Pollock Robert B School
- The student population of 726 students has stayed relatively flat over five years.
- The teacher population of 29 teachers has grown by 7% over five years.
|Grades Offered||Grades KG-6|
|Total Students||726 students|
|Total Classroom Teachers||29 teachers|
|Students by Grade|
- The student:teacher ratio of 25:1 has decreased from 28:1 over five years.
|This School||(PA) School Average|
|Student : Teacher Ratio||25:1||15:1|
|Two or more races|
|All Ethnic Groups|
|Eligible for Free Lunch|
|Eligible for Reduced Lunch||n/a|
- Philadelphia City School District's student population of 132,968 students has decreased by 7% over five years.
- The revenue/student of $19,677 is higher than the state average of $13,048. The district revenue/student has stayed relatively flat over four years.
- The district's spending/student of $20,504 is higher than the state average of $12,915. The district spending/student has stayed relatively flat over four years.
|School District Name||Philadelphia City School District|
|Number of Schools|
|Number of Students Managed||132,968||1,464|
|District Total Revenue||$2,831 MM||$19 MM|
|District Spending||$2,951 MM||$19 MM|
|District Revenue / Student||$19,677||$13,048|
|District Spending / Student||$20,504||$12,915|
|School Statewide Testing||View Education Department Test Scores|
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- Philadelphia Lincoln High School Grades: 9-12 | 1526 students
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Pollock school has a reputation of being a very good neighborhood school. Unfortunately, I have to tell the truth and voice my opinion. I have spent a lot of time as a volunteer there. They put on a good dog & pony show, but there is so much lacking once you look past the façade that they want you to see. They are extremely disorganized all of the time. I think that they could recover if they just replaced the principal. They recently lost some of their best support staff, and the office people and lunch aides that remain are career former parents that for some reason just hung around; it must be an easy pay check. I have a very low opinion of them. They are frequently very mean to the kids. They are formerly career stay at home parents and hold no professional degrees. There are several very good teachers there. Some of the teachers have privately confided in me that they too are concerned with the irrational management style of the principal. The worst condition here is that the children are not happy to be here. One can feel the air of negativity here where the old adage of “children should be seen and not heard” is still in full force. This must have long term effects on the students. It would require effort by the adults to make it happy and interesting. There is this huge cloud of suppression that hangs over the entire campus. If there are any School District administrators reading this, I would strongly encourage them to save Pollock school and place a new energetic principal in this school.
- Posted by Parent - lisaj
I believe that Pollock school is riding on its reputation. It has many good teachers, but the leadership is in need of change. This school has been a big disappointment. It seems that each year we loose the teachers or programs that once made this school special. Its outstanding reading intervention program dramatically deteriorated last year when the teacher who ran the program left the school. Now that program is currently mediocre at best. The people who run this school seem to be frequently very disorganized and unmotivated. I feel very strongly that they are lacking in the key elements of creativity and intellect required to capture the attention of the students. Too many of the students soon tired of the boring and predictable routine and became restless and unmotivated. We could do so much better if we didn’t have to follow this principal’s antiquated methods. It seems that all she cares about is the standardized test scores. Other members of our staff have questioned whether the testing methods and conditions are legitimate and have offered astounding eyebrow-raising supporting anecdotal accounts. With all of that shady behavior going on, I just don’t feel that this is the best learning environment for children. There are some potentially outstanding teachers at this school. They should be allowed to teach without all of this administrations restrictions. Our children do have exposure to music, however the music teacher is overworked and non-creative in my view. We once had a real musician as a teacher but he moved on. The visiting band teacher is the exception, but only a handful of students are lucky to see him. The principal frowns on children running and getting excited, so sports are not even on the radar here. The students only get gym once a week, and any special-ed services and other enrichment programs are scheduled during the PE period so those children just loose out on gym altogether. Their recess period is a disgrace. A bunch of lazy and bothered old women who borderline bully the children and who make no effort to organize any kind of recreational activities. I've known this principal for several years. I believe that she truly dislikes children. She is the stereotypical old maid with the credo “children should be seen and not heard". I regret the professional time that I have spent here. Our children deserve better. I strongly advise that you find a better school.
- Posted by Administrator - lisaj
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