School Details

Washington Grover Jr School

201 East Olney Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19120
(215) 456-0422
2

(out of 10)

Public Grades 5-8 761 students 15 students/teacher (PA avg is 15)

Test Scores by grade

39%
45%
73%
26%
35%
65%
24%
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

59%
52%
77%
36%
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

51%
56%
80%
45%
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%
67%
58%
80%
20%
24%
60%
71%
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

Washington Grover Jr School is a public middle school in Philadelphia. The principal of Washington Grover Jr School is Michael Rosenberg. 761 children attend Washington Grover Jr School and are mostly Black, non-Hispanic; Multiracial; and White, non-Hispanic. 100% of the 761 students here get reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Washington Grover Jr School is 15:1. Olney El School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Photography
  • Video film production

Sports

  • P.E. classes

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Black, non-Hispanic 70% 61%
Multiracial 2% %
White, non-Hispanic 2% 13%
Asian/Pacific Islander 15% 6%
Hispanic 13% 17%
Asian 13% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.1% 0.2%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 100% 73%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    Grover is a good school and all but its the student's that make it seem bad. I mean the teachers are great and they're very helpful.

  • (1 year ago)

    GWJr. is not a bad school. ithink the trouble comes from the students that have a hard time listening. But other than that the school is a very good school. The academic used to be really good until students that don't want to learn attended this school. Those students interupt the classrooms from learning. overall the teacher try very hard to teach their classes the most and wanting them to learn alot.

  • (2 years ago)

    I went to this school for all four years. I graduated in 2005 and was accepted to Central High School. I learned what I needed to in this school. My PSSA scores and Terra Nova scores were all above the 85 percentile. The teachers did their jobs. The true problem here are the students. When I was there I do recall some students running around the school and causing trouble but that has nothing to do with the teacher. If a kid decides to get up and act obnoxiously disrespectful and careless that's on them. Teachers are there to provide them with an education not teach them manners and discipline. If the student really cares they will learn and do just fine.

  • (5 years ago)

    I am currently a teacher at Grover and would have to disagree with some of the comments posted. While it is unfortunate that some people may have had poor experiences at this school we cannot judge the entire quality and commitment of the staff based on these situations. I have had the opportunity to work with some of the best teachers in Philadelphia and most of my co-workers are dedicated and committed to the success of our students. Teaching in a middle school can be challenging with many of the strong personalities we encounter. However despite these challenges most of my colleagues and I do what we can to provide a positive learning experience for our students. This school has a lot of potential we would greatly appreciate more volunteers and community mentors to help make this a more successful school.

  • (6 years ago)

    I think that grover could do a whole lot better. The teachers don't care about our education the kids care less and the staff is not so friendly and never wants to hear your side of the story if an adult gets into an argument. They just write them up and the student doesn't really learn their lesson by getting punished. That school is oh wow... And i still have one more year to go.

  • (7 years ago)

    I am a substitute teacher for the Philadelphia School District. My experience at Grover Washington Middle School is perhaps the worst I have ever had. Support is nonexistent. The kids run wild and when there is a disruption in the classroom you better not call the office for help. More often than not no one comes to help. This school is out of control. I was there for two weeks and saw the principal only one time. Stay away from this school if you can.

  • (8 years ago)

    I am a former teacher of GWJr. I have to agree with the parent that said that this school has had a great decline in both academics and behavior over the past few years. The administration should be ashamed at how the school is run. Some changes in the powers that be are greatly needed! By the way... class size is 33-35 not 22 as stated on this site!

  • (8 years ago)

    I feel Grover Washington is a good school.

  • (9 years ago)

    Grover Washington Jr. in it's beginning stages was a very good school. Since the city removed it's all year round status the school's academic status has dropped tremendously. There has been a steady influx of troubled students with discipline problems. Even the teachers seem to care much less than in the past.

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Overall score

(based on 12 ratings & reviews)

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