Dale Mezzacappa and Allison Weltonon Apr 3, 2015 01:00 PM
Building 21 is one of three innovative high schools started this year designed to transform the educational experience for students. After a year of planning, it opened in September to its first class of more than 100 9th graders.
The annual Philadelphia High School Fair starts today at the Armory at Drexel University on North 33rd Street, between Market and Cuthbert Streets.
Thousands of students and their parents are expected to visit the expo, which is presented by Great Philly Schools, in partnership with the School District of Philadelphia. The fair is designed for 7th and 8th graders, as well as high school students looking to transfer schools.
In response to the District’s proposed budget cuts to subsidized public transportation, the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia has created a guide for high school students who want to bike to school as an alternative.
Last school year, high school students who lived more than 1.5 miles from their schools were eligible to receive free SEPTA TransPasses. But in August the District made a proposal to increase the distance to two miles, making 7,500 high school students ineligible to receive the subsidy.
Hite said during the first School Reform Commission meeting of the new school year that the District is working with several partners to avoid the transportation cuts, but many students still need assistance.
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Since the beginning of summer, Kim Ivery has relayed the simple — but heartfelt — wish countless times to her daughter Lexus, a rising freshman.
She desperately wants her youngest to start fresh after a rocky middle school experience.
"You're going to high school now," she's told her. "You're becoming a young lady. All that fighting and stuff, you have to leave it behind."
Tourists passing through Independence Mall today may have caught a glimpse of Thomas Jefferson, as a man dressed in period uniform delivered a speech for a summer initiative called Project Write-Inspire Me!, a writing enrichment program for high school students.
The organization, which is a part of the Independence National Historical Park and the Philadelphia Writing Project, tries to empower youth to write by drawing inspiration from American history, according to Project Write counselor Bethany Silba.
Many people think of the school day as seven hours with a bell schedule that divides it up into eight or nine equal periods. But in Philadelphia schools, what the school day looks like increasingly may vary from one school to the next.
To explore the variety in how the day is used, the Notebook lined up the schedules of 10th graders at five different high schools [see comparison of 5 high schools] – a neighborhood school, a special admissions school, a career and technical education school, a charter school, and a private school – to see what a typical day looks like at each school, both teacher time and student time. We surveyed school leaders about the structure of the day and about their perspectives on how time is used.
Dale Mezzacappaon Mar 28, 2014 10:08 AM
Three new high schools will open in the fall in North Philadelphia.
All are planning to use an approach to learning that is based on projects and inquiry, building on students’ experiences and extending education outside the classroom. They will operate on a “competency” model, in which students progress at their own pace, moving ahead when they demonstrate mastery of knowledge and skills.
Last week, I wrote a story about Chrislie Dor, a Philadelphia School District student who applied to two District-run magnet high schools.
If accepted, she said, she would attend one of those schools. If not, she said, she'd enroll in a high school run by a charter organization.
Comprehensive neighborhood high schools did not seem like a good option to her and her family.
by Kevin McCorry for NewsWorks
Chrislie Dor, a budding poet at age 14, stands like poet Robert Frost's narrator at a fork in the road.
The paths diverge not in a yellow wood, but instead the concrete jungle that is Philadelphia public education. Looking down one bend as far as she can, Chrislie sees the School District's selective-admission magnet high schools. Looking down the other, she sees the city's charter schools.
Other options — such as Chrislie's District-run neighborhood high school — may be in the vicinity, but they don't figure on her map.
by Dan Hampton
Philadelphia High School for Girls and Kensington High School for International Business, Finance & Entrepreneurship have been chosen to pilot a Flash Media Lab program launched by WHYY.
Students in the program, which provides on-site, hands-on training, will learn video production skills, as well as research, storytelling, and interviewing techniques. Teachers at each of the participating schools will also receive training on the equipment.
“They will be producing original videos,” said Craig Santoro, director of media instruction at WHYY. “That includes all aspects of the production process from planning to editing.”