Samuel Pennypacker School

Summary:

Samuel Pennypacker School is an elementary school serving grades PK-8 in the Philadelphia City School District, with a student population of 348 as of the 2022-2023 school year. The school faces significant challenges, with consistently low academic performance, high poverty rates, and fluctuating dropout rates.

Despite spending more per student ($22,754 in 2021-2022) compared to nearby schools like Franklin S Edmonds, Ellwood, and Emlen Eleanor C, which range from $18,438 to $21,319 per student, Samuel Pennypacker School's academic performance remains significantly below the district and state averages across all subjects and grade levels. In 2022-2023, only 4% of students were proficient or better in PSSA Math, compared to 20.4% in the Philadelphia district and 39.3% statewide, and 21.7% were proficient or better in PSSA English Language Arts, compared to 34.2% in the district and 53.8% statewide.

The nearby Day Anna B School and Rowen William School have slightly higher academic performance, while Mastery Cs-Francis D. Pastorius Elementa and West Oak Lane Charter School also perform below state averages but generally outperform the traditional public schools in the district. These comparisons highlight the broader educational challenges faced by many schools in the Philadelphia City School District, where socioeconomic factors and resource disparities appear to be significant barriers to student success.


Detail:

Public PK, KG-8

 1858 East Washington Lane
       Philadelphia, PA  19138-1228


(215) 400-3510

District: Philadelphia City School District

SchoolDigger Rank:
1438th of 1,534 Pennsylvania Elementary Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $22,754 Help


Students who attend Samuel Pennypacker School usually attend:

High:    King Martin Luther High School

Student/teacher ratio:  13.7 Help
Number of students:  348

Racial breakdown:

African American:
93.4%
Hispanic:
2.9%
Two or more races:
2.0%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  100% Help


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Compare Details Samuel Pennypacker School ranks worse than 93.7% of elementary schools in Pennsylvania. It also ranks 98th 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 6.26. (See more...)
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Compare Details Samuel Pennypacker School ranks worse than 86.3% of middle schools in Pennsylvania. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 12.18. (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 (93.4%), Hispanic (2.9%), two or more races (2%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 100% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Samuel Pennypacker School is 13.7. 95 elementary schools in the Philadelphia City School District have better student/teacher ratios. (See more...)
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Samuel Pennypacker School is $22,754, which is the 26th highest among 147 elementary schools in the Philadelphia City School District.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Samuel Pennypacker School:

SchoolDigger ranks Samuel Pennypacker School 1438th of 1534 Pennsylvania public elementary schools. (See Samuel Pennypacker School in the ranking list.)

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African American students:

SchoolDigger ranks Samuel Pennypacker School 771st of 893 Pennsylvania public middle schools. (See Samuel Pennypacker School 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 Samuel Pennypacker School

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Rank History for all elementary school students at Samuel Pennypacker School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools PA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2003 1.79 1248th 1302 4.1%
2004 18.58 1099th 1308 16.0%
2005 11.71 1166th 1299 10.2%
2006 21.83 1331st 1545 13.9%
2007 43.01 1093rd 1555 29.7%
2008 37.34 1183rd 1551 23.7%
2009 50.42 970th 1549 37.4%
2010 50.48 1001st 1579 36.6%
2011 35.50 1246th 1597 22.0%
2012 7.81 1483rd 1599 7.3%
2013 4.95 1415th 1519 6.8%
2014 2.28 1404th 1467 4.3%
2015 4.84 1395th 1474 5.4%
2016 4.03 1481st 1554 4.7%
2017 2.25 1524th 1547 1.5%
2018 2.68 1503rd 1530 1.8%
2019 2.89 1510th 1544 2.2%
2022 7.49 1405th 1534 8.4%
2023 6.26 1438th 1534 6.3%
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Rank History for elementary school Low Socio Economic Status students at Samuel Pennypacker School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools PA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2023 9.65 1318th 1414 6.8%
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Rank History for elementary school African American students at Samuel Pennypacker School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools PA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2023 26.95 330th 437 24.5%
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Data source: test scores: Pennsylvania Dept of Education, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

Rank History for Samuel Pennypacker School

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Rank History for all middle school students at Samuel Pennypacker School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools PA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 6.34 827th 891 7.2%
2022 9.54 794th 883 10.1%
2023 12.18 771st 893 13.7%
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Rank History for middle school Low Socio Economic Status students at Samuel Pennypacker School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools PA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2023 16.36 744th 874 14.9%
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Rank History for middle school African American students at Samuel Pennypacker School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools PA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2023 31.95 284th 421 32.5%
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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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Enrollment information for Samuel Pennypacker School

