Education: Looking at What’s Next for Five Closed High Schools in Philadelphia

Education: Looking at What’s Next for Five Closed High Schools in Philadelphia

Education is one of the foundations of society, and yet schools in Philadelphia are hemorrhaging cash due to rising costs and stagnant revenues. Many have been forced to cut back on everything from school supplies and textbooks to programs and staff. Some have even closed their doors due to decisions by the School Reform Commission […]

 

Germantown: Neighborhood School Closing Builds Young Man for Future

Germantown: Neighborhood School Closing Builds Young Man for Future

In Northwest Philadelphia, a large and stately secondary school sits vacant, a Property for Sale sign on the front lawn where youth once dotted the landscape. A shopping cart with multicolored garment and trash bags is parked close to the steps. For one person experiencing homelessness and possibly a private interest company in the near future, Germantown […]

 

Germantown: Rebuilding the School and Community

Germantown: Rebuilding the School and Community

One year ago, approximately 120 seniors walked out of Germantown High School as graduates. Today, all that remains of the half-century old school is an empty building, neglected yard and large sale sign. Some people, however, have not forgotten this school was once a place of promise for the people of Germantown. It is this […]

 

Northwest Philadelphia: Five Places to Know

Northwest Philadelphia:  Five Places to Know

The Northwest Philadelphia area includes the neighborhoods of Germantown, Manayunk, East Falls, Roxborough, Chestnut Hill, Mt. Airy, Fairmount, Ridge Avenue and West Oak Lane.  Within this large part of town, there are many places of interest and historical landmarks. The photo above shows Germantown High School. It is the alma mater of Philadelphia celebrity Bill Cosby. It […]

 By Taisje Claiborne and Haley Kmetz

Germantown: Students Want High School To Remain Open

Germantown: Students Want High School To Remain Open

The world is about to change for Germantown High School students. If the school closes as scheduled, most students will transfer to Roxborough High School on Ridge Avenue and Fountain Street or Martin Luther King High School on Stenton Avenue and East Haines Street. Khayriyyah Williams, 18, is the senior class president at Germantown High […]

 By Parissa Zecher and Thomas Zamonski

Germantown: Educators and Students Speak About the Effects of School Closures

Germantown: Educators and Students Speak About the Effects of School Closures

The school closings in Germantown have disrupted the lives of children in multiple ways, but the repercussions are not limited to students alone. The closures have simultaneously impacted the community including its residents and local businesses. Since 2011, Andrew Snover has been the program director for the after-school program run out of the First United Methodist […]

 By Parissa M. Zecher and Thomas E. Zamonski

Germantown: Haines Street Church Offers Resources for Community

Germantown: Haines Street Church Offers Resources for Community

Located at 47 E. Haines St., the Janes Memorial United Methodist Church sits nearby  Germantown High School and across the street from Robert Fulton Elementary School, both of which will be closed by September. Janes Memorial United Methodist Church, nicknamed Janes, serves the community more than just its congregation with youth programs like Start Smart, […]

 By Erica DePascale

Technically Philly: AT&T’s Aspire Program Hosts Job Shadowing for Philadelphia Students

Technically Philly: AT&T’s Aspire Program Hosts Job Shadowing for Philadelphia Students

Global nonprofit organization Junior Achievement works as a partner with AT&T’s Aspire initiative. Started in 1919, the model Junior Achievement employs connects young students with business professionals, providing students with life skills to succeed in a global economy. With 120 offices in the United States and agencies in more that 112 countries, Junior Achievement focuses on […]

 By Marchelle Roberts

Germantown: Organization Impacts Urban Youth

Germantown: Organization Impacts Urban Youth

[vimeo 39594355] EducationWorks is a nonprofit organization that serves urban youth in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. One of the Philadelphia branches is located at 3149 Germantown Ave. and provides the youth of the city with in-school and out-of-school programs that encourage education and foster community citizenship. Through partnerships with community organizations, schools and families, EducationWorks is […]

 By Marchelle Roberts

Germantown: Church Educates, Feeds Germantown High School Students

Germantown: Church Educates, Feeds Germantown High School Students

Church is not only a place of worship for some high school students in Germantown, Pa. The First United Methodist Church of Germantown, also known as FUMCOG, enriches the lives of Germantown teens through an after school program that reaches students beyond the classroom. When the dismissal bells ring at Germantown High School, many students […]