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About This School

Brown Joseph H School is a public elementary school in Philadelphia. The principal of Brown Joseph H School is Ms Ellen DeNofa. 530 children attend Brown Joseph H School and identify as Multiracial; White, non-Hispanic; and Asian/Pacific Islander. 72% of the 530 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Brown Joseph H School is 17:1. St. Dominic School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular Activities

  • Arts

    • Band
    • Chorus
    • Computer arts
    • Orchestra

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Multiracial 9% %
White, non-Hispanic 49% 13%
Asian/Pacific Islander 4% 6%
Asian 4% %
Black, non-Hispanic 25% 61%
Hispanic 13% 17%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.2% 0.2%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 72% 73%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    I have taken my daughter out of this school. She will not be attending any public school at all. The reason being the ignorance of the school board in regard to the US Constitution regarding the term "Separation of Church and State" This term is not in the Constitution! The First Amendment simply states "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof." It broke my heart when my little 6 year old daughter told me she was not allowed to say the name Jesus or put her hands in a praying form. I teach my daughter about morals and God and she was simply repeating what she was taught. She is then told (this is a 6 year old remember) that she is not allowed to put her hands in a praying fashion and is not allowed to say the name Jesus. "Separation of church and state " as applied to education means that a prayer at a graduation ceremony is unconstitutional. It also means that students may not pause for a moment of silence at the beginning of their school day. It means that a nativity scene may not be displayed on public property etc This is the problem with our society today

  • (1 year ago)

    today there was an evacuation at the school because of a carbon monoxide leak at the school and now my daughter has carbon monoxide poisoning and 50 plus other students where sent to the emergency room s at surrounding hospitals.parents werent even notified that their children was rushed off to the hospital.they wouldnt even tell me why my daughter was in the hospital.we had to learn the news about what was going on at the school through other means.i realy used to to love that school.i used to go there most of my family went there growing up!!but when it comes to childrens safety and the fact that NOBODY COULD GIVE ME ANY ANSWERS ANGERS AND SADENS ME AT THE SAME TIME.....a concernd parent!!!!!!

  • (3 years ago)

    Excellent School & Teachers. Ms.Darci will forever be embedded in our hearts. If only every Teacher could be like her our children would be Excellent Studets with Promising Futures. The Secretary`s well what can I say Helpful and Awesome and making you feel Welcome.

  • (3 years ago)

    i love this school i grew up there since kindergarden i miss it too much i left to go to another school from jh brown to new foundations but i love jh brown my opinon go there! the staff is nice and the teachers are nice and stuff.. )

  • (4 years ago)

    The faculty. Mrs. Darci McGuire is the best teacher ever. The secretaries are even better. Nothing is ever a problem. Mrs. Zenak the counselor is so very caring of the children. THey get a A+ from us! My son loves it there.5 stars.

  • (6 years ago)

    My daughter has just graduated from J H Brown Kindergarten and I am very hopeful I can move into a new district before September. There is no communication from the staff to the parents. My daughter had some behavioral problems and I was not made aware of them until I actually called the school about a problem she had with another student. The teacher was going to wait until the parent/teacher conferences to let me know about the problems she was having with my daughter. I am not blaming them for her behavior but I could have corrected the problems if I was notified about them. I had to have a meeting with the principle which was basically a waste of time because all she did was defend the staff. I think there needs to be something done about the staff at this school.

  • (7 years ago)

    I'm disappointed that they're not having a 7th & 8th grade-this is a wonderful school! The staff are organized professional and close. The teachers are nurturing and inspiring the curriculum is challenging. The majority of the students are well mannered and there appear to be few discipline issues here. Even the school building is bright and cheery inside (a rarity for Phila public schools!)And great field trips. We are grateful for the nurturing and inspiration that the J.H.Brown School has added to our lives!

  • (8 years ago)

    This is a wonderful school! The teachers are very warm yet professional. The office staff is very caring and helpful. The school itself is small. There aren't the fights and behavior problems in this school as there are in so many others. I'm amazed!

  • (9 years ago)

    I don't believe the curriculum being taught to first graders at J.H. Brown school is appropriate. When asked about this curriculum I was told it was my child with the problems and not the curriculum however my child seems to be on target and is having problems in math as well as reading. When asked why 'the basics' weren't being taught i was told that it was taught in kindergarten. -very unhappy parent

  • (9 years ago)

    J.H. Brown is an outstanding school in many respects. Academically it is excellent. The staff is wonderful. There is a very strong feeling of family involvement at the school which is very important for the children. All in all I couldn't be happier with the experience my children have had at this school.

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