This article was originally published in The Notebook. In August 2020, The Notebook became Chalkbeat Philadelphia.
The Philadelphia School Partnership announced today that it will disburse nearly $3 million to support the expansion of three charter schools.
It will grant $2.1 million to charter operator American Paradigm to help in adding a second elementary campus and a new high school. Mastery Charter School will get $855,000 to support expanding its Simon Gratz and Hardy Williams campuses.
American Paradigm’s First Philadelphia Preparatory Charter, opened in 2002, now serves K-8th graders at its Tacony campus.
This school year was the first for First Philadelphia Preparatory Charter High School, which enrolled only 9th graders.
In total, the grant will help the schools expand from 1,275 to 1,880 students by the 2016-17 school year. The School Reform Commission already has approved this expansion.
For the upcoming school year, 1,796 students have signed onto the school’s waitlist for only 280 available slots.