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Philadelphia Performing Arts: A String Theory Charter School (Vine Street Campus)
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Math
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Science
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School Incidents
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Reading
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Attendance
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College Bound
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School Details

  • School TypePublic Charter Citywide
  • Grade Levels5-12 (The school is projected to grow to its full size of 1,650 students starting in the 2016-17 school year.)
  • Waiting List Size2,003
  • Enrollment1536
  • PrincipalAngela Ciccanti (Grades 5-8); Aaron Gerwer (Grades 9-12)
  • Phone Number267-428-2224
  • School Emailinfo@stringtheoryschools.org
  • SEPTA RoutesBSL (Race-Vine), Bus (2, 4, 16, 17, 27, 31, 32, 33, 38, 43, 44, 62, 78, 124, 125), RR (Suburban Station)
  • Address 1600 Vine Street
    Philadelphia, PA 19102
  • NeighborhoodCenter City West
  • TuitionNone
  • Application DeadlineFebruary 1st, 2019
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Mission

To educate each student according to age and development so that learning and growth are united; to integrate the developing mind and body of the student through academics and the performing arts and sciences; to ensure each student's excellence...

To educate each student according to age and development so that learning and growth are united; to integrate the developing mind and body of the student through academics and the performing arts and sciences; to ensure each student's excellence in core and academic skills; to awaken and preserve the spirit of our students through the visual and digital arts, vocal arts, instrumental music, creative writing, classical ballet, foreign language, innovations in the field of science, all intertwined with technology, and; to nourish this spirit and curiosity so that students continue to flourish long after the end of formal training. Students are ambassadors of the school culture. The environment is warm and welcoming and students can articulate their interests, accomplishments, and on-going projects. We are growing the next generation of creative leaders.

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Points of Pride

1. Apple has chosen Philadelphia Performing Arts as one of only 12 schools around the world to produce and publicize an education feature of the school on the company’s website. The school is leading the Pennsylvania Department of Education's...

1. Apple has chosen Philadelphia Performing Arts as one of only 12 schools around the world to produce and publicize an education feature of the school on the company’s website. The school is leading the Pennsylvania Department of Education's move towards writing state standards in curriculum in iTunes U. 2. Our Majors Program (grades 5-12) enables students to cultivate knowledge and skill in an artistic or academic content area of study. Major courses involve various performing arts, visual arts, digital design, and S.T.E.M. Students spend 90 minutes each day in their Major. 3. The Vine Street Campus houses incubator start-up companies in areas such as coding, fashion, marketing, and gaming; their work is integrated into the school's curriculum. Additionally, the companies provide internship and entrepreneurial opportunities for our students. 4. Our state-of-the-art 265,000-square-foot facility promotes project-based learning and interdisciplinary instruction with a motion capture studio, an aquaponics lab, a 200-seat theater, two ballet studios, four science labs, four music studios, two fine arts studios, and an engineering & robotics lab.

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Admissions Policy

The admissions process is conducted through a lottery system. The lottery will take place on February 6, 2019, for the 2019-20 school year. The application deadline for this lottery is February 1, 2019. The Vine Street Campus serves students in...

The admissions process is conducted through a lottery system. The lottery will take place on February 6, 2019, for the 2019-20 school year. The application deadline for this lottery is February 1, 2019. The Vine Street Campus serves students in grades 5 to 12. See East and West Campuses for grades K to 4.

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Safety & Culture

We believe that every student is gifted and has specific intelligences that must be nurtured. We provide students with equal opportunity for learning, discovery and development of their innate potentials. We maintain a very low student-to-faculty-and...

We believe that every student is gifted and has specific intelligences that must be nurtured. We provide students with equal opportunity for learning, discovery and development of their innate potentials. We maintain a very low student-to-faculty-and-staff ratio, and we actively encourage students and staff to participate in the life of the school community. We provide ongoing training to our faculty and staff on safety and security issues. We have safety plans for emergency situations, which we practice throughout the year. Our Code of Conduct promotes positive behaviors for all students.

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Accreditations & Honors

1. Performing Arts is recognized as an Apple Distinguished School and is leading PDE's move towards writing the state standards in curriculum in iTunes U. 2. Performing Arts' high school students placed in Le Grand Concours (National French...

1. Performing Arts is recognized as an Apple Distinguished School and is leading PDE's move towards writing the state standards in curriculum in iTunes U. 2. Performing Arts' high school students placed in Le Grand Concours (National French Contest) in 2015 (awarded two gold metals and one certificate of recognition). 3. High school students participate in dual enrollment programs with Drexel, University of the Arts, Cabrini College, and University of Pennsylvania; students also have the opportunity to enroll in a course called, "Coded by Kids," which teaches coding to students 4. Performing Arts students have received numerous awards both academically and in the arts, such as awards at the state music festival championships.

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School Details & Data

Demographics

Black 26.6%
White 50.9%
Hispanic 5%
Asian 8.2%
Other 9.4%

Female & Male Students

Female Students 59.9%
Male Students 40.2%

Special Education

Special Ed 12.1%

Gifted Education

Gifted 0.1%

Economically Disadvantaged

Students who are economically disadvantaged 60%

English Language Learners

English Language Learner 1%

Students Per Grade

5th Grade Students
207
6th Grade Students
212
7th Grade Students
203
8th Grade Students
199
9th Grade Students
178
10th Grade Students
164
11th Grade Students
166
12th Grade Students
207
Total Students
1536

Academics

College Rate

College Rate 67%

AP Class Offerings

  • Calculus AB,
  • English Language,
  • AP Class Other

Activities & Programs

Career & Technical Education (CTE) Programs

  • Voc Other

Arts Programs

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

Sports Programs

  • Basketball,
  • Soccer,
  • Baseball,
  • Softball,
  • Cross Country,
  • Cheerleading,
  • Girls Basketball,
  • Girls Soccer,
  • Girls Tennis,
  • Volleyball,
  • Girls Volleyball,
  • Sports Other

Other Sports

Girls and Boys Swimming

Girls and Boys Swimming

Other Activities

National Honors Society, Student Council, Student Newspaper & Magazine, Community Service Club, Debate/Speech Club, Fitness/Wellness Club, Spirit Club, Yearbook, Recycling Club, Drama Club, Community Service Club, Swim Club, Volleyball Club,...

National Honors Society, Student Council, Student Newspaper & Magazine, Community Service Club, Debate/Speech Club, Fitness/Wellness Club, Spirit Club, Yearbook, Recycling Club, Drama Club, Community Service Club, Swim Club, Volleyball Club, Student Ambassadors.

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Electives

We offer AP courses, dual enrollment courses, and various honors classes for high school students. All of our students select an art or science specific major to be studied on a daily basis in addition to academic courses.

We offer AP courses, dual enrollment courses, and various honors classes for high school students. All of our students select an art or science specific major to be studied on a daily basis in addition to academic courses.

Language Programs

  • French

Parent Programs

  • Parents Home and School Association,
  • Parents School Advisory,
  • Parents After School Volunteers

Parent Involvement

Performance Committee, School Activity Committee, Building Committee, Graduating Student Committee.

Performance Committee, School Activity Committee, Building Committee, Graduating Student Committee.

Before and After Care

  • Extended Day,
  • Extended Programming

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