Mission

“The mission of the RAPCS is to create a safe and healthy learning environment for middle school youth to develop into responsible participants in their education and our diverse society. We will provide rigorous instruction to prepare children for higher learning, the workplace, and life. RAPCS will engage our students to think globally and act locally!”

  • 5-8

    Grades Served

  • January 28, 2019

    Application Deadline

  • Citywide

    Enrollment Type

Academic Highlights

Reading Instruction
Our school provides reading instruction for students who arrive at our doors with a variety of reading abilities. For students with a high aptitude for reading, we provide rigorous instruction in Literacy, Writing and Creative Arts. For struggling readers, we provide Wilson Reading Program support, small group reading support and high interest/lower level reading materials. Additionally, we provide a variety of supports and support staff to assist with reading acquisition and development.

Nurturing Academic Approach
Wholistic approach to educating all children. RAPCS has a tradition of proudly accepting all students and meeting children where they are academically, socially and emotionally. While the tested content areas are most important for accountability measures, we believe students should have a varied academic program that addresses the whole child. The same importance is placed on Social Studies as is placed on the content areas that are measured via standardized tests.

Trauma Informed and Restorative Practices
Today’s students are bombarded with a vast amount of first and second hand trauma. This means that students’ emotional and physical safety is a primary concern. Accordingly, Our school has provided trauma informed training for our staff for the past three years. For students, RAPCS provides peer mediation (94% success rate), Youth Court (recognized by Philadelphia City Council), mindfulness instruction, restorative practices and circles, and a variety of group sessions that impact climate and academics.

Boat Building and More
Our school has partnered with various community entities to allow students to experience academics beyond the classroom. For example, our students have participated in award winning mural designs and constructions with the Philadelphia Mural Arts Program. The school also partners with Bartram’s Garden on various programs, most notably the boat building program, where 6th grade classes build full size wooden row boats that are used in the Bartram’s Garden Community boating program!

Course Offerings

Literacy, Writing, Mathematics, Social Studies, Science, Art, Music, Physical Education, Personal Development, and Computers.

Extracurricular Activities

Chess, Basketball (girls and boys), Elegant Ladies, Mentoring, Culinary Club, Cheerleading, Martial Arts, Newspaper, Peer Mediators, Youth Court, Student Government, Computer Club, Mural Arts, Science Club, Homework Club and Community Gardening.

Reports

  • Annual Charter Evaluation (ACE)
    Developed annually by the Charter Schools Office (CSO) for all Philadelphia brick-and-mortar charter schools (except those up for renewal), these reports provide information on three main areas of charter school performance: academic success, organizational compliance and viability, and financial health and sustainability.
    2018 | 2017 | 2015
  • Notices
    Notices of Deficiency are issued to schools regarding significant instances of non-compliance or poor performance that may affect student well-being or access. Notices of Deficiency clarify actions schools must take in order to resolve the deficiency.
    2018: Pending | 2017: Unresolved
  • Annual Independent Financial Audits
    Financial audits are produced annually by independent auditors for all charter schools in Pennsylvania. All charter schools are required to have an independent financial audit completed every year.
    2018 | 2017 | 2016 | 2015 | 2014
  • School Performance Profile (SPP)
    Developed annually by the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE), these reports provide an overview of student academic performance in every Pennsylvania public school, including traditional District schools, charter schools, cyber charter schools, and career and technology centers.
    2016-2017
  • School Progress Report (SPR)
    Developed annually by the School District of Philadelphia (SDP) for all traditional District and charter schools in the city, these reports provide information on schools’ achievement, progress, climate, and, for high schools, college and career readiness.
    2016-20172015-2016 | 2014-2015

Timeline

  • 2001

    Initial Charter

  • 2005

    Charter Renewed

  • 2010

    Charter Renewed

  • 2015

    Renewal Recommended

  • 2017

    Nonrenewal/Revocation Recommended