Philadelphia, May 5, 2015 – Mayor Michael A. Nutter will visit six schools from across the City throughout the month of May to highlight some of the innovative and effective educational practices available at Philadelphia schools. Selected by Dr. William R. Hite, Superintendent, School District of Philadelphia, these schools are representative of the diverse and forward-thinking models in Philadelphia public education that would be further strengthened and expanded by an increase in education funding by the City and Commonwealth.
“I believe that we have an obligation to provide a high-quality education to every Philadelphia student. But for years, our schools have not had the resources necessary to invest on a citywide basis in innovative and successful programs and models,” said Mayor Nutter. “Dr. Hite’s bold new vision for education in Philadelphia requires an additional investment in our schools to establish and/or grow programs that help children. I am looking forward to visiting this diverse group of schools over the next month to see, first-hand, the inventive and valuable educational practices at our public schools.”
Mayor Nutter will visit the following schools:
- Roxborough High School – Tuesday, May 5, 11:30 a.m.
Roxborough High School promotes academic and social achievement for all students by preparing them for future success in college or career through its Academies and CTE. It partners with Philadelphia Academies, Inc. to offer three programs: The Freshmen Academy; Academy of the Sciences; and Academy of the Arts. After completing The Freshmen Academy, students choose one of the remaining academies, earning traditional academic credits, industry certifications and college credits during their course of study. During his visit, Mayor Nutter will review two programs of study, Cinematography and Web Design.
- Mastery Charter School Thomas Elementary – Thursday, May 14, 11 a.m.
Master Charter School Thomas Elementary opened in 2013 and utilizes an educational approach that encourages students to think critically and act independently. During his visit, Mayor Nutter will sit-in on a 5th grade classroom during Text Study, an intensive literacy program, and a 2nd grade class for Number Stories, a math-based, independent, problem solving program.
- Southwark School – Wednesday, May 20, 12 p.m.
Southwark School is an ethnically diverse school that promotes and supports the diversity of its students and the community it serves. During his visit, Mayor Nutter will visit a kindergarten class to see the school’s Two-way Language Immersion Program, which works to strengthen the second language skills of students by teaching in both English and Spanish. He will also learn about Southwark’s career week events for 6th, 7th and 8th grade students.
- H.A. Brown Elementary School – Friday, May 22, 9 a.m.
H.A. Brown Elementary School supports creativity, problem-solving abilities and technological awareness to ensure students develop the academic and social skills needed to think critically and independently. During his visit, Mayor Nutter will visit four classrooms spanning multiple grades to observe the integration of technology into lessons. Mayor Nutter will also go to the school’s art room to see student artwork, which will be displayed at the school’s upcoming multi-cultural fair.
- Anne Frank Elementary School – Friday, May 22, 12 p.m.
Anne Frank is an ethnically and racially diverse school that focuses on students as individual learners, shifting education instruction to match each student’s needs. During his visit, Mayor Nutter will observe the school’s English Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) program, in which students who speak second languages work closely with non-native English speakers, teachers and staff to help translate instruction. Mayor Nutter will also learn more about the school’s participation in the Alliance for a Healthier Generation nutrition and exercise program.
- String Theory (Vine Campus) – Tuesday, May 26, 12 p.m.
String Theory is a growing charter school with a unique educational environment that encourages students to focus on the arts and sciences as major subjects as part of a college-bound curriculum. During his visit, Mayor Nutter will tour the school’s Aquaculture Class, where students study biology by raising tilapia from fish eggs to adulthood and grow vegetables in water. He will also visit the school’s Digital Design studio.