Five organizations have submitted applications seeking to open new charter schools in Philadelphia, the School Reform Commission announced Thursday.
- Friendship Whittier Charter School, run by Friendship Philadelphia, proposed for the Allegheny West neighborhood. It would start with 350 K-2 students in 2017-18 and expand to a pre-K-to-5th-grade school with 695 students.
- KIPP Parkside Charter School, run by KIPP Philadelphia, in West Parkside. It is proposed as a 770-student K-8 school and would start in 2018-19 with 200 students in K-1.
- Metropolitan Philadelphia Classical Charter School, run by an organization with that name, in Cedarbrook. It proposes to open in 2017-18 with 498 students in K-10 and expand to 674 students in K-12.
- Deep Roots Charter School, run by an organization with that name, in Harrowgate, opening in 2018-19 with 300 K-4 students and expanding to 540 students in K-8.
- Wilbur Wright Aerospace & Aviation Academy, run by Greater Urban Alliance Charter Schools Inc., in Strawberry Mansion, opening in 2017-18 with a 9th-grade class of 150 students and expanding to 600 in grades 9-12.