Education

 By Jimmy Viola

West Poplar: Residents Learn to Network Within Neighborhoods

West Poplar: Residents Learn to Network Within Neighborhoods

Brick houses with green lawns rest next to vacant lots with overgrown weeds creeping through the chain-link fence. Pink-pedaled remnants of spring blanket the sidewalks.  A group of young men smoke a blunt in the backyard of a church. Welcome to the projects in West Poplar, where shades of suburbia are blurred with the grit and charm […]

 By Steve Ciccarelli

Fairhill: Art and Literacy for Kids

Fairhill: Art and Literacy for Kids

A dozen tiny hands shoot up in the air. Bodies shake anxiously in anticipation as their mouths emit sounds of “Ooh!” and “Memememe!” One such small body is chosen to answer. As his smile widens, “Cold liquid?” the young boy asks, searching for some sort of approval before giving his final answer. “Yes,” says Christina […]

 By Ben T. Levy

Allegheny: Trying to Improve Schools

Allegheny: Trying to Improve Schools

As Ronald Hinton, the president of the Allegheny West Foundation, loads boxes of surplus Easter cupcakes onto the shelves of the Tastykake outlet that is staffed by Allegheny high school students, he beams with pride as he delivers the statistics for the most recent batch of seniors who attended the foundation. Of the group of […]

 By Josh Schrager

Ludlow: Muslim Students Excel; School Plans Expansion

Ludlow: Muslim Students Excel; School Plans Expansion

Located on 1501 Germantown Ave., the Al-Aqsa Islamic Academy is a Muslim-based school for kindergarteners through 12th graders. Members of the faculty, such as Principal Abdur Rahman, teach Muslim values each day. Rahman believes that many Americans stereotype Muslims as terrorists. However, he attempts to shed that stereotype. “We’re always talking about the good qualities […]

 By Jennifer Reardon

Frankford: Celebrating 100 Years at Frankford High School

Frankford: Celebrating 100 Years at Frankford High School

Dr. Thomas Mills, the Frankford Alumni Association president, graduated from Frankford High School in 1948 with 477 other high school seniors. All but two of the 478 individuals were white males. Terry Tobin, the alumni association’s financial secretary and treasurer, graduated from Frankford High in 1962. In his first year at Frankford, he witnessed the […]

 By Linda Lam

Walnut Hill: YES Program

Walnut Hill: YES Program

The YES Program stands for Youth + Entrepreneurship = Success. The Enterprise Center is the facility that houses the After-School Executive Incubator Program. YES Program partnerships with seven surrounding Philadelphia Academy public schools. The schools they are in partnership with and grants fund the YES Program. Not all students get the opportunity to participate in […]

 By Lauren Gordon

Walnut Hill: What is Best for West High?

Walnut Hill: What is Best for West High?

For students, teachers, parents and the community, it was apparent that change was a must for the neighborhood’s local high school, West Philadelphia. In 2007, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer’s “School Report Card,” West’s eleventh grade test scores indicated only a 5.5 percent proficiency score in math, with reading proficiency scores hovering around 6.2 percent. […]

 By Jimmy Viola and Peter Dorchak

Philadelphia: Parent Organizations Seek Accountability in Schools

Philadelphia: Parent Organizations Seek Accountability in Schools

Thick, white binders litter the carpet of Sylvia Simms otherwise tidy living room in North Philadelphia. “This is our secret weapon right here,” says Simms, 49, hoisting one of the phonebook-sized binders onto her lap and opening it.  “This is what gives us teeth.” Photocopied, highlighted and scribbled in pen are pages of the Title 1 section […]

 By Trenae McDuffie

West Philadelphia: Families Find Ways to Pay for College

West Philadelphia: Families Find Ways to Pay for College

The SAT scores are in, the essays are written, and the applications have been mailed, but the pressure and stress of financing a college education still remains. The current economic climate has made money very tight in households. Even with tax returns and stimulus packages thrown into communities, many families struggle to pay college tuition. […]

 By Morgan Zalot and Stephen Zook

Northeast: A Community of Schools, Fighting to Keep Its Own

Northeast: A Community of Schools, Fighting to Keep Its Own

Patrick Boylan and Tom McGowan, both juniors at Northeast Catholic High School for Boys, would have ruled the school as seniors next year – McGowan as a National Honor Society member ranked fifth in his class and Boylan as a legacy student, following his father, grandfather, uncles and older brothers by attending the school. Now, […]