The surrounding community held a School Naming meeting, and after voting, the New School on Ryan Avenue was officially named Northeast Community Propel Academy. As parents and the surrounding community said, to ”propel” is “to drive or cause to move forward or onward”.
This new 180,000 square foot K-8 school is nestled in a unique setting in Pennypack Park in Northeast Philadelphia. The school is designed with a 21st-century learning environment model in mind, to fully support a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) curriculum for all grade levels. The new school consists of 36 K-5 classrooms and 21 6-8 classrooms, six (6) full-time special education classrooms, five (5) small group instruction rooms, six (6) science labs, two (2) computer labs, two (2) art rooms, three (3) music rooms, two (2) makerspaces (K-5 and 6-8), a health suite, gymnasium, instructional media center (IMC), cafeteria and multiple administrative areas to serve parents, teachers, and students. All spaces are furnished to support collaborative learning by students as well as providing spaces for small groups, individual reflection, growth with flexibility, and adaptation for learning styles. The new school will be ready to welcome students this year in August.