Field narrows as 14 charter hopefuls submit proposals to Philly SRC

 Superintendent William Hite confers with SRC Chairman Marjorie Neff during a previous charter school hearing (Emma Lee/WHYY)

Superintendent William Hite confers with SRC Chairman Marjorie Neff during a previous charter school hearing (Emma Lee/WHYY)

Fourteen potential Philadelphia charter operators submitted applications for proposed new schools by the November 15 deadline.  That’s about one third as many as last year.

Ten of 14 applications came from existing Philadelphia charter operators. Six of the 14 applications came from entities that did not submit applications in the 2014-15 cycle.

In total, the 14 applicants request an additional 9,845 charter school seats over the next six years in a diverse array of neighborhoods. Six applications hope to open schools in West Philadelphia; three in North Philadelphia; three in Center City; one in Mt. Airy; one in Strawberry Mansion.

Twenty-two schools had submitted letters of intent by the Oct 15 deadline.

Below is the list of 14 that filed full applications:

 

School name

Applicant

Neighborhood

Opening year

Grade config

Enrollment yr 5

1

Ramon F. Betances

ASPIRA of PA, Inc

Olney

2016-17

K-8

675

2

Belmont Charter High

Community Education Alliance of West Philadelphia

Belmont/ City-Wide, or as needed

2016-17

9-12

500

3

Chestnut Hill Innovation

Chestnut Hill Innovation Charter School, Inc.

West Mt. Airy

2016-17

K-8

675

4

City Academy Charter School

Public Health Management Corporation Center

Center City

2016-17

K-12

1,376

5

Esperanza Elementary

Nueva Esperanza Inc.

Hunting Park

2017-18

K-5

800

6

FACTS-2

Folk Arts Cultural Treasures Charter

Chinatown

2017-18

K-8

819

7

Global Leadership Academy

International

GLAICHS board members and GLA founding coalition

West Phila (serving Mansion, Mantua, and West Philadelphia)

2016-17

9-12

600

8

James Baldwin Charter

JBCHS board of trustees

Mantua

2016-17

9-12

400

9

KIPP North Philadelphia

KIPP

Strawberry Mansion

2017-18

K-12

1,380

10

KIPP Parkside

KIPP

Parkside

2017-18

K-8

860

11

Montessori Charter School

Philadelphia Montessori Charter

School, Inc.

Southwest Philadelphia

2016-17

K-8

492

12

Russell Byers Academy

Russell Byers Charter School

Center City

2017-18

6-8

320

13

Southwest Leadership Academy Charter School for Girls

Alphonso Evans, Mark Allen, and Southwest Leadership Academy Charter School for Girls, Inc.

Southwest Philadelphia

2016-17

K-8

448

14

The Pavilion Charter School for Exceptional Students

The Pavilion Inc.

North Philadelphia

2016-17

K-5

500

The School Reform Commission is scheduled to vote on the proposals at a Feb 15 meeting. Applicants will testify before a review board starting Dec 7.

Last year, 40 applicants submitted proposals. The SRC eventually green-lit six new charter schools.

After years of moratorium on independent new charters, the SRC was compelled to begin hearing new applications last year based on a trade-off in the state legislation that allowed Philadelphia to fund schools by hiking its cigarette tax.

The SRC will also consider a resubmitted application from Liguori Academy in the coming months.

Liguori is one of four applicants rejected in last year’s cycle to resubmit. Belmont and Esperanza charters were again denied. KIPP’s bid to open a K-4 elementary school in West Philadelphia was approved in May.

The SRC will vote on the Liguori resubmission at its meeting in January. There are not public hearings on resubmissions.

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