Three new innovative high schools opening doors in Philadelphia

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Despite unprecedented financial challenges, the Philadelphia School District is opening three new high schools in North Philadelphia in September as it seeks to redefine urban secondary education.

The schools, described by the district as "small schools of choice," are expected to add a grade each year and eventually to enroll between 475 and 600 students. The nonselective schools will draw half their enrollments from surrounding neighborhoods; the other half will be open to students citywide.

Each school will follow a new model known as project- or competency-based education, in which students display proficiency by addressing real-world problems in order to advance.

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