by Manuel McDonnell Smith
According to published reports, fourteen operators have submitted applications to Philadelphia’s School Reform Commission (SRC) requesting permission to open new charter schools in the city. Four of the applicants propose to open new schools in the West Philadelphia/Parkside Community and include:
- Community Education Alliance of West Philadelphia has submitted an application to open the Belmont Charter High School starting with the 2016-17 school year. The application states that the operator wishes to serve 500 students, primarily from the Belmont community.
- Another group, JBCHS Board of Trustees, have proposed to open James Baldwin Charter School in Mantua starting with the 2016-17 school year. According to their plans, their school will serve 400 students in grades 9-12.
- Renowned Charter School Operator KIPP has applied to open a KIPP Parkside location starting with the 2017-18 school year. Their application seeks to serve 860 students in grades K-8.
- Two combined groups, “GLAICHS” and the “GLA Founding Coalition” have submitted an application to open Global Leadership Academy International starting in the 2016-17 school year. The groups propose serving 600 students from “Mansion, Mantua, and West Philadelphia.”
All fourteen school applicants will testify before a SRC review board beginning December 7. The School Reform Commission will then vote to accept or reject the proposals during a meeting on February 15, 2016. The Parkside Journal plans to follow the hearings and will provide an updated story if any of the four proposed school applications for our area are accepted by the SRC.