ERIC Number: ED047063
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-Jan
Reference Count: 0
Philadelphia School District, PA.
The Parkway Program was designed to investigate the possibility that a high school could be organized independently of any fixed institutional facilities, whether these be a school building or a fixed faculty. One hundred and forty-three Philadelphia High School students were selected at random from among applicants representing all eight Philadelphia school districts, and the Program was committed to operate at a cost which would be equal to or less than the amount required to run a traditional school for a comparable number of students. The students were not graded, had no dress codes and few "rules"; in return they had to find their classrooms, their curriculum, and in some cases their teachers from among the plentiful resources of their urban community. The Program was given the task of trying to integrate school children with the life of the community, a life which under normal conditions they were not expected to enter until leaving school behind them--for although schools are supposed to prepare students for a life in the community, most schools so isolate students from the community that a functional understanding of how it works is considered impossible. (Author/JM)
Descriptors: Community Involvement, Educational Experiments, Educational Facilities Design, Educational Innovation, Experimental Schools, High School Students, High Schools, Program Development, School Community Programs, School Community Relationship, School Organization, Secondary School Curriculum, Urban Schools
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Philadelphia School District, PA.
Identifiers: Parkway Program; Pennsylvania