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4209 Spruce St

Philadelphia, PA 19104

(215) 823-5465

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Grades: PK - 8

School Type: Public

Student Enrollment: 550

Students Per Teacher: 18

Parent Reviews

22 Parent Reviews for Penn Alexander School

My child just started kindergarten and so far the experience has not met my expectations of the school's rating. I feel like there is too much "sitting" time and less focus on active learning "centers" in the classroom. The kids at this age have a hard enough time with just a half hour of recess, it's ...  Read more

Posted by a parent on 01/26/15

What school does house searches to conform if someone lives in the neighborhood? I feel like they only do that to the foreign families. my daughter attended Pa since the 6th grade.. Half the kids who went there didn't even live in the area. Finally I had enough and I took her to Masterman. I felt racism ...  Read more

Posted by a parent on 11/24/13

My fifth grader has attended the Penn Alexander School since he was in kindergarten and I could not be more pleased. The leadership, quality of instruction and facility are all top notch and all the school's stakeholders take great pride in ensuring that things stay that way. Parents are not only involved ...  Read more

Posted by a parent on 10/08/13

I've been a student @ penn alexander for 5 years. There were extremely good academics, and activities. Also there were good teachers, and good gym, library, and computer science. Although, one down fall some of the teachers were strict, but that changed. The principal was extremely good, caring about ...  Read more

Posted by a other on 08/09/11

To all the people who keep saying that Penn Alexander has no extracurriculars, you are incorrect. As a student at PAS I am a member of National Academic League, Carver Science Fair, the School Play, Yearbook Staff and the School Newspaper. Most of my friends play instruments and there are many clubs. ...  Read more

Posted by a other on 03/30/11

to the parent who wrote there is no music program to speak of: Penn Alexander has an outstanding music program with all orchestra instruments being taught, plus guitar, middle eastern percussion. Multiple performing opportunities for all!

Posted by a teacher on 03/21/11

I don't like Penn Alexander past the 4th grade honestly. Some of the teachers in 5th grade aren't particulary good. Some of the middle school teachers aren't good either. The school has no art program, no language, and if a student were to go from there to high school, they would need help, to do well ...  Read more

Posted by a other on 01/26/11

PA hardly warrants the $100k premium placed on homes in its catchment. It has no arts, music program or extracurricular activities to speak of, and will have you incessantly fund raising under the guise there's some great plight to provide these benefits to students. Schools downtown afford students ...  Read more

Posted by a parent on 12/13/10

I am a student who was in the first graduating 8th grade class. I don't know how much Penn Alexander has changed in the past few years but when I was there it was not strong academically at all. I was not challenged in the slightest and easily scored straight A's. I did not feel prepped for high school ...  Read more

Posted by a other on 11/23/10

Great Administration, staff, parents and children.

Posted by a teacher on 10/18/10

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Test Year: 2012
Penn Alexander School
Philadelphia City School District
* 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 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.

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Philadelphia schools — Penn Alexander School is located at 4209 Spruce St, Philadelphia PA 19104. 4209 Spruce St is in the 19104 ZIP code in Philadelphia, PA The school district for Penn Alexander School is the Philadelphia City School District. Penn Alexander School is a Public school that serves grade levels PK - 8.
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