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First Philadelphia Preparatory Charter High School

Mission Statement:
We will provide a well-balanced literacy-based education contributing to the formation of lifelong learners and leaders in the global community.
Accredidations and Awards:
National awardwinning school for its promising practices, Center for Character Education Partnership, 2010; accepted into the network of "No Excuses University," 2008; American Paradigm Schools selected by Center for Leadership & Ethics as a Pennsylvania School District of Character, 2011
Points of Pride:
Robust arts and music program; state-of-the-art school buildings, with music and art rooms, science laboratories, a gymnasium and a theater; a literacy-rich curriculum
AP Courses:
Chemistry, English Literature & Composition
Foreign Languages:
Measures for Positive, Safe Learning:
All students are taught how to treat others with respect, solve problems with their words, and work within a community for the good of the community
Parent Involvement:
Home & School Association; work on committees to help support programs
Arts Activities and Classes:
Vocal music classes or ensemble; choir; instrumental music classes; jazz; orchestra; drum line; other instrumental ensemble; theater instruction; school plays; school musicals; theater group; visual arts instruction; dance instruction; dance; poetry; literature
Activities and Special Programs:
Students Run Philly Style; drama society; cooking club; homework help and tutoring; word jam; music fest; student government; school ambassadors
Boys Sports:
Baseball, Basketball, Gymnastics, Soccer, Softball
Girls Sports:
Cheerleading, Gymnastics
Septa Routes:
18, 19, 24, 26, 67, Regional Rail (Lawndale)
Contact Information
6201 Rising Sun Ave., 19111
Joseph Gillespie, CEO
Enrollment and Demographics
Type of School: Charter
2014-2015 Enrollment: 1,493
Grades Served: K-12
Admission Reqs: Lottery
ELLS: 3%
Special Education: 17%
Receiving free or reduced priced lunch: 69%
Waiting List? Yes, 1,400
Racial Demographics: African American – 43% Latino – 23% Asian – 3% White – 19% Other – 12%

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