MONDAY, AUGUST 27, 2012
still growing, the naysayers
Education Plus Academy
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Masters of the school turnaround Mastery Charter Schools are unusual in the charter-school landscape in Philadelphia â€” they turn around struggling neighborhood schools, rather than create new magnet schools. â€œOf the 11 schools we operate, nine are turnarounds,â€? said Leslie Hall, assistant director of development and communication. â€œWe take the same buildings â€” and students â€” of schools that have been failing.â€? The turnaround starts with the school itself: Mastery invests $800,000 to $1.2 million in renovations in each school it takes on. The students come from the surrounding neighborhood. They must fill out a simple
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Accepting Applications Kindergarden through 6th Grade
ENROLL TODAY www.edpluscharter.org Students at Clymer Elementary are pretty happy these days. Their school became a Mastery Charter in 2011.
4 Philadelphia LOCATIONS application form, but theyâ€™re admitted without judgment of their qualifications. To provide the help that many of the students need, Mastery schools have both a longer school day (till 4:00 most days) and a longer school year (their first day was last Wednesday).
Saturday sessions are available for students who need extra help: Since some are functioning at three to five grades behind level, this can be many of them. In addition to academics, the schools offer extra-curricular activities, from music to art to football.