PENN ALEXANDER SCHOOL

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4209 SPRUCE ST
PHILADELPHIA, PA 19104
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Phone: 215-823-5465
School Information
  • GreatSchools Rating: 9
  • Educational Climate: Average
  • Technology Measure: Not Reported
  • Type: Public
  • Grades: Preschool - 8th Grade
  • District: Philadelphia City School District
  • Students/Teacher: 15:1
  • Students/Grade: 55
  • Number Students: 550
  • Number Teachers: 30
  • Instructional Expense/Pupil: 64870
  • Poverty Level: 30 PERCENT OR MORE
  • Principal: Ms Sheila Sydnor
  • 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 (26 ratings)
Maximum Rating: 5




    School Reviews (22 Reviews)
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    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2015-01-26
    "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 really a shame that they sit so much for learning instruction. Also please note that the principal at this school does not allow email contact with teachers or administrators. Parents can only write hand written notes or call the front desk."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2013-11-24
    "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 within the administration at Penn Alexander. It's sad because nothing has changed."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2013-10-08
    "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 but welcome at the school. Even in the face of the current District-wide funding crisis, the staff is doing yeomen's work by wearing several hats at once to keep things operating as smoothly as possible for the students. I am proud to be a part of this school community."
    Other Review | Rating:
    Posted 2011-08-09
    "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 her students, and you knew not to disrespect her. I respect this school."
    Other Review | Rating:
    Posted 2011-03-30
    "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. To name a few, we have chess club, women's history club, Student Council, Spanish, reading olympics and many more. The school is amazing and challenges me everyday but not to an excruciatingly high level. Oh, and to the person who said that Masterman is a better option past fourth grade? I have multiple friends who left for Masterman or private school in 4th or 5th grade and they all want to come back to the amazing program at PAS because they hate Masterman. On a final note, the principal isn't as horrible as everyone seems to putting her out to be. She seems tough and unkind at first but when you get older you see that she just genuinely cares about her students."
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