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ERIC Number: EJ1104695
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: N/A
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0145-9635
Established Independent School Collaborates with Social Service Agency to Launch New School: Community Partnership School, Pennsylvania
Stewart, Sarah
Independent School, v75 n4 Sum 2016
Community Partnership School (CPS) serves 90 to 95 students annually in preK-5th grade. Of these, 100 percent are African American or multiracial, and all qualify for free or reduced-price lunch. Community Partnership School began as a collaboration between Germantown Academy, which had trouble recruiting low-income students to its suburban location, and Project HOME, a nationally recognized nonprofit dedicated to ending homelessness. The two organizations wanted to reach children in the 19121 and 19132 ZIP codes of north-central Philadelphia, an area characterized by high rates of poverty, unemployment, and crime. The founders believed that a quality education combined with the energy and care of prepared and committed staff could allow inner-city students to elevate themselves and their community. Strengths of CPS are: (1) state initiatives that offer tax credits to companies that give to approved scholarship programs; and (2) relationships with area independent schools, corporations, and civic enterprises. Challenges faced by CPS are: (1) the lack of its own facility; (2) the demands inherent in serving students and families from difficult life circumstances; and (3) the pressure to raise money. This is one of five case studies from the National Association of Independent Schools about schools that are making nontraditional funding models work for the benefit of low-income students. [Online Feature]
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Pennsylvania (Philadelphia)
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