Southwark Elementary and South Philly High School among city’s new ‘community schools’

Southwark Elementary and South Philadelphia High School are among the nine schools that will be the first to transform into “community schools” through the city.


On Monday, Mayor Kenney announced the schools that will participate in this program that is meant to change these facilities from strictly educational to multi-purpose community centers with better resources for the neighborhoods in which they are located. 


Mayor Kenney, who plans to develop 25 community schools over the next four years, said the goal is to identify the specific needs of students, parents, and their communities, and then forge partnerships with private providers to offer the needed services in the schools.

“We cannot expect our children to succeed academically if they come to school hungry, sick, or too traumatized to learn,” he said.

A $4 million budget has been put in place for this group of schools to use during the first year of the program. They will also be seeking outside funding through grants and other businesses.

2 thoughts on “Southwark Elementary and South Philly High School among city’s new ‘community schools’

  • July 19, 2016 at 11:50 am

    Community Schools? Maybe like have students attend schools in the actual neighborhoods where they live? Not waste tons of money shuttling them all over the city.
    Money that could be spent on education, not transportation.

  • July 19, 2016 at 2:34 pm

    This could be a great opportunity to try out some social impact investing–lower risk, high potential for rewards. