School Details

Kelly John B School

5116 Pulaski Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19144
(215) 951-4011
2

(out of 10)

Public Grades K-6 765 students 18 students/teacher (PA avg is 15)

Test Scores by grade

40%
49%
80%
41%
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

59%
56%
83%
39%
42%
72%
42%
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

37%
45%
73%
36%
35%
65%
30%
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

74%
52%
77%
47%
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

About this school

Kelly John B School is a public middle school in Philadelphia. The principal of Kelly John B School is Dr John Hackman. 765 children attend Kelly John B School and identify mostly as Black, non-Hispanic; Multiracial; and White, non-Hispanic. 100% of the 765 students here have subsidized lunches. The student to teacher ratio at Kelly John B School is 18:1. The DePaul Catholic School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Chorus
  • Dance
  • Theater drama

Sports

  • Basketball
  • P.E. classes
  • Track

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Black, non-Hispanic 93% 56%
Multiracial 4% 4%
White, non-Hispanic 2% 14%
Hispanic 1% 19%
Asian 0.4% %
Asian/Pacific Islander 0.3% 7%
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 100% 75%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    John b. Kelly is the worst school. My daughter is in the kindergarten the teacher she have no control of her class. The student pay her know mind they run around the class and also the students do not know how to keep their hand to themselves. I never seen so many students sso disrespectful. I would not tell anybody to send their child to john b. Kelly.

  • (2 years ago)

    Nothing great about this school except a handful of great teachers. All of my children have attended this school because honestly of a lack of options. I tried to have my kids transferred and was denied. It really went downhill when the Principle who was there for many years retired. The majority of the children in the school are unruly vulgar and violent and because it is on such a large scale it is difficult for the teachers to get a handle on it. Many parents are as bad as the students and discipline is seriously lacking from the school staff. So much of the day is wasted on dealing with conflict it is no wonder test scores are low. The one shining thing that saves this school is the fact that there are teachers there that genuinely care about the kids and put their all into teaching them particularly the kindergarten staff. My kids still have a relationship with there kindergarten teacher years after they were in that grade. Bottom line if you are not a parent that can devote a lot of time into your child's education continuously building on what they learn in class this school is a bad choice for your children.

  • (3 years ago)

    BEWARE BEWARE RUN FOR ANOTHER SCHOOL!! I highly recommend an alternative (if possible) to this DUMP considering the inadequate teaching staff-the lack of leadership with the administration-coupled with the knucklehead kids that enjoy bullying and fighting-I wouldn't send a feral cat to that dump. As the person stated before me-2 years ago-NOTHING SPECTACULAR WITH ANYTHING ABOUT THIS SCHOOL!

  • (4 years ago)

    I love John B. Kelly because it seeks to empower students to grow achieve and become great Americans who will change the world.

  • (6 years ago)

    My daughter is in kindergarten now. She has been there since the beginning of the school year. The teachers are average nothing spectacular. In order for your child to get the full potential there must definately be parent participation. She is above the average reading and writing level for her grade. They now have a reading book club for students who are either on or above the reading level and my daughter among few are members. There is really no communication on the teachers behalf. I really don't like that. Overall it is an average school and need improvement.

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Overall score

(based on 6 ratings & reviews)

  • Teacher quality
  • Principal leadership
  • Parent involvement

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