School Details

Houston Henry E School

7300 Rural Ln, Philadelphia, PA 19119
(215) 248-6608
2

(out of 10)

Public Grades PK-8 507 students 15 students/teacher (PA avg is 15)

Test Scores by grade

53%
49%
80%
45%
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

46%
56%
83%
34%
42%
72%
33%
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

35%
45%
73%
35%
35%
65%
33%
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

31%
52%
77%
38%
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

59%
56%
80%
52%
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

63%
52%
76%
59%
58%
80%
26%
24%
60%
44%
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

Houston Henry E School is a public middle school in Philadelphia. The principal of Houston Henry E School is Deborah Jolley. 507 students go to Houston Henry E School and identify as Black, non-Hispanic; Multiracial; and Hispanic. 51% of the 507 students here have subsidized lunches. The ratio of students to teachers at Houston Henry E School is 15:1. Henry Charles W School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

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

Sports

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Field hockey
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Black, non-Hispanic 89% 61%
Multiracial 5% %
Hispanic 3% 17%
White, non-Hispanic 3% 13%
Asian 1.0% %
Asian/Pacific Islander 0.4% 6%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% 0.2%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 51% 73%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (2 months ago)

    Houston is a school on the rise! We have excellent teachers and dedicated volunteers (both parents and area residents). The new principal is energetic and open to new ideas. We have an amazing music program that starts with vocals in K and includes many instrumental options for the upper grades. Foreign language is also available. The halls are clean and orderly. My oldest daughter is in 1st grade at Houston. She attended Kindergarten as well. Her classmates are very sweet with each other and when I've visited the classroom they are eager to raise their hand and participate. Morning drop-off is orderly and pleasant - I get to see all of the classes and teachers at one time - very good overall impression.

  • (3 months ago)

    Have twins at the school since 2nd grade now in 4th school is AWESOME. The school is definitely going from good to GREAT! Mrs. Haberline and Ms. Henderson are SUPER 4th grade teacher. The new principal Mr. Hall is showing precise/direct leadership! And last but not least the Home & School ROCKS!

  • (5 months ago)

    Houston has had a reputation as one of the remaining good public elementary schools in the Philadelphia Public School system. The school seems to be failing quickly. I have experienced inconsistency in the 3 years that I have been part of the Houston family. It is difficult to help students develop with constant personnel changes. My child had a whole school year without a consistent teacher. Substitute after substitute. Most mornings there was no teacher present to meet the children. Safety then became an issue. The staff didn't see this as a problem until I attempted to bring the children in. They told me that I couldn't but failed to tell me what they were going to do. Receiving A's & B's from random teachers throughout the school year and then failing to meet the qualifications to test out into a charter school indicates that children are being passed thru without proper evaluation. We never received a final report card from the previous year. Considering that the teachers changed so frequently we didn't bother to pursue it given that it was likely inaccurate. We are entering year 4 and guess what? The 3rd principal. We need to do better.

  • (2 years ago)

    I attended this school in the 80's and my child attended Houston as well. I must say that I still love this school. Ms. Newman is an awesome principal and she genuinely cares about her students. I love the front office staff as well as the teachers. Each year my child had an amazing teacher. I definitely would recommend this school to other. Don't be fooled by ratings from prior students or bitter parents. This school is truly a great school with teachers and staff that cares.

  • (4 years ago)

    my daughter attends. my sister cousins and myself attended in the 70's and 80's. we have history and a legacy at henry h houston with a future to come.

  • (4 years ago)

    above average we have great things in our school like art music gym computers. But the only thing our school is missing is Spanish and other languages.

  • (7 years ago)

    I have been at Houston for 3 administrations each were valuable for what they accomplished. Everyone should send their children to Houston for the dedicated teachers and staff. Under the new Principal there is new energy enthusiasm of students and great staff morale. Houston has now risen to new heights.

  • (9 years ago)

    Neighborhood school has deteriorated since current principal took over in '99. Reputation had been on the upswing until then.

  • (9 years ago)

    This school is a great school and strives to teach children.

  • (9 years ago)

    I think the curriculum is great and the classes offered will make the kids well-rounded individuals. However some of the staff need to be more personable and more understanding of the different needs that each child has.Some staff members also need to be more professional in their approach to the children and the parents and should not discuss a child's personal business to another child's parent!

  • (10 years ago)

    My child is in the gifted program at Houston. I feel that this program has enchanced my childs vocabulary as well as expose him to different cultures. I would also like to commend my sons teacher for the fabulous job she did with my son along with her other students this 03-04 school year. Mrs. Warren is the best!

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Overall score

(based on 11 ratings & reviews)

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  • Principal leadership
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