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December 13, 2012 10:34:31 AM PST
The School District of Philadelphia has announced nearly 40 school closures for next fall as it deals with serious budget problems and declining enrollments.

The district expects the closures to save about $30 million annually. No teacher layoffs are associated with the closures but other jobs could be lost.

SCHOOL CLOSURES

The following schools will be recommended for closure. If approved, the closure will be effective June 30, 2013.

ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS

1) Duckrey Elementary School (1501 W. Diamond Street, 19121): Duckrey is a K-8 Elementary School. Students will be reassigned to:
a. MH Stanton Elementary School
Planning Area: North-Central

2) Meade Elementary School (1600 N. 18th Street, 19121): Meade is a K-8 Elementary School. Students will be reassigned to:
a. (new) Vaux Elementary School
Planning Area: North-Central

3) Reynolds Elementary School (1429 N. 24th Street, 19121): Reynolds is a K-8 Elementary School. Students will be reassigned to:
a. (new) Vaux Elementary School
Planning Area: North-Central

4) TM Peirce Elementary School (2300 W. Cambria Street, 19132): Peirce is a K-6 Elementary School. Students will be reassigned to:
a. (new) Rhodes Elementary School
Planning Area: North-Central

5) Whittier Elementary School (3001 N. 27th Street, 19132): Whittier is a K-6 Elementary School. Students will be reassigned to:
a. (new) Rhodes Elementary School
Planning Area: North-Central

6) Pratt Elementary School (2200 N. 22nd Street, 19132): Pratt is a K-6 Elementary School. Students will be offered the following reassignment options:
a. William Dick Elementary School
b. MH Stanton Elementary School
Note: Program closure only. The facility will be repurposed as an Early Childhood/Pre-K Center.
Planning Area: North-Central

7) Ferguson Elementary School (2000 N. 7th Street, 19122): Ferguson is a K-8 Elementary School. Students will be offered the following reassignment options:
a. Hartranft Elementary School
b. McKinley Elementary School
Planning Area: North-Central

8) Fairhill Elementary School (601 W. Somerset Street, 19133): Fairhill is a K-8 Elementary School. Students will be offered the following reassignment options:
a. Potter Thomas Promise Academy
b. Julia deBurgos Elementary School
Planning Area: North-Central

9) Taylor Elementary School (3698 N. Randolph Street, 19140): Taylor is a K-5 Elementary School. Students will be reassigned to:
a. (new) Roberto Clemente Promise Academy
Planning Area: North-Central

10) Morris Elementary School (2600 Thompson Street, 19121): Morris is a K-8 Elementary School. Students will be offered the following reassignment options:
a. (new) Vaux Elementary School
b. W.D. Kelley Elementary School
Planning Area: North-Central

11) LP Hill Elementary School (3133 Ridge Avenue, 19132): LP Hill is a K-8 Elementary School. Students will be offered the following reassignment options:
a. Blaine Elementary School
b. Ethel Allen Promise Academy
c. Wright Elementary School
Planning Area: North-Central

12) Cooke Elementary School (1300 W. Louden Street, 19141): Cooke is a K-8 Elementary School. Students will be offered the following reassignment options:
a. Logan Elementary School
b. Steel Elementary School
c. Grover Washington Middle School (grades 5-8 only)
Planning Area: Northwest

13) Fulton Elementary School (60 E. Haines Street, 19144): Fulton is a K-6 Elementary School.
Students presently enrolled in grades K through 4 will be offered the following reassignment options:
a. Emlen Elementary School
b. Wister Elementary School

Students presently enrolled in grades 5 and 6 will be reassigned to:
a. Leeds Middle School
Planning Area: Northwest

14) Kinsey Elementary School (6501 Limekiln Pike, 19138): Kinsey is a K-8 Elementary School.
Students will be offered the following reassignment options:
a. Rowen Elementary School
b. Prince Hall Elementary School
c. Pastorius Elementary School
d. Pennell Elementary School
e. Wagner Middle School (grades 6-8 only)
Planning Area: Northwest

15) McCloskey Elementary School (8500 Pickering Street, 19150): McCloskey is a K-6 Elementary School. Students presently enrolled in grades K through 4 will be reassigned to:
a. FS Edmonds School
b. Students presently enrolled in grades 5 and 6 will be reassigned to:
c. Leeds Middle School
Planning Area: Northwest

16) Smith Elementary School (1900 Wharton Street, 19146): Smith is a K-8 Elementary School.
Students will be offered the following reassignment options:
a. Childs Elementary School
b. EM Stanton Elementary School
c. Arthur Elementary School
Planning Area: South-Central

17) George Washington Elementary School (1198 S. 5th Street, 19147): Washington is a K-8 Elementary School. Students will be offered the following reassignment options:
a. Nebinger Elementary School
b. Vare Elementary School (will replace present program in Washington)
Note: Program closure only. The Washington facility will remain open.
Planning Area: South-Central

