School Details

Adaire Alexander School

1300 East Palmer St, Philadelphia, PA 19125
(215) 291-4712
3

(out of 10)

Public Grades K-8 398 students 16 students/teacher (PA avg is 15)

Test Scores by grade

61%
49%
80%
69%
45%
74%

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
  • Philadelphia City School District average
  • Pennsylvania state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

65%
56%
83%
44%
42%
72%
85%
49%
82%

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
  • Philadelphia City School District average
  • Pennsylvania state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

51%
45%
73%
35%
35%
65%
31%
32%
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
  • Philadelphia City School District average
  • Pennsylvania state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

65%
52%
77%
42%
42%
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
  • Philadelphia City School District average
  • Pennsylvania state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

65%
56%
80%
69%
52%
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
  • Philadelphia City School District average
  • Pennsylvania state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

70%
52%
76%
78%
58%
80%
25%
24%
60%
81%
48%
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
  • Philadelphia City School District average
  • Pennsylvania state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Adaire Alexander School is a public middle school in Philadelphia. The principal of Adaire Alexander School is Mr Robert McGrogan. 398 children attend Adaire Alexander School and identify as White, non-Hispanic; Hispanic; and Black, non-Hispanic. 99% of the 398 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Adaire Alexander School is 16:1. Penn Treaty Middle School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Computer arts
  • Drawing painting

Sports

  • Badminton
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Bicycling
  • Football
  • Gymnastics
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 80% 14%
Hispanic 8% 19%
Black, non-Hispanic 7% 56%
Multiracial 4% 4%
Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 7%
Asian 2% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.3% 0%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% 0%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 99% 75%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (5 months ago)

    My son started kindergarten this year and I'm quite happy with his teacher and the school in general. The new principal is making big positive changes and it feels like a school on the rise! She is a very effective leader and will no doubt improve the academics and school performance in the coming months and years.

  • (6 months ago)

    The new principal runs a tight ship. She started a new program at lunch where students now play games after eating. It's made a big difference. Things are more organized and there seems like more school spirit. The teachers have always been great and there's very little turnover.

  • (6 months ago)

    Adaire recently hired a new Principal and she is fantastic! We are so lucky our school now has such a seasoned leader and she's already made some great changes! Dr. Long is also an amazing teacher and I love that the PhD educator chose to teach in the public school system instead of a university. Kudos for her commitment to public education!

  • (1 year ago)

    I graduated from this school recently with an IEP for mentally gifted classes. the work i was being given in my M.G. class (if you could even call it that) was more like busy work than anything. The homework/classwork in no way prepared me for high school and it seemed that the only goal was to make AYP. I hope that Adaire will realize the error in its ways and understand that they're not the perfect school that they brag about being they need to buckle the students down and strive to not only make AYP but to do better. Because i am a bright student and the transition to high school was hard for me i can only imagine what it's like for kids that struggle.

  • (1 year ago)

    I dont understand the bad review my son has an I.E.P. and is welcomed in this school with open arms and for the bullying issues i do not see this happening my son was bullied at his previous school which had given him social anxiety could not get my child even to have lunch in the lunch room with other children. since my son started at Adair he is happier healthier and for the first time loves to go to school...He actually feels safe!! I could not ask for a better learning environment for my son...Mrs. Oddo is so involved with the children and they are all in her best interest all the time. The secretary . nurse special ed teacher school psychiatrist lunch staff Home and School. I mean everyone. every staff member at at Adair are compassionate and understanding. I have grown children as well and have been in the school system a very long time and have not been involved with a school with such high standards..My son comes home feeling more confident and prouder every day in himself....Thank you Adaire

  • (1 year ago)

    VERY UNHAPPY WITH THE SCHOOL ESPECIALLY THE PRINCIPAL MRS ODDO.SHE DOES NOT KNOW HOW TO CONTROL OR RUN THE SCHOOL.THERE ARE MANY ISSUES OF BULLYING AND GOD FORBID IF YOUR CHILD HAS AN I.E.P FOR SPECIAL EDUCATION THEY ARE NOT WELCOMED AT ALL.

  • (2 years ago)

    I went to Adaire when I was in grade school and graduated in 2001 I am just trying to find the best school for my son and I am afraid that a lot of things have changed since I've been there. If Anyone has children that go there now I would really appreciate some feedback from thre school I am a little scared because he is starting kindergarten and I just don't know where else to send him. thank you!

  • (2 years ago)

    i love adaire i had two sons in adaire one is still going there i love the teahers and the aides my kids both loved mr V HE IS A GREAT GYM TEACHER HE DOES SO MUCH WITH THE KIDS ITS GOING TO BE A SAD DAY WHEN HE LEAVES THE END OF THE YEAR

  • (3 years ago)

    If you don't like the school or have so much to say . Why don't you just take your child out . put them in another school. THe grass may be greener on the other side.

  • (3 years ago)

    I would love to know where you get your information. I guess since your a regular volunteer we will see you at every event this year? Perhaps you can man our new welcome desk or help with one of the many events we have planned since it is always the same few who come out? I can tell you that many things are going to change this year.

  • (3 years ago)

    I already told everyone I have volunteered there for many years....I do know what I am talking about...maybe everyone else needs to listen to the children that go there too....that is half of Adair's problem.....they don't take the time out for the children...I listen to adults and the children...not just the adults.

  • (4 years ago)

    I whould like to tell u that mrs.betty & april are doing a fine job at their work and who ever does not like the way their son/daughter is being treated just come by at lunch time and see how they acted up My niece and nephew go to this school and i think they get treated very farely.

  • (4 years ago)

    to the person who had worte the message about betty and april taking up space and time needs to see how their child really needs to see how they act up during lunch time. Instead of talking your time to write it on this web site why don't you come and talk about it face to face. Stop talking trash about the people that do a fine job at what they do......

  • (4 years ago)

    I am a former student and a parent of a current student and I am truely disappointed! The school has lost their edge...there's no discipline! The test scores have dramatically dropped every year since my daughter started 6 years ago. I think the scores would go back up if order was brought back and discipline was enforced! What kind of punishment is in- house suspension or detention? The kids know that if they misbehave they get rewarded by getting out of class! What happened to after school detention?? Hit the kids where it hurts...cut into their time! I guess that would mean that the staff may need to stay later and actually work for their money!!

  • (4 years ago)

    I love the schhol but I think they really need to focuse on the bully and the really need a new nurse the one they have now doesn't not do her job my daughter broke her finger and i wasn't notified she is only 7 seven not to mention she tells the kids i don't wanna hear about it go back to class when they come down saying they are sick I really can't want for MR Mcgrogan to come back I am not liking the new principal.

  • (5 years ago)

    My kids are learning alot but some other issues with other kid pputting their hands on my child they need to worry about bullying more 3 times this year my son was atack by another student and this was the last time i will let my child come home from school with marks on him and a black eye enough is enough yeah boys will be boys it happens but not 3 time and this last time was bad something needs to be done about it ..

  • (5 years ago)

    I love that school. I was at Richmond School before Adaire & im doing 10 times better now.

  • (5 years ago)

    its safe n my children really learn n get help there they really care about the children the teachers r great to.

  • (5 years ago)

    the school is good most of the teachers are really hard working teachers. the only bad thing is the bullying that goes on i've seen first hand the personnel turn the other way with certain kids. its not fair

  • (6 years ago)

    My son has adhd and was forced out of his previous school in first grade because they didnot want to deal with him but since he switched to adaire he has blossomed into a wonderful child.Mr mcgrogan is the most fair and understanding principal i have ever seen and the teachers all give 100 percent to the children. I think this is the best public school in philadelphia.

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