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1988 2 785 0 4 0 n/a n/a 0 791
1989 4 798 0 5 1 n/a n/a 0 808
1990 3 769 0 5 0 n/a n/a 0 777
1991 8 760 0 4 0 n/a n/a 0 772
1992 5 752 0 3 0 n/a n/a 0 760
1993 4 670 0 1 0 n/a n/a 0 675
1994 4 677 0 2 0 n/a n/a 0 683
1995 0 639 1 1 2 n/a n/a 0 643
1996 0 639 1 1 2 n/a n/a 0 643
1997 1 653 0 6 1 n/a n/a 0 661
1998 0 628 0 6 1 n/a n/a 0 635
1999 0 610 0 9 1 n/a n/a 0 620
2000 1 568 0 4 1 n/a n/a 0 574
2001 1 549 1 3 1 n/a n/a 0 555
2002 1 486 0 5 0 n/a n/a 0 492
2003 1 486 0 5 0 n/a n/a 0 492
2004 3 474 0 1 1 n/a n/a 0 479
2005 2 545 0 7 2 n/a n/a 0 556
2006 2 520 0 5 1 n/a n/a 0 528
2007 4 513 0 7 1 n/a n/a 0 525
2008 4 466 0 7 0 n/a n/a 1 478
2009 1 416 0 3 0 n/a n/a 1 421
2010 1 430 0 3 0 n/a n/a 3 437
2011 4 509 0 3 0 0 4 0 520
2012 5 495 0 7 0 0 7 0 514
2013 4 499 0 3 0 0 11 0 517
2014 3 392 0 4 0 0 21 0 420
2015 3 340 2 9 0 0 22 0 376
2016 2 351 3 8 0 0 17 0 381
2017 4 393 2 5 0 0 17 0 421
2018 6 370 2 8 0 0 14 0 400
2019 3 391 1 8 0 0 10 0 413
2020 2 358 2 10 0 0 10 0 382
2021 4 323 2 6 1 0 8 0 344
2022 2 311 2 9 1 0 5 0 330
2023 2 325 4 10 0 0 7 0 348

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 Samuel Pennypacker School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 791 34.0 23.2 n/a
1989 808 34.0 23.7 n/a
1990 777 31.0 25.0 0
1991 772 38.0 20.3 n/a
1992 760 33.0 23.0 n/a
1993 675 27.0 25.0 n/a
1994 683 31.0 22.0 n/a
1995 643 33.0 19.5 n/a
1996 643 33.0 19.5 n/a
1997 661 30.0 22.0 n/a
1998 635 30.0 21.2 n/a
1999 620 33.0 18.8 n/a
2000 574 30.5 18.8 76.7
2001 555 29.6 18.8 80.9
2002 492 23.0 21.4 82.5
2003 492 23.0 21.4 82.5
2004 479 29.3 16.3 88.9
2005 556 29.4 18.9 73
2006 528 29.4 18.0 81.8
2007 525 29.4 17.9 82.9
2008 478 26.3 18.2 76.1
2009 421 26.3 16.0 78.1
2010 437 28.3 15.4 100
2011 520 32.3 16.0 92.5
2012 514 29.1 17.6 93.2
2013 517 29.0 17.8 92.5
2014 420 28.0 15.0 96.7
2015 376 23.0 16.3 99.2
2016 381 24.0 15.8 100
2017 421 27.3 15.3 97.6
2018 400 26.6 15.0 99.8
2019 413 24.6 16.7 99.8
2020 382 29.9 12.7 100
2021 344 28.5 12.0 99.1
2022 330 29.6 11.1 99.1
2023 348 25.3 13.7 100

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 Samuel Pennypacker School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 791 34.0 23.2 n/a
1989 808 34.0 23.7 n/a
1990 777 31.0 25.0 0
1991 772 38.0 20.3 n/a
1992 760 33.0 23.0 n/a
1993 675 27.0 25.0 n/a
1994 683 31.0 22.0 n/a
1995 643 33.0 19.5 n/a
1996 643 33.0 19.5 n/a
1997 661 30.0 22.0 n/a
1998 635 30.0 21.2 n/a
1999 620 33.0 18.8 n/a
2000 574 30.5 18.8 76.7
2001 555 29.6 18.8 80.9
2002 492 23.0 21.4 82.5
2003 492 23.0 21.4 82.5
2004 479 29.3 16.3 88.9
2005 556 29.4 18.9 73
2006 528 29.4 18.0 81.8
2007 525 29.4 17.9 82.9
2008 478 26.3 18.2 76.1
2009 421 26.3 16.0 78.1
2010 437 28.3 15.4 100
2011 520 32.3 16.0 92.5
2012 514 29.1 17.6 93.2
2013 517 29.0 17.8 92.5
2014 420 28.0 15.0 96.7
2015 376 23.0 16.3 99.2
2016 381 24.0 15.8 100
2017 421 27.3 15.3 97.6
2018 400 26.6 15.0 99.8
2019 413 24.6 16.7 99.8
2020 382 29.9 12.7 100
2021 344 28.5 12.0 99.1
2022 330 29.6 11.1 99.1
2023 348 25.3 13.7 100

