School Details

Pittsburgh Phillips K-5

1901 Sarah St, Pittsburgh, PA 15203
(412) 488-5190
5

(out of 10)

Public Grades K-5 305 students 18 students/teacher (PA avg is 15)

Test Scores by grade

80%
66%
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58%
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
  • Pittsburgh School District average
  • Pennsylvania state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

88%
68%
83%
73%
56%
72%
75%
63%
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
  • Pittsburgh School District average
  • Pennsylvania state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

69%
61%
73%
69%
52%
65%
51%
48%
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
  • Pittsburgh School District average
  • Pennsylvania state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Pittsburgh Phillips K-5 is a public elementary school in Pittsburgh. The principal of Pittsburgh Phillips K-5 is Mr. Martin Boonstra. 305 children attend Pittsburgh Phillips K-5 and identify as White, non-Hispanic; Hispanic; and Black, non-Hispanic. 63% of the 305 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Pittsburgh Phillips K-5 is 18:1. Propel CS-Montour is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

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

Languages Taught

  • Spanish

Sports

  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • P.E. classes
  • Swimming
  • Track

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 49% 34%
Hispanic 4% 2%
Black, non-Hispanic 36% 56%
Multiracial 10% 6%
Asian 0.9% %
Asian/Pacific Islander 0.6% 3%
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 63% 70%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    Pittsburgh Phillips is a superb public school (K-5) in the heart of one of the most eclectic neighborhoods in Pittsburgh. My family relocated to Pittsburgh (via Alaska and orginally from San Francisco) and I immediately fell in love with this school. The parental involvement was evident from the moment I stepped onto the campus and went to my first PTO meeting. The parents and teachers welcome you with open arms and there is a sense of community. I have particularly enjoyed my son's 3rd grade teacher Ms. El Sabbagh. She has been the biggest advocate of my child and she ensured that he received the academic services that he needed to thrive. If you are a parent who enjoys the diversity of a good public school with excellent and committed parents and teachers then this school is for you!

  • (1 year ago)

    We have been very happy with Phillips for many reasons. The teachers are a top-notch very motivated hard-working bunch. The parent involvement is robust and the school does give parents many many oppurtunities to speak up/get involved. The student mix is diverse both economically and culturally which we think is so important. There is a culture of kindness that is reassuring as well. We highly recommend Phillips to anyone who asks.

  • (1 year ago)

    Phillips K-5 is like the hidden gem in PPS. We were lucky that it was already our feeder school but many students attend from all over the city for its outstanding reputation as a Spanish magnet school. Its "neighborhood" friendly size a diverse enrollment and amazing staff are just a few of the quality attributes. We are proud to call each other a "family" at Phillips and it's obvious by the involvement and commitment of our families that continue to work and make Phillips a cut above the rest.

  • (1 year ago)

    Phillips is a great school. They have caring staff and they are their to support my child. They offer a variety of enrichment activities for the children. I would recommend this school to sound anyone!!!

  • (1 year ago)

    I love teaching at Phillips Elementary School! I am in my 14th year teaching 5th grade reading and language arts and I can not imagine a better job. I feel supported by my colleagues our principals our community and especially by our Principal Mr. Boonstra. Not only have I been a part of the Phillips community for 14 years my two children attended Phillips. They are currently in one of our wonderful Pittsburgh Public Schools in middle school and are thriving after having received a solid foundation at Pittsburgh Phillips. Currently my niece attends Phillips in the first grade. I am always willing for perspective parents to email me or ask me questions about Phillips or better yet come visit our school and take a peek in my classroom! Phillips is a wonderful place to grow as a professional!

  • (1 year ago)

    Phillips used to be a wonderful school. My son has been at the schools for three years and the school has gone completely downhill since the change in administration. I asked numerous times throughout the school year for a meeting with my sons teacher about how to help him academically and she would either not respond or schedule and not show up. They do not respect parents I was on multiple occasions treated unfairly by the school's SDSS and principal. Another child kicked my son and they were mad when I demanded the other student me punished. Its a shame that such a good school has gone so far down hill!

  • (1 year ago)

    Pittsburgh Phillips is a highly recommended school. I choose her school because a diverse student body and staff are important in a healthy learning environment. There aren't any instructors of color and the lunch ladies are teaching focus groups. I also realized those students were given enrichment opportunities based on nepotism. The children of Staff where encouraged to apply for gifted program as well as knowledge bowls. While my kid attended the school only one child who wasn t Caucasian was invited into the gifted program. My child had one of the highest Dibels scores entering Kindergarten was a honor and High Honor roll student until she entered third grade tested very superior in part of the gifted exam and was highly proficient in both parts of the PSSA. Her teacher's explanation is this was a transition year. She did not help her students reach their full potential and I should accept that grades are going to fall and not hold her to a higher standard. My communication with this teacher was almost daily. She admitted to losing my kids homework. She did not oversee her student teacher who did not give homework during of May and June.

  • (4 years ago)

    Sending your child to Phillips is like sending them to a private school within the Public School system. A top notch school w/ top notch teachers. Not many others out there like it.

  • (4 years ago)

    Because they have helped my son learn so much in such a short time! The teachers and the Principal are all incredible!!!!

  • (5 years ago)

    I love Phillips because it has such wonderful teachers who really enjoy teaching. It also provides my children with an opportunity to interact with children from other backgrounds.

  • (5 years ago)

    I love the acceptance and the education that they give to the children and grandchildren of my good friends .

  • (5 years ago)

    I am thrilled that my children attend Phillips k-5. It is a wonderful school with a caring and motivated staff. My children love there school.

  • (5 years ago)

    My nieces and nephew are students. We are so happy that they are getting a top-notch education in a public school.

  • (5 years ago)

    Phillips Elementary meets our children's needs and our expectations as parents through a rare and wonderful combination of excellent teaching academic rigor and caring staff. Beyond that what makes this school so special is the community - from the many teachers who choose to enroll their own children at Phillips to the parents and community members who make an impact and difference at a small 300 student school by volunteering in the classroom creating wonderful Spanish themed event nights or planning and building a new playground and garden where before there was only urban asphalt. It's a gem of a school and community.

  • (5 years ago)

    The feeling of community and support is probably Phillips' greatest assets that along with a caring staff teachers that always seem to go the extra mile and students that have a sense of pride in this small urban gem. My children never seem to want to leave a sure sign that something is right here!

  • (6 years ago)

    Phillips is a great school. The principal and teachers are open and communicative and have made the elementary school experience very good for my special needs daughter. The school is a community in itself and is also an integral part of the South Side community.

  • (6 years ago)

    The staff puts too much pressure on the students and comments are not welcome from students/parents. Too much homework is given homework even on Holiday Breaks/Summer Break (Summer Reading) This school is just a bribe to try to get you to come so they can have success and not your child they have poor communication and criticize students and if your child is failing they wait until the last minute to tell you and blame you for making comments about their school.

  • (8 years ago)

    I feel that the class size is way to large for teachers to handle and this also makes learning difficult for children as well.

  • (8 years ago)

    The school uses a teaching method reminiscent of twenty years ago; poor communication between teachers and parents and an overall 'children should be seen and not heard mentality'.

  • (8 years ago)

    I think that they do have great programs but I agree that there is definetly too much homework for grades 3 and up. Also the treatment of some of the teachers towards the students leaves alot to be desired.

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