In 2013, we invested $1.5 million to support the expansion of Wissahickon Charter School in Northwest Philadelphia. The second K-8 campus of Wissahickon Charter School serves approximately 500 students, providing the same high-quality education as the first campus.
Wissahickon Charter School (WCS) is a K-8 public charter school with a focus on the environment as an integrating theme for instruction. WCS also places heavy emphasis on parental involvement, service learning and interpersonal development. Since opening to 250 students in September of 2002, WCS has used environmental education to catalyze project-based learning and community service. Their unique location on the cusp of the Wissahickon Valley enables classroom instruction to extend beyond the classroom walls.
WCS focuses on serving students in Northwest Philadelphia. It as an open admission charter school; there are no admission criteria. The new school campus is drawing at least 25 percent of its students from the surrounding neighborhood. At the time of the grant, the school’s student population was 92 percent minority and 70 percent economically disadvantaged.
PSP initially funded WCS through a $75,000 planning grant in 2012. Using this grant funding, the leadership team developed a robust, compelling strategic growth plan and an accompanying financial model. Most important, WCS is a high-performing school and has developed a plan for its second campus to achieve at the same high level by 2017.
Learn more: www.wissahickoncharter.org
* source: Newsworks