Ad Prima CS

3556 Frankford Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19134
(610) 617-9121
9

(out of 10)

Charter Grades K-8 380 students 19 students/teacher (PA avg is 15)

Test Scores by grade

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Pennsylvania System of State Assessments (PSSA)

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.
  • This school in 2012
  • Ad Prima Cs average
  • Pennsylvania state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

95%
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Pennsylvania System of State Assessments (PSSA)

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.
  • This school in 2012
  • Ad Prima Cs average
  • Pennsylvania state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

89%
73%
73%
65%
89%
64%

Pennsylvania System of State Assessments (PSSA)

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.
  • This school in 2012
  • Ad Prima Cs average
  • Pennsylvania state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

95%
77%
100%
69%

Pennsylvania System of State Assessments (PSSA)

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.
  • This school in 2012
  • Ad Prima Cs average
  • Pennsylvania state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

100%
80%
100%
76%

Pennsylvania System of State Assessments (PSSA)

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.
  • This school in 2012
  • Ad Prima Cs average
  • Pennsylvania state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

100%
76%
100%
80%
85%
60%
100%
73%

Pennsylvania System of State Assessments (PSSA)

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.
  • This school in 2012
  • Ad Prima Cs average
  • Pennsylvania state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Ad Prima CS is a charter middle school in Philadelphia. The principal of Ad Prima CS is Dr June Brown. 380 students go to Ad Prima CS and are mostly Hispanic; Black, non-Hispanic; and Multiracial. 59% of the 380 students here get reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Ad Prima CS is 19:1. Beeber Dimner Middle School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Video film production

Languages Taught

  • French
  • Spanish

Sports

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • P.E. classes
  • Swimming
  • Tennis

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Hispanic 9% 9%
Black, non-Hispanic 81% 81%
Multiracial 7% 7%
White, non-Hispanic 2% 2%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% 0%
Asian/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Asian 0% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% 0%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 59% 59%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (8 months ago)

    My daughter currently attends Ad Prima for kindergarten (Frankford) and I love it! The curriculum is vigorous but she is doing a great job. They are really preparing her for the future. The grading system is tough but it helps her strive to continuously do better. The homework is time consuming we spend 1-2 hours a night getting it done. I know she is learning a great amount and her vocabulary is great! She really enjoys going to this school.

  • (1 year ago)

    I love this school! My son did Kindergarten and 1st grade at Lab Charter and we decided to transfer him to Ad Prima side when the school moved to 63rd and Lansdown and we love it. This school is very structured and thorough with its curriculum. My son is growing and learning very well through this school. There's no doubt in my mind Ad Prima is preparing our son for one of the best High Schools and College for that matter.

  • (1 year ago)

    My Grand children attends AD Prima and this school is very disciplined and structured. My kids can attended school without fear or bullying. The curriculum is very good as I have compared it to schools in New Jersey. They are very hands on and care for the students..

  • (1 year ago)

    My daughter attends Ad Prima Charter (Frankford) for Kindergarten. I am completely happy with the education she receives so far. Like the other ratings I completely agree that Parents MUST be prepared and ABLE to put in the time to work with their child. The curriculum is rigorous and the homework is demanding. I spend about 1 1/2 to 2 hours a day with my daughter on homework. I admit it is a demanding but the payoff is worth it. As a Public School Teacher of 10 years I see that she is ahead of other public school students her age (No fault of theirs but that time in makes all the difference). Her sight word reading math and writing skills are currently that of a first grade or beginning second grade public school student. (Honestly!!) The school day is longer than public school (8-4pm) but it worked perfectly for my schedule as a teacher. Her teacher is very nice and the principal seems strong and serious. I am okay with that because I feel her job is to make sure the students get a quality education. I was informed and did my research about Ad Prima before applying. I was VERY happy when I received news of her acceptance. Prepare to put in work if you choose this school.

  • (1 year ago)

    My daughter attends Ad Prima's new 63rd street location and we love this school. She is in kindergarten and has the same course work as my nephew in the first grade in a solid New Jersey school district. Miss Simmons is the best. She is warm and encouraging but runs an orderly classroom with clear rules and expectations. I was nervous when we enrolled our daughter but she is a straight A student who more importantly loves school and learning. Best decision we could have made. And the site director(principal) is kind and loving to the children. She is always available and comes out and greets the younger children several times a month. Visit this a location and form your own opinion. I think you will be impressed.

