John Story Jenks Academy for the Arts and Sciences

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John Story Jenks Academy for the Arts an is a public elementary school serving 422 students in grades K-8 in the Philadelphia City School District. The school has a predominantly African American student population (81.28%), with smaller percentages of White, Hispanic, and Asian students.

John Story Jenks Academy for the Arts an outperforms the Philadelphia City School District average in several key academic metrics, including PSSA English Language Arts (51.1% proficient vs. 34.2%), PSSA Math (30.7% vs. 20.4%), and PSSA Science (58.8% vs. 41%). The school also ranks 49th out of 437 Pennsylvania elementary schools for its exceptional performance with African American students, earning a 4-star rating. Additionally, the school has maintained relatively low dropout rates compared to the state average.

While John Story Jenks Academy for the Arts an stands out as a higher-performing school within the district, it faces significant socioeconomic challenges, with 100% of its students qualifying for free or reduced-price lunch. When compared to nearby schools like McCloskey John F School and Franklin S Edmonds School, both of which have lower academic proficiency rates, John Story Jenks Academy for the Arts an is a relative bright spot. However, the school has consistently ranked in the bottom third of Pennsylvania elementary schools over the past 10 years, indicating the need for continued investment and support to address the systemic challenges impacting student achievement.


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Public K-8

 8301 Germantown Ave
       Philadelphia, PA  19118-3408


(215) 400-3360

District: Philadelphia City School District

SchoolDigger Rank:
959th of 1,534 Pennsylvania Elementary Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $18,905 Help


Students who attend John Story Jenks Academy for the Arts and Sciences usually attend:

High:    Roxborough High School

Student/teacher ratio:  14.9 Help
Number of students:  422

Racial breakdown:

African American:
81.3%
White:
8.1%
Two or more races:
4.5%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  100% Help


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Compare Details John Story Jenks Academy for the Arts and Sciences ranks worse than 62.5% of elementary schools in Pennsylvania. It also ranks 22nd among 147 ranked elementary schools in the Philadelphia City School District. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 44.3. (See more...)
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Compare Details John Story Jenks Academy for the Arts and Sciences ranks worse than 54.3% of middle schools in Pennsylvania. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 48.77. (See more...)
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The high school dropout rate measures the percentage of students who do not complete their high school education.
Student Body
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Compare Details Racial makeup is: African American (81.3%), White (8.1%), two or more races (4.5%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 100% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at John Story Jenks Academy for the Arts and Sciences is 14.9. 118 elementary schools in the Philadelphia City School District have better student/teacher ratios. (See more...)
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Compare John Story Jenks Academy for the Arts and Sciences employs 28.3 full-time teachers.
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at John Story Jenks Academy for the Arts and Sciences is $18,905. 103 elementary schools in the Philadelphia City School District spend more per student.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

John Story Jenks Academy for the Arts and Sciences:

SchoolDigger ranks John Story Jenks Academy for the Arts and Sciences 959th of 1534 Pennsylvania public elementary schools. (See John Story Jenks Academy for the Arts and Sciences in the ranking list.)

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SchoolDigger ranks John Story Jenks Academy for the Arts and Sciences 485th of 893 Pennsylvania public middle schools. (See John Story Jenks Academy for the Arts and Sciences in the ranking list.)

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Philadelphia City School District:

SchoolDigger ranks Philadelphia City School District 494th of 606 Pennsylvania school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for John Story Jenks Academy for the Arts and Sciences

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Rank History for all elementary school students at John Story Jenks Academy for the Arts and Sciences

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools PA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2003 30.86 993rd 1302 23.7%
2004 14.14 1135th 1308 13.2%
2005 47.51 833rd 1299 35.9%
2006 33.60 1233rd 1545 20.2%
2007 22.75 1331st 1555 14.4%
2008 36.08 1199th 1551 22.7%
2009 49.84 989th 1549 36.2%
2010 65.38 622nd 1579 60.6%
2011 64.82 653rd 1597 59.1%
2012 39.95 1188th 1599 25.7%
2013 18.30 1293rd 1519 14.9%
2014 14.55 1273rd 1467 13.2%
2015 26.95 1135th 1474 23.0%
2016 21.20 1247th 1554 19.8%
2017 19.42 1259th 1547 18.6%
2018 27.53 1178th 1530 23.0%
2019 35.29 1109th 1544 28.2%
2022 28.22 1132nd 1534 26.2%
2023 44.30 959th 1534 37.5%
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Rank History for elementary school Low Socio Economic Status students at John Story Jenks Academy for the Arts and Sciences

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools PA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2023 49.82 779th 1414 44.9%
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Rank History for elementary school African American students at John Story Jenks Academy for the Arts and Sciences

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools PA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2023 83.21 49th 437 88.8%
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Data source: test scores: Pennsylvania Dept of Education, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

Rank History for John Story Jenks Academy for the Arts and Sciences

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Rank History for all middle school students at John Story Jenks Academy for the Arts and Sciences

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools PA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2003 50.76 392nd 643 39.0%
2004 41.46 474th 663 28.5%
2005 62.33 292nd 687 57.5%
2006 46.30 475th 736 35.5%
2007 43.04 510th 749 31.9%
2008 60.10 353rd 753 53.1%
2009 50.38 473rd 770 38.6%
2010 63.09 340th 805 57.8%
2011 59.82 399th 825 51.6%
2012 42.16 588th 834 29.5%
2013 37.46 555th 758 26.8%
2014 28.70 570th 728 21.7%
2015 28.76 599th 835 28.3%
2016 24.67 650th 870 25.3%
2017 26.15 639th 877 27.1%
2018 20.80 662nd 861 23.1%
2019 31.29 622nd 891 30.2%
2022 51.25 452nd 883 48.8%
2023 48.77 485th 893 45.7%
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Rank History for middle school Low Socio Economic Status students at John Story Jenks Academy for the Arts and Sciences

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools PA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2023 46.91 468th 874 46.5%
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Rank History for middle school Disabled students at John Story Jenks Academy for the Arts and Sciences

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools PA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2023 18.98 597th 660 9.5%
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Rank History for middle school African American students at John Story Jenks Academy for the Arts and Sciences

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools PA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2023 81.47 46th 421 89.1%
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Data source: test scores: Pennsylvania Dept of Education, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

As you review the school rankings data, please be aware that some of the information from certain demographics is missing. The reason for this omission is that the data has been redacted from the source data itself due to low population samples in these specific demographic groups.

Redacting data from low population samples is a necessary step to ensure the reliability and accuracy of the results, as small sample sizes may not be representative of the broader population. Additionally, this measure helps protect the privacy of individuals belonging to these demographic groups.

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Friday, March 13, 2020

Open Quote The "shared-classroom model" for k-2 students is proving to be an overwhelming experience for both students and teachers.
The kindergarten class is overall well run and very organized but in terms of attention to students individual learning needs- it's nearly impossible with 57 kids in a room! Close Quote



Enrollment information for John Story Jenks Academy for the Arts and Sciences

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1988 315 303 4 8 1 n/a n/a 0 631
1989 324 324 5 8 0 n/a n/a 0 661
1990 287 317 2 5 0 n/a n/a 0 611
1991 262 337 3 7 0 n/a n/a 0 609
1992 247 337 4 7 0 n/a n/a 0 595
1993 252 364 2 5 0 n/a n/a 0 623
1994 212 374 2 11 2 n/a n/a 0 601
1995 171 405 6 9 2 n/a n/a 0 593
1996 171 405 6 9 2 n/a n/a 0 593
1997 133 427 5 14 1 n/a n/a 0 580
1998 112 439 3 17 0 n/a n/a 0 571
1999 97 430 5 10 0 n/a n/a 0 542
2000 96 429 3 10 1 n/a n/a 0 539
2001 97 413 2 5 1 n/a n/a 0 518
2002 72 407 1 3 0 n/a n/a 0 483
2003 72 407 1 3 0 n/a n/a 0 483
2004 48 436 6 8 0 n/a n/a 0 498
2005 52 440 8 9 0 n/a n/a 0 509
2006 48 424 11 9 0 n/a n/a 0 492
2007 40 397 10 7 0 n/a n/a 0 454
2008 41 402 9 8 0 n/a n/a 15 475
2009 39 385 11 8 1 n/a n/a 16 460
2010 41 374 10 10 0 n/a n/a 18 453
2011 36 415 5 11 0 0 23 0 490
2012 34 405 6 13 0 0 32 0 490
2013 40 388 6 12 0 0 31 0 477
2014 53 390 4 9 0 0 38 0 494
2015 50 349 4 11 0 0 44 0 458
2016 43 342 4 15 0 0 42 0 446
2017 45 371 5 13 0 0 42 0 476
2018 41 415 4 12 0 0 41 0 513
2019 35 422 3 17 0 0 36 0 513
2020 41 424 3 20 0 2 25 0 515
2021 39 383 1 16 0 1 16 0 456
2022 39 339 2 16 0 0 17 0 413
2023 34 343 8 18 0 0 19 0 422

