The Philadelphia Schools Partnership, a local nonprofit, will invest $6 million to expand three schools, according to a release.
The schools — The Workshop School, Science Leadership Academy and Hill-Freedman Middle School — each have a STEM focus.
In the largest expansion among the three schools, The Workshop School, an alternative senior year program at the Navy Yard, will get $1.6 million to become a high school that eventually teaches 530 students. Inspired by the success of the West Philly Hybrid X team of students that built electrical and bio-diesel cars, the science-driven, hands on program has garnered national press. Find more of our coverage of the Workshop School here (and meet the Hybrid X team at our Philly Tech Week Signature Event tonight).
Center City’s Science Leadership Academy will get $1.9 million to open a second campus at West Philly’s Beeber Middle School. Led by principal Chris Lehmann, the magnet school recently had over 2,000 applications for 125 spots, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer. Read our profile of the school here.
Hill-Freedman Middle School, based in Germantown, will get $2.6 million to eventually expand into school that serves grades 6-12, adding 600 seats. The school has its own unique STEM curriculum, developed by longtime science educator Ambra Hook. (It seems that STEM runs in the family — Hook is the mother of teacher Tariq Hook, who led the Temple MESA high school students who won this year’s Switch Philly.)