Category: School Stories

School Spotlight: William D. Kelley STEM Academy

Kelley STEM Academy, led by principal Amelia Brown, is a District neighborhood school located in North Philadelphia. Historically, roughly 35% of students at Kelley score proficient on the PSSAs. With the support of the Philadelphia School Partnership, the 2014-2015 school year marks Kelley’s first year of implementing transformation with an emphasis on student growth, professional …

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School Spotlight: George Washington Carver High School of Engineering & Science

George Washington Carver High School of Engineering and Science (Carver HSES) is a magnet school option for Philadelphia students with an interest in math and science fields. The school was founded in 1979 in partnership with Temple University. Initially, the school was housed in Temple facilities and all students took college courses as part of …

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School Spotlight: James G. Blaine Academics Plus Elementary School

The process of transformation began almost one year ago for Blaine Academics Plus School, when Principal Gianeen Powell applied for and secured a $1.5 million turnaround grant. Blaine, a District neighborhood school located in North Philadelphia, is a traditionally under-performing school with about 40% of students scoring proficient on the PSSAs. Principal Powell, with the …

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DePaul Catholic shows strong results in first year using blended learning

The story of the DePaul Catholic School once mirrored that of urban Catholic schools nationally. Over the course of fifty years, DePaul, located in Germantown, faced declines in enrollment, faculty, programs, and test scores. In 2001, DePaul Catholic was under-enrolled at 200 students with no enrichment classes and few student supports. The school routinely performed in the 20th and 30th …

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