Philadelphia Public Elementary Schools

General Information

School Rankings

Many clients may be using online school rankings to evaluate schools is America’s unofficial ranking system and is linked to Zillow

Evaluate schools based on the following metrics:

These ratings correlate highly with socioeconomic levels while not doing a great job at capturing how much a school helps students grow

A large body of academic literature warns against using performance on standardized tests as a proxy for quality of education. Many test questions, for instance, assume knowledge that lower-income students may not have been exposed to either in or out of school

We should caution clients that they need to take a deeper look into the school rather than just looking at the ratings before choosing a neighborhood.

Click here for detailed information about some of the most sought after schools in the city.

Additional Resources

Philadelphia School Catchment Finder:

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Case Against

Case for Neighborhood Schools

Connecting Families to Resources for Out of School Time