Open New Schools

Creating new schools serves as ways to increase student access to Reinforce and Model schools and help us deliver on our vision of all students having a great school close to where they live. New schools can be opened in the following ways:

Phase-in: New schools in this category occur under two different scenarios. In the first, a new school adds one grade each year or “phases-in.” For example, Science Leadership Academy Middle School opened in 2015-2016 with a fifth grade and will add one grade each year to become grades 5-8 in 2019-2020.

In the second scenario, there may be a new school as a result of a closure-merger where a grade or several grades “phase-in” to an existing school to accommodate the grades from a school that is closing. The existing school, with the new grades, is then identified as a new school.

Replication: New schools may be created to replicate an existing high performing school. Science Leadership Academy-Beeber opened in the fall of 2013 and is the second campus of Science Leadership Academy, an inquiry-driven, project-based high school focused on 21st century learning.

New Start Up: Schools may implement a new school model provided it is approved by the Superintendent and Board of Education. In the fall of 2014, three schools, Building 21, The LINC, and The U School, opened under innovative school models.

We’re currently in the process of opening a new school in Northeast Philadelphia. This school is slated to open in SY 2021-22 and will reduce overcrowding in the area. For periodic updates on the progress of this school, check out our blog page.