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District will review applications for 40 new charter schools

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

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