  • (1 year ago)

    I absolutely love this school my daughter attends Ad Prima @ the 63rd street location my daughter came their from public school and she loves it yes she does get a lot of work but she loves the challenge she looks forward to going to school everyday. She has an amazing teacher I think sending my daughter here was the best thing that I could have done.

  • (1 year ago)

    My daughter has been attending this school for two years now. I have found that the teaching curriculum is challenging yet rewarding because her confidence grows by the week. They do encourage home participation by parents which has helped her tremendously. The color system used to encourage good behavior is brilliant (Red Pink Orange Yellow Green). The closer you are to green the better you have behaved. I look forward to increasing this rating as she continues through her wonderful journey at this school. We look forward to her attending this school until she has to move on to middle school. -A. Felix-

  • (1 year ago)

    Pros They have specific rules and have them outlined. They are on the strict side of things but you know what you are getting into ahead of time. Being tardy absent not turning in homework and misbehavior will not be accepted in this school. The homework seems challenging and can sometimes be over the top but overall they must be doing something right because the kids are learning. They offer a lunch program which seems to have a nice menu. Cons The administration doesn't seem very friendly. The kids appear to be treated like a number instead of an individual. More gym time is to be desired (only 1 time every 10 days) and more recess time (I believe only 2 15 minutes breaks every week is offered). 8am-4pm is a long day kids need breaks. No bus service. In the morning it is hectic seeing everybody driving crazy to get their kids dropped off in time. Classes sizes seem large (I believe around 25 students per teacher currently). Overall I believe the good outweighs the bad but there is definitely room for improvement.

  • (1 year ago)

    Academically you can't beat it. Like many of the other reviews you have to be committed as a parent and be an active participant your child's education. The work is rigorous they even give homework for the entire summer. It definitely is a committment but it's worth it. My friends daughter recently graduated from the sister school Lab Charter (which provides the same intensive curriculum) and she received a full 4 year scholarship to a Main Line private high school . The teachers are for the most part caring and compassionate many of them straight out of college and eager to teach. I do agree that the upper administration is much to be desired concerned more about their statewide rating than for the chiildren. That is why I rate the school a 3 not because of the academics but all the nonesense that comes with it... rude administrators who treat you poorly because they can. The school has an outstanding academic reputation and any parent with a little bit of sense doesn't want to rock-the-boat and potentially hurt their child academically. But until we can afford to move to an area where all the schools provide this type of education.... we're stuck.

  • (1 year ago)

    Ad Prima is an ok school. The teachers are great but the head of the schools are unprofessional and do not really seem to like children.

  • (1 year ago)

    My son started Kindergarten at Lab Charter (59th street) and stayed thru 1st grade he now attends Ad Prima (63rd & Lancaster) and we love both parts of the school. If your a parent that cannot be involved in your childs school working progress then this is not the school for you or your child. I love the parent involvement and the great education my son has been receiving. He's in the 2nd grade on a 5th grade level. I commend the staff and the parents that are giving this new generation a better way of life and preparing them for the real world from day one.

  • (2 years ago)

    i LOVE this Ad Prima Charter. My daughter have been going to this school since she was in Kindergarten. Now I must admit it's a lot of work for both parents and students. However in my opinion it's worth it. My daughter is on a 5th grade level and she's only in 2nd grade. I do however wish they kid had a longer recess. This year they started giving the children 15 minutes recess twice a week. This school focuses on education and prepares their students for the future. I joke about my child being ready for college by time she reaches 5th grade. I joke however I think she will have the study skills and work ethics in place to be ready for Middle School High School and college. If you are looking for a school to send your child to Ad Prima Charter is the best choice. It's so good that I chose not to move out of State because no school had the same result and quality of education as Ad Prima Charter. However please know your child's limit. If you child can excel in a high pressure environment then this school is right for them. A 75 is considered failing. So they push the kids to thrive and excel. So also keep that in mind when making your choice.