18) Abigail Vare Elementary School (1621 E. Moyamensing Avenue, 19148):
Vare is a K-8 Elementary School. The Vare building will close. The elementary school program will be relocated to the Washington Elementary School building located at 1198 S. 5th Street.
Planning Area: South-Central

19) Wilson Elementary School (1300 S. 46th Street, 19143): Wilson is a K-6 Elementary School. Students will reassigned to:
a. Lea Elementary School
Planning Area: Southwest

20) Gompers Elementary School (5701 Wynnefield Avenue, 19131): Gompers is a K-6 Elementary School. Students will be reassigned to:
a. New K-8 program at the Beeber Middle School building
Planning Area: West

21) Overbrook Elementary School (2032 N. 62nd Street, 19151): Overbrook is a K-5 Elementary School. Students will be reassigned to:
a. New K-8 program at the Beeber Middle School building
Planning Area: West

22) Leidy Elementary School (1301 Belmont Avenue, 19104): Leidy is a K-8 Elementary School. Students will be offered the following reassignment options:
a. Blankenburg Elementary School
b. Heston Elementary School
Planning Area: West

23) McMichael Elementary School (3543 Fairmount Avenue, 19104): McMichael is a K-8 Elementary School. Students will be offered the following reassignment options:
a. Martha Washington Elementary School
b. Middle Years Alternative
c. Locke Elementary School
Planning Area: West

MIDDLE SCHOOLS

1) Pepper Middle School (2901 S. 84th Street, 19153): Pepper is a 5-8 middle school. This school was initially approved for closure with the intent to drop a grade each year. Closure will now be effective June 2013. Pepper's feeder elementary schools, Catherine and Patterson, will be reassigned to Tilden Middle School. Students attending Pepper will be given the following reassignment options:
a. Penrose Elementary School (grades 5-8 only)
b. Tilden Middle School
Planning Area: Southwest

2) Sheridan West Academy (3701 Frankford Avenue, 19124): Sheridan West Academy is a 7-8 middle school. This school was initially approved for closure with the intent to drop a grade each year. Closure will now be effective June 2013. Students attending Sheridan West will be reassigned to Penn Treaty Middle School.
Planning Area: North-Central

3) Carnell Annex at Fels (Devereaux Avenue and Langdon Street, 19111): The Carnell Middle Years annex will close December 2012. Students will be relocated to the St. Bernard Parish School for the remainder of the school year.
Planning Area: Northeast

4) Roosevelt Middle School (430 E. Washington Lane, 19144): Roosevelt is a 7-8 middle school. Students will be reassigned to:
a. Leeds Middle School
Note: Program closure only. The Roosevelt facility will remain open.
Planning Area: Northwest

5) Shaw Middle School (5400 Warrington Avenue, 19143): Shaw is a 7-8 middle school. Students will be offered the following reassignment options:
a. Tilden Middle School
b. Longstreth Elementary School
c. Surrounding elementary schools with grade 8
Planning Area: Southwest

HIGH SCHOOLS

1) Vaux Promise Academy (2300 W. Master Street, 19121): Students in grades 9 through 11 will be given the option to transfer to other high schools citywide. Students will have the following neighborhood option:
a. Benjamin Franklin High School
b. Students presently enrolled in the Health Related Technologies Career and Technical Education (CTE) program will be reassigned to Randolph Technical High School. Note: Program closure only. The Vaux facility will remain open.
Planning Area: North-Central

2) Carroll High School (2700 E. Auburn Street, 19134): Students in grades 9 through 11 will be given the option to transfer to other high schools citywide. Students will have the following neighborhood options:
a. Kensington Business
b. Kensington Urban Education Academy
c. Kensington Health Sciences
d. Mastbaum AVTS High School
e. Students presently enrolled in the Accounting and Marketing Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs will be reassigned to Kensington Business.
Planning Area: North-Central

3) Douglas High School (2700 E. Huntingdon Street, 19125): Students in grades 9 through 11 will be given the option to transfer to other high schools citywide. Students will have the following neighborhood options:
a. Kensington Business
b. Kensington Urban Education Academy
c. Kensington Health Sciences
d. Students presently enrolled in the Commercial Art Career and Technical Education (CTE) program will be reassigned to Mastbuam AVTS High School.
e. Students presently enrolled the Building Maintenance Career and Technical Education (CTE) program will be offered reassignment into the Carpentry, Welding, or Electrical CTE programs at Mastbaum. Planning Area: North-Central

4) Strawberry Mansion High School (3133 Ridge Avenue, 19132): Students in grades 9 through 11 will be given the option to transfer to other high schools citywide. Students will have the following neighborhood option:
a. Ben Franklin High School
Planning Area: North-Central

