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Mission Statement:
We embrace a prototyping culture where curiosity, experimentation, and reflection guide learning expeditions. We will utilize the design process and rigorous learning pathways to facilitate the growth of change agents regardless of incoming math or literacy skills. Every student will be prepared for post-secondary education/training and careers without the need for remediation. In the process, students will create solutions for the city and prove that youth are more than capable of success.
Points of Pride:
New personalized and competency-based high school. Our school will grow with the input of our users (students, families, educators and community).
Other Special Academic Offerings:
Build Innovation Lab; Highlight Innovation Lab; Organize Innovation Lab
Foreign Languages:
Spanish, German
Measures for Positive, Safe Learning:
4-year advisory program called Possi(bilities) to build a strong sense of community and a point of contact between parents and Possi Leaders. An active member in the Choice Neighborhood Safety Committee, which consists of safety stakeholders including Philadelphia police, Temple police, APM, Philadelphia Housing Authority, Temple.
Parent Involvement:
Home & School Association, afterschool volunteers
Arts Activities and Classes:
Visual arts instruction; dance; poetry; literature; film/video instruction
Activities and Special Programs:
A Capella; Breaking Boundaries; chess club; dance team; debate; Dream Team; filmmaking; Imagination Foundation; mindfulness; peer mediation; photography; poetry club; yearbook
Boys Sports:
Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Football, Soccer, Softball, Track & Field, Volleyball (Sports offerings are part of a partnership with the Kensington High Schools.)
Girls Sports:
Basketball, Cheerleading, Soccer, Track & Field, Volleyball (Sports offerings are part of a partnership with the Kensington High Schools.)
Septa Routes:
3, 23, 39, 47, 57, Regional Rail (Temple U.)
Contact Information
2000 N. 7th Street, 19122
Neil Geyette, Principal
Enrollment and Demographics
Type of School: Citywide Admission
2014-2015 Enrollment: 172
Grades Served: 9-11 (adding grade 12 in 2017)
Admission Reqs: Must be a current 8th grader in Philadelphia; all students welcome regardless of academic or behavioral backgrounds; 50% of students are from the surrounding 10 zip codes and 50% are from the city at large
ELLS: 2%
Special Education: 19%
Receiving free or reduced priced lunch: 100%
Waiting List? Yes, 400
Racial Demographics: African American – 86% Latino – 9% Asian – 1% White – 4% Other – 2%

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