Mantua: After-School Programs Filling Void Left By Closure of University City High School

Mantua: After-School Programs Filling Void Left By Closure of University City High School

For 41 years, the 14-acre plot on Filbert Street between 37th and 38th streets was home to University City High School, Charles Drew Elementary School and The Walnut Center. Today, those buildings have been erased from existence, leaving behind a vast swath of unfinished terrain littered by rocks, dirt and controversy. University City High School closed […]

 

Education: GEAR UP Helps Students Plan for Life After High School

Education: GEAR UP Helps Students Plan for Life After High School

In a low-income district also struggling with major budget cuts, the GEAR UP program’s goal is to increase the number of Philadelphia students that attend postsecondary institutions. The highly competitive GEAR UP grant, which stands for Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs, provided a six-year grant to service seven high-poverty middle- and high schools […]

 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 […]

 By Coeli Danella and Gillian Francella

Overbrook: School Mergers Raise Concern for Youth Violence

Overbrook: School Mergers Raise Concern for Youth Violence

[vimeo 65163182] As the school year comes to a close for students in the Philadelphia School District, some last days will be more somber than usual. The district’s plan to close 23 schools citywide, three of which are located in the Overbrook community, will be effective June 30. Samuel Gompers and Overbrook Elementary Schools will close […]