School Details

Cooke Jay Middle School

1300 West Louden St, Philadelphia, PA 19141
(215) 456-3002
2

(out of 10)

Public Grades K-8 454 students 15 students/teacher (PA avg is 15)

Test Scores by grade

30%
49%
80%
37%
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

43%
56%
83%
30%
42%
72%
35%
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

47%
45%
73%
33%
35%
65%
16%
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

66%
52%
77%
43%
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

74%
56%
80%
57%
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

32%
52%
76%
44%
58%
80%
12%
24%
60%
41%
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

Cooke Jay Middle School is a public middle school in Philadelphia. The principal of Cooke Jay Middle School is Mr Gerald Branch. 454 children attend Cooke Jay Middle School and are mostly Black, non-Hispanic; Hispanic; and Multiracial. 99% of the 454 students here have subsidized lunches. The ratio of students to teachers at Cooke Jay Middle School is 15:1. Logan Hope School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Drawing painting

Sports

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • P.E. classes
  • Volleyball

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Black, non-Hispanic 91% 56%
Hispanic 5% 19%
Multiracial 3% 4%
Asian 2% %
Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 7%
White, non-Hispanic 0.7% 14%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% 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

  • (2 years ago)

    I just returned from presenting to a class of 8th graders today. They were wonderfully attentive respectful and excited to learn. I applaud the vision of the teacher who truly demonstrated a genuine care for her students. Last month I presented to a group of teachers all of whom met over their lunch on their own time. At that time I also met with the principal and she too demonstrated a care that was exemplary. I applaud the students and staff at Jay Cooke!

  • (6 years ago)

    I have been associated with Jay Cooke for the last three years; this school year there is something special going on at Cooke. There is a stable staff strong leadership and the students' test scores are showing improvement. I am excited to be a part of this school and take pride in knowing that the school is on the right track! I would like to see more community and parental involvement in the classrooms and at school functions. Our children can succeed and we need to give them the opportunity to do so!

  • (6 years ago)

    I agree with the parent who posted the review on March 17 2008. There is never a full classroom of parents for parent teacher conferences. Also I have a problem with the teachers they only call or send notes when the child is doing disruptive. I will call and leave messages for the teachers to call me or email because I would like to know the progress of my school work and I only received two calls from the 4 teachers I called. They really need to revamp this school because so many children there has the potiental to grow up successful but to me the teachers act like they don't care. This is my child's last year there and I thank God he made it through. I hope for the best for the students that are still attending this school this fall.

  • (7 years ago)

    this is quiet possibly the worst school i ever stepped in. it is a dump. but stop blaming the school and start looking at some of these parents. pretty bad when you have zero attendance at parent teacher conferences when you are a neighborhood school. i dont blame the stff for not caring anymore...get out while ou still can.

  • (7 years ago)

    This school needs help from everywhere. I have 2 children who unfortunately attend this school. The best thing I can say about the school is the building looks nice and it is within walking distance of our neighborhood. The district the parents the staff and anyone else who has the power to do so needs to get into this school and make some serious changes. This is not a safe environment for children at all. The staff at the school are so worried about test scores and attendance that they are ignoring disciplinary standards. As a result the school is being cultivated into a culture of violence. Behaviors that are clearly not acceptable are being regularly ignored in order to maintain positve appearances statistically. This school is a great example of why 'No Child Left Behind' is not an acceptable program as it is currently being implemented.

  • (8 years ago)

    I had two children in elementary grades - the teachers did not show attentiveness toward the children's education... they required bare minimum. Was definitely NOT an environment which inspired growth or progress. My wife and I were concerned for our children's safety daily. It seems that the school would like to do well but there's no contribution from faculty or most parents.

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Overall score

(based on 14 ratings & reviews)

  • Teacher quality
  • Principal leadership
  • Parent involvement

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