Walnut Hill: Community Organization Creates a Green Space for Students

Walnut Hill: Community Organization Creates a Green Space for Students

While the School District of Philadelphia’s budget cuts have caused many schools to close, the problems brought unity to one West Philadelphia neighborhood. When Alexander Wilson Elementary School closed last school year, most students were sent to nearby Henry C. Lea Elementary School (below left). Although many people throughout Philadelphia have openly expressed their dislike of merging schools, […]

 By Amelia Brust and Lucas Rodgers

Spruce Hill: Wilson School Closes, Students and Principal Move to Lea School

Spruce Hill: Wilson School Closes, Students and Principal Move to Lea School

The Alexander Wilson grade school on Woodland Avenue closed earlier this year along with 23 other Philadelphia public schools. Students were absorbed into the Henry C. Lea School on 47th Street, along with Principal Sonya Harrison, who took over the corresponding position at the Lea School. The question remains what will happen to the three-story, 40,200 […]

 By Bradley Feldman and Khanhly Nguyen

Cedar Park: School Closings Create Concerns of Emotional Harm for Students

Cedar Park: School Closings Create Concerns of Emotional Harm for Students

One major, yet underexamined, issue in the publicly contentious process of closing schools is the psychological impact on young children. More than half of the schools that are slated to close at the end of the school year are elementary schools. This will force many children to change schools. The change could have a significant […]

 By Gabrielle Holak and Michael Brady

University City: School Closings Create Mixed Emotions

University City: School Closings Create Mixed Emotions

Twenty-three Philadelphia schools are set to close, including University City High School and Alexander Wilson Elementary School, after a vote by the School Reform Commission. The decision was made last month due to the increasing deficit which is expected to reach $1.4 billion within the next five years. These 23 schools account for more than […]