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Northwood Academy Charter School

Preschool | Grades K-8 | Northwood Academy CS
4621 Castor Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19124
(215) 289-5606

About This School

Northwood Academy Charter School is located in Philadelphia, PA and is in Northwood Academy Cs School District. It is a charter school that serves 753 students in grades K-8.

Charter schools are public schools, but differ from traditional public schools in that they are independent and are operated by educators, parents, community leaders, educational entrepreneurs, or others. Funding for charter schools is based on designated local or state educational organizations. Those organizations are responsible for monitoring and assessing the quality and effectiveness of education, but permit the schools to operate outside of the traditional public school education system. See Northwood Academy Charter School's test results to learn more about school performance.

In 2011, Northwood Academy Charter School had 14 students for every full-time equivalent teacher. The Pennsylvania average is 14 students per full-time equivalent teacher.

Student Ethnicity (2011)

Students (2011)


Students Per Teacher (2011)

Female/Male (2011)

52% 48%

Subsidized Lunch (2011)


District Spending (2010)

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Northwood Academy Charter School Reviews

By a Parent on

My daughter has attended Northwood since Kindergarten. Overall it is a good school, they do the best they can with what they have to work with. I loved 3 out of 5 teachers she's had...Mr. Hoke, Ms. Smart and  Ms. Gibson...she went above & beyond for my child! I am excited about the new building and I hope that it will inspire the students and staff to put forth their best efforts in the coming year!

By a Parent on

The Staff in the office at the main campus need some training on their manners while handling parents and former parents, they are nasty and very rude.

By , a Parent on

I think that academically the school is outstanding and on the whole the staff is dedicated and lives up to the values of the school.  However, I also agree with the comments made on Dec 14 by a Parent.  If the adults are not going to enforce the rules outlined in the contract parents sign then how can we expect the children to follow the rules we set?  I am not for expulsion of a child if suspension and/or counseling can be effective but adults must set the tone for what is and what is not acceptable behavior  not only within the school but in society as a whole.  

By a Parent on

I have to agree with the other parent about the bullying issue.  All parents and students sign a paper before admission and then again every year saying that they have read and agree to the school handbook, which includes the disciplinary code with a thorough section on bullying and its consequences. Yet bullies get suspension rather than the expected principal's recommendation for expulsion, even for a physical assault with witnesses. I understand the need for second chances and positive discipline but school officials should follow through on their promises and protect the 95% of students who "work hard and be nice" (their motto) rather than suggest that the perhaps the child being bullied may be too sensitive (to a fist to the eye, though?).

By a Current Student on

From my prospective Northwood is an outstanding school. All the teachers I had were really helpful and enjoying. We do have a website that was just made this year. All of our programs in school are outstanding. Mainly bball (i played).

By a Parent on

I think overall the school is good. I do think some of the teachers could be more organized as things do not always seem like they are run smoothly in  class. I also think that the school needs a WEB site that informs parents of what is going on as you can not count of getting all the information sent home with the child. This is the year 2009 almost 2010 and this is one of the only charter schools without a web site. You have a computer teacher that should be responsible for this. This could be a lesson for your 8th graders and they could help keep it updated.

By , a Parent on

Northwood is a great school; our son has great opportunity academically; his teachers are extremely supportive and always available no matter what the issue is.
Unfortunately there are bullying issues there; and the administration ignores them  or 'covers' them up. Discipline needs to be improved. Consequences for good and bad behavior need to be reformatted.
I do not think Northwood's bullying policies are being adhered to. I do not feel that well-behaved students are protected and acknowledged as much as the problematic and aggressive students are. This is my experience as a parent of a Northwood Student.    I believe in what Northwood is trying to accomplish academically; however there is a 'street' mentality when it comes to the administration handling certain aspects of school policies.

By a Parent on

My daughter has attended this school since it opened. I cannot say enough good things about it. She has loved every teacher she has had, and all of the staff really seem to know every child, an advantage of a small school. The principal and vice principal are approachable and quick to respond. The building is beautiful and child-oriented. They are building up their athletic program.

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