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Community Academy of Philadelphia Charter School

Mission Statement:
Our school serves urban youth in search of a positive, supportive school experience. We are dedicated to offering a quality education while also responding to the non-academic student issues that can have a significant impact on academic and overall emotional/social functioning. Students are challenged to explore their personal and academic potential and to internalize responsibility for their actions. Teachers are supported in their efforts to be academically creative with students. All staff members work to foster the development of trusting and respectful relationships with and between students.
Accredidations and Awards:
Accredited Pre-K-12 by the Middle States Association since 1995; Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities member, 1st place in the Philadelphia County 2017 MESA Prosthetic Arm Challenge; chess team recently earned awards at the PECO/ASAP Checkmate Violence Event
Points of Pride:
Class of 2017 received $1.45 million in scholarships and grants (6 students received full 4-year scholarships to universities, including Lock Haven, LaSalle, Drexel, and Villanova); Guidance Department works with students and parents during the financial aid process; Latin Dance Group has earned second place four times at the Puerto Rican Day Parade; Envirothon team represented Philadelphia County in the state competition for the third year in a row
AP Courses:
Art, Biology, Calculus AB, English Language & Composition, English Literature & Composition, Spanish Language & Culture, U.S. History
Other Special Academic Offerings:
Graphic Design, Media & Technology (includes a daily school news broadcast), ‘60s Culture & History, Coding, Nutrition and Food Preparation, Creative Writing, Journalism, Music, Art, Art History, Piano, Music Technology, Public Speaking, Introduction to Engineering
Foreign Languages:
French, Spanish
Measures for Positive, Safe Learning:
Security personnel are trained and certified by Temple University Criminal Justice Center; strict code of conduct; students wear uniforms and are expected to adhere to all policies; Emotional Support Team staffed by a psychiatrist, licensed therapist, social worker, school nurse and certified medical assistant; daycare program for faculty and students; comprehensive Special Education Department of coordinators and teachers; 2 school psychologists (1 bilingual Spanish/English); English Learner support services; a team of reading specialists; Emotional Support Team services include psychiatric assessments, individual and group counseling, affect management, social skills, anti-bullying, conflict resolution, teen parent support, de-escalation techniques, gender and ethnic groups, grief support and small group instruction
Parent Involvement:
Home & School Association, afterschool volunteers, parent meetings and workshops
Arts Activities and Classes:
Vocal music classes or ensemble; choir; instrumental music classes; drum line; drill team; other instrumental ensemble; visual arts instruction; poetry; literature; film
Activities and Special Programs:
Clubs include: running; The Promethean Reader Literary Magazine; Poetry Café; Art Show; Forensics; Mystery Science; drama; Latin dance; chess; restaurant club; book club; anime club; yearbook; Envirothon; Humane Society; MESA Prosthetic Arm Challenge; coding club; Amnesty International
Boys Sports:
Baseball, Basketball, Bowling, Soccer
Girls Sports:
Basketball, Bowling, Soccer, Softball, Volleyball
Septa Routes:
3, 56, 89, Market-Frankford El
Contact Information
1100 E. Erie Ave. 19124
Joseph Proietta, CEO • Alberta P. O’Brien, Principal
Enrollment and Demographics
Type of School: Charter
2014-2015 Enrollment: 1,221
Grades Served: K-12
Admission Reqs: Application, lottery
ELLS: 5%
Special Education: 19%
Receiving free or reduced priced lunch: 75%
Waiting List? Yes
Racial Demographics: African American – 15% Latino – 71% Asian – 3% White – 1% Other – 10%

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