What Does The District Have To Say About Charters? Match The Critique To The School!

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What Does The District Have To Say About Charters? Match The Critique To The School!

The School District of Philadelphia has published its Charter Application Evaluations -- and the results are not pretty. Can you match the critique to the correct school application?


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  • 1. 
    "There are multiple concerns about the governance of the proposed school. "
    • A. 

      ASPIRA Ramon E. Bertances Charter School

    • B. 

      Friendship Public Charter School

    • C. 

      String Theory - Southeast

    • D. 

      Green Woods Charter School - Overbrook Farms

  • 2. 
    "It is not clear how the school will ensure a diverse student body, or one that matches the SDP demographics, particularly as it locates in a part of the city that is not in need of high quality seats."
    • A. 

      Keystone Preparatory Charter School

    • B. 

      Germantown Community Charter School

    • C. 

      The Partnership School for Science and Innovation - MaST

    • D. 

      ACES Business Entrepreneur Academy Charter School

  • 3. 
    "There is significant uncertainty around the potential facility for this proposed school. More information is needed."
    • A. 

      Philadelphia Music and Dance Charter School

    • B. 

      Philadelphia Career and Technical Academy

    • C. 

      Mastery Charter School - North Philadelphia

    • D. 

      Innovative Dimensions STEAM Academy

  • 4. 
    "The plan for the school is not financially viable. Specifically, over the life of the school, the school does not build up any fund balance."
    • A. 

      Mastery Charter School - Gillespie Campus

    • B. 

      Leon H. Sullivan Opportunities Charter School

    • C. 

      Belmont Academy Charter School

    • D. 

      Esperanza Academy Charter School

  • 5. 
    "The applicant does not describe any curricular resources beyond iTunes U. What physical reading books, course books, etc. will be used to supplement iTunes U?"
    • A. 

      String Theory - East Falls

    • B. 

      American Paradigm Charter School - Oxford Circle

    • C. 

      Global Leadership Academy Inernational Charter School

    • D. 

      PHASE 4 America Charter School

  • 6. 
    "Although the applicant plans to use a restorative justice model, the mention of the "broken windows" theory of discipline is potentially troubling. “Broken Windows” can have a disparate effect on students of color, students with disabilities, ELLs, and (specific to this school) at-risk youth." 
    • A. 

      American Paradigm Charter School - Port Richmond

    • B. 

      Germantown Community Charter School

    • C. 

      String Theory - Greys Ferry

    • D. 

      The Pavilion Charter School for Exceptional Students

  • 7. 
    "...for a school proposing a college preparatory program, the academic goals are not very ambitious."
    • A. 

      Independence Charter High School

    • B. 

      Sustainable Roots Academy Public Charter School

    • C. 

      Girls' Latin Public Charter School

    • D. 

      KIPP North Philadelphia Charter School

  • 8. 
    "The application states that one of the exit standards for completion of 4th grade and 8th grade is scoring proficient or advanced on the PSSA (KDCS 000032). If a student does not score proficient or 7 advanced in those grades, what are the consequences? Will the student be retained, required to retake the grade, or be expelled?"
    • A. 

      American Paradigm Charter School - Port Richmond

    • B. 

      String Theory - Port Richmond

    • C. 

      PHMC Preparatory Charter School

    • D. 

      KIPP Dubois Charter School