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Four charters serve many English language learners

This article was originally published in The Notebook. In August 2020, The Notebook became Chalkbeat Philadelphia.

Esperanza Academy

Grades: 9-12

Neighborhood: Hunting Park

Opened: 2000

Enrollment: 626

ELL Enrollment (2007): 98

CEO: David Rossi

Mission Statement: "Providing a quality education that prepares critically thinking, socially capable, spiritually sensitive and culturally aware young adults who can use English, Spanish and technology as tools for success in the 21st century."

Eugenio Maria De Hostos

Grades: K-4 – growing to K-8

Neighborhood: Hunting Park

Opened: 1998

Enrollment: 204

ELL Enrollment (2007): 77

CEO: Evelyn Lebron

Mission Statement: "Offers a bilingual, bicultural, academically enriched curriculum that draws from the social, historical experience of the Puerto Ricans living in the U.S."

Folk Arts – Cultural Treasures

Grades: K-8

Neighborhood: Chinatown

Opened: 2005

Enrollment: 337

ELL Enrollment (2007): 105

CEO: Deborah Wei

Mission Statement: "Provides children with an exemplary education that utililizes traditional arts and cultures found within their own and neighboring communities as the catalyst for critical inquiry and community engagement."

Mariana Bracetti Academy

Grades: 6-12

Neighborhood: Kensington

Opened: 2000

Enrollment: 1,155

ELL Enrollment (2007): 243

CEO: Angela Villani

Mission Statement: "Provide children from Philadelphia with a challenging, techologically enriched educational program that prepares them to meet academic standards and to become sucessful college students and/or knowledgable workers."

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