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ERIC Number: EJ894692
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-May
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1529-8957
Franklin Towne Charter High School: A Clear Vision and Concrete Plan
Principal Leadership, v10 n9 p26-31 May 2010
Franklin Towne Charter High School opened in 2000 and is one of 71 public charter schools in Philadelphia. It sits within the aging, historic Frankford Arsenal grounds, and one of its campus buildings dates back to the War of 1812. The school's transformation from one of the lowest-performing schools in the city to one of the highest-achieving schools in the state began in 2006 when a new team of administrators, parents, staff members, and community members led a change using "Breaking Ranks" reform practices. This article discusses how the school's clear vision and concrete plans resulted in the school's success. Franklin Towne's goal is to provide information, assistance, and support to ensure that each student will be successful. Academic supports are plentiful: the attendance recovery program; dual enrollment; a Kaplan prep program, the Personal Academic Career Excellence (PACE) program, a ninth-grade skills clinic; before- and after-school individual tutoring; and Prep Zone, an after-school 21st century community learning center. In addition, ongoing recognition is given for outstanding performance through honor roll assemblies, perfect attendance acknowledgment, and recognition for outstanding performance on state and national tests. Other successful activities are the student-of-the-week and student-of-the-month recognitions, a daily advisory program, student incentive programs, and student council activities. In addition, clubs and athletics are offered on the basis of student interest.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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