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School District to Redesign Arts Education with a Focus on Driving Student Success

School District to Redesign Arts Education with a Focus on Driving Student Success

Student-focused Arts & Creativity Framework aims to significantly bolster arts resources and curriculum   PHILADELPHIA – The School District of Philadelphia unveiled its new multi-phased Arts & Creativity Framework, which establishes a path forward for a comprehensive redesign of arts education in the City.  Supported by the Neubauer Family Foundation, the Framework was developed from 16…

#HardWorkPaysOff: Superintendent Hite Joins Philadelphia Students, Teachers, and Staff to Celebrate School District Progress and Hard Work Paying Off

State PSSA and Keystone results show more School District of Philadelphia students from elementary through high school are achieving – especially in the area of literacy. On October 3, 2017, Superintendent Dr. William R. Hite lead a pep rally celebration with students, teachers, staff and elected officials at the Morton McMichael School. The pep rally…

McCall​ ​School​ ​Named​ ​National​ ​Blue​ ​Ribbon​ ​School

McCall​ ​School​ ​Named​ ​National​ ​Blue​ ​Ribbon​ ​School

Superintendent, Mayor, City Officials and School Community celebrate being one of 342 schools nationwide to be honored by the U.S. Dept. of Education PHILADELPHIA​ ​— General George A. McCall Elementary School has been recognized for the first time as a National Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education. Established in 1982, the award…

Philadelphia’s Students Make Academic Gains

Philadelphia – Results from the 2016-2017 Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA) and Keystone exams, released today by the Pennsylvania Department of Education, show steady—and in some areas significant—gains in student academic performance across the School District of Philadelphia. These student achievements are another indication of the District’s progress and positive momentum in the new…

School District and Housing Authority Celebrate Grand Opening of Vaux Big Picture High School

PHILADELPHIA — Today the School District of Philadelphia joined with the Philadelphia Housing Authority (PHA) to celebrate the opening of Vaux Big Picture High School, one of the City’s newest college preparatory schools and part of PHA’s Choice Neighborhood Transformation Plan for the Sharswood neighborhood. “Vaux Big Picture represents our continued efforts to bring high…

District Continues Work to Improve Schools Most In Need

Philadelphia –  Every year the School District of Philadelphia reviews the performance of all schools to determine which are most in need of additional investments and interventions in order to improve outcomes for students. Today the School District of Philadelphia announced a series of school community engagement meetings and school quality reviews for six schools…

#AttendanceHero Campaign: School District and Mayor Kenney Join Together to Launch #AttendanceHero Campaign

#AttendanceHero Campaign: School District and Mayor Kenney Join Together to Launch #AttendanceHero Campaign

PHILADELPHIA — The School District of Philadelphia launched a new initiative focused on improving student attendance for the 2017-2018 school year, #AttendanceHero. Superintendent Dr. William R. Hite joined Mayor Jim Kenney, members of City Council, area radio station representatives, the Philadelphia 76ers, and nearly 60 fourth grade students at John F. Hartranft School to celebrate…

Moody’s Upgrades Credit Rating for the School District of Philadelphia For the First Time Since 2010

PHILADELPHIA — The School District of Philadelphia received more positive news this time from Moody’s Investor Services.  Today Moody’s upgraded for the first time since 2010 the School District’s Bond rating, increasing the rating to Ba2 from the current Ba3.  Moody’s cited  “structural balance and operating surpluses” along with strong management control of finances. The…

First Day of School Highlights

Students, principals, teachers, and families celebrated the first day of the 2017-2018 school year throughout The School District of Philadelphia on Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2017. Superintendent Dr. William R. Hite,  Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney and 30 second graders marked the first day of the 2017-2018 school year with the traditional bell-ringing ceremony at Joseph Pennell Elementary…

School Reform Commission Approves Measure to Place Social Workers in Select Public Schools

PHILADELPHIA — The School Reform Commission of The School District of Philadelphia on Wednesday voted to approve a measure that would provide social workers for 22 public schools for the 2017-2018 school year, thanks to a new pilot program designed to improve and expand behavioral health services for students. The Philadelphia Support Team for Education…