School District takes Roosevelt Middle from closure list to salvation to expansion

Roosevelt Middle School in central Germantown will become a K-8 school at the end of this academic year, according to officials with the School District of Philadelphia.

The East Washington Lane school currently serves students in the sixth through eighth grades.

District spokesperson Raven Hill said Monday that students from nearby Fulton Elementary, which will close this summer, and other yet-to-be-determined feeder schools will be able to enroll at Roosevelt.

The city’s School Reform Commission voted to close Fulton, a recommendation part of the district’s facilities master plan. The SRC also voted to close Germantown High School, which the district also placed on the chopping block.

GHS K-12 off the table?

Following the SRC’s hearing, during which they voted to close a total of 23 city schools, district officials toured Roosevelt to explore the possibility of making it a 6-12 school.

Members of the Germantown High School community wanted, and still want to see, their alma mater become a K-12 school that serves students from Fulton and Roosevelt.

Roosevelt was initially slated for closure, but was saved prior to the SRC’s school closings hearing in March. 

The district’s decision will leave central Germantown without a public-school option for high school.

Under the district’s plan, students from Germantown can transfer to Martin Luther King High School in nearby West Oak Lane or Roxborough High School.

Check back with NewsWorks on Tuesday for more details.

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