By Kristen A. Graham, Inquirer Staff Writer
Powel Elementary, a tiny K-4 public school in West Philadelphia, has long been regarded as an oasis in its neighborhood – a safe and strong school where children achieve. But parents often worry: With a dearth of good post-Powel options, what happens after children finish fourth grade?
They got a boost Monday when the Philadelphia School Partnership (PSP) awarded Powel a grant to plan to add a fifth grade and develop a brand-new middle school modeled after Science Leadership Academy (SLA), one of the city’s top schools. Drexel University will partner with Powel and SLA to help plan the school, which would likely be on the same campus as Powel, perhaps in the nearby Drew School, which closed in June.