AVON GROVE CS

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110 STATE RD
WEST GROVE, PA 19390
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Phone: 484-667-5000
School Information
  • GreatSchools Rating: 6
  • Educational Climate: Average
  • Technology Measure: Low
  • Type: Public
  • Grades: Kindergarten - 12th Grade
  • District: Avon Grove Cs
  • Students/Teacher: 13:1
  • Students/Grade: 100
  • Number Students: 1300
  • Number Teachers: 83
  • Instructional Expense/Pupil: 5024
  • Poverty Level: 6 - 15.9 PERCENT
  • Principal: Shannon Mcelwain
  • CHARTER SCHOOL
  • GIFTED AND TALENTED PROGRAMS
  • ESL
  • SPECIAL EDUCATION
  • ADVANCED PLACEMENT
  • BEFORE AND AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMS
  • ALTERNATIVE PROGRAMS
  • YEAR ROUND CLASSES
  • VOC-TECH
  • ADULT EDUCATION
  • NCLB SCHOOL
  • BLUE RIBBON SCHOOL
  • COALITION OF ESSENTIAL SCHOOLS
  • AYP SCHOOL
  • INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE
  • MAGNET SCHOOL
School Ratings & Reviews

School Ratings (32 ratings)
Maximum Rating: 5




    School Reviews (32 Reviews)
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    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2013-08-14
    "I could totally relate to some of the complimentary comments posted here when my child was in Kindergarten and 1st grade. The teacher in Kindergarten was absolutely the best we ever met; so very caring and encouraging. My child loved going to school. This is the type of teacher that schools should seek. It wasn't until 2nd grade (2012-2013) when my child's new teacher turned out to be mean- spirited, unfair and selfish. Her inability to encourage, resolve simple conflicts whether with a student or parent were appalling. Due to her vindictive personality, my child experienced her subtle retaliation when she had an issue with me. It was her lack of fairness, moody and irritable disposition, bitterness and inability to encourage that caused my child to dislike going to school. We couldn t wait for the school year to be over. I don t believe there is another teacher of this caliber in AGCS, and so I decided to give the school a benefit of the doubt and I am allowing my child to attend 3rd grade there. I am hoping we can get another Kindergarten teacher!"
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2013-08-03
    "My daughter just completed her third year at the Avon Grove Charter School. My son will soon start his first. We have been thrilled with our experiences at AGCS. The staff acts as a family and truly work together and care about every child. All of my daughters teachers have proven to know her strengths and weaknesses and they have gone above and beyond to help her achieve her educational goals. Her specialist teachers and the guidance department are incredible and they are as much apart of her educations as her classroom teachers. They make learning fun and enjoyable. I noticed that in reading the reviews that someone was VERY UPSET on October 16, 2012. I am sorry to hear that the Charter School was not for that family. It is not the best environment for everyone. If you are looking for a very personal setting, this is your school. If you want large sports teams or that "Friday Night Lights" experience, this is not the place for you. We love this school and we are thrilled to have our daughter at AGCS!"
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2013-03-20
    "My 2 sons began AGCS in kindergarten and have thrived in this environment. Education seems very team-based, with an incredibly talented group of teachers leading and managing very personalized experiences for each student. Dr. Brady has demonstrated a MacGyver-esque talent, saving the planet with 2 popsicle sticks and a strip of duct tape: the facilities are old and crude, but the classrooms have smart boards and the academics are advanced. Arts are still embraced, as are environmental sciences. AGCS is essentially a private school education in a brown paper bag, deserving of a much better ranking than the 6. I imagine it's the quality of the building and lack of on-site sports programs that spare those extra stars."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2012-10-18
    "I can only speak from my experience, but my child is in his second year at AGCS and loves it. He recently mentioned that someone in his class was going back to their old school and he said "Why would anyone ever want to leave here?" I love the sense of inclusion and acceptance at the school. I love that my emails are responded to, and concerns are addressed very quickly. I paid less for school supplies this year than I have in years, but really, school supplies are just something we have to accept no matter where our kids go to school, at least in my experience. I don't know what the teachers are paid, but I do know that all the teachers I've encountered there are excited to teach. I sense the enthusiasm in the halls, and I take notice of how many kids are actually smiling and engaged. Walking down the hallways of my son's old school I sensed apathy from the staff, and saw a bunch of sad-faced (or blank staring) kids. For us, AGCS has been a blessing.. Worry about our kids has kept us all up at night one time or another. We've all been there. For any of you who didn't like AGCS, I wish you only the best in finding the best place for your kids to be happy and prosper."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2012-10-17
    "Not enough room; will be brief. Previous reviewer was so factually incorrect I had to write. The "Gifted" program is still going; my daughter is on it. The school is out-performing the state, I checked. Never heard bad language in school. It is the most friendly, family oriented school & was mentioned in NY Times for its policy of inclusion. School has never promoted itself as sports-strong, one visit to campus would make that obvious. All students are entitled to use sports facilities of sending school district & Av Grove has excellent facilities a stones throw away. The Guidance Dept is excellent; always responds promptly to emails & a room of specialists meet with me regularly with sole intent of helping my son thrive. Lunches have been greatly praised; entree includes as many healthy sides as wanted but if your child wants double helping of burger then yes...pay! School has never asked parents to pay for text books. The buy-to-own instrument program is standard in local schools & run by o/s company. New parts of school DOES have air con; main building is OLD! Long bus rides are fault of sending District who won't honor their financial or safety obligation to AGCS students ."
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