Philadelphia School Partnership has Invested $1.5M to Support Turnaround of North Philadelphia Public School

Grant will support the continued transformation of Frederick Douglass Charter School; Great Schools Fund now has made total investments of more than $37 million

PHILADELPHIA, PA – The Philadelphia School Partnership (PSP) announced it has awarded $1.5 million from its Great Schools Fund to Mastery Charter Schools (Mastery) to support the transformation of Frederick Douglass Charter School (Douglass), a K-8 neighborhood school serving 750 students in North Philadelphia.

Operated by Scholar Academies since 2010, Douglass was one of the first Renaissance charter schools: a district school converted to charter management but continuing to serve all students within a neighborhood catchment area. This May, the SRC voted to transition management to Mastery after the school was recommended for nonrenewal due to inconsistent academic performance. As a result, Douglass is the first district-charter conversion school to subsequently be converted to a second charter operator.

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