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About This School

Ad Prima CS is a charter middle school in Philadelphia. The principal of Ad Prima CS is Dr June Brown. 329 students go to Ad Prima CS and identify primarily as Black, non-Hispanic; Multiracial; and Hispanic. 47% of the 329 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
Black, non-Hispanic 86% 97%
Multiracial 4% %
Hispanic 11% 2%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% %
Asian 0% %
White, non-Hispanic 0% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 47% 0%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (2 months 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.

  • (4 months 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.

  • (4 months 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-

  • (6 months 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.

  • (7 months 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.

  • (7 months 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.

  • (7 months 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.

  • (1 year 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.

  • (1 year 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=)

  • (1 year 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.

  • (2 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 !!!!!

  • (2 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.

  • (2 years ago)

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

  • (2 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!

  • (2 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.

  • (2 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.

  • (3 years ago)

    Ad Prima is an excellent school . This is my daughters first year in Kindergarten and when I say Kindergarten is the toughest at this school it is.But once they get pass kindergarten everything is a breeze for them from then on. The only thing I dont like is the lack of recess even if they give the children 20 minutes to go outside and play an educational game.But otherwise than that the school gets 5 stars.

  • (3 years ago)

    My child has been at Ad Prima since inception and I must say I love the academic goals they expect the kids to attain. While academics are important I find that at Ad Prima you either sink or swim. That is the only think I dislike about the school. You need an 82 to pass..but if your child has an 80 they will get retained. I do not agree with that and I believe it can damage a child's self esteem. Overall i love the school but would like to see them not fail students unable to attain an 82.

  • (3 years ago)

    This is my son's first year at Ad Prima (59th Street) and we love it! I was looking for a school that would really challenge him and let me just say that "we have met our match." Don't get me wrong he has been enrolled in dynamic schools before (Ivy Leaf & St. Francis Xavier) but they all lacked a foregin language(s) which I think is imperative for any child today. From PE book reports Spanish & music to the core classes he is excelling like never before. I'm very happy with this school thus far and look forward to my son being here for 4 more years.

  • (3 years ago)

    My daughter just entered Kindergarten in the Frankford Ad Prima and I love it! I love the fact that my daughter is challenged and has so many classes which include Spanish computer art and music among others. She has only been in school two weeks but I already see her flourishing. I'm very happy with my decision on sending her to school here.

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