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Is Independence Charter School a wise choice?

My child will be joining elementary school next year. Some of my friends suggested me to select Independence Charter School. I don’t know much about this school. And I have very little idea about good charter schools in Philadelphia. Can you give me some idea about the Independence school? Is this charter school better than other local schools in student performance and preparation for college? How are charter schools different from the normal public schools and private schools? How can I find out a good charter school for my kid?

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Victoria Fowler on February 27, 2018

First of all, a charter school is an independently managed school but serves the society in a way similar to public schools. Every state has its own governing body to authorize and monitor the charter schools within the state. Anyone can submit a proposal to start a charter school, and if approved, the school is supposed to meet the quality commitments it made in the charter. Similar to public schools, these charter schools receive funding from the government and allow admission to the public by conducting a lottery without any discrimination.

Independence Charter School is not a bad selection for your child. This school tops reviews for its diversity and teacher quality. With 814 students in its fold, the school is known for racial and economic diversity. Females constitute 51% of the student population. Regarding diversity, 43.6% of the students are African Americans and 25.6% is White. Hispanics constitute 17.7% and 8% claims to have a multiracial background. 5% is Asian and 0.1% is Pacific Islander.  No doubt, this is one of the best schools to raise your child as a global man. According to reports, the student-teacher ratio at the school is 15:1, better than the national average of 16:1. More importantly, the school enjoys a very low dropout rate, that is, 0% in the school year 2014-2015. However, there are certain points that should worry a parent. The first point is that the academic performance of Independence school is lower than average for Pennsylvania. According to the information, only 60% of the students at Independence school perform at or above proficiency levels in the state levels exam and the performance in math is even worse, that is, 40%. The percentage of students from Independence school who pass the Pennsylvania System of School Assessments (PSSA) is just 55.1%, which is about 10% below the state average. Though the school fares better in science as compared to other subjects at 64.4%, it is still way behind the state average of 83.6%. So, if you are concerned about the academic track record of the school you select, think twice before joining this school. You can find a number of Philadelphia charter schools with better performance.

If you are looking for good charter elementary schools in Philadelphia, a few names to remember are Newark Charter School, The Souderton Charter School Collaborative, Odyssey Charter School, and Bucks County Montessori Charter School. If what you want is a good charter high school in Philadelphia, some names are Charter School of Wilmington, Franklin Towne Charter High School, and Mast Community Charter School. These schools are known for their academic performance which is far better than any other local school.  

Jordan Sotoa year ago

I know a number of people whose children study at Independence Charter School. I agree with the above answer to a great extent because they all shared the same experience with me. There are many good points to say about this school. First, the teachers are good and cooperative. They find enough time to communicate with their students and are willing to give extra help to the ones who are weak. And, your kid has a large number of extracurricular activities to choose from. Yes, this can keep your child interested in going to the school. I think this is the reason behind the zero student dropout rates at the school. Another point that makes this school attractive is the chance to learn an additional language, Spanish, making students proficient in a second language by the time they reach the eighth grade. The school is wonderful, full of variety and very interesting.  


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