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Academy at Palumbo

Public | 9-12 | 567 students

 

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Posted April 3, 2014

This school is beast... Sooo sad i have to move... Mrs. Tuff n ms. miner are the best
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 12, 2014

I love teaching at the Academy at Palumbo. I have been here for three years, and hope to never leave! We have a great community of educators here who strive to do our best every day and prepare our students for college (P.S. I'm not sure where the parent below got her numbers, but we do NOT have a low staff attendance rate!). Our students are bright, creative, well-behaved and goal-oriented. No, it's not perfect - we still struggle with the cuts in our budget, as well as everyday issues that every high school has. If you work hard and avail yourself of our resources, you will do quite well at Palumbo. Take advantage of our choir, orchestra, literary magazine, champion chess and debate teams, new football team, step team, and many many more. We hope to see you in the fall!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted December 7, 2013

i am a 10th grader who attends academy at palumbo. i was not planning on writing a review but the negative ones i read made me angry. this is a great school. in elementary school, i got straight As without trying. at palumbo i am being challenged in so many ways. one parent wrote that we dont get enough homework. thats honestly really funny. i have assignments in every subject to this this weekend along with studying. another person wrote how the kids throw trash on the ground, do drugs, and bully others. EVERY HIGHSCHOOL HAS THESE PROBLEMS. it's a highschool filled with TEENAGERS. we tend to disrespect our surroundings, do drugs, and not get along with everyone. seriously, the only way to not have your kid exposed to things like that is if you homeschool them. you will not find a school where everything is clean, sober, and 100% friendly. anyway, this is a great school with so much potential. we have a lot of intelligent students, and awesome teachers. students also have the opportunity to find themselves and expand their minds with clubs. this is a great school. send your kid here. i could go on, but theres a word limit.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 11, 2013

This school is outstanding. I really enjoy the student/teacher connection. My child graduated last year and was accepted to YALE university. I was so proud that Academy at Palumbo had bred another winner. My youngest is a sophomore and is FLUENT in spanish. I am so proud that Palumbo strives to teach the children everything they need for college.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 22, 2013

It's a great school that has a family atmosphere with caring teachers and counselors who are very dedicated to their students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 13, 2013

I am a student of the 2014 Graduating Class and to be honest, I am happy that I am getting out of this place. Don't get me wrong, I don't hate the school but I don't love it either. I more so tolerate it than anything. The teachers are BRILLIANT but the students and administrative staff, including the principal are a complete embarrassment to what this school was meant to be. I have never met such arrogant and ignorant people in my life. Students have no respect for teachers or this building that they live in for 7 hours a day, 5 days a week for 10 months. They treat it like a trashcan and throw their belongings and trash anywhere they want. They curse like they are out in the street and the don't have a drive to learn or to strive for greatness. Our principal doesn't seem to listen to complaints from students and she only takes time to get to know the misbehaving students. There isn't a real connection there. And the very sad part is, it wasn't always like that. When I started in 2010 the school was everything I wanted it to be but every class after mine has turned this school into another neighborhood school. Without a change in the admissions process that is what it'll become.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 26, 2013

Academy at Palumbo is truly not what we expected and I am considering transferring my child soon. The school is unsafe and allows too much nonsense. My student has to be a different person in order to not be harrassed or bullied and this has affected her academically in more ways than i am willing to accept. And now with the school closings, many other area school students will now be added to the mix. There is a small % of students that do not belong, but this % will definitely increase now. Good luck.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 20, 2013

When my daughter first was accepted here I was so excited...I truly thought this was a school for academia but it seems to have taken a left turn...The front office knows nothing about anything so dont waste your time...My daughter is learning but she does tell us stories about school that just wasnt what i expected...such as kids doing drugs, alot of fights...it seems this school is growing faster than it can handle it plus you add in the trash it has to allow in the school just because they applied...so the standard of smart kids wanting are lowering but the number of kids e
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 10, 2013

This school is a joke!!!! My son has attended for two years and I have now encouraged him to transfer for his junior year. Not only does the staff lazily prepare our children for college, they barely ever show up to work. According to the staff attendance record, they rate at 47% this year alone. (this information provided by the school district to any parent that wants the information) My son has barely had any homework, classwork, projects, etc., and when a test is given,(of course they have to hurriedly provide an exam to be able to put in grades), the children aren't afforded the opportunity to finish the exam leaving them with of course with an overall unsatisfactory grade. (luckily, my son, is an achiever, and has EASILY remained on the honor roll since he began) This is apparently acceptable to both the principal and the staff. Thanks so much for placing our children at the bottom of the achievement pole! This is what they claim to be an uprising college preparatory school... how dare they and shame on them all! With all of the recent budget cuts, the principal at this school should have been the first on the list!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 24, 2012

This school is by far one of the best schools in the city of philadelphia . The teachers strive for the best and take there job very serious . The principle is wonderful and she shows a great amount of respect to just about anyone . My daughter has been here for 3 years and will soon be graduating so I know a couple things about this school . Even though the kids may play around,they have a drive and determination for success that drives this school into a path of total success . Every year palumbo just keeps getting better and better . For a new school that was established in 2006 , I would say that this school is going to go a long way .
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 20, 2012

