School Details

Comly Watson School

1001 Byberry Rd, Philadelphia, PA 19116
(215) 961-2008
5

(out of 10)

Public Grades K-5 510 students 17 students/teacher (PA avg is 15)

Test Scores by grade

80%
49%
80%
78%
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

86%
56%
83%
75%
42%
72%
81%
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

79%
45%
73%
61%
35%
65%
66%
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

About this school

Comly Watson School is a public elementary school in Philadelphia. The principal of Comly Watson School is Terri Salvucci. 510 students go to Comly Watson School and are mostly Asian, Hispanic, and Multiracial. 42% of the 510 students here get reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Comly Watson School is 17:1. St Christopher School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Theater drama

Languages Taught

  • Italian

Sports

  • P.E. classes

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Asian 9% %
Hispanic 8% 19%
Multiracial 7% 4%
White, non-Hispanic 61% 14%
Black, non-Hispanic 14% 56%
Asian/Pacific Islander 10% 7%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.2% 0%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% 0%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 42% 75%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (10 months ago)

    Comly is very good considering all the mess that the incompetent people at city hall have created. The school fair on a weekend kinda sucked this year and the lunch periods just seem too military like. But people seem to really care and my kid seems to be at a good level in all areas. He has attended kindergarten and 1st grade there. Hopefully the mayor and his cronies can get more help to all the schools.

  • (1 year ago)

    Yes school is great but like a place where you can spend time.There is such a nice and friendly staff.All of them teachers assistants lunch room ladies bus drivers but you know our academical program could be much better.My son a 2nd grader now and they still learn a kindergarten level staff now.They have absolutely no challenge at school.So sad.A lots of bright student have to repeat the same things a hundred times..

  • (1 year ago)

    Our bus driver this 2013-14 year is such a nice lady! She always comes exactly on time & waits for a min or two for us to get to the bus. She would always smile & make me feel relieved for our hectic mornings. We're lucky & I trully hope she continues to come at least till the end of the school year.. Once I dealt with the new Principal over the e-mail & the next time it was proved the problem was solved. The teacher is also nice.

  • (1 year ago)

    Comly is a wonderful school. I grew up in Phila. and have attended many differwnt schools in the city due to my parents moving often so I know a good school! My child is in 1st grade and has been going here for two years. She absolutely loves it. They are very family oriented and do a lot of fundraising to be able to get the kids new things fpr the classrooms including smart boards. The staff is wonderful the new principal kept things the same. The school os clean they are just awesome. My daughter can't wait to get there each morning. My only complaint is thay the school busses are not really on schedule. They come early and don't wait and some times are an hour late with no notice to us parents but this is NOT the schools fault! If the bussing situation was under control it would be amazing . Hands down THE best elementary school in the Philadelphia School District!!!

  • (1 year ago)

    My daughter has been attending comly since 2009. She's always succeded the teachers are excellent. They are a safety school. Very careful & cautious. Always hit academic progress every year. My daughter gets above average reading levels. I love this school and my daughter will graduate she will def be coming back to visit.

  • (1 year ago)

    As a former parent of a child who graduates from Comly elementary I am shocked at the low reading scores. My daughter graduated in 2011. Her love of reading started in 1st grade (thanks to her teacher) and has continued. Comly had a great Read to me(kindergarten) and Reading on own(1st-5th) with log sheets program. I believe they continued this but not as progressive as it once was. Comly was once a great school with caring and loving teachers - Mostly all have now retired. I'm sure the new teachers are very good but something appears to be missing.

  • (1 year ago)

    Our school is not that bad.Teachers is good.I talk about K and 1st grades teachers because my son is only at 1st grade now.School stuff is nice and friendly.The worst part is a menu at lunch..It's terrible but it is not schools fault of course.

  • (3 years ago)

    Not happy about Mrs.Zoo's constant yelling at my kids in the lunchroom. They also have the children stand against the wall all period of lunch. Teachers are ok and principal too. Not at all happy with lunch hour though.

  • (4 years ago)

    Caring enviroment including all of the teachers office staff lunch staff and parents. everyone seems to pull together. And they taught my son to read in 60 days.... AMAZING!!!!

  • (4 years ago)

    Comly has excellent teachers and staff.

  • (4 years ago)

    Excellent school and neighborhood. The principal attends every event and fundraiser at school she really should be commended for the effort and difference she has made at comly.

  • (4 years ago)

    The faculty and staff are fantastic! They truly love to help the children grow and learn.

  • (4 years ago)

    I think this is a great family involved school and my child loves it.

  • (4 years ago)

  • (4 years ago)

    Couldn't ask for a better elementary for my children. The principal and teachers are wonderful. Too bad the middle school is so far away!

  • (4 years ago)

    THis school has very high academic programming and standards the arts are infused with the academics and the staff is super-involved in helping to provide the best environment and structure for learning!The students have many opportunites to be involved in extra curricular activities which enhance their well-roundedness

  • (4 years ago)

    It is the best Elementary school in the far northeast area I think. My daughter has been at Comly since Kindergarten and will graduate from 5th grade this year. All the teachers and new principal care so much about the children. The computer teacher/MG teacher is fantastic and this year they added full time art which had been missing for years. I am also member of the H&S and have been helping out since my daughters first year there. I just wish the school could go up to 8th grade.

  • (4 years ago)

    Comly is a GREAT school both of my children are enrolled there they have the arts music etc Teachers are wonderful and the New Principal is outstanding. An excellent enviorment.

  • (5 years ago)

    WT Comly is one of the finest public elementary schools in Philadelphia with motivated students caring committed educators and an family atmosphere. I can't think of anywhere in the City I'd rather work.

  • (6 years ago)

    I have no problem with this school. My son does outstanding and the math game that is on the internet for his school he loves my son is Shnae Connolly room 216

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