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Northwood Academy CS

Charter | K-8 | 750 students

 

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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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Posted April 14, 2009

My son started in a Philadelphia Public school, and transferring him to Northwood Academy Charter School was the best move ever. It is a very personal school. When the principal can walk by several students addressing them by their name, you should be impressed...I was. My son is very happy at Northwood. Keep up the good work guys...
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 11, 2009

Great school with strong leadership. Faculty cares about school and kids, and will go the extra mile.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted December 4, 2008

Trachers are great,really devoted to the kids, and work with what they have.Safety and Discipline = very,very good. Principal's Leadership and non teaching office staff = only very,veryaverage.Principal's Communication Skills with the parents are poor.Office staff have not got much idea and are ill organised.Principal does seem some what arrogant towards parents concerns. Overall a good school with non teaching areas that could be greatly improved.Have discussed this with other parents and they feel the same way.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 3, 2008

The school is good. The teachers for the most part are caring and understanding. I wish they could offer more sports or be located in a bigger area that could offer the kids more space to enjoy the outside.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 22, 2008

I love the teachers my favorite teacher is ms. kahl she makes me feel like she is my 2and mom and i want to thank her. this school is great i love it.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 29, 2008

My son has been attending Northwood since they opened. He was an original Carnel student. At the public school, he was getting lost. Here at Northwood, they have taken the time to test him. They found his weak spots and attends a resource class each day for one hour. He has drastically improved. and it brings tears to my eyes knowing that my son was given a chance. and didnt become a statistic of the public system. Thank you to the creators of Northwood. I wish my son can go straight to High School with the same fundumentals and administration of Northwood.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 7, 2008

Administrative feedback from teacher's is slightly below average
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 4, 2008

Love the school think it is fantastic. The teachers are top notch and caring. Great students, the only thing is i would like to see is the student ethnicty balance out.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 7, 2007

Love the teachers. I can honestly say that the teachers have expressed an interest in my son's development. This is my son's second year and both years the teachers have made phone calls to me regarding a personal problem. Having received these calls, I knew immediately that he was blessed wtih caring, compassionate teachers. Teachers who truly want to see him excel as he should. On another note, the administrative office could use some training courtesy skills. Especially, when you're dealing with the younger kids. I wish the school had an eigth grade. I wish the school had better sports for the students to participate in.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 4, 2007

I have found the teachers at this school to be very helpful & caring. Since the first year I have noticed a lack of concern from the administration. There have been many times that I feel the administration has not supported my child or the teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 20, 2007

Both my son and my daughter attends Nothwood. I love it, it is an excelent school. Keep up the good work!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 12, 2007

This year are my kids second year at this school. So far, I am very pleased with the efforts from the faculty and parenets. The faculty has a strong foundation for the kids and shows extreme interest in their education. The continous involvement of parents and teachers will continue to make this school stand out in the philadelphia section. This school is alson known for its discipline and structure in kids. Together we all can make a positive difference in our children lives.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 10, 2007

this is the best school ever
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 18, 2006

great teachers and mentors who particularly show lots of interes in your child's education
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 15, 2006

I feel the school is off to a very good start. The teachers seem freindly & willing to extend an extra hand for the children. The principal is very good. I was surprised to see her get off of the school bus helping the children & showing real concern for them. I see quite a bit of parent interaction on field trips & meetings held.
—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.

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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.

86 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
84%

2009

 
 
70%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 74% in 2012.

86 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
77%

2009

 
 
75%
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.

86 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
85%

2009

 
 
82%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2012.

86 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
66%

2009

 
 
83%
Science

The state average for Science was 82% in 2012.

86 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
68%

2009

 
 
80%
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.

85 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
65%

2010

 
 
73%

2009

 
 
62%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 65% in 2012.

84 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
56%

2010

 
 
64%

2009

 
 
51%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 64% in 2012.

86 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
80%

2009

 
 
70%
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.

82 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
78%

2009

 
 
73%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 69% in 2012.

82 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
65%

2010

 
 
50%

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 80% in 2012.

74 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
77%

2009

 
 
66%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 76% in 2012.

74 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
65%

2009

 
 
64%
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.

72 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
70%

2009

 
 
51%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 80% in 2012.

71 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
73%

2009

 
 
78%
Science

The state average for Science was 60% in 2012.

71 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
27%

2011

 
 
30%

2010

 
 
26%

2009

 
 
15%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 73% in 2012.

73 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
72%

2009

 
 
82%
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%
Female83%
Male85%
Black80%
Asiann/a
Hispanic88%
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged81%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students79%
Female81%
Male77%
Black78%
Asiann/a
Hispanic76%
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged77%
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 Students94%
Female94%
Male95%
Black95%
Asiann/a
Hispanic96%
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged96%
Students with disabilities (IEP)83%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students83%
Female88%
Male76%
Black80%
Asiann/a
Hispanic83%
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged84%
Students with disabilities (IEP)75%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students86%
Female88%
Male84%
Black84%
Asiann/a
Hispanic87%
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged85%
Students with disabilities (IEP)58%
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 Students85%
Female80%
Male91%
Black85%
Asiann/a
Hispanic84%
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged84%
Students with disabilities (IEP)88%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students61%
Female59%
Male63%
Black58%
Asiann/a
Hispanic69%
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged53%
Students with disabilities (IEP)63%
English language learnersn/a

Writing

All Students92%
Female90%
Male95%
Black94%
Asiann/a
Hispanic84%
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disabilities (IEP)89%
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 Students77%
Female75%
Male79%
Black72%
Asiann/a
Hispanic85%
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged75%
Students with disabilities (IEP)31%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students66%
Female71%
Male61%
Black66%
Asiann/a
Hispanic65%
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged64%
Students with disabilities (IEP)19%
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%
Black80%
Asiann/a
Hispanic83%
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged79%
Students with disabilities (IEP)60%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students77%
Female83%
Male70%
Black80%
Asiann/a
Hispanic75%
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged73%
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

Math

All Students69%
Female68%
Male71%
Black64%
Asiann/a
Hispanic86%
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged64%
Students with disabilities (IEP)29%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students79%
Female87%
Male73%
Black73%
Asiann/a
Hispanic100%
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged74%
Students with disabilities (IEP)45%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students27%
Female19%
Male33%
Black21%
Asiann/a
Hispanic43%
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged26%
Students with disabilities (IEP)5%
English language learnersn/a

Writing

All Students85%
Female94%
Male78%
Black85%
Asiann/a
Hispanic93%
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged81%
Students with disabilities (IEP)68%
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 65% 15%
Hispanic 24% 9%
White 6% 71%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 3%
Two or more races 1% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Female 52%N/A49%
Male 48%N/A51%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • AYP (2006)

Special education / special needs

Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Speech and language impairments

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Painting
Performing and written arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:00am
School end time
  • 3:00pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
  • Before school
School Leader's name
  • Amy Hollister
Fax number
  • (215) 676-8340

Programs

Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Speech and language impairments

Resources

Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Football
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • softball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Painting
Performing arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
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4621 Castor Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19124
Phone: (215) 289-5606

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