My daughter has been going to Academy at Palumbo for two years. This school is really big on eduaction, but it allows students to do fun activitiesThis school prepares them for college and gets them ready for the real world. I am glad we chose this school for her. It is wonderful!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 2, 2011

This school is a joke! The teachers at the school is top notch!! But the administration and the principal leaves something to be desired. Their reputation was built on teachers and staff coming from Central, to make a similar environment in South Philly. However, they have fallen short. My son graduated from Central many years ago, so I am very familiar of what Central has to offer. Central has built their own reputation which they can be proud of, however, Palumbo has not established their own reputation. Instead, they drill it into students that they are like Central's sister...please stop! Dr Chew is going to run the school into the ground. She doesn't have the support of her staff because she has no integrity. I hear from staff and my child, the inequity in the students, staff and it makes me sick. I've been there and have heard the snide comments Dr Chew makes about certain staff, students, etc. If it weren't for the awesome teaching staff, I would pull her out and report this school to the Board of Education. They don't encourage parent participation at all. If it weren't for the active Home & School Association, we wouldn't know anything! Keep watching!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 9, 2011

I'll be a junior this sept. and I feel really lucky that I chose to attend this school. All the teachers are very brilliant and fair and taught their students well. The students, though playful at times, are well disciplined and hard working. and I appreciate that the school is trying hard to give the students as much credits we need.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 10, 2011

I thought Academy@Palumbo was a school for kids that were striving to be the very best,and to get good grades,respect one another it turns out to be just another neighborhood school where the kids do whatever they want what a joke. My daughter wanted to be challenged so if she fails a test she can't makeup a test because her overall grades are well,but a failing child can do something they call recovery and the school will give them a chance bring their F's up to a C now how is that helping a child to learn. Other kids are really working hard for their grade while others are goofing off the classes need to be stricter and kids need to get their own grades instead of a teacher trying to ease them on by. Again this is supposed to be for smart kids,so what happened this does not need to be a magnet school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 14, 2010

I've went to this school for 3 years now and out of all my schools I'll say that this has been the one that pulls me closer into education. Next year will be my last and I hopefully hope that as each year goes Academy at Palumbo will grow stronger and stronger
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 20, 2010

I am an very involved parent and this is my daughter Senior year. Academy overall is an excellent academic high school. The school is five years old and Dr. Chew(principal) is working very hard to make Academy a great school and become a pillar in South Philadelphia. I also want to fair and clear there needs to be some more work with social activities for the student ; a stronger participation from current parents and more discipline with the student body on the honor system.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 21, 2010

this is the best school i have ever attended in my life,the teachers strive 4 us to push and push our selfs cause they know we have the potential to go 2 college graduate and make something of our lives in the future i look foward to graduating in 2013 with all my friends and teachers by our side.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 13, 2010

My son will be graduating in the Inaugural 2010 class and it has truly been a great 4 years for him. The teachers are very warm and caring and the work is definitely college preparatory.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 12, 2010

The Academy at Palumbo is a fantastic school. Fabulous teachers a great principal and good kids too. My daughter is looking forward to another great year there!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 29, 2009

The Academy at Palumbo is a 4 year old, college prep magnet high school in South Philadelphia. It is housed in a school building, but has undergone extensive renovations to make it quite safe, comfortable and pleasant. The principal, Dr. Chew, has the students as her #1 priority, that is evident. The student body is multicultural and from all walks of life. School spirit abounds, both with the students, the staff and the parents. I am quite happy that my daughter chose to begin her high school years at this wonderful school.
—Submitted by a parent


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The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.

Grade level

Math

The state average for Math was 60% in 2012.

127 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
86%

2009

 
 
72%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 68% in 2012.

127 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
92%

2009

 
 
87%
Science

The state average for Science was 42% in 2012.

128 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
23%

2011

 
 
24%

2010

 
 
35%

2009

 
 
38%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 83% in 2012.

128 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
85%

2009

 
 
98%
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 Students80%
Female77%
Male85%
Black74%
Asian93%
Hispanic77%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White84%
Economically disadvantaged87%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students80%
Female82%
Male76%
Black77%
Asian93%
Hispanic69%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White74%
Economically disadvantaged84%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students23%
Female16%
Male32%
Black15%
Asian25%
Hispanic46%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White32%
Economically disadvantaged20%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Writing

All Students95%
Female99%
Male89%
Black97%
Asian93%
Hispanic100%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White84%
Economically disadvantaged93%
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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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Black 49% 15%
Asian 20% 3%
White 20% 71%
Hispanic 10% 8%
Two or more races 2% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
Music
  • Instrumental music lessons
Media arts
  • Technical design and production

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Italian
  • Spanish
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  • Italian
  • Spanish

Resources

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  • Art teacher(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Cafeteria
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  • Baseball
  • Basketball
Girls sports
  • Basketball

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  • Instrumental music lessons
Media arts
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