5) Germantown High School (40 E. High Street, 19144): Students in grades 9 through 11 will be given the option to transfer to other high schools citywide. Students will have the following neighborhood options:
a. Martin Luther King Promise Academy
b. Roxborough High School
c. Students presently enrolled in the Culinary Arts, Commercial Advertising Art, and Business Technology Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs will be relocated to King Promise Academy. Planning Area: Northwest

6) University City High School (3601 Filbert Street, 19104): Students in grades 9 through 11 will be given the option to transfer to other high schools citywide. Students may also choose to transfer to the following neighborhood options:
a. West Philadelphia High School
b. High School of the Future
c. Sayre High School
d. Overbrook High School
Planning Area: Southwest

7) Bok Technical High School (1901 S. 19th Street, 19148): All Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs presently offered at Bok will be relocated to South Philadelphia High School. Those programs are the following:
a. Carpentry
b. Commercial Art
c. Accounting
d. Business Technology
e. Health Related Technology
f. Engineering Technology
g. Process Engineering
h. Computer Technology
i. Culinary Arts
Planning Area: South-Central

8) Lamberton High School (7501 Woodbine Avenue, 19151): Students in grades 9 through 11 will be given the option to transfer to other high schools citywide. Students will have the following neighborhood option:
a. Overbrook High School
b. Students enrolled in the Architectural Design and Drafting Career and Technical Education (CTE) program will be relocated to Overbrook High School.
Note: This is a program closure only. The Lamberton Elementary School will remain. Planning Area: West

PROGRAM CO-LOCATIONS

The following schools will be recommended for co-location. The buildings where these programs are presently located will close June 30, 2013. These schools, including the administration, staff and students, will move in their entirety to the new locations.

1) AMY at James Martin (3380 Richmond Street, 19134): AMY at James Martin is a citywide admission school. The program will be co-located at the Penn Treaty Middle School building located at 600 E. Thompson Street. AMY will retain its citywide admissions status.
Planning Area: North-Central

2) Parkway Northwest High School (7500 Germantown Avenue, 19119): Parkway Northwest is a citywide admission high school presently housed in a leased facility. The program will be co-located at the Leeds Middle School facility. Parkway Northwest will retain its citywide admissions status.
Planning Area: Northwest

3) Lankenau High School (201 Spring Lane, 19128): Lankenau is a special admission high school. The program will be co-located at the Roxborough High School facility. Lankenau will retain its special admissions status.
Planning Area: Northwest

PROGRAM MERGERS/RELOCATIONS

The following programs will be consolidated and moved to a new location.

1) Philadelphia Military Academy at Leeds (1100 E. Mt. Pleasant Avenue, 19150) and Philadelphia Military Academy at Elverson (2118 N. 13th Street, 19122). The Philadelphia Military Academies will be merged as one high school. The new location for the Philadelphia Military Academy will be Roosevelt Middle School located at 430 E. Washington Lane.
Note: The Elverson building will close.
Planning Area: Northwest & North-Central

The following program will move to a new location.

1) Motivation High School (2555 S. 78th Street, 19153) Program will be relocated to Turner Middle School located at 5900 Baltimore Avenue. Motivation will retain its special admission status.
Planning Area: Southwest

The following programs will be relocated as Academies at nearby high schools.

1) Communications Technology High School (8110 Lyons Avenue, 19153): The Commercial Art and Cinematography programs will be relocated as citywide admission academies at Bartram High School.
Note: The Communications Technology building will close.
Planning Area: Southwest

2) Robeson High School (4125 Ludlow Street, 19104): The Health Related Technologies and Human Services programs will be relocated as citywide admission academies at Sayre High School.
Note: The Robeson building will close.
Planning Area: Southwest

GRADE CHANGES

The following schools will be recommended for grade reorganization beginning September 2013.

Grade Changes to K-5 Elementary Schools

1) Hackett Elementary School (2161 E. York Street, 19125): Currently a K-6 elementary school. Students in grades 5 and 6 will transition to Penn Treaty Middle School.
Planning Area: North-Central

2) Wright Elementary School (2700 W. Dauphin Street, 19132): Currently a K-6 elementary school. Students in grades 5 and 6 will transition to (new) Rhodes Elementary School.
Planning Area: North-Central

3) Cramp Elementary School (3449 North Mascher Street, 19140): Currently a K-6 elementary school. Students in grades 5 and 6 will transition to ASPIRA Stetson Middle School.
Planning Area: North-Central

4) Carnell Elementary School (1100 Devereaux Avenue, 19111): Currently a K-8 elementary school. Students presently enrolled in grades 5, 6, and 7 will transition to Harding Middle School.
Planning Area: Northeast

