We’re expanding! Here is the press release from the School District of Philadelphia:
The District will also expand three high-performing schools – Hill Freedman Middle School, Science Leadership Academy and the Sustainability Workshop – through a $6 million investment from the Great Schools Fund, managed by the PSP.
“This is a valuable opportunity for us to work with principals to provide schools with the supplementary resources needed to serve incoming students and replicate our most successful schools and programs,” said Superintendent Dr. William R. Hite.
“We are thrilled to have the Philadelphia School Partnership’s support in this process, particularly in light of the District’s financial challenges.”
The expansions will ultimately create approximately 1,600 openings in high-performing District schools. PSP selected the schools after a thorough review of academic outcomes, leadership quality and capacity for growth.
“We created the Great Schools Fund to rapidly expand access to great schools of many different types for all families in Philadelphia,” said Mark Gleason, PSP executive director. “Each of these three expansion grants goes to a school that has demonstrated remarkable outcomes while filling a unique niche. We also are eager to support school leaders who see the challenges of the Facilities Master Plan as an opportunity to dramatically improve student outcomes.”
The Sustainability Workshop ($1.5 million) – The project-based, alternative senior year program will expand to add 500 students. The program currently serves 30 students. Last year, nearly all were accepted to college. PSP made a $175,000 incubation grant in July 2012 to support the development of the Workshop School. The school will enroll approximately 60 students next year.
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