Philadelphia School Partnership is awarding a total of $375,000 in grants to three Philadelphia District schools and one Catholic school.
Roxborough High School will receive $145,000, and Neumann-Goretti will receive $150,000 to support turnaround plans at the schools.
Mark Gleason, executive director of Philadelphia School Partnership, a nonprofit that supports the expansion of K-12 schools in the city, says the grants will help the schools develop stronger academic programming.
Roxborough High School is several years into implementing a Philadelphia Academies model, where students have the opportunity to engage in career and college training throughout high school. The grant will help Roxborough better integrate core academic subjects into the career training.
At Neumann-Goretti, a Catholic school in South Philadelphia, the grant will help support administration as they embark on an effort to strengthen its academic programming.
"For principals who want to do this kind of strategic planning but also have to run a school with hundreds of kids, they don't have the bandwidth," says Gleason. "These folks have the right vision to make it work."