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 Samuel Pennypacker School

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2019 $2,224 (15.1%) $12,462 (84.9%) $14,687
2020 $2,684 (16.4%) $13,665 (83.6%) $16,349
2021 $4,214 (24.9%) $12,738 (75.1%) $16,952
2022 $10,500 (46.1%) $12,254 (53.9%) $22,754

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

Impact of COVID-19 on Samuel Pennypacker School

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 1510th of 1544 Elementary schoolsRanks 1438th of 1534 Elementary schools
 4.1%
Ranks 827th of 891 Middle schoolsRanks 771st of 893 Middle schools
 6.5%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
3rd Grade Math (Samuel Pennypacker School)5.85.9
 0.1%
   3rd Grade Math (Pennsylvania)5651.7
 4.3%
3rd Grade English Language Arts (Samuel Pennypacker School)25.715.6
 10.1%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts (Pennsylvania)61.954
 7.9%
4th Grade Math (Samuel Pennypacker School)6.53.4
 3.1%
   4th Grade Math (Pennsylvania)46.246.5
 0.3%
4th Grade Science (Samuel Pennypacker School)38.739.3
 0.6%
   4th Grade Science (Pennsylvania)77.874.1
 3.7%
4th Grade English Language Arts (Samuel Pennypacker School)22.610.3
 12.3%
   4th Grade English Language Arts (Pennsylvania)63.651.8
 11.8%
5th Grade Math (Samuel Pennypacker School)06.3
 6.3%
   5th Grade Math (Pennsylvania)4342.7
 0.3%
5th Grade English Language Arts (Samuel Pennypacker School)2.918.8
 15.9%
   5th Grade English Language Arts (Pennsylvania)58.553.6
 4.9%
6th Grade Math (Samuel Pennypacker School)2.92.8
 0.1%
   6th Grade Math (Pennsylvania)3936.4
 2.6%
6th Grade English Language Arts (Samuel Pennypacker School)11.830.6
 18.8%
   6th Grade English Language Arts (Pennsylvania)6355.6
 7.4%
7th Grade Math (Samuel Pennypacker School)2.96.7
 3.8%
   7th Grade Math (Pennsylvania)38.233.2
 5%
7th Grade English Language Arts (Samuel Pennypacker School)20.643.3
 22.7%
   7th Grade English Language Arts (Pennsylvania)60.554.5
 6%
8th Grade Math (Samuel Pennypacker School)90
 9%
   8th Grade Math (Pennsylvania)32.226
 6.2%
8th Grade Science (Samuel Pennypacker School)17.39.7
 7.6%
   8th Grade Science (Pennsylvania)58.257
 1.2%
8th Grade English Language Arts (Samuel Pennypacker School)26.19.4
 16.7%
   8th Grade English Language Arts (Pennsylvania)57.952.8
 5.1%
All Grades Math (Samuel Pennypacker School)4.14
 0.1%
   All Grades Math (Pennsylvania)42.439.3
 3.1%
All Grades Science (Samuel Pennypacker School)29.723.7
 6%
   All Grades Science (Pennsylvania)6865.6
 2.4%
All Grades English Language Arts (Samuel Pennypacker School)17.821.7
 3.9%
   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 Students413348
 15.7%
African American391325
 16.9%
American Indian00
Asian14
 300%
Hispanic810
 25%
Pacific Islander00
White32
 33.3%
Two or More Races107
 30%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients99.8%100%
 0.2%


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Samuel Pennypacker School ranks in the bottom 6.3% of Pennsylvania elementary schools.

In the 2022-23 school year, 348 students attended Samuel Pennypacker School.

Students at Samuel Pennypacker School are 93% African American, 3% Hispanic, 2% Two or more races, 1% Asian.

Students who attend Samuel Pennypacker School usually go on to attend:

High : King Martin Luther High School


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