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District proposes sweeping changes for 15 schools

An estimated 5,000 students will be affected.

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Photo: Dale Mezzacappa

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

The School District of Philadelphia proposed a sweeping set of changes Thursday that would affect 5,000 students and 15 schools – changes that include openings, closings, and in-district and charter conversions.


The District intends to open a new, non-selective Science Leadership Academy middle school in West Philadelphia that would serve as the catchment middle school for Samuel Powel Elementary.

The District also wants to open another new, non-selective, project-based North Philadelphia high school – run in partnership with nonprofit Big Picture Philadelphia. It opened three similar schools in North Philly last year: the LINC, the U School, and Building 21.

In-district conversion

The District also seeks to create up to three new in-district turnaround schools, similar to those that began last year at Blaine and Kelley Elementary Schools in North Philadelphia.

The District has not selected these schools yet, but says at least one high school conversion is likely. The District says it will announce selections in early 2016 and the turnaround will take effect during the 2016-17 school year.

Charter conversion

The District also plans to expand its slate of neighborhood schools run by charter operators through the Renaissance initiative.

Three elementary schools — Jay Cooke (Logan), Samuel B. Huey (West Philadelphia) and John Wister (Germantown) — are recommended for Renaissance conversion in 2016-17.

Read the rest of this story at NewsWorks

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