School Details

Fitzsimons Thomas High School

2601 West Cumberland St, Philadelphia, PA 19132
(215) 227-4431
1

(out of 10)

Public Grades 7-12 390 students 11 students/teacher (PA avg is 15)

Test Scores by grade

28%
56%
80%
13%
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

21%
52%
76%
15%
58%
80%
3%
24%
60%
7%
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

0%
38%
60%
7%
43%
68%
0%
16%
42%
13%
63%
83%

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

Fitzsimons Thomas High School is a public high school in Philadelphia. The principal of Fitzsimons Thomas High School is Mr Daryl Overton. 390 children attend Fitzsimons Thomas High School and identify mostly as Black, non-Hispanic; Hispanic; and White, non-Hispanic. 99% of the 390 students here get reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Fitzsimons Thomas High School is 11:1. Dobbins AVT High School is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Computer arts
  • Drawing painting
  • Theater drama

Languages Taught

  • Spanish

Sports

  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Track

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Black, non-Hispanic 98% 61%
Hispanic 1% 17%
White, non-Hispanic 0.8% 13%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% 0.2%
Multiracial 0% %
Asian 0% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 99% 73%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (3 years ago)

    Fitzsimmons is rated a "persistently dangerous" school. Under the federal No Child Left Behind act a rating of "persistently dangerous" gives the parents and children the right to transfer to a school of their choice. Most parents/kids don't know this haven't been told this and don't take advantage of it. If your child goes to this school you are allowed by law to demand a transfer to a safer school within the District. DO IT!!!!!

  • (3 years ago)

    good job keep up the good work fitzsimons yah yah yah$$$$$$$$$ f***k b****h test scores all need to bring it up but it a good school i been their done that was their i went to work their & learn more.

  • (4 years ago)

    The good thing is that the school got good supplies. Like one they got Promethean boards and another they got books. But the bad is that the environment ain't safe in there and the leadership can't do nothing about it. The kids don't respect the teachers or principals so they got to take charge or my son is coming out.

  • (6 years ago)

    No accountability on the principals's behalf (too many broken promises). Most of the teachers don't care whether the students do well or not. I've been told too many times by the teachers what they can't do. My grandson is a special Ed. student. Not enough special Ed. teachers.

  • (7 years ago)

    definitely not up 2 standard.

  • (7 years ago)

    I think this school is getting better my son stareted in December 2006 and at first it had seemed bad but my son got two great teachers who put up with bad behavior and they worked hard to stop it and they are Mrs. Hunter and Mrs. Brownridge.

  • (7 years ago)

    I think that the school is working on getting better. My son started in November 2006. I have talked to many of the teachers and always get a human when I call. The teachers are quick to get back to me. Unfortunately the school does have low scores. But in defense of the teachers. They spend lots of time dealing with unacceptable behavior. This training begins at home. We as parents need to partner with the teachers and not spend time knocking them down.

  • (8 years ago)

    I am so very disappointed with the level of care administered by this school. Mr. Jenkins the principal is quite frankly all talk and no action. Many of the teachers have no curriculum in place and no desire to keep parents up to date with the direction they are planning. My son is in the 7th grade. He came from a school with much higher academic scores but unfortunately due to neighborhood assignments was stuck to go here. You can NOT reach a live person by phone during the day most of the times and the teachers have so little lack of interest they don't show for open house! Parents if you care about your child's success please don't send them here. I can't even reach the school to obtain the transfer forms to get out! My son will not return next year. Truly disgusted

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