This article was originally published in The Notebook. In August 2020, The Notebook became Chalkbeat Philadelphia.
The School District said Monday that it has received applications for 40 new charter schools.
In Philadelphia, applications for new charter schools haven’t been considered by the School Reform Commission in seven years.
But in passing the law approving Philadelphia’s $2-per-pack cigarette tax, state legislators included a provision that requires the School District of Philadelphia to open itself to new charter applications annually, while giving rejected applicants the chance to appeal decisions through a state board.
Now that the deadline for submitting applications has passed, the District’s Charter Schools Office will start its process for reviewing each of the applications.
According to a District release, that process will consist of three phases.
- Review of Applications – Review teams comprised of reviewers with expertise in educational leadership, school operations, curriculum, school finance, support for English language learners, and support for students in special education will review applications. Each review team will have a mix of School District employees and outside experts.
- Public hearings – Each applicant will have an opportunity to present their proposals and answer questions from the School District. The public hearings will include time for public comment on the charter applications.
- Public vote by the SRC – After the public hearings, the SRC will vote on the charter applications at a public action meeting.
Public hearings will be held within 45 days of the Nov. 15 application deadline, as required by state charter school law, the District said. And the SRC will vote on each application no later than 75 days after the hearing.
All applications will be posted publicly on the District’s website, along with the schedule of the hearings.
Here is the list of new charter school applicants.
|Proposed School Name||Applicant Team or Entity||School Building Zip Code||Grade Configuration||Total Enrollment|
|ACES Business Entrepreneur Academy Charter School||West Philadelphia Achievement Charter Elementary School||19151||6 to 12||600|
|American Paradigm Charter School (Oxford Circle)||American Paradigm Schools, Inc.||19111||K to 8||900|
|American Paradigm Charter School at Port Richmond||American Paradigm Schools, Inc.||19124||K to 4||500|
|ASPIRA Ramon E. Betances Charter School||ASPIRA Inc. of Pennsylvania||19120||K to 8||550|
|Belmont Charter High School||Community Education Alliance of West Philadelphia||19104||9 to 12||500|
|Congreso Academy Charter High School||Congreso de Latinos Unidos, Inc.||19133||9 to 12||600|
|Esperanza Elementary Charter School||Esperanza||19140||K to 5||800|
|Franklin Towne Charter Middle School||Franklin Towne Charter High School||19137||5 to 8||600|
|Friendship Public Charter School||Friendship Philadelphia, Inc.||unknown||K to 6||776|
|Germantown Community Charter School||Germantown Community Charter School Coalition||19144||6 to 12||1050|
|Girls’ Latin of Philadelphia Charter School||Boys’ Latin of Philadelphia Charter School||19143||K to 12||1450|
|Global Leadership Academy International Charter School||Global Leadership Academy Charter School||19131||K to 12||1100|
|Green Woods Charter School at Overbrook Farms||Green Woods Charter School at Overbrook Farms||19151||K to 8||723|
|Independence Charter High School||Independence Charter School||19104||9 to 12||800|
|Independence Charter School West||Independence Charter School||19142||K to 8||900|
|Innovative Dimensions STEAM Academy||Innovative Dimension in Education||unknown||6 to 12||660|
|Keystone Preparatory Charter School||Keystone Academy Charter School||19135||K to 12||1300|
|KIPP Dubois Charter School||KIPP Philadelphia Schools||19131||K to 12||1380|
|KIPP North Philadelphia Charter School||KIPP Philadelphia Schools||19132||K to 12||1380|
|KIPP West Charter School||KIPP Philadelphia Schools||19143||K to 12||1380|
|Leon H. Sullivan Opportunities Charter School||OIC of America, Leon H. Sullivan Opportunities Charter School, Inc.||unknown||K to 12||975|
|Liguori Academy Charter School||Liguori Academy, Inc.||unknown||9 to 12||1200|
|MaST Community Charter School – Roosevelt Campus||MaST Community Charter School||19116||K to 12||2925|
|Mastery Charter School – Gillespie Campus||Mastery Charter High School||19140||K to 8||756|
|Mastery Charter School – North Philadelphia Campus||Mastery Charter High School||19132||K to 8||756|
|New Foundations Charter School – Brewerytown||New Foundations Charter School||19121||K to 12||1075|
|PHASE 4 America Charter School||PHASE 4 Learning Center, Inc.||unknown||K to 8||675|
|Philadelphia Career and Technical Academy||WAY Haberdashery||19144||9 to 12||600|
|Philadelphia Music and Dance Charter School||Philadelphia Music and Dance Charter School||19139||K to 12||925|
|PHMC Preparatory Charter School||Public Health Management Corporation||19143||K to 12||1000|
|Richard Allen Preparatory Charter School II||Richard Allen Development and Improvement Organization (RADIO)||19143||K to 12||1325|
|String Theory Charter School – East Falls||String Theory Charter School||19129||K to 12||1300|
|String Theory Charter School – Greys Ferry||String Theory Charter School||19146||K to 12||1300|
|String Theory Charter School – Port Richmond||String Theory Charter School||19134||K to 12||1300|
|String Theory Charter School – Southeast||String Theory Charter School||11948||K to 12||1300|
|Sustainable Roots Academy Charter School||Mariana Bracetti Academy Charter School||19125||K to 12||1300|
|TECH Freire Charter School||Freire Charter School||19132||9 to 12||580|
|The Partnership School for Science and Innovation MaST Community Charter School||MaST Community Charter School||19106 or 19146||K to 12||1500|
|The Pavilion Charter School for Exceptional Students||Cokettia Rawlerson and Sonya K. Peck||19132||PreK to 5||600|
|Urban STEM Academy||Urban STEM Academy Consortium||19138||5 to 12||1000|