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The Promise Academy at West Philadelphia High School

Mission Statement:
To reinvigorate the academic program, providing students and teachers with additional, targeted resources, and extending the school day and year for more time to learn. It is our mission and our promise that we continue to work together to insure credible and valuable opportunities for young people and their future.
Points of Pride:
Students traveled to Costa Rica (educational tours), 2015; Carver Science Fair, 2015; 3rd place cheerleader winners, 2015; Philadelphia Public League champs, Boys’ Basketball, 2015; Division League champions, 2014; As for Js champions; $25,000 award winners for academic achievement in English, math and science
AP Courses:
Biology, Calculus AB, English Literature & Composition, Government & Politics
Foreign Languages:
French, Spanish
Measures for Positive, Safe Learning:
Readiness and Emergency Management School Safety Plan; teachers and staff are trained in Restorative Practices through the International Institute of Restorative Practices; students trained in conflict resolution as peer mediators and peer mentors through Project Pride
Parent Involvement:
School Advisory Council, volunteers at school activities
Arts Activities and Classes:
Vocal music classes or ensemble; instrumental music classes; choir; drum line; other instrumental ensemble; jazz; visual arts instruction; dance instruction; ceramics; theater instruction; school play or musical(s); theater group; poetry; film/video instruction
Activities and Special Programs:
Student government; peer mentoring; drama club; yearbook club; drum line; Technology Student Association
Boys Sports:
Baseball, Basketball, Bowling, Cross Country, Football, Indoor Track & Field, Lacrosse, Soccer, Tennis, Track & Field, Wrestling
Girls Sports:
Basketball, Indoor Track & Field, Softball, Track & Field, Volleyball, Cheerleading*
Septa Routes:
21, 30, 31, 42, 52, 64, Market-Frankford El
Contact Information
4901 Chestnut St., 19139
Mary Sandra Dean, Principal
Enrollment and Demographics
Type of School: Neighborhood
2014-2015 Enrollment: 578
Grades Served: 9-12
Admission Reqs: Serves students from catchment area; others may apply, with admission based on space availability
ELLS: 3%
Special Education: 29%
Receiving free or reduced priced lunch: 100%
Waiting List? Yes, 25
Racial Demographics: African American – 95% Latino – 2% Asian – 1% White – 1% Other – 1%

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