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Wissahickon Charter School: Fernhill Campus
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Math
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Reading
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Attendance
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School Details

  • School TypePublic Charter Citywide
  • Grade LevelsK-8
  • Waiting List Size708
  • Enrollment486
  • PrincipalMs Kristina Littell
  • Phone Number267-338-1020
  • School Emaillearn@wissahickoncharter.org
  • SEPTA RoutesBus (H, X) RR (Queen Lane)
  • Address 4700 Wissahickon Avenue
    Building G
    Philadelphia, PA 19144
  • NeighborhoodGermantown
  • Fax267-338-1030
  • Application DeadlineJanuary 28th, 2019
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Mission

Wissahickon Charter School was planned around three essential elements: 1. An integrated environmental focus, recognizing the importance of service learning 2. Peace, conflict resolution, and community building as part of a prioritized social...

Wissahickon Charter School was planned around three essential elements: 1. An integrated environmental focus, recognizing the importance of service learning 2. Peace, conflict resolution, and community building as part of a prioritized social curriculum 3. An emphasis on family involvement at all levels of the school organization, with special emphasis on parents as partners in the learning experiences of their children Our founders wrote that Wissahickon will provide a community of learning with an environmental focus that stimulates the child's intellectual, social, and character development.

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Points of Pride

1. An overwhelming majority of Wissahickon Charter Awbury students are minorities (96%). A significant majority (84%) of current students are from low-income families. 2. Students at WCS Awbury regularly spend time outdoors, whether it's in the...

1. An overwhelming majority of Wissahickon Charter Awbury students are minorities (96%). A significant majority (84%) of current students are from low-income families. 2. Students at WCS Awbury regularly spend time outdoors, whether it's in the backyard natural play-space or at the next door Awbury Arboretum. 3. A variety of extracurricular activities are offered to students, including cooking classes with the Vetri Foundation's My Daughter's Kitchen program, Students Run Philly Style, musical opportunities, yoga, and more.

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Admissions Policy

Applications will be submitted and accepted solely through the Apply Philly Charter website (applyphillycharter.org) when the site goes live in late September 2018. Applications are then entered into a blind public lottery to determine the names of...

Applications will be submitted and accepted solely through the Apply Philly Charter website (applyphillycharter.org) when the site goes live in late September 2018. Applications are then entered into a blind public lottery to determine the names of students to be admitted.

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Safety & Culture

Students receive communication and conflict mediation skills training starting in kindergarten. Using the Talk It Out model, all students learn how to navigate tough interpersonal situations. Students also learn mindfulness practices and practice...

Students receive communication and conflict mediation skills training starting in kindergarten. Using the Talk It Out model, all students learn how to navigate tough interpersonal situations. Students also learn mindfulness practices and practice creative problem solving. Over 90% of parents report that they feel the school is a safe environment.

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Accreditations & Honors

- Fifth highest increase in SPP score among Philadelphia charters for year 2013-2014 -2014 Tookany/Tacony-Frankford Watershed Educator Award -Philadelphia Youth Division Dragonboat Championship 2014 -Ranked third in the state for African American...

- Fifth highest increase in SPP score among Philadelphia charters for year 2013-2014 -2014 Tookany/Tacony-Frankford Watershed Educator Award -Philadelphia Youth Division Dragonboat Championship 2014 -Ranked third in the state for African American performance on the PSSAs for 2012. -Philadelphia Charters for Excellence Members 2012-18 -Philadelphia Middle School Basketball League Championship 2013, 2016 -Beat the Streets Wrestling Championship 2012-13; 2014

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School Details & Data

Demographics

Black 89.1%
White 5.4%
Hispanic 0.8%
Asian 0.1%
Other 4.6%

Female & Male Students

Female Students 50.3%
Male Students 49.7%

Special Education

Special Ed 18.7%

Economically Disadvantaged

Students who are economically disadvantaged 80%

Students Per Grade

Kindergarten Students
54
1st Grade Students
54
2nd Grade Students
54
3rd Grade Students
54
4th Grade Students
54
5th Grade Students
54
6th Grade Students
54
7th Grade Students
54
8th Grade Students
54
Total Students
486

School Incidents

Incidents Per 100 Students
1.8

Activities & Programs

Arts Programs

  • Vocal,
  • Visual Arts,
  • Choir,
  • Drill Team,
  • Other Instrumental,
  • Ceramics,
  • Literature,
  • Other

Sports Programs

  • Basketball,
  • Wrestling,
  • Cheerleading,
  • Girls Basketball,
  • Sports Other

Other Sports

Dragonboat Team; Students Run Philly Style + Broad Street Run; Outdoor Program; Middle School Electives; Outward Bound Wilderness Expedition; Outward Bound Leadership Canoeing Trip; Wissahickon After School Program

Dragonboat Team; Students Run Philly Style + Broad Street Run; Outdoor Program; Middle School Electives; Outward Bound Wilderness Expedition; Outward Bound Leadership Canoeing Trip; Wissahickon After School Program

Other Activities

-Middle School Electives such as knitting, cooking, poetry writing, solar car building, etc. -My Daughter's Kitchen Cooking Club -Yearbook Club -Honey Helpers Beekeeping Club -Outward Bound Program -Wissahickon Reads -Celebration of National...

-Middle School Electives such as knitting, cooking, poetry writing, solar car building, etc. -My Daughter's Kitchen Cooking Club -Yearbook Club -Honey Helpers Beekeeping Club -Outward Bound Program -Wissahickon Reads -Celebration of National Screenfree Week -Wissahickon in the Wissahickon (a school-wide day of hiking and fun in the Wissahickon) -Fun Day -Grandparents Day -Students Council -Spelling Bee -Summer Reading Program -Springboard -Fun Day -Jump Rope for Heart -Middle School Book Clubs -Drexel Medical School Volunteer Program -Summer Book Giveaway -Earth Day Festival -Celebration of Learning -8th Grade Field Trip

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Electives

-Middle School electives vary each trimester and include topics such as knitting, cooking, poetry writing, solar car building, film critique, environmental service, etc. -Honey Helpers Beekeeping Club -Dragonboat Team -Outward Bound Program...

-Middle School electives vary each trimester and include topics such as knitting, cooking, poetry writing, solar car building, film critique, environmental service, etc. -Honey Helpers Beekeeping Club -Dragonboat Team -Outward Bound Program -Wissahickon Reads -Celebration of National Screenfree Week -Awbury at Awbury (A schoolwide day of hiking and fun in the Awbury Arboretum) -Fun Day -Grandparents Day -Students Council -Spelling Bee -Summer Reading Program

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Parent Programs

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

Parent Involvement

All parents are expected to be involved in helping their children learn and grow. Wissahickon asks parents to review nightly homework and to sign a nightly reading log. Further, Wissahickon encourages families to volunteer for three hours each...

All parents are expected to be involved in helping their children learn and grow. Wissahickon asks parents to review nightly homework and to sign a nightly reading log. Further, Wissahickon encourages families to volunteer for three hours each trimester. Families volunteer by attending trips, helping with mailings, helping with eco-friendly fundraisers, and more. Over 90% of parents attend the report card conferences of their children.

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Before and After Care

  • After Care,
  • Extended Day,
  • Extended Programming

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