Last week the School District of Philadelphia announced the top-ranking schools in the city.
Among the recipients of praise were three South Philadelphia schools, Kirkbride elementary, Christopher Columbus charter and the Academy at Palumbo.
All three of these schools were ranked on the peer-leader list, meaning that these schools ranked higher compared to other educational institutions that teach to similar populations.
The peer and overall leaders were determined using the district’s “School Progress Report,” an internal measure. Rather than relying solely on test scores, the report counts academic progress, school climate, and other factors. District schools and 90 percent of charters – all those that opted in – were graded.
Still, Hite noted, there is much work to be done. Among the roughly 300 schools graded, a whopping 80 percent fall into the district’s two lowest achievement categories.
“The results also show that we must meet challenges at many schools,” the superintendent said. “We have a lot of work to do.”
While the praise for these schools is great, this report also shows where work needs to be done to improve education throughout the city.
Want to see how well your school did? You can find a full report of schools here.