Stetson Middle School Transition

Welcome! This webpage provides you with the most up-to-date information and resources related to the transition of John B. Stetson Charter School to the new District-operated Stetson Middle School, which will open in the same building for the 2022-2023 school year. While Stetson will continue to operate as a Renaissance charter school without disruption for the remainder of the 2021-2022 school year, the School District of Philadelphia will start its comprehensive transition process in February 2022. Throughout the entire transition process, authentic engagement and ongoing communication with Stetson students, families, and staff will be critical for success.

We realize that this school transition may be unsettling for the Stetson school community. We are committed to making the overall transition process a smooth one for students and families, and ensuring that the new Stetson Middle School will be grounded in District standards while also preserving some of the existing programs, services, or unique elements that are important to you.

This webpage will be updated regularly so be sure to visit often. If you have general questions about the Stetson transition process, please contact

Transition Process Overview

Transition Planning (Feb. – May)

  • Community Engagement
  • Facilities & IT Infrastructure
  • Educational Model Review
  • Budget Modeling
  • Gap Analysis
  • Principal Hiring

Transition Execution (March – Sept.)

  • Community Engagement
  • Academic Program Design
  • Teacher and Staff Hiring
  • Infrastructure Projects
  • Procurement
  • School Readiness Tasks
  • Legal/Board Actions

The process to transition to District operations will occur in two major phases:

  • In this phase, the District will work with the school community (i.e., administrators, staff, students, and families) to understand school strengths and opportunities for improvement, and identify any significant gaps or differences between the current school’s programs, services, and staffing and the District’s standard model for schools of similar grade spans, sizes, and student demographics. The goal here is to engage the school community to build consensus and a shared vision for a future school model that is grounded in District standards while also preserving some of the current school’s programs, services, or unique elements that are important to students and families.
  • The District will also assess the conditions of the school building and technology infrastructure in order to determine what remediation or repair work may be necessary.
  • The information derived from these efforts will help inform the school budget, the staffing model, and recruitment/hiring of staff.
  • In this partially overlapping phase, the District will execute a series of activities to prepare the new school to be fully operational and to welcome students for the 2022-2023 school year, keeping the school communities engaged and informed along the way. This includes implementation of infrastructure projects, academic program design, student records transfer, employee transition/hiring, procurement (of materials, supplies, etc.) and other school readiness tasks leading up to school reopening.
  • In addition, there are certain legal and Board actions related to the formal closure/dissolution of the former Renaissance School and the opening of the new District school that need to occur.

Registration Process

  • Please follow these steps if you would like to enroll your child in Stetson Middle School for the 22-23 school year.
  • Families should list THE SCHOOL as their primary address, not their current address.  This is to prevent current students that do not live in the catchment from being automatically sent to their neighborhood school.
  • ALL current students will be allowed to enroll in Stetson Middle School.  If those students have siblings entering 5th grade that were planning to attend Stetson, they will also be allowed to enroll in Stetson.  They should use the same process listing the school as their address.
  • Families can enroll now using the online process or they will be able to come up to the school this July and August to enroll in person if they would like.  We will have staff here during those months.  We will share specific times in the next few weeks.

Proceso de Registro de Stetson

  • Siga estos pasos si desea inscribir a su hijo en Stetson Middle School para el año escolar 22-23. Las familias deben incluir LA ESCUELA como su dirección principal, no su dirección actual. Esto es para evitar que los estudiantes actuales que no viven en la zona de captación sean enviados automáticamente a la escuela de su vecindario.
  • A TODOS los estudiantes actuales se les permitirá inscribirse en la Escuela Stetson. Si esos estudiantes tienen hermanos que ingresan al quinto grado que planeaban asistir a Stetson, también se les permitirá inscribirse en Stetson. Deben usar el mismo proceso que incluye la escuela como su dirección.
  • Las familias pueden inscribirse ahora usando el proceso en línea o podrán venir a la escuela este julio y agosto para inscribirse en persona si así lo desean. Tendremos personal aquí durante esos meses. Compartiremos horarios específicos en las próximas semanas

School Uniform and Cell Phone Policy

It is expected that all students be dressed in full uniform at all times, starting on the first day of school, until the last day of classes. Full uniform must be worn for all school events unless otherwise indicated. Failure to follow the uniform norms detailed in this document will result in an after school uniform detention. Uniform descriptions and examples can be viewed here.

Cell Phones: Students are only allowed to use their cell phones before school and after school. You may review the full policy here.

Frequently Asked Questions

When and where will the new school open?

The new school will open for the 2022-23 school year in the same school building.

Will the new school receive any special budget considerations?

Yes. The District will provide supplemental funding for transitional supports and services in the first few years of the new District-operated school. This could include funding for additional climate staff, teacher coaches, and other resources.

Will the catchment area for the school change?

No. The catchment area – meaning the defined neighborhoods that feed into the school – for each school will not change.

Will there be an opportunity to change the school name?

Stetson Middle School will revert to its legacy name, John B. Stetson Middle School, for the 2022-2023 school year. In November/December 2022, we will gauge school community interest in pursuing a new school name for 2023-2024 school year.