Citywide Admission

Building 21

Mission Statement:
Building 21 seeks to reimagine high school to meet the present needs and the future goals of all learners by empowering students to connect with their passions and build agency (skills, capacity and mindset) to impact their world. Building 21 utilizes a competency- based progression model that enables students to evidence their learning in a variety of ways including project-based and blended learning. Building 21 seeks to personalize learning and to connect students with college and career pathways throughout high school.
AP Courses:
Computer Science Essentials, Physics
Other Special Academic Offerings:
A variety of partnerships connected to our four career clusters (STEM, Arts/Design and Communication, Business and Entrepreneurship, Law and Public Service); Our higher education partners include: Community College of Philadelphia Arcadia University LaSalle University Orleans Technical College Penn State University Temple University The University of the Arts Villanova University
Parent Involvement:
School Advisory Council
Arts Activities and Classes:
Creative Writing Yearbook; Music Production Improv/drama Cosmetology Arts and Animation Dance Mentoring Girls Group Male Empowerment Group
Activities and Special Programs:
After school programs through Education Plus Health Culinary club Science Anime Tech services/IT Poetry & creative writing Dance Science College and career planning And more
Boys Sports:
Baseball, Basketball, Soccer Track and Field
Girls Sports:
Baseball, Basketball, Soccer, Track and Field
Septa Routes:
6, 8, 16, 18, 22, 26, 55, 80, and the L (Broad Street Lines)
Contact Information
6501 Limekiln Pike, 19138
Ayris Colvin, Principal
Enrollment and Demographics
Type of School:Citywide Admission
Enrollment: 365
Grades Served: 9-12
Admission Reqs: Citywide, non-criteria admissions requirements, with a 60% neighborhood preference. Other 40% of students travel from all over the city.
ELLS: 8%
Special Education: 20%
Receiving free or reduced priced lunch: 82%
Waiting List? Yes, 700+
Racial Demographics:African American – 64% Latino – 31% Asian – 1% White –2% Other – 3%

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