Philadelphia School Partnership Awards $1.2 Million Grant to Drexel University School of Education

PHILADELPHIA – On Monday, March 20, The Philadelphia School Partnership (PSP) announced it has given a $1.2 million grant to Drexel University to establish the Dragons Teach Middle Years (DTMY) program at its School of Education.  This innovative program provides an opportunity for undergraduates to become certified to teach middle school science and math—two of the city’s highest-need subject areas—while being trained specifically for the unique challenges of the urban classroom. At scale, the program will graduate 40 teachers annually, creating a new pipeline of excellent educators in Philadelphia schools.

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PSP Gives $1.1mil Grant to Roxborough High School

PHILADELPHIA – The Philadelphia School Partnership (“PSP”) today announced it has given a $1.1 million grant to Roxborough High School (Roxborough) to support an academic turnaround. Roxborough, a neighborhood high school, has been implementing an “academy” career and technical education model through a partnership with Philadelphia Academies, Inc. (“PAI”). The grant will help the school improve academic outcomes by creating more alignment and synergy between general education classes and career and technical education classes. PSP has now given nearly $16 million to the School District of Philadelphia, making it the District’s largest private funder.

Roxborough’s plan is focused on transforming teaching and learning so that it is rigorous, student-centered and community-focused; giving students access to additional rigorous programs of study; and building a leadership community that emphasizes holding all stakeholders accountable for the school’s success. Ultimately, the key objectives are producing a higher graduation rate and a higher percentage of college- and career-ready graduates, as evidenced by college persistence and career entry data.


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PSP Awards Grant to Fund Pre-K Expansion

PHILADELPHIA – The Philadelphia School Partnership (“PSP”) today announced it has awarded a $60,000 grant to Our Lady of Port Richmond Regional Catholic School. The grant will allow for expansion of the school’s existing pre-K program, plus classroom renovations and additional academic programs aimed at growing the school’s total enrollment by 40 students. Our Lady of Port Richmond (“OLPR”) is a Catholic school serving 406 students in pre-K through 8th grade. 65 percent of students are economically disadvantaged, and 62 percent receive financial aid. As part of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, the school provides a faith-inclusive education through a full academic course of study in addition to Catholic teachings.

OLPR will use the investment to support the renovation and conversion of classrooms and expanding its special education program, allowing the school to accommodate its rapid growth in both pre-K and K-8. The investment will also fund special education curricula and response-to-intervention (RTI) materials, as well as dedicated space for remedial reading and math rooms and assessment programs. New technology will also be outfitted for these classrooms.

Since 2011, PSP has invested over $53 million in Philadelphia schools to create better educational opportunities and help more than 20,000 students gain access to a high-quality education. These grants include approximately $34 million to public charter schools, $14 million to district schools and $5 million to private schools.

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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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Philadelphia Public High School Receives Grant to Open New Middle School

(Philadelphia, PA) The Philadelphia School Partnership (PSP) announced it has awarded $200,000 from its Great Schools Fund to support the expansion of George Washington Carver Engineering & Science (Carver), a public school in North Philadelphia, as the school enrolls 120 middle school students this fall. The Great Schools Fund invests in the creation and expansion of high-quality schools serving predominantly low-income students. Carver is among the highest performing high schools in the city and is currently a 9-12 district magnet school of 750 students, most of whom are economically disadvantaged. This $200,000 grant will support Carver’s expansion to include a middle school in the fall of 2015, admitting an additional 60 seventh graders and 60 eighth graders.  All 120 new middle school students have been enrolled by the school district and will experience a science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) program very similar to that of the high school.

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