School Details

Lowell James R School

450 West Nedro Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19120
(215) 276-5272
1

(out of 10)

Public Grades PK-4 1008 students 19 students/teacher (PA avg is 15)

Test Scores by grade

51%
49%
80%
46%
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

57%
56%
83%
44%
42%
72%
45%
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

About this school

Lowell James R School is a public elementary school in Philadelphia. The principal of Lowell James R School is Ms Rochelle Bock. 1,008 children attend Lowell James R School and identify mostly as Black, non-Hispanic; Multiracial; and White, non-Hispanic. 97% of the 1,008 students here get reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Lowell James R School is 19:1. St Helena School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Black, non-Hispanic 60% 56%
Multiracial 6% 4%
White, non-Hispanic 2% 14%
Asian/Pacific Islander 19% 7%
Asian 19% %
Hispanic 13% 19%
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 97% 75%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (2 years ago)

    This school is freaking fun as ever I remember going there to a after school program called TooCan. Toocan was also a summer program were we went to different trips and swimming and yoga each week. Lowell provides breakfast and lunch and they have art class (in which I loved so much). back to too can the kids might say they don't like it because most after school programs let you play the whole time where as though they make you do your homework help with anything you don't understand and provide lunches. the trips were so fun especially the one to Lancaster. I'm not going to 8th grade and I wonder if they principle is still the same. she was the best! I couldn't stand the vice though she was too Holly Jolly about everything! I wish this school went up to 12 I probably would have left at 8th but still I do kind of miss it.btw they also have the best school fairs.

  • (3 years ago)

    This school is like a private school in the middle of Olney. Climate is outstanding and staff (majority) seem to care. I see teachers arriving as early as 6 30 am and leaving after 5pm. My child looks forward to going to school everyday. As I read the prior review a class with 28 students is not overcrowded considering other Philly schools. The Principal not principle is always available and involved. I'm sorry it only goes to 4th grade.

  • (4 years ago)

    This school has improved for the better since I was a child. My little sister went to this school. Now my two children attend the school. The teachers are excellent and show that they are really interested in the success of the children. Some of the teachers have a great rapport with most students. There are many parents like myself who are single and working who count on these teachers help them understand that we are just as interested in the success of the children as they are. My son is reading way beyond the level he is supposed to be at. My daughter also reads beyond her level and they exceed at academics. I am very proud to have kids here and the school has shown that they are as involved as any parent would be.

  • (8 years ago)

    Lowell school is overcrowded. There are about 28-30 children per class and the school only goes up to the fourth grade. If there are any extracurricular activities we do not know about them. The reading level for majority of the students is below average. When you ask for help or guidance from the teacher or principle you are basically on your own. I was told by the principle 'Teachers are not required to spend extra time or go beyond the call of duty'. While that may be true there are a many teachers who are willing to do just that! I currently looking for a better school for my child.

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