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Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Academics
    B-
  2. Diversity
    A+
  3. Teachers
    A-
  4. College Prep
    B-
  5. Clubs & Activities
    C+
  6. Health & Safety
    A+
  7. Administration
    A+
  8. Sports
    C+
  9. Food
    A
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B-
Arts Academy at Benjamin Rush is a highly rated, public, magnet school located in Philadelphia, PA. It has 610 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 145 to 1. According to state test scores, 82% of students are at least proficient in math and 92% in reading.
About Arts Academy at Benjamin Rush...
Address
11081 Knights Rd
Philadelphia, PA 19154
Telephone
(215) 281-2603

Arts Academy at Benjamin Rush Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
92%
Percent Proficient - Math
82%
Average Graduation Rate
95%
Average SAT
1050
148 responses
Average ACT
24
18 responses
AP Enrollment
9%
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Living in the Area
B
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    B-
  2. Good for Families
    B-
  3. Housing
    C
Area Feel
Urban
Median Household Income
$39,770
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$943
National
$949
Median Home Value
$147,300
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
A+
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
100%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.16 responses
Poll
81%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.16 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 35 responses
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  • All the shows
    49%
  • Shows
    20%
  • African American history month
    11%
  • Sporting events
    9%
  • Project Beautiful:loving notes on all lockers
    6%
  • Spirit Week
    3%
  • The social justice presentation
    3%

Students

Diversity
A+
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
610
Free or Reduced Lunch
100%
75%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.20 responses
100%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.20 responses
50%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.20 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
145:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$63,512
Teachers in First/Second Year
20%
94%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.32 responses
94%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.32 responses
91%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.32 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
C+
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Low
Boys Athletic Participation
Low
Expenses Per Student
$19,916/ year
National
$12,239
53%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.34 responses
21%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.34 responses
59%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.34 responses
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This is my 4th and final year as a parent of a Rush student. Excellent experience! When attending school events, I have been impressed with the school culture --- shown by the fun and warmth exuding from all the students. My daughter's change from a good student in a good grade school to an excellent student is certainly her achievement, but one that has to at the very least, partially credited to the school. Even when reporting a concern or issue, the responses have been quick and definitely service oriented. I think parents should believe that if their children can get accepted by this school, they will be safe and in a positive, nurturing environment.
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AABR is a very good school, especially by Phila. School District standards. Academically, Rush is challenging enough to be fun but not so challenging as to be overly strenuous on your mental health. As it's an arts magnet school, it's filled with students that are not only academically talented but artistically talented as well. Most of the teachers are wonderful- I've only met two I've had problems with- as are most of the other staff. It always feels like the teachers care for you and your well-being, which is lovely! Sports is a little lacking, but is picking up- recently, a boy's soccer team was started, and many people were very excited about that! Other sports offered are girl's soccer, both boy's and girl's basketball, girl's volleyball, and a bowling team that is coed. Many more clubs have sprung up this year- for example, we now have multicultural club, model UN, garden club, dance club, fashion club, (I believe) an african-american cultural club, and a couple more.
During my time attending Benjamin Rush I found this high school to serve as a creative space for many diverse people. Not only did I feel safe in my environment, I felt well supported by staff members and teachers that provided me with flexibility to do my work so I could participate in the numerous extracurricular activities I engage in such as sports and music programs. Furthermore, with the school having a smaller amount of students we are able to receive individual attention that contributes to the quality of our work. However, the smaller staff of teachers does sometimes limit our classes, clubs and activities we can be offered. I hope one day that Rush expands so it can reach its full potential and offer several programs to prospective students. My experience there has been unforgettable and I have definitely perfected my craft in vocal singing and piano playing. In conclusion, I am proud to be an alumni of the Arts Academy at Benjamin Rush!