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Student Success Centers open to address needs of oft-neglected high schoolers

Simon Gratz High School’s guidance counselor bears a caseload of some 600 students, to whom she is assigned to help with college applications, roster concerns, work permits, counseling referrals, and much more.

If that workload seems a bit heavy, then Simon Gratz Principal Delores Williams has made her point, in explaining the creation of the school’s “Student Success Center.”

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Philadelphia's school partnerships: "Get to know us"

Some school districts for years have bragged about the outside partners they have secured to enhance educational resources. But partnering with universities, nonprofits, and for-profit companies to actually manage dozens of a district’s schools is a new distinction for which Philadelphia last month offered up itself as a national model.

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