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October 19, 2016

Top Philadelphia schools as ranked by new School Performance Profiles

Education Rankings
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Penn Alexander School, formally known as Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander School, is university-assisted school in West Philadelphia. It was formed in 2001 as a partnership between the University of Pennsylvania, the School District of Philadelphia and the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers.

The state Department of Education released 2016 School Performance Profile scores for all Pennsylvania schools last week, and using that information, PhillyVoice has ranked each of the public schools of the School District of Philadelphia, as well as the city's charter schools.

The first three tables below list the Top 10 district schools, separating them by middle, elementary and K-8 schools. The fourth table lists the Top 10 charter schools operating in Philadelphia. A list of the Top 50 high schools in Philadelphia and the suburbs, according to the state's SPP score, can be found here.

Release of the SPP scores had been delayed a year for most schools to give teachers and students extra time to adjust to the new Core Curriculum and realignment of the PSSA, or Pennsylvania System of School Assessment standardized test.

The 2016 SPP scores are the first to reflect middle and elementary school student performance on the more challenging PSSA. The Department of Education, at the direction of Gov. Tom Wolf, is currently working to make the standardized test-dependent SPP a "better, more holistic measure."

The SPP is calculated using numerous criteria, some weighted more heavily than others. These include student performance on standardized tests, like the PSSA, Keystone Exams and the SAT/ACT college admissions tests. The score also factors in how many students performed proficiently on standardized tests and improvements made by students who had previously underperformed on these tests, among other factors.

A more detailed description of the scoring criteria can be found here, and the searchable database of the reports for all the schools in Pennsylvania is available on the education department's website.

PhillyVoice also produced lists of the top suburban schools in Bucks, Chester, Delaware and Montgomery counties using the state's SPP scores.

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(Out of 20 schools)

Rank School Name SPP Score
1 C.C.A. Baldi Middle School 81
2 A.M.Y. Northwest 75.6
3 A.M.Y. at James Martin 64.1
4 Grover Washington Jr. School 55.8
5 Middle Years Alternative 54.5
6 Russell Conwell Middle School 52.6
7 Gen. J. Harry LaBrum
Middle School
8 Woodrow Wilson Middle School 46.5
9 Austin Meehan Middle School 45.2
10 DeBurgos Bilingual
Magnet Middle School


(Out of 57 schools)
Rank School Name SPP Score
1 William H. Loesche School 76.3
2 Watson Comly School 75.9
3 John Hancock
Demonstration School
4 A.S. Jenks School 69.1
5 Rhawnhurst School 67.7
6 Eleanor C. Emlen School 66.4
7 Anne Frank School 65.2
8 Olney Elementary School 64.8
9 Vare-Washington
Elementary School
10 Joseph Brown School 61.9


(Out of 88 schools)
Rank School Name SPP Score
1 Penn Alexander School 88.1
2 Albert M. Greenfield School 83.7
3 Joseph Greenberg School 81.2
4 William M. Meredith School 79.6
5 Eliza B. Kirkbride School 77
6 Gen. George A. McCall School 73.9
7 Stephen Decatur School 70.3
8 Mayfair School 65.4
9 Aloysius L. Fitzpatrick School 64.4
10 D. Newlin Fell School 64.3


(Out of 82 schools)
Rank School Name SPP Score
1 Franklin Towne Charter High School 94.6
2 Mathematics, Science & Technology
Community Charter School
3 Preparatory Charter School
of Mathematics, Science, Tech, and Careers
4 Christopher Columbus Charter School 77.9
5 Folk Arts-Cultural Treasures
Charter School
6 Franklin Towne
Charter Elementary School
7 Independence Charter School 73.5
8 Alliance for Progress Charter School 72.4
9 Mastery Charter School – Thomas Campus 72.4
10 Eugenio Maria de Hostos Charter School 71.9