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First Philadelphia Preparatory Charter School
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Math
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Reading
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College Bound
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School Details

  • School TypePublic Charter Citywide
  • Grade LevelsK-12
  • Waiting List Size1400
  • Enrollment1863
  • PrincipalDr. Joseph Gillespie
  • Phone Number215-743-3100
  • School Emailjgillespie@ap-schools.org
  • SEPTA RoutesBus (25, 56, J)
  • Address 4300 Tacony Street
    Philadelphia, PA 19124
  • NeighborhoodBridesburg
  • TuitionNone
  • Application DeadlineJanuary 28th, 2019
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Mission

First Philadelphia provides a well-balanced literacy-based education that contributes to the formation of lifelong learners and leaders in the global community.

First Philadelphia provides a well-balanced literacy-based education that contributes to the formation of lifelong learners and leaders in the global community.

Points of Pride

1. First Philadelphia offers a robust arts and music program that now serves all grades, K through 12. 2. The school has brand-new, state-of-the-art school buildings, complete with music and art rooms, science laboratories, a gymnasium and a theater...

1. First Philadelphia offers a robust arts and music program that now serves all grades, K through 12. 2. The school has brand-new, state-of-the-art school buildings, complete with music and art rooms, science laboratories, a gymnasium and a theater. 3. First Philadelphia provides a literacy-rich curriculum beginning in kindergarten.

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Admissions Policy

First Philadelphia Preparatory Charter School is a tuition-free public school open to all children residing in the city of Philadelphia. The school does not require testing for admission purposes. The school does not discriminate on the basis of...

First Philadelphia Preparatory Charter School is a tuition-free public school open to all children residing in the city of Philadelphia. The school does not require testing for admission purposes. The school does not discriminate on the basis of disability, race, color or creed. In the event that there are more applicants than available spaces, a public lottery will be conducted to select students. Parents are required to submit sibling applications online. First Philadelphia Preparatory Charter School is accepting applications for kindergarten through 12th grade. Our charter with the School District of Philadelphia requires that we provide admission preferences for students who reside in the catchment area of the following schools: Catchment area for K-8: E: Franklin, Carnell, John Marshall and Stearne Catchment area for 9-12: Fels

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Safety & Culture

All students are taught from kindergarten how to treat others with respect, how to solve problems with their words, and how to work within a community for the good of the community.

All students are taught from kindergarten how to treat others with respect, how to solve problems with their words, and how to work within a community for the good of the community.

Accreditations & Honors

1) Met AYP these past 5 years 2) Center for Character Education Partnership announced that First Philadelphia Preparatory Charter School was a 2009 and a 2010 National Award Winning School for its promising practices. 3) On June 8, 2008, First...

1) Met AYP these past 5 years 2) Center for Character Education Partnership announced that First Philadelphia Preparatory Charter School was a 2009 and a 2010 National Award Winning School for its promising practices. 3) On June 8, 2008, First Philadelphia Preparatory Charter School was accepted into the network of "No Excuses University". 4) The Center for Leadership and Ethics selected American Paradigm Schools as a 2011 Pennsylvania School District of Character.

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School Details & Data

Demographics

Black 44.6%
White 15%
Hispanic 27%
Asian 2.6%
Other 10.8%

Female & Male Students

Female Students 51.6%
Male Students 48.4%

Special Education

Special Ed 17.6%

Economically Disadvantaged

Students who are economically disadvantaged 85%

English Language Learners

English Language Learner 2.7%

Students Per Grade

Kindergarten Students
182
1st Grade Students
170
2nd Grade Students
169
3rd Grade Students
169
4th Grade Students
170
5th Grade Students
169
6th Grade Students
174
7th Grade Students
170
8th Grade Students
162
9th Grade Students
97
10th Grade Students
87
11th Grade Students
54
12th Grade Students
90
Total Students
1863

School Incidents

Incidents Per 100 Students
2.5

Academics

College Rate

College Rate 53%

AP Class Offerings

  • Chemistry,
  • English Literature

Activities & Programs

Arts Programs

  • Vocal,
  • Instrumental,
  • Theater,
  • Visual Arts,
  • Dance Instr,
  • Choir,
  • Drum Line,
  • Other Instrumental,
  • Dance,
  • School Plays,
  • School Musicals,
  • Theater Group,
  • Poetry,
  • Literature,
  • Jazz,
  • Orchestra

Sports Programs

  • Basketball,
  • Soccer,
  • Baseball,
  • Softball,
  • Gymnastics,
  • Cheerleading,
  • Girls Basketball,
  • Sports Other

Other Sports

Students Run Philly Style

Students Run Philly Style

Other Activities

Drama Society Cooking Club Homework Help and Tutoring Word Jam Music Fest Student Government School Ambassadors

Drama Society Cooking Club Homework Help and Tutoring Word Jam Music Fest Student Government School Ambassadors

Language Programs

  • Spanish

Parent Programs

  • Parents Home and School Association

Parent Involvement

Parents work on committees to help support the programs that go on in the school.

Parents work on committees to help support the programs that go on in the school.

Before and After Care

  • Before Care,
  • After Care,
  • Extended Day,
  • Extended Programming

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