5) FS Edmonds Elementary School (8025 Thouron Avenue, 19150): Currently a K-6 elementary school. Students in grades 5 and 6 will transition to Leeds Middle School.
Planning Area: Northwest

6) Pennypacker Elementary School (1858 E. Washington Lane, 19138): Currently a K-6 elementary school. Students in grades 5 and 6 will transition to Leeds Middle School. Planning Area: Northwest

7) Emlen Elementary School (6501 Chew Avenue, 19119): Currently a K-6 elementary school. Students in grades 5 and 6 will transition to Leeds Middle School.
Planning Area: Northwest

8) JB Kelly Elementary School (5116 Pulaski Avenue, 19144): Currently a K-6 elementary school. Students in grades 5 and 6 will transition to Leeds Middle School.
Planning Area: Northwest

9) Wister Elementary School (67 E. Bringhurst Street, 19144): Currently a K-6 elementary school. Students in grades 5 and 6 will transition to Leeds Middle School.
Planning Area: Northwest

10) Logan Elementary School (1700 Lindley Avenue, 19141): Currently a K-6 elementary school. Students in grades 5 and 6 will transition to Wagner Middle School.
Planning Area: Northwest

11) Pennell Elementary School (1800 Nedro Avenue, 19141): Currently a K-6 elementary school. Students in grades 5 and 6 will transition to Wagner Middle School.
Planning Area: Northwest

12) Cassidy Elementary School (6523 Lansdowne Avenue, 19151): Currently a K-6 elementary school. Students in grades 5 and 6 will transition to (new) Beeber Elementary School.
Planning Area: West

13) Lawton Elementary School (6101 Jackson Street, 19135): Currently a K-6 elementary school. Students in grades 5 and 6 will transition to Harding Middle School.
Planning Area: Northeast

Grade Changes to K-8 Elementary Schools

The following schools will expand their grade organization to become K-8 Elementary Schools beginning September 2013.

1) Stearne Elementary School (1655 Unity Street, 19124): Currently a K-6 elementary school. Students presently enrolled in grade 6 will remain at Stearne for seventh and eighth grade.
Planning Area: Northeast

2) Comegys Elementary School (5100 Greenway Avenue, 19143): Currently a K-6 elementary school. Students presently enrolled in grade 6 will remain at Comegys for seventh and eighth grade.
Planning Area: Southwest

3) Harrington Elementary School (5300 Baltimore Avenue, 19143): Currently a K-6 elementary school. Students presently enrolled in grade 6 will remain at Harrington for seventh and eighth grade.
Planning Area: Southwest

4) Mitchell Elementary School (5500 Kingsessing Avenue, 19143): Currently a K-5 elementary school. Students presently enrolled in grade 5 will remain at Mitchell for sixth, seventh, and eighth grade.
Planning Area: Southwest

Middle School Grade Changes

1) Tilden Middle School (6601 Elmwood Avenue, 19142): Currently a 6-8 middle school. New configuration will be a 5-8 middle school. New elementary feeder schools will be Patterson, Morton, and Catherine.
Planning Area: Southwest

2) Leeds Middle School (1100 E. Mt. Pleasant Avenue, 19150): Currently a 7-8 middle school. New configuration will be a 6-8 middle school. New elementary feeder schools will be Edmonds, Pennypacker, Emlen, JB Kelly and Wister Elementary Schools.
Planning Area: Northwest

New Elementary Schools

The School District will convert the following schools to new K-8 elementary schools beginning September 2013.

1) Roberto Clemente Promise Academy (122 W. Erie Avenue, 19140): Currently a 6-8 middle school. Students presently enrolled in grades K through 5 at Taylor Elementary School will relocate to Clemente. As a result, Clemente will change from a middle school to a K-8 elementary school.
Planning Area: North-Central

2) Vaux Promise Academy (2300 W. Master Street, 19121): Currently a high school serving grades 9 through 12. The high school students presently enrolled at Vaux will be reassigned. Students presently enrolled in grades K through 8 at Meade Elementary School and Reynolds Elementary School will transition to the Vaux building. Vaux will become a new K-8 elementary school.
Planning Area: North-Central

3) EW Rhodes Middle School (2900 W. Clearfield Street, 19132): Currently a 7-8 middle school. Students presently enrolled at Rhodes will remain. Students from Whittier Elementary School and TM Peirce Elementary will transition to the Rhodes building. Rhodes will become a new K-8 elementary school.
Planning Area: North-Central

4) Beeber Middle School (5925 Malvern Avenue, 19131): Currently a 6-8 middle school. Students presently enrolled at Beeber will remain. Students presently enrolled in grades K through 5 at Overbrook Elementary School and students presently enrolled in grades K through 6 at Gompers Elementary School will transition to the Beeber building. Beeber will become a new K-8 elementary school.
Planning Area: West


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