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Early dismissal at public schools on Tuesday due to heat; City opens cooling centers

Posted on 12 June 2017

Philadelphia public schools and early childhood centers will dismiss at 12:00 noon on Tuesday, June 13 due to the high temperatures forecasted for tomorrow, the School District of Philadelphia has announced. All after-school activities, including all athletic programs and professional development classes scheduled for Tuesday, are canceled as well.

Parents and guardians are urged to monitor the District website at www.philasd.org for further announcements.

The City has opened cooling centers, which are air-conditioned spaces available for public use. For more information and to find your nearest cooling center, go here.

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School district announces public school closings in anticipation of snowstorm (updated)

Posted on 13 March 2017

UPDATE (3/14/17): All School District of Philadelphia schools will be open on regular schedules on Wednesday, March 15.

The School District of Philadelphia has announced public school closings on Tuesday, March 14 ahead of the forecasted winter storm “Stella.” All after-school activities scheduled for Tuesday are canceled as well. All District early childhood centers and administrative offices will also be closed.

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for the greater Philadelphia area, in effect from 8 p.m. Monday to 4 p.m. Tuesday. Eight to twelve inches of snow are expected in the city.

Stay tuned for more snowstorm-related announcements.

 

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Kindergarten registration begins Tuesday, Feb. 28; Open houses to be held next week

Posted on 27 February 2017

Kindergarten pre-registration for the 2017-2018 school year begins on Tuesday, Feb. 28 and will go on until May 31. Schools will be holding kindergarten open houses on Tuesday, March 7. See more details below on kindergarten open houses at West Philadelphia schools, including school address and contact information. More open houses will be held May 8-12, 2017 (please contact your neighborhood school for the exact date and time). Reminder: Your child must be 5 years old on or before September 1 to attend kindergarten in the 2017-2018 school year.

For more information on kindergarten registration, visit the School District of Philadelphia website. Enrollment information for Penn Alexander School, which will again hold kindergarten lottery (lottery registration deadline is March 17, 2017), can be found here.

Anderson
Principal: Laurena Tolson
1034 S. 60th St. 19143
(215) 400 – 7890
9:00 AM – 11:30 AM  Continue Reading

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SRC approves KIPP Parkside charter school

Posted on 09 February 2017

The School Reform Commission on Wednesday approved a new charter school to be located in the Parkside neighborhood in West Philadelphia. KIPP Parkside is scheduled to open during the 2019-2020 academic year with grades K-4.

The school’s opening was one of the stipulations the SRC placed on the approval. The school’s application proposed opening in the 2018-2019 school year. The SRC also limited the school to grades K-4, adding that it could expand to the proposed K-8 if it performed well.

KIPP Parkside garnered unanimous approval from the SRC, which denied the applications of two other schools – the Friendship Whittier Charter School in the West Allegheny neighborhood and the Deep Roots Charter School in Harrowgate. Only three proposals made it through the full process this year. The evaluation reports for all three proposed schools are available here.

About a third of Philadelphia’s approximately 130,000 public school students attend charter schools, second only to Detroit among big cities.

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Three proposed charter schools, including one in Parkside, up for vote tomorrow

Posted on 07 February 2017

The School Reform Commission is scheduled to vote on three proposed charter schools, including one in West Philly, during a special meeting this Wednesday (Feb. 8) beginning at 4 p.m. at the auditorium at the school district offices at 440 N. Broad Street.

The meeting is the final step in the charter review process. The three proposed schools include KIPP Parkside that would be located in the West Parkside neighborhood. Under the proposal, which can be found here, the new school would open for the 2018-2019 school year and have a projected enrollment of 860 students by 2022. The district had several questions about the fee structure that KIPP, which runs four other charters in the city, set up for the school, according to an evaluation report released last month.  Continue Reading

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Multi-million federal grant to support seven West Philly schools

Posted on 22 December 2016

Seven schools and many families living in the federally-designated Promise Zone will benefit from a $30 million, multi-year grant to a consortium led by Drexel University. Drexel President John Fry, Mayor Jim Kenney, Superintendent Dr. William Hite, community members and area elected officials gathered at Morton McMichael Elementary School on Wednesday to announce that the community has won the 2016 Promise Neighborhoods Program Implementation Grant Competition.

The grant provides up to $30 million over five years. The $6 million award that was announced yesterday provides the first year of funding. Some $76 million in matching funds have also been secured from the City and area non-profits, including the William Penn and Lenfest Foundations.

promise-boundariesThe grant will provide “enrichment” for families living in the Promise Neighborhood, which mirrors the boundaries of the Promise Zone and stretches from the Schuylkill River to 48th Street, and from Girard Avenue to Sansom Street (see map). The grant will also support the following schools: Belmont Charter (K-4); Locke Elementary (K-8); Morton McMichael Elementary (K-8); Martha Washington Elementary (K-8); Samuel Powel Elementary (K-4); SLA Middle School (5-8) and West Philadelphia High School (9-12), according to a Drexel statement.  Continue Reading

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