Michaela Winberg & Emily Scott

Sharswood: Vaux High School Reopens Under New Management

Sharswood: Vaux High School Reopens Under New Management

Vaux Reopens Kelvin Jeremiah was shocked when he spoke to children from the Sharswood Blumberg towers that many of them didn’t know the “Rocky steps” were in Philadelphia. Many of them had never been to the Philadelphia Museum of Art or seen the Liberty Bell. “They didn’t know the rich history,” said Jeremiah, who is […]

 

How To: Apply For High School

How To: Apply For High School

Finding the right fit for a student entering high school can be a complex task in Philadelphia. Here’s a guide to applying for public high schools. Get Acquainted Philadelphia has several options for high school students, that range in proximity to home and programming offered. See a full list of high schools and their category […]

 

Logan/Olney: 5 Places To Know

Logan/Olney: 5 Places To Know

Olney and Logan embody a diverse and resilient spirit. Logan, bound by threads that reach back to 17th-century namesake James Logan, boasts a close-knit populace. Olney and Logan are as neighborhoods in touch with their historic roots while admirably coping with contemporary realities. Clustered rank-and-file with homes and businesses, some locales appear trodden, but never down.   […]

 

Politics: To Keep Millennials In The City, Politicians Must Focus On the Schools

Politics: To Keep Millennials In The City, Politicians Must Focus On the Schools

It is no secret that Millennials are fueling Philadelphia’s recent growth. Individuals aged 20 to 34 represent more than a quarter of the city’s population. According to the Pew Research Center, growth within this age group – along with a growing immigrant population – accounts for a large portion of the population growth that Philadelphia […]

 

City Schools: Makerspaces Providing Resources for Creativity and Innovation

City Schools: Makerspaces Providing Resources for Creativity and Innovation

Klint Kanopka still remembers the time when technology’s purpose in school could be boiled down to defeating your classmates on the Oregon Trail. “Even shop class used to carry a negative stigma,” Kanopka said, “and it was never really taken seriously.” Those days are long gone, as students from a number of Philadelphia schools have […]

 By Samuel A. Scimeca

West Philly: After-School Program Helps Local Children With Their Writing Skills

West Philly: After-School Program Helps Local Children With Their Writing Skills

[vimeo 79246709] On the corner of 39th and Lancaster Avenue stands an unusual building with a circular facade like no other on the street. This building is perfect to house an organization like no other nearby, Mighty Writers. Mighty Writers is a nonprofit organization that teaches students how to write and think clearly. “We provide writing […]

 By Ryan A. Shellenberger and Sarah E. Maceachern

Germantown: Teachers Face Changes in Wake of School Closings

Germantown: Teachers Face Changes in Wake of School Closings

[vimeo 69047803] The closing of Robert Fulton Elementary School has not only left students unsure of what is next, but some faculty and staff members as well. Fulton Elementary was one of the 24 Philadelphia schools picked to close by the end of the 2012-2013 school year.  It was a decision that came hand-in-hand with the […]

 By Max Pulcini

Kensington: Rise of the Kensington Tigers Football Team

Kensington: Rise of the Kensington Tigers Football Team

The sun gleamed over the tall, white wall looming next to the coarse and patchy field by the El stop at the corner of Front and Berks streets. It wasn’t long ago that the turf was a wasteland of litter and scrap metal—symbolic of the historically rough neighborhood that is Kensington. But the wall—shining with […]

 By Matthew Albasi

Kensington: Football and Dreams of Friday Night Lights Ender the El

Kensington: Football and Dreams of Friday Night Lights Ender the El

At first sight, the field on Front and Berks Streets that the Kensington Tigers call home is unremarkable but manageable. It seems to be about the right size. There is good clearance from any obstacles on all sides. The grass is a bit patchy, but not horrible. But when you start to walk though the […]

 By Max Pulcini

Kensington: The Kensington Multiplex of High Schools Grapple Budget Cuts

Kensington: The Kensington Multiplex of High Schools Grapple Budget Cuts

The Kensington Multiplex of High Schools is made up of four schools–Kensington Creative and Performing Arts, Kensington Health and Science Academy, Kensington High School for International Business and Kensington Urban Education Academy. Once one large and all-encompassing high school, community leaders dissolved the old Kensington High School into smaller schools and gave each institution a […]