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.
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.
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.
This is the best school ever my child will be there from k to 8th. I love this school!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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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