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About This School

Pennell Joseph School is a public elementary school in Philadelphia. The principal of Pennell Joseph School is Ms Gina Kaplan. 472 students go to Pennell Joseph School and identify mostly as Black, non-Hispanic; Hispanic; and White, non-Hispanic. 92% of the 472 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Pennell Joseph School is 15:1. Prince Hall is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Black, non-Hispanic 97% 61%
Hispanic 1% 17%
White, non-Hispanic 1% 13%
Multiracial 0.4% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% 0.2%
Asian 0% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 92% 73%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (7 months ago)

    This school isnt the same at all. The children are not motivated to do they best. When its one rotten apple in the bunch the entire class suffers. That's not fair to the kids that actually want to learn. My daughter is above her 4th grade level and when i asked to have her tested they never did it but they will make your child feel horrible for wearing a regular jacket in the cold classes there. Not to mention that if your child believes in Santa Claus just be prepared to dry they tears cause a teacher informed my daughter class that they parents bought they toys. My daughter was hurt badly. Next year i have enrolled in home schooling for her where she will get the appropriate work and not preschool work for a 4th grader. Parents beware of this school!!!!! When kids are shown positive they give back positive. Some teachers serm to just be there for the pay check and do not take time with the kids But all the teachers are not the same some actually have a heart. But i would have to rate this school a negative 0 they need to make some serious changes. For the kids sake!!

  • (1 year ago)

    I really think the staff at Pennell(From Principal to teachers and aids) are doing an awesome job. As a parent I am kept well informed of activities and events .

  • (1 year ago)

    My son is currently in the 1st grade and I'm highly disappointed. The work assigned isn't challenging enough for my son. I had to request that his teacher send home more challenging homework so my son doesn't get bored and uninterested in learning. Both my son's kindergarden and first grade teacher agree that he's above average but the curriculum does not expand his inteligence. I have several of his teachers tell me to transfer my son to a better school where he isn't held back by his classmates. My son comes home upset more often than not because his class didn't finish their assignment due to behavioral issues. My son takes his education very seriously and he is being held back by other children who aren't interested in learning. Until I can transfer him I'll continue teaching him more challenging lessons at home outside of what he learns at Pennell.

  • (6 years ago)

    I love this school my daughter curently attends the school. I like the fact that the teachers are very involved with the students as well as the princple. There has been times where I have visted the school and seen how the princple as well as teachers comend the students on a job well done even for little things as wearing the proper uniform.

  • (7 years ago)

    pennell is not the school it use to be. my husband when there as a child they had so many activies. they no longer have music art or sports. i have decided to take my kids out of pupil school and put them in scottland i hear it is a very good school. my 10 year old is very smart and i don't think the school is a challage to him i would love him to have music and some extracurricular.

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