Philadelphia City School District

40 reviews
  1. Philadelphia, PA
C+
Overall Niche Grade
  1. Academics
    C-
  2. Diversity
    A
  3. Teachers
    B
  4. College Readiness
    B
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B+
  6. Health & Safety
    B-
  7. Administration
    A-
  8. Sports
    C+
  9. Food
    B+
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B-
Address
440 North Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19130
Telephone
(215) 400-4000

Philadelphia City School District Rankings

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  • K-8 Schools
  • High Schools

Outcomes

Average Graduation Rate
68%
Average SAT
1010
2,742 responses
Average ACT
23
329 responses

Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
34%
Percent Proficient - Math
19%

Students

Diversity
A
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
137,674
Free or Reduced Lunch
85.8%

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
18:1
National
16:1
Average Teacher Salary
$72,464
Teachers in First/Second Year
Data not available

Finances

Total Expenses
$3,627,516,000
Expenses Per Student
$25,209/ student
National
$11,890
Education Expenses
  • Instruction
    71%
  • Support Services
    26%
  • Other
    3%

Reviews

40 reviews
  • Excellent
    5
  • Very Good
    15
  • Average
    14
  • Poor
    4
  • Terrible
    2
In the Philadelphia Public School District, I experienced a lot. Teachers are well rounded, and give lessons more personality involving real life connections. Students are diverse and mildly social. However individual attention in student counseling, its difficult. Half the time schools don't have counselors due to a limited budget, and if not they are not available on a daily basis, because they are just too busy. The same goes for some school nurses. Nurses are not available every hour, so if something happens the nurse it not there to help. The point is the districts BUDGET. There's not enough money to pay teachers correctly, as well as necessary counselors and nurses. My school just got a new nurse and counselor after getting enough money after three years. In other schools classes such as the arts, are sometimes limited due to the budget cuts and are removed (unless it's an art school). These schools just need a better budget and understanding of art importance.
  • Senior
  • 2 months ago
At Northeast High School I like the different learning communities offered a my school, such as AP, IB, and Magnet programs. These programs allows students to have a learning experience more tailored to their interest. Also, there are a lot of clubs and extracurricular activities for students. I do not like that obeying rules is seemingly more important than our education, a student can be sent home, suspended, or denied entrance for not obeying the uniform policy. In addition, there are not enough resources in the school. Some students have to go without desk and textbooks. Several stalls in the girls bathroom are always out of order, we've gone days without soap and paper towel. Another thing that bothers me is teachers' style of teaching to the test, especially in AP classes. I feel as though we are learning or remembering, merely to pass a test, not to be better people and excel out side of school environments.
  • Senior
  • 2 months ago
Being at Simon Gratz Mastery Charter was an excellent experience for me. Being enrolled there was like being at you favorite aunts house. The Staff made us feel so loved and you had fun while learning. The school had many resources, that was the best part. Everyone's parents were not involved, but that was okay because the teachers treated us like their own. They made sure we were very college ready. We had an entire class dedicated to getting college ready. Also, we had meetings with colleges of our choice. The school was very diverse, the clubs and activities they had were very interesting. The food wasn't always the best, but it had it's days. The people on the sports teams were very talented and they went a far way. They taught us very well. They had a good way of installing useful information into our heads and making them stick. The school was safe as a school in North Philadelphia could be. Maybe everyone's experience in the Philadelphia School District wasn't as good as mine.
  • Alum
  • 19 days ago