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Philadelphia's District and charter high schools: How are they doing?

By by Paul Socolar on Oct 15, 2013 03:54 PM

The school profiles in this guide tell you a lot about the 87 schools we describe and their programs. Here we provide statistics about how their students are performing. That is important information as you think about where to apply to high school.

Below, you’ll find data about all the District-run schools and charter schools.

Cybers emerge as a 2nd-chance option for students

By by Connie Langland on Apr 15, 2013 01:46 PM

For Michelle Melendez, the distractions at her local high school were too much. She was not getting her work done; she was doing poorly. “I was a troubled child,” she said.

So she enrolled in the ASPIRA Bilingual Virtual Charter School in the fall of 2011 – the school was brand-new then – and she says she has no regrets.

Olney’s approach: Strict discipline, personal attention

By by Connie Langland on Apr 8, 2013 02:40 PM

Sandwiches piled high on a platter, a fresh vegetable tray, pizza, sodas, cake – all for nine young people, most with Latino surnames, most male, who were the center of attention on a recent day at Olney Charter High School.

Their achievement: showing up.

Engaging students in an age of austere budgets

By by Bill Hangley Jr. on Apr 4, 2013 01:19 PM

Comprehensive neighborhood high schools across the nation struggle with dropout prevention, and Philadelphia’s are no different. 

 “What you see in that research is that these schools tend to have a higher concentration of really at-risk kids,” said Kate Shaw, executive director of Research for Action. 

“In part because of that, the percentage of kids who graduate is much lower.”

And although principals at a handful of neighborhood high schools – Roxborough, George Washington, Germantown and Ben Franklin – said that helpful strategies aren’t hard to identify, most also acknowledged that implementing changes in an age of budget cuts, staff turnover, and districtwide strategic shifts is a constant challenge.

Paying attention to 9th graders

By by Dale Mezzacappa on Mar 29, 2013 03:01 PM

Philadelphia’s graduation rate continues to improve, yet only about two-thirds of students who start 9th grade in public schools get a diploma four years later. 

As the Notebook does its eighth annual edition focusing on the city’s dropout crisis, this is both encouraging and sobering news.

Encouraging because the gains are slow and steady, which makes it more likely that they are real, said Ruth Curran Neild, lead author of Unfulfilled Promise, the 2006 report that first offered hard data and highlighted the depth of the problem in Philadelphia.

But sobering because there are entrenched issues that the city’s educational leaders have yet to conquer. One of those is 9th grade, still where most dropouts run aground.

Quicktakes: Why are relationships important to keep students in school?

By the Notebook on Mar 27, 2013 12:28 PM

Interviews by Charlotte Pope and Julie Mazziotta, photos by Chris Willis and Julie Mazziotta

Cyber charter graduation rates

By the Notebook on Mar 26, 2013 05:26 PM

Graduation rates for Philadelphia students are not available for cyber charters; neither the School District nor the state publishes that information. 

The state tracks the statewide graduation rates for cybers, using a different methodology from the District’s. The state also publishes a graduation rate for economically disadvantaged students at cybers. 

An anxious time

By the Notebook on Mar 26, 2013 04:18 PM

District officials cited financial necessity in their decision to close 23 schools. They pointed to long-term savings from fewer buildings and said the downsizing would stabilize the District financially, allowing it to focus its resources.

About this edition

By the Notebook on Mar 26, 2013 02:17 PM

Major funding for this edition of the Notebook was provided through a partnership with Project U-Turn, a citywide campaign to focus public attention on Philadelphia’s dropout crisis and design strategies and leverage investments to resolve it. 

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