Education

 By Jessica Arnold

Parkside: School of the Future Relies on Forward Thinking, Not Just Technology

Parkside: School of the Future Relies on Forward Thinking, Not Just Technology

For most teenagers, high school helps define where they are headed in life, molding young men and women by exposing them to pathways suitable to fulfilling their desires. Philadelphia’s unique Microsoft High School of The Future does this and more, equipping students with the kinds of practical knowledge necessary to be successful in the real […]

 By Tara Moore

Parkside: Students Salute Their Futures

Parkside: Students Salute Their Futures

Graduation marks the end of one chapter and the beginning of the next in everyone’s life. In 2006, the Microsoft High School of the Future located on 40th Street and Parkside Avenue opened its doors with the hopes of molding young Philadelphians into technologically savvy young adults prepared to take on the world. Today, four […]

 By Rachel Halkias

North Central: The Stigma of Truant Youth

North Central: The Stigma of Truant Youth

Some kids are just lazy. They don’t care. They must have bad parents. The stigma attached to truants and dropouts is highly generalized, misinformed and many times simply wrong. Lynnette C. Anderson of the Women’s Christian Alliance, who has been working as the organization’s manager of the truancy department since September, said the problem goes […]

 By Sarah Shafer

Nicetown-Tioga: Leap After-School Program Praised Throughout Community

Nicetown-Tioga: Leap After-School Program Praised Throughout Community

The first floor of the Nicetown-Tioga Library looks like any other library. Books are sprawled across the layout of the interior, conversations are kept to a mere whisper and “no cell phones” and “no talking” signs are posted along the walls. Upstairs is a completely different story. Sunshine spills into the large, white room where kids are partaking in an intense game of Dance Dance Revolution. A radio is blaring in the background and a group of kids are nosily playing cards in the far end of the room.

 By Nicole Saylor

Port Richmond: Reading Toward a Better Future

Port Richmond: Reading Toward a Better Future

With summer officially here, students are saying goodbye to homework and uncomfortable desks and looking forward to three months of freedom. But while they give learning a break for the summer, one school-related responsibility still looms—summer reading. Some students enjoy spending parts of their vacation with a book in hand, but most would rather pass […]

 By Tara Moore and Jessica Arnold

University City: Youth Chess Helps in the Strategy of Life

University City: Youth Chess Helps in the Strategy of Life

There’s something interesting in the way we all think, the way we strategize and comprehend what’s going on around us. Wouldn’t it be incredible if we honed these strategic thinking skills much earlier in life? That’s exactly what Philadelphia’s After School Activities Partnership thought. The group believed that by introducing Philadelphia’s youth to the game […]

 By Joe Osborne

Mayfair: Abraham Lincoln High School Gets a Face Lift

Mayfair: Abraham Lincoln High School Gets a Face Lift

What is it that motivates or fails to motivate an adolescent to learn? Both the Pennsylvania School Board and Abraham Lincoln High School, located on Ryan and Rowland avenues, opted to explore a possible answer to this question by completely restructuring the 60-year-old building. According to project manager JCMS Inc., the renovation waves a price […]

 By Megan Douress and Emily Tenenbaum

Olney: Violence in Schools

Olney: Violence in Schools

“When I started school, I was very excited to go to school. I didn’t speak much English but I got some help in my classroom. A few months later, I got beat up in the lunchroom from behind. The authorities showed up and the police filed a report and sent me home. The next day […]

 By Jessica Lynn Argondizza

South Philadelphia: Helping Kids Write in the Age of Texting

South Philadelphia: Helping Kids Write in the Age of Texting

With barely decipherable text messages, tweets and Facebook posts dominating many students’ writing, one South Philadelphia-based nonprofit organization seeks to bring proper reading and writing back into style with fun, educational workshops. Mighty Writers, started by the former editor of Philadelphia Weekly, Tim Whitaker, serves the dual purpose of teaching grammar and building self confidence. […]

 By Lauren Correia And Belmo Mayers

Olney: Cardinal Dougherty Students Lament Loss of their School

Olney: Cardinal Dougherty Students Lament Loss of their School

On October 8, 2009, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia announced the closing of Cardinal Dougherty High School at the completion of the 2009-2010 school year due to low and continually declining enrollment. As June is approaching, the reality of the looming closure is starting to sink in to students at the school in Olney. “Hearing the […]

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