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Round 2 of new charter hearings gets underway on Monday

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

The first three of 40 separate hearings in a second round of presentations on proposed new Philadelphia charter schools will take place Monday at School District headquarters.

Then 10 more days of hearings are scheduled this month, as the District prepares to make decisions by the end of February on whether to approve these charter applications.

In this round, the charter applicants will hear from the Charter School Office or District staff on the evaluation of their proposals, respond to questions from a hearing officer, and have 15 minutes for a final statement.

Hearings are open to the public, but will not be live-streamed. The hearing schedule:

Proposed school name Hearing date Hearing time Room
New Foundations Charter School – Brewerytown Jan. 5 9:30 am 1075
Franklin Towne Charter Middle School Jan. 5 12:30 pm 1075
Leon H. Sullivan Opportunities Charter School Jan. 5 3 pm 1075
Esperanza Elementary Charter School Jan. 8 9:30 am 1075
TECH Freire Charter School Jan. 8 12:30 pm 1075
Belmont Charter High School Jan. 8 3 pm


Pavilion Charter School for Exceptional Students Jan. 9 9:30 am 1075
Congreso Academy Charter High School Jan. 9 12:30 pm 1075
Richard Allen Preparatory Charter School II Jan. 9 3 pm 1075
Innovative Dimensions STEAM Academy Jan. 12 9:30 am Aud
ASPIRA Ramon E. Betances Charter School Jan. 12 12:30 pm Aud
Girls’ Latin of Philadelphia Charter School Jan. 12 3 pm Aud
Mastery Charter School – North Philadelphia Campus Jan. 13 9 am 1080
Mastery Charter School – Gillespie Campus Jan. 13 9 am 1080
Friendship Public Charter School Jan. 13 12:30 pm 1080
Sustainable Roots Academy Charter School Jan. 13 3 pm 1069
Philadelphia Career and Technical Academy Jan. 14 11 am OGC2
String Theory Charter School – East Falls Jan. 14 1:30 pm OGC2
String Theory Charter School – Port Richmond Jan. 14 1:30 pm OGC2
String Theory Charter School – Grays Ferry Jan. 14 1:30 pm OGC2
String Theory Charter School – Southeast Jan. 14 1:30 pm OGC2
Keystone Preparatory Charter School Jan. 15 9:30 am Aud
Independence Charter High School Jan. 15 12:30 pm Aud
Independence Charter School West Jan. 15 12:30 pm Aud
American Paradigm Charter School (Oxford Circle) Jan. 16 9 am 1080
American Paradigm Charter School (Port Richmond) Jan. 16 9 am 1080
Global Leadership International Academy Jan. 16 12:30 pm 1080
ACES Business Entrepreneur Academy Charter School Jan. 16 3 pm 1080
KIPP North Philadelphia Charter School Jan. 20 9 am 1075
KIPP DuBois Charter School Jan. 20 9 am 1075
KIPP West Charter School Jan. 20 9 am 1075
Liguori Academy Charter School Jan. 20 12:30 pm Aud
Urban STEM Academy Jan. 20 3 pm Aud
MaST Community Charter School – Roosevelt Campus Jan. 23 9 am Aud
The Partnership School for Science and Innovation – MaST Community Charter School Jan. 23 9 am Aud
Philadelphia Music and Dance Charter School Jan. 23 12:30 pm Aud
PHASE 4 America Charter School Jan. 23 3 pm Aud
Green Woods Charter School at Overbrook Farms Jan. 26 10 am 1080
Germantown Community Charter School Jan. 26 1 pm 1080
PHMC Preparatory Charter School Jan. 26 3:30 pm 1080

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