  • (2 years ago)

    My son is in Kindergarten in this awesome school!! I was so disappointed with purchasing a home in the City of Philadelphia because THE VAST majority of Phila schools are Terrible! When it came time for my son to go to K I was terrified as our neigborhood school in NE phila which is supposed to be the better part of phila was terrible with a 4 rating! It was like a dream come true when my hubby came home with news of Ad Prima! I was of course a little skeptical about this school but I AM NOW A BELIEVER! This is an awesome school with an AWESOME curriculum. The only thing i dont like is that there is no lunch program or school bus. There is nowhere to microwave or refridgerate food atleast in Kindergarten which is a little disappointing. My son has learned so much even in the first few weeks and even his behaviors have improved significantly! I have to spend a good 1 1/2 on his hw per day! This school gives LOTS of HW so parents must be willing to sit and teach children in order for children to succeed=) Teachers staff are awesome!!! The location can be a little better as it is in the busy region of Frankford but the inside of the school is great=)

  • (3 years ago)

    I think the curriculum is very good and classroom size is appropriate. However if your child is active and need recess this is not the school for your child. I do believe that the teachers care about the children but should know more about child development and appropriate discipline measures. It seems as if they want the students to come sit for 8 hours a day doing work all day well behaved. My daughter is currently in Kindergarten and I do not think she will be returning. Yes I am an active parent and yes I make strives to make sure that she is reaching her full potential. Honestly I just wasnt impressed with the school at all.

  • (3 years ago)

    My daughter transferred from public school in the 4th grade to the Laboratory Charter school 4th and Brown and now attends Ad Prima 59th and Woodbine. The school is awesome. It challenges the students to reach their highest potential while offering the support they need. She is now in the 8th grade and was acceptanced into 3 private schools in the area. It takes commitment and effort on the part of both the parent and student but the rewards are worth it. The teachers and staff are supportive. I would recommend this school to serious minded parents who want a good education and future for their child.

  • (3 years ago)

    I stumbled across this Great School website via a link and was not surprised to see Ad Prima had #10 star rating. Our daughter will be the 2nd graduating class frm Ad Prima. (59th St site). She started in First grd. Throughout her 8 yr tenur she has blossomed beautifully w/ soooo many wonderful teachers / staff / faculity along the way. We have always been involved parents keeping up and staying in tuned w/ all the bends / curves and challenges along the way ! A FOR SURE WORKOUT ! Parents commitment / participation are equal partners therefore a MUST for continued growth / success in your child / ren academic life. Potential future students / parents come on YOU CAN DO IT ! As the school year winds down it's gonna be hard to say good bye to a great partnership ! Ad Prima truly has broke ground dug ditches and planted seeds in preparing our daughter for the next step in her scholastic life ! ( HIGH SCHOOL) Keep up the GREAT WORK AD PRIMA WE CERTAINLY APPRECIATE YOU ! GOD BLESS !!!!!

  • (3 years ago)

    Ad Prima is among the best overall schools in the state. I highly recommend this school to parents with exceptional values.

  • (3 years ago)

    Ad Prima is an excellent charter school. My son attended from K-4th grade and then he transferred to the Laboratory Charter School of Language and Communication. Dr. Brown is an excellent CEO and the staff she employs are caring diverse and seem to enjoy their profession. I took my son out of the school for one year and that was a big mistake. His grades plummeted because he was not able to handle being in a 'regular" public school. Even though Ad Prima nor Lab School does not offer recess the students are allowed other options for socialization. I recommend these schools to parents who are seeking a great educational experience for his/her child. Even though the curriculum is stringent hands on and requires parental involvement your child will be able to learn in an environment that is free of distractions little room for bullying and lots of room for growth!

  • (3 years ago)

    My daughter has attended the school since kindergarten. The school is excellent. It does require parent involvement so if you are unable to monitor your child's homework and assist every day then you should forget about it and go to a neighborhood school. By the end of the school year your child will be ahead of most other kids in the same grade level. Recess---get a grip. There are many times during the day when they aren't just doing school work and a parent can always give them recess when they get home. The only negative I have about this schol is that there's no busing. It is very hard for a working parent without busing. or after school care.

  • (3 years ago)

    My daughter is currently attending this school the academics of it is excellent but I must say I agree with the last posting it would be great for the children to have some kind of recess time or extracurricular activities. The grading system was shocking at first sigh. As a parent hands on is a must! A home and school association would be great also.

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