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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 for pre-K-12 by the Middle States Association since 1995; Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities member
Points of Pride:
Guidance Department works with students and parents during the financial aid process; Class of 2016 received $2 million in scholarships and grants (5 students received full 4-year scholarships to universities, including Wesleyan, Drexel, and La Salle); Latin Dance Group has come in second three times at the Puerto Rican Day Parade; Envirothon team represented Philadelphia County in the state competition
AP Courses:
Art, Biology, Calculus AB, English Literature & Composition, Spanish Language & Culture, U.S. History
Other Special Academic Offerings:
Graphic Design, Media & Technology (includes school news broadcast), ’60s Cultures & History, Asian Cultures, Creative Writing, Journalism, Music, Art, Art History, Piano, Music Technology, Public Speaking
Foreign Languages:
French, Spanish, Latin
Measures for Positive, Safe Learning:
Strict code of conduct. Students wear uniforms and are expected to adhere to all policies. Security personnel are trained and certified by Temple University Criminal Justice Center. We have an Emotional Support Team staffed by a psychiatrist, licensed therapist, social worker, pediatric 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 language learner support services; and 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 cafe; art show; forensics; mystery science; drama; Latin dance; chess; restaurant; hip-hop dance group; book; anime; yearbook; Envirothon competition; Humane Society; MESA Prosthetic Arm Challenge; coding
Boys Sports:
Baseball, Basketball, Bowling, Cross Country, Soccer, Softball
Girls Sports:
Basketball, Soccer, 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: 1,205
Grades Served: K-12
Admission Reqs: Application, lottery
ELLS: 6%
Special Education: 17%
Receiving free or reduced priced lunch: 75%
Waiting List? Yes
Racial Demographics: African American – 15% Latino – 74% Asian – 2% White – 1% Other – 9%

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