2020 GreatPhillySchools Ratings Show More Philadelphia Schools Are Achieving High Academic Growth

Over 100 district and charter schools earned a high growth indicator


Philadelphia, PA – Philadelphia School Partnership (PSP) announced that 2020 ratings for schools of all types – 213 public district, 98 public charter and 44 private – across Philadelphia are now available on the GreatPhillySchools website, GreatPhillySchools.org. The new ratings show 46 schools across the city achieved an overall rating of 8 or higher on the 10-point scale, and 102 public district and charter schools received a “High Academic Growth” indicator. A list of high growth schools is available online. 2020 ratings are based on schools’ achievements through the 2018-19 school year.

Among the schools consistently demonstrating evidence of exceeding Pennsylvania standards for growth are: C.C.A. Baldi Middle School, Esperanza Academy Charter Middle School and High School, Franklin Towne Charter High School, Freire Charter Middle School, Mariana Bracetti Academy Charter School, Olney Elementary School, Mastery Charter Gratz Prep Middle School, Middle Years Alternative School for the Humanities, and the Southwark School.

Created in 2012, GreatPhillySchools is designed to help families research and compare Philadelphia schools on both academic and non-academic factors. Schools receive a rating on a 1-to-10 scale in multiple categories, including student performance in reading, math, and science, as well as student attendance, school incidents, and college matriculation. Schools also receive an overall rating. In addition, district and charter schools earn a ‘High Academic Growth’ indicator when they have demonstrated evidence of exceeding state standards for student growth over the most recent three-year period in both math and reading on the PA Value Added Assessment System (PVAAS). Academic growth represents the progress a student makes from one school year to the next.

“GreatPhillySchools is an important resource for Philadelphia families to use in finding, researching and choosing a school that best fits their student’s needs,” said Manager of GreatPhillySchools Kelsie Strunc. “There is a lot of data publicly available on school quality in various places, but it is not always easy to navigate. Especially in a community like Philadelphia, where there exists a variety of school options, understanding the choices and enrollment process can be challenging. With families in mind, we feature all information and data on Philadelphia schools in one place on the GreatPhillySchools website.”

The new ratings can be found on GreatPhillySchools.org, and additional information about the methodology is on the ratings methodology webpage. An infographic for the overall 2020 ratings is available online and attached. In addition, the school ratings will be included in the updated GreatPhillySchools print guides, which are free and will be distributed publicly in the spring.

GPS 2020 Ratings By The Numbers

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