big mistake. His grades plummeted because he was not able to handle being in a 'regular" public school. Even though Ad Prima nor Lab School does not offer recess, the students are allowed other options for socialization. I recommend these schools to parents who are seeking a great educational experience for his/her child. Even though the curriculum is stringent, hands on, and requires parental involvement, your child will be able to learn in an environment that is free of distractions, little room for bullying, and lots of room for growth!

- submitted by a parent
September 19, 2011
My daughter has attended the school since kindergarten. The school is excellent. It does require parent involvement so if you are unable to monitor your child's homework and assist every day then you should forget about it and go to a neighborhood school. By the end of the school year your child will be ahead of most other kids in the same grade level. Recess---get a grip. There are many times during the day when they aren't just doing school work and a parent can always give them recess when they get home. The only negative I have about this schol is that there's no busing. It is very hard for a working parent without busing. or after school care.

- submitted by a parent
September 08, 2011
My daughter is currently attending this school the academics of it is excellent ,but I must say I agree with the last posting it would be great for the children to have some kind of recess time or extracurricular activities. The grading system was shocking at first sigh. As a parent hands on is a must! A home and school association would be great also.

- submitted by a parent
March 04, 2011
Ad Prima is an excellent school . This is my daughters first year in Kindergarten and when I say Kindergarten is the toughest at this school it is.But once they get pass kindergarten everything is a breeze for them from then on. The only thing I dont like is the lack of recess,even if they give the children 20 minutes to go outside and play an educational game.But otherwise than that the school gets 5 stars.

- submitted by a parent
March 03, 2011
My child has been at Ad Prima since inception and I must say I love the academic goals they expect the kids to attain. While academics are important I find that at Ad Prima you either sink or swim. That is the only think I dislike about the school. You need an 82 to pass..but if your child has an 80 they will get retained. I do not agree with that and I believe it can damage a child's self esteem. Overall i love the school, but would like to see them not fail students unable to attain an 82.

- submitted by a parent
November 22, 2010
This is my son's first year at Ad Prima (59th Street) and we love it! I was looking for a school that would really challenge him and let me just say that "we have met our match." Don't get me wrong, he has been enrolled in dynamic schools before (Ivy Leaf & St. Francis Xavier), but they all lacked a foregin language(s), which I think is imperative for any child today. From PE, book reports, Spanish & music, to the core classes he is excelling like never before. I'm very happy with this school thus far, and look forward to my son being here for 4 more years.

- submitted by a parent
September 30, 2010
My daughter just entered Kindergarten in the Frankford Ad Prima and I love it! I love the fact that my daughter is challenged and has so many classes which include Spanish, computer, art and music among others. She has only been in school two weeks but I already see her flourishing. I'm very happy with my decision on sending her to school here.

- submitted by a parent
September 24, 2010
This is the best school ever my child will be there from k to 8th. I love this school!

- submitted by a parent
July 01, 2010
my daughter just completed kindergarten and will be attending first grade in the fall. i love the school but i won't lie to you its tough. there is alot of homework.

- submitted by a parent
May 22, 2010
This is my son's first year at Ad Prima. He is a kindergarten student at the Frankford location. There are a lot of things that are so wonderful about Ad Prima. It is indeed a tremendous amount of work which leaves no time for my son to participate in extracurricular activities. I love the academics, but I am not sure about the no- recess policy and the 12 pages of homework per night. I do appreciate Dr. Brown's desire to serve students at the lower end of the socio-economic spectrum and turn them into global competitors. However, I feel for some of the parents whose children struggle in the environment because often their concerns are shut down by administration. Overall, Ad Prima is probably one of the only alternatives in Philadelphia for parents who want to prepare their children for infinite possibilities!!!! Kudos to Dr. Brown.