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Enrollment/Ethnicity

For more information about how the Department of Education defines ethnicity, see Defining Race and Ethnicity Data, National Center for Education Statistics

Students eligible for free or discounted lunch at John Story Jenks Academy for the Arts and Sciences

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 631 37.0 17.0 n/a
1989 661 36.0 18.3 n/a
1990 611 37.0 16.5 0
1991 609 38.0 16.0 n/a
1992 595 39.0 15.2 n/a
1993 623 37.0 16.8 n/a
1994 601 35.0 17.2 n/a
1995 593 34.0 17.4 n/a
1996 593 34.0 17.4 n/a
1997 580 34.0 17.1 n/a
1998 571 35.0 16.3 n/a
1999 542 32.0 16.9 n/a
2000 539 33.0 16.3 16
2001 518 30.0 17.3 15.8
2002 483 26.0 18.6 17.2
2003 483 26.0 18.6 17.2
2004 498 28.3 17.6 18.9
2005 509 30.7 16.6 16.3
2006 492 30.7 16.0 29.3
2007 454 29.8 15.2 26.4
2008 475 30.8 15.4 35.4
2009 460 32.6 14.1 36.5
2010 453 32.6 13.8 37
2011 490 32.6 14.9 34.7
2012 490 29.8 16.4 37.1
2013 477 26.9 17.7 42.1
2014 494 27.3 18.0 42.1
2015 458 26.0 17.6 46.5
2016 446 26.0 17.1 100
2017 476 27.9 17.0 100
2018 513 30.1 17.0 99.6
2019 513 29.3 17.5 100
2020 515 32.8 15.6 100
2021 456 30.1 15.1 99.3
2022 413 28.6 14.4 99.3
2023 422 28.3 14.9 100

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Students eligible for discounted/free lunch:

The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) provides low-cost or free meals to students in U.S. public and nonprofit private schools based on household income. Those with incomes below 130% of the poverty line receive free lunch, while those between 130% and 185% qualify for reduced-price lunch. The percentage of students receiving free or reduced-price lunch serves as a marker for poverty, as it reflects the socioeconomic status of families in a given school or district. A higher FRPL rate typically indicates a higher concentration of low-income families, suggesting that the school or district may face additional challenges in providing adequate resources and support for student success.

Student/Teacher Ratio John Story Jenks Academy for the Arts and Sciences

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 631 37.0 17.0 n/a
1989 661 36.0 18.3 n/a
1990 611 37.0 16.5 0
1991 609 38.0 16.0 n/a
1992 595 39.0 15.2 n/a
1993 623 37.0 16.8 n/a
1994 601 35.0 17.2 n/a
1995 593 34.0 17.4 n/a
1996 593 34.0 17.4 n/a
1997 580 34.0 17.1 n/a
1998 571 35.0 16.3 n/a
1999 542 32.0 16.9 n/a
2000 539 33.0 16.3 16
2001 518 30.0 17.3 15.8
2002 483 26.0 18.6 17.2
2003 483 26.0 18.6 17.2
2004 498 28.3 17.6 18.9
2005 509 30.7 16.6 16.3
2006 492 30.7 16.0 29.3
2007 454 29.8 15.2 26.4
2008 475 30.8 15.4 35.4
2009 460 32.6 14.1 36.5
2010 453 32.6 13.8 37
2011 490 32.6 14.9 34.7
2012 490 29.8 16.4 37.1
2013 477 26.9 17.7 42.1
2014 494 27.3 18.0 42.1
2015 458 26.0 17.6 46.5
2016 446 26.0 17.1 100
2017 476 27.9 17.0 100
2018 513 30.1 17.0 99.6
2019 513 29.3 17.5 100
2020 515 32.8 15.6 100
2021 456 30.1 15.1 99.3
2022 413 28.6 14.4 99.3
2023 422 28.3 14.9 100

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Student-Teacher Ratio

Student/teacher ratio is calculated by dividing the total number of students by the total number of full-time equivalent teachers. Please note that a smaller student/teacher ratio does not necessarily translate to smaller class size. In some instances, schools hire teachers part time, and some teachers are hired for specialized instruction with very small class sizes. These and other factors contribute to the student/teacher ratio. Note: For private schools, Student/teacher ratio may not include Pre-Kindergarten.
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Per Pupil Expenditures for John Story Jenks Academy for the Arts and Sciences

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2019 $1,415 (10.7%) $11,815 (89.3%) $13,229
2020 $1,444 (10.4%) $12,499 (89.6%) $13,943
2021 $3,885 (24.8%) $11,805 (75.2%) $15,689
2022 $8,723 (46.1%) $10,182 (53.9%) $18,905

Data source: Pennsylvania Department of Education
Pre and Post Pandemic Data

Impact of COVID-19 on John Story Jenks Academy for the Arts and Sciences

The coronavirus has had a profound impact on education in America. Learning shifted online overnight, attendance numbers dwindled, and enrollment decreased. SchoolDigger.com is making it easier for you to better assess how COVID-19 has impacted your school. Through the collection of pre-pandemic (2019) and current data, SchoolDigger.com is sharing test scores, enrollment numbers and school demographics from schools across the country – and we make it easy to see how impacted schools compare locally and statewide.

Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 1109th of 1544 Elementary schoolsRanks 959th of 1534 Elementary schools
 9.3%
Ranks 622nd of 891 Middle schoolsRanks 485th of 893 Middle schools
 15.5%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
3rd Grade Math (John Story Jenks Academy for the Arts and Sciences)48.154.3
 6.2%
   3rd Grade Math (Pennsylvania)5651.7
 4.3%
3rd Grade English Language Arts (John Story Jenks Academy for the Arts and Sciences)48.256.2
 8%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts (Pennsylvania)61.954
 7.9%
4th Grade Math (John Story Jenks Academy for the Arts and Sciences)36.542.9
 6.4%
   4th Grade Math (Pennsylvania)46.246.5
 0.3%
4th Grade Science (John Story Jenks Academy for the Arts and Sciences)77.869.4
 8.4%
   4th Grade Science (Pennsylvania)77.874.1
 3.7%
4th Grade English Language Arts (John Story Jenks Academy for the Arts and Sciences)67.848.9
 18.9%
   4th Grade English Language Arts (Pennsylvania)63.651.8
 11.8%
5th Grade Math (John Story Jenks Academy for the Arts and Sciences)20.921.5
 0.6%
   5th Grade Math (Pennsylvania)4342.7
 0.3%
5th Grade English Language Arts (John Story Jenks Academy for the Arts and Sciences)41.737.3
 4.4%
   5th Grade English Language Arts (Pennsylvania)58.553.6
 4.9%
6th Grade Math (John Story Jenks Academy for the Arts and Sciences)22.127
 4.9%
   6th Grade Math (Pennsylvania)3936.4
 2.6%
6th Grade English Language Arts (John Story Jenks Academy for the Arts and Sciences)50.963.2
 12.3%
   6th Grade English Language Arts (Pennsylvania)6355.6
 7.4%
7th Grade Math (John Story Jenks Academy for the Arts and Sciences)19.716.6
 3.1%
   7th Grade Math (Pennsylvania)38.233.2
 5%
7th Grade English Language Arts (John Story Jenks Academy for the Arts and Sciences)5044.8
 5.2%
   7th Grade English Language Arts (Pennsylvania)60.554.5
 6%
8th Grade Math (John Story Jenks Academy for the Arts and Sciences)17.718.9
 1.2%
   8th Grade Math (Pennsylvania)32.226
 6.2%
8th Grade Science (John Story Jenks Academy for the Arts and Sciences)44.450
 5.6%
   8th Grade Science (Pennsylvania)58.257
 1.2%
8th Grade English Language Arts (John Story Jenks Academy for the Arts and Sciences)42.256.1
 13.9%
   8th Grade English Language Arts (Pennsylvania)57.952.8
 5.1%
All Grades Math (John Story Jenks Academy for the Arts and Sciences)2830.7
 2.7%
   All Grades Math (Pennsylvania)42.439.3
 3.1%
All Grades Science (John Story Jenks Academy for the Arts and Sciences)63.858.8
 5%
   All Grades Science (Pennsylvania)6865.6
 2.4%
All Grades English Language Arts (John Story Jenks Academy for the Arts and Sciences)50.951.1
 0.2%
   All Grades English Language Arts (Pennsylvania)60.953.8
 7.1%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students513422
 17.7%
African American422343
 18.7%
American Indian00
Asian38
 166.7%
Hispanic1718
 5.9%
Pacific Islander00
White3534
 2.9%
Two or More Races3619
 47.2%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients100%100%


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John Story Jenks Academy for the Arts and Sciences ranks 959th of 1534 Pennsylvania elementary schools. SchoolDigger rates this school 2 stars out of 5.

In the 2022-23 school year, 422 students attended John Story Jenks Academy for the Arts and Sciences.

Students at John Story Jenks Academy for the Arts and Sciences are 81% African American, 8% White, 5% Two or more races, 4% Hispanic, 2% Asian.

Students who attend John Story Jenks Academy for the Arts and Sciences usually go on to attend:

High : Roxborough High School


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