John D Philbrick School

40 Philbrick St, Roslindale, MA 02131 | (617) 635-8069
  • Grades: KG-5
  • Student Enrollment: 137
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4 out of 5 | 8 Reviews
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School Description

School Summary and Highlights
Additional Contact Information
  • Mailing Address: 40 Philbrick Street, Roslindale, MA 02131
School Operational Details
  • Title I Eligible
    All students of this school are eligible for participation in authorized programs.
School District Details
  • Boston School District
  • Per-Pupil Spending: $21,744
  • Graduation Rate: 69.1%
  • Dropout Rate: 7.6%
  • Students Per Teacher: 13.3
  • Enrolled Students: 55,371

Faculty Details and Student Enrollment

Students and Faculty
  • Total Students Enrolled: 137
  • Total Full Time "Equivalent" Teachers: 8.1
  • Average Student-To-Teacher Ratio: 16.9
Students Gender Breakdown
  • Males: 82 (59.9%)
  • Females: 55 (40.1%)
Free Lunch Student Eligibility Breakdown
  • Eligible for Reduced Lunch: 3 (2.2%)
  • Eligible for Free Lunch: 61 (44.5%)
  • Eligible for Either Reduced or Free Lunch: 64 (46.7%)
Student Enrollment Distribution by Race / Ethnicity
John D Philbrick School Student Race Distribution
  Number Percent
American Indian10.7%
Number of Students Per Grade
Number of Students Per Grade For John D Philbrick School
  Number Percent
1st Grade3122.6%
2nd Grade2619.0%
3rd Grade2619.0%
4th Grade2014.6%
5th Grade96.6%
Source: MA Department of Education, Source: NCES 2009-2010

School Ratings and Reviews

Overall Rating: 4

4 out of 5 | 8 Reviews
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8 reviews for John D Philbrick School

  • Reviewed by Parent or Guardian on April 10, 2011
  • Rating: 4 (4 / 5) Flag as inappropriate
  • I've been really happy with my child's experience here. I've also felt welcomed as a parent. Teachers are open and approachable, as is the principal. It's easy to get appointments with both teachers and the principal and they are all visible and present. There are high standards for our kids and the school supports the whole child. Arts are valued and science is a keystone. IT's a safe school and I trust everyone in the school to do the best by my child.

    On another note, this is a diverse little school full of families who want the best for their children - the struggle comes when those of us who are more "politically savvy" try to work the system, which silences other voices. I've stopped going to Parent Council meetings because of the negativity of a few who seem to feel incredibly entitled. This is damaging to the community as a whole. We need to come together better and be more supportive of the school's efforts to hear all voices instead of just the loud and obnoxious white middle class. Let me say that I am both white & middle class & a Roslindale resident - but this little group is toxic and hurting the school as a whole. I see the teachers and the principal trying to bring everyone together, but damage is being done by some key parents. It's a shame.
  • Reviewed by Parent/Guardian on December 10, 2009
  • Rating: 5 (5 / 5) Flag as inappropriate
  • I have had one son who has since graduated (attending since Kindergarten), and another who is still there in the 4th grade. To put it simply - I love this school, all of the Teachers (one class for each grade) and most importantly, the Principle - who is awesome! I wish it went up to the 12th grade!!
  • Reviewed by Parent/Guardian on October 03, 2009
  • Rating: 5 (5 / 5) Flag as inappropriate
  • Our family loves the Philbrick. Everything about it is wonderful. Come visit during the BPS School Preview Days!
  • Reviewed by Parent/Guardian on September 20, 2009
  • Rating: 5 (5 / 5) Flag as inappropriate
  • I'm been very happy with this school. I'm surprised by the one negative comment, since my child was in the same grade 4 class and I observed a strong geography focus, an emphasis on social studies and social justice, an incredibly vibrant science program, and a school wide focus on literacy. The math curriculum is a district curriculum and it is definitely emphasized, but not in a way that jeopardized other subjects.
  • Reviewed by Parent/Guardian on August 22, 2009
  • Rating: 4 (4 / 5) Flag as inappropriate
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  • Reviewed by Parent/Guardian on June 08, 2009
  • Rating: 4 (4 / 5) Flag as inappropriate
  • The teachers are highly competant and committed. The parents are engaged and building a community; the science & arts are especially strong. The after school program is effective. I am very happy to have may 6 year old at the Philbrick.
  • Reviewed by Parent/Guardian on March 12, 2009
  • Rating: 2 (2 / 5) Flag as inappropriate
  • While the teachers are extremely nice, I was shocked to find out how far behind these children are compared to other schools. My child has been a student at the Philbrick for several years and their main focus seems to be on math and testing. My child had nothing but math homework every night during the 4th grade..hours of it. He never seemed to be doing anything BUT math. What happened to other important subjects like history, vocabulary.... these kids are not even taught cursive writing. Thank goodness for the 5th grade teacher who actually spent time on other subjects besides writing and math. She spent time teaching them history and spelling but in my opinion, a goodf deal of time should have been spent on these other subjects starting back in second grade. You should not just be learning what a verb or adjective is in the fifth grade. Looking back I should have transferred my child after the first year. I just wish they would concenterate on more subjects that are important.
  • Reviewed by Parent/Guardian on October 28, 2008
  • Rating: 5 (5 / 5) Flag as inappropriate
  • This school is a gem in the community! I'm impressed with the entire staff and their commitment to children.

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