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Spring 2008 Vol. 15. No. 3 Focus on Reconnecting Youth

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Philadelphia's Accelerated Schools

By the Notebook on Mar 6, 2008 12:00 AM

These are full-time academic programs for students, ages 16-21, who have earned fewer than eight high school credits and who wish to return to school. Students can earn an official School District diploma. Schools can be contacted directly or through the Project U-Turn Hotline (215-400-6700).

Citywide, there are 900 students on waiting lists for accelerated schools. Two more schools will open in 2008. The six schools currently open include:

Accelerated Learning Academy - North
4224 N. Front Street
Philadelphia, PA 19140
215-754-1370
Contact: Bonnie Taylor
Opened in 2006, 150 students

Accelerated Learning Academy - Southern
2101 S. Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19148
215-271-5902
Contact: Joyce Velasquez
Opened in 2007, 150 students

Accelerated Learning Academy - Southwest
6404 Elmwood Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19143
215-727-1212
Contact: Steve Marchion
Opened in 2007, 150 students

Career and Academic Development Institute
1225 Vine Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107
215-567-0820
Contact: Indira Lawson
Opened in 2004, 150 students

Excel Academy
6600 Bustleton Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19149
215-332-3101
Contact: Angela Gregory
Opened in 2004, 250 students

Fairhill Community High School
2820 N. 4th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19133
215-423-1776
Contact: Marcus Delgado
Opened in 2004, 225 students

Comments (4)

Submitted by Andrea (not verified) on June 3, 2010 7:00 pm

I visited the Accelerated Learning Academy at 6404 Woodland Ave. Upon entering I felt like I was in a bad dream or shall I say nightmare. The students were sitting around talking to each other without any structure. I was directed to a desk where a man sat, he appeared very disturbed by the comments being made by a certain student. There was just a large room with a few computers and many many students. I was stunned, I'd been sent to this location by the re-engagement center to enroll my daughter. We reached out for help and were sent to a place that I considered deplorable. Needless to say we didn't enroll her and after a few visits the re-engagement center proved to be a huge waste of our time and efforts.

Submitted by V. Miller (not verified) on August 26, 2011 8:04 pm

Seeking to report observation(s) and failure to comply with mission statement and or professional standards...contact : 1-171-787-5500 to request official complaint form(s).
Professional Educator Conduct Office to report misconduct, misrepresentation and or fraud...If after hearing your complaint and office is unable to meet your needs...tell them to refer you to the correct department.
You are envoking your right to act upon the : Professional Educator Discipline Act 24 P.S. ss 2070. 1a et Seq. { ss = s over s legal symbol }

Good Luck

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on June 27, 2010 11:25 am

What does anyone have to say about the Fairhill Community HS?

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on February 9, 2011 7:46 pm

Fairhill is a great school as a former student I'd recommend it to anyone who wants another chance at a successful life.

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