ERIC Number: ED087857
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1973-Jan
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Philadelphia School District, PA.
The Parkway Program is the name of a public alternative coeducational high school program for grades 9-12 in Philadelphia. Since student applicants from the entire city exceed openings, they are chosen by lottery, and the result is a wide variation of backgrounds and abilities in the student population. The program, begun in 1969, is committed to operate at a cost equal to, or less than, that required to run a traditional school for a comparable number of students. The program has only administrative headquarters--the city is the classroom, as the students determine their goals in making school experience relevant to their life in the community. Free access to public transportation enables students to reach their classes. Staff members volunteer for the program and are selected by a committee of Parkway teachers, students, parents, administrators, and community resource people. Originally funded by a Ford Foundation planning grant, the Program is now funded by the School District of Philadelphia. Presently the Program is organized in four 200-student units and offers between 100 and 200 courses. Three types of learning situations are available: faculty offerings, institutional offerings, and tutorial. Evaluation of the Program is continuous. (AG)
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Authoring Institution: Philadelphia School District, PA.