- submitted by a parent
May 16, 2010
I love Ad Prima Charter School for numerous reasons, including: (1) Dr. June Brown's vision for excellent education is second to none other in America; (2) The investment made by Dr. Brown into the teachers demonstrates her commitment to helping teachers remain on the cutting edge as an educator, by which my daughters benefit first-hand; (3) the school maintains a zero-tolerance for violence and bullying, which ensures an environment well prepared for learning; (4) my children enjoy attending because the teachers relate very well with the students; (5) the school trains families on how to cooperate with their academic agenda to properly support our children's success; (6) staff members and leadership are reachable and approachable; (7) their communication and goals is communicated frequently and very clearly; (8) they demonatrate through action their sincerity for no child being left behind; (9) they have several free additional resources to assist children with academic challenges; and last of my top-ten(10)it's free, private education. I am sure if Ad Prima was selected to receive additional funding, these funds will be used for the overall benefit of our children's education. Thank you for your consideration.

- submitted by a parent
May 11, 2010
Ad Prima is a wonderful school. The teachers are very patient with the children and make every effort to ensure that the Ad Prima student body are learning at the children's respective grade levels and beyond. My daughter is in kindergarten and she has already read more than 100 books for the school year since September 2009. I'm not too sure, even as an educated parent, if this would have been accomplished had my daughter attended one of Philadelphia's other public schools. I am very proud that my daughter is an Ad Prima student.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 16, 2010
Dr. June Brown is a visionary whose methods will help children perform at the highest level, regardless of what neighborhood the child lives in, or the family's income. Her recruiting style speaks for itself...only the best and most passionate educators work in her charter schools. They look and carry themselves like professionals. No slouches! They work tirelessly, and they get the kids to perform. Standards are high, and parents partner up with the teachers to elevate the children to reach their potential. The workload is a lot, but that's good for the student. it teaches them to be organized. They learn how to study and how to prepare for class and for their tests.

- submitted by a parent
April 14, 2010
Ad Prima is not for every student nor every parent. Academics must be your first priority to fit in here, not sports or the arts or clubs. I have my child enrolled in activities outside of school. However, I am VERY pleased with the education my child gets. My only complaint...facilities-wise, the school leaves a lot to be desired. The bldg is dated and ugly, the bathrooms are subpar. The location where my child attends doesn't even have a library, parking, or a school yard. The teachers are OUTSTANDING and the students work hard and will be ahead of their peers in life. I feel that your surroundings can affect your morale. I wish the firm that runs Ad Prima would outfit the facility in a manner that reflects the awesome-ness of these ambitious kids and their excellent teachers.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 15, 2009
The school is exellent.My daughter loves the school. I do agree with the other parents that it is a lot of homework but its well worth it.

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April 11, 2009
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March 05, 2009
I abhor all the homework. Overall, it is the best school in our neighborhood. My husband and I toured The Baldwin School, The Shipley School, and Agnis Irwin all of these schools are private. When I compared them to what she is already learning, the Ad Prima School was ALWAYS on top. (I am not just saying that because my daughter goes to the school). She does not like the Ad Prima school at ALL, I don't want her to be turned off from learning, because of all the work she gets. I like the fact that she is being challenged at the Ad Prima school, I did not see the children being challenged at the private schools. To balanced she goes to settlement music school twice a week. It will be a challenge if the parent is single.

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no rating October 15, 2008
I find that there is a lot of work, but it is worth it. My daughter is finally being challenged and is not bored like she was in her pervious school. I work at another school and I think many students are considered a problem because they think outside the box. This school challenegs them and holds the student and parent accountable. I commend this school for making the parents accountable, if this was across the board throughout all school districts we would not have so many children failing. Kudos to Ad Prima!

- submitted by a parent
July 17, 2008
The school is excellent. My son has been going since he was in kindergarten and he is now in the third grade. It is a lot of homework!! and also homework over the summer but it is well worth it. It is however ,hard if you a single parent. But, you just have to balance everything. And make sure your child has extra activities on the weekend that are fun!

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April 28, 2008
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January 30, 2008
This school is excellent. The teachers really work hard and I am thankful for all they do. The parents on the other hand tend not to follow traffic rules around the school. This makes the drop off and pick up of the children difficult

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December 19, 2007
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Ad Prima Cs
3556 Frankford Ave, Philadelphia, PA  19134
(610) 617-9121
Last modified Ad Prima Cs is a Charter school that serves grades K-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Ad Prima Cs Rating: 5 out of 5 based on 39 reviews. Top