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District’s new high schools now accepting applications; info session on Wednesday

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

by Dan Hampton

Applications for three new, non-selective high schools planned for North Philadelphia in the fall are now being accepted. The deadline for 8th graders to apply to the U School, Building 21, and Learning in New Contexts (the LINC) is April 25.

A town-hall-style informational meeting will be held at the District’s headquarters on Wednesday, March 26, between 6 and 8 p.m., where parents, students, and other community members can ask questions about these schools.

These innovative schools will share common educational features: They will be small, proficiency-based, focused on youth development, and connected to real-world experience. (See this guide from the District for a short primer on the new school models.)

Admission to the schools will be open to students citywide, but half or more of the slots will go to students living in the neighborhood catchment.

At the meeting, the schools’ "design leaders” will speak about their goals, enrollment process, and underlying philosophy.

Students who plan to apply at the event must bring their StudentNet ID and password. They can also apply online or with a school counselor. Acceptances will be sent out the week of June 9.

Additional informational sessions have also been scheduled for the following dates.

  • April 9, 6-8 p.m at APM Hall, 2319 N. Seventh St.
  • April 11, 5-8 p.m. at Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church, 2800 W. Cheltenham Ave.

Dan Hampton is an intern at the Notebook.

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