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Philadelphia Montessori Cs

Charter | PK-6 | 49 students

 

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Posted May 1, 2013

I HAVE 3 GIRLS WITCH ATTEND MONTESSORI CHARTER, MY CHILDREN HAD A RUFF START IN PUBLIC SCHOOLS, SINCE MY CHILDREN HAVE ATTEND THIS CHARTER SCHOOL THERE MATH , READING, AND OVERALL SKILLS HAVE IMPROVED DRAMATIC. YES THE STAFF PUTS FORTH THE BEST HELP FOR THE CHILDREN & PARENTS, IF THERE IS A PROBLEM THIER ON IT!! I HAVE NOTHING BUT GREAT VIEWS BOUT THE SCHOOL!!! PHILADELPHIA MONTESSORI CHARTER PUTS THE CHILDREN'S BEST INTEREST FIRST!!!! MRS CRAWFORD
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 19, 2012

I have an eight year old daughter that attends PHMCS. She has been there for the past three years. When my daughter first started at PHMCS there was some issues with the overall direction the school was going in, alot of the teachers that my daughter came to know and love left PHMC. Since the new CEO came on board last year I have noticed alot of positive changes in academics and also the way the school is operating I am excited about the upcoming school year and look forward to working with everyone
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Posted September 17, 2011

I have two daughters at the Philadelphia Montessori Charter School. We have had a great experience there. The school's philosophy emphasizes allowing the child's curiosity guide their education. We have noticed that the teachers pay attention to each child as an individual, his or her learning style and personality, as well as academic skills. Teachers brought in special materials just for our one daughter when she had exhausted the kindergarten work. The school has been through some difficult transitions over the past couple of years, part of which included trying to figure out how to fulfill their philosophy in an atmosphere of pressure to increase test scores. You have to look past the facilities, to some extent. However, I have two daughters who are truly excited about learning. I can see it in their play. They are happy to go to school and seem to have a real connection with their teachers. The teachers are warm and are a great influence on our children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 2, 2011

i was so excited when my son was selected to attend this school but it has been very disappointing. in talking with other parents i learned that the school has been through a lot of transition and none of the original founders are left. the only ones who have a vision of what the school was intended to be are a few teachers- there are a handful of good teachers, but who knows how long they will stay. the administration is disorganized, doesn't really understand montessori and is not respected by the teachers. they talk a lot about montessori but don't uphold its values. if you are looking for something better than your failing neighborhood school this might be ok, but if you want your child to have a real montessori experience, keep looking.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 14, 2010

My daughter loves going to school everyday The leadership at PMCS is awesome This school has very strong community and family support
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Posted May 22, 2008

My son has made dramatic improvements during his enrollment at this school. His reading improved. How many FIRST graders are getting Geometry? I was impressed by his reading improvements as well.
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Posted October 20, 2007

My son is 3 and just started at Philadelphia Montessori Charter School in Pre-K and so far it has been great. I've noticed a marked improvement in his attention span, self control, and he has really come a long way in reading in only 2-3 weeks. The methods and focus on all parts of life, not just academic, is what attracted us to this school. I highly suggest if you are looking for an unconventional, culturally diverse, peace centered and child centered approach to education this school is worth checking out. Why spend over 10k a year on a private school when such a wonderful gem is within the Philadelphia School District.
—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.

24 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
29%

2011

 
 
42%

2010

 
 
42%

2009

 
 
29%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 74% in 2012.

24 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
42%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
42%

2009

 
 
29%
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.

18 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
56%

2011

 
 
35%

2010

 
 
44%

2009

 
 
37%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2012.

18 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
44%

2011

 
 
39%

2010

 
 
20%

2009

 
 
31%
Science

The state average for Science was 82% in 2012.

20 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
36%

2010

 
 
31%

2009

 
 
47%
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.

21 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
24%

2011

 
 
24%

2010

 
 
21%

2009

 
 
10%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 65% in 2012.

20 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
45%

2011

 
 
6%

2010

 
 
25%

2009

 
 
19%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 64% in 2012.

24 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
42%

2011

 
 
0%

2010

 
 
19%

2009

 
 
0%
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.

19 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
32%

2011

 
 
43%

2010

 
 
25%

2009

 
 
23%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 69% in 2012.

19 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
26%

2011

 
 
39%

2010

 
 
28%

2009

 
 
15%
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 Students29%
Female27%
Male31%
Black29%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged33%
Students with disabilities (IEP)9%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students42%
Female36%
Male46%
Black42%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged50%
Students with disabilities (IEP)18%
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 Students56%
Femalen/a
Male58%
Black56%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged67%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students44%
Femalen/a
Male33%
Black44%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged50%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students75%
Femalen/a
Male69%
Black75%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
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 Students24%
Femalen/a
Male25%
Black24%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged14%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students45%
Femalen/a
Male42%
Black45%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged46%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Writing

All Students42%
Femalen/a
Male43%
Black42%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged29%
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 Students32%
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Black32%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged23%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students26%
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Black26%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged15%
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

Breaking down the GreatSchools Rating

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 95% 15%
White 2% 71%
Hispanic 1% 9%
Two or more races 1% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 0% 3%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

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

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Philadelphia, PA 19142
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