Mission: The Education Committee of the Passyunk Square Civic Association
The Passyunk Square Civic Association is committed to improving the quality of life in the community. As more young families settle in the neighborhood, the demand for educational opportunities is on the rise. The City of Philadelphia has many educational options, but the neighborhood school, the traditional cornerstone of a strong community, has found itself in a position of ill repute, with a few notable exceptions. It is these exceptions, and successful models in other urban areas, that have inspired a movement to work towards cultivating a top-tier public school in Passyunk Square.
We are currently seeking a new chairperson for this committee. If you are interested, please let us know!
Any and all interested members of the community are welcome, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
A map of Passyunk Square Neighborhood Schools is below and includes an overview of the catchment areas for each of the neighborhood schools in Passyunk Square.
The neighborhood high school for Jackson, Kirkbride, and Washington is Furness. The neighborhood high school for Southwark is South Philadelphia.
For more details on all Philadelphia neighborhood schools, visit: https://webapps.philasd.org/school_finder/
View Passyunk Square Neighborhood Schools in a larger map
- The MLK Day of Service saw several volunteers help out with general cleaning and organizing tasks at the school.
- An Education Forum during the April general membership meeting brought out many volunteers eager to work to improve our local schools
- A successful school supply drive in partnership with Acme in the Fall of 2012 gave children at Jackson and Kirkbride a good start to their school year
- Reading Buddies program organized by PSCA volunteers brings university students to read with Jackson students
- Science laboratory renovated
- Three classroom renovated
- Replanted the garden and painted a map of the United States on the blacktop at the Jackson School during the 3rd Annual Philly Spring Clean-up
- New library was opened
- New principal, Lisa Kaplan, was hired
- Students and members of COSACOSA designed and installed a mural
- In the fall, worked with the South Region Superintendent, Dr. Burnley to develop a Vision Plan for Jackson school, which was warmly received, discussed, and debated and is now the working document from which the Committee sets its goals.
The role of the PSCA Education Committee has shifted from its inception. After the April 2012 Education Forum, it was decided that the group could best contribute to strong schools in the following areas:
Promoting educational opportunities in the neighborhood
- Ensure residents are aware of our two public schools, as well as other local private, religious and charter schools
Creating better communication channels with schools
- To help relay volunteer opportunities, events, resource needs, enrollment dates and other pertinent information
Grantwriting and fundraising
- Assist with identifying opportunities and managing the application process to bring new funds to schools
- Attend various public meetings of the Philadelphia School District School Reform Commission, and track policy changes and budget issues that would impact our schools
If you’re interested in helping, please contact email@example.com.
In the News
- Philadelphia Inquirer front page article here: http://articles.philly.com/2010-04-14/news/25213154_1_empowerment-school-neighborhood-school-star-school
- A model of modern civic engagement in Passyunk Square: http://www.flyingkitemedia.com/features/passyunksquare0830.aspx
- Feature of Jackie Gusic, founder of the Education Committee http://www.southphillyreview.com/news/features/JackieGusic-104451338.html
- South Philly school set example for district’s new discipline policy http://articles.philly.com/2012-09-06/news/33617734_1_discipline-policy-safe-school-lisa-ciaranca-kaplan
- Teacher’s Union National Leader Visits Philadelphia http://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/2012/10/01/teachers-union-national-leader-visits-philadelphia/
Our bookshelf continues to grow, and currently includes:
- How to Walk to School: Blueprint for a Neighborhood Renaissance
- The Death and Life of the Great American School System
- Why School?
- NurtureShock: New Thinking about Children
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