West Philly schools holding hurricane relief drives

Posted on 25 September 2017

Two local schools, Penn Alexander School and Independence Charter School West, are holding drives this week to help those in need after the recent devastating hurricanes, “Harvey,” “Irma,” and “Maria.”

Independence Charter School West, located at 5600 Chester Ave., is collecting first-aid items for the areas affected by the hurricanes. The following donations are being accepted through Friday, Sept. 29: bandages, anti-bacterial ointment, flash lights, batteries, soap, antiseptic and alcohol wipes; or any other item you believe will be of use for those affected by the recent natural disasters.

Donations can also be dropped off at Independence Charter School in Center City (1600 Lombard St.).  Continue Reading

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SLA Beeber to start middle school, recruiting for 5th grade next year

Posted on 22 September 2017

Science Leadership Academy (SLA), the highly successful magnet high school, is starting a middle school at its Beeber campus near 59th and Malvern.

The school is now recruiting students for its first fifth grade class, which will start in the 2018-2019 school year. The middle school – 5th through 8th grade – will be housed in the former Beeber Middle School, a building it will share with the SLA high school there. SLA also has a high school in Center City and another new middle school near Drexel in the Powelton Village neighborhood.

Like its other schools, admission to the new middle school will require an application and an interview. Once admitted, though, students can automatically move on to the SLA Beeber High School, one of the more selective high schools in the city.  Continue Reading

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Free book bags, school supplies, on-site student registration and more: Back to School Education Day this Friday in Parkside

Posted on 17 August 2017

The School District of Philadelphia is inviting families and community members to the School of the Future (4021 Parkside Ave.) for an annual Back to School Education Day on Friday, Aug. 18.

The event, which will be held from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., will feature on-site student registration, dental screenings, free book bags and supplies while materials last, important educational information sessions to help prepare families for next school year, and live entertainment.

Highlights of the event include a Family Engagement Pavilion and a Kids Zone with fun and educational games for students.

For more information, please visit

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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 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.

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

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