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Fall Guide 2012 Vol. 20 No. 1 Looking Ahead to High School

Charter boom continues, with 35 high school options

Photo: Benjamin Herold

Three of the city's longstanding neighborhood high schools - Audenried, Gratz and Olney - have been converted to charters. Gratz, on Hunting Park Avenue, is now run by Mastery Charter Schools.

by Connie Langland

In Philadelphia, gaining admission to a charter high school sometimes involves a scramble to gather burdensome paperwork – not to mention the luck of the draw.

But obstacles or not, thousands of students pursue the charter option. Notebook data show the city’s 35 charter high schools this year expected to enroll more than 15,000 students in grades 9-12.

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Choosing a high school keeps getting more complicated

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By Dale Mezzacappa

The always daunting process of getting into high school has a new twist this year.

In a system where studies have found that parents are already befuddled by the process, students and their families have a dizzying array of high school choices – small schools, large schools, themed schools, charter schools, themed charter schools, neighborhood schools that have become charter schools – the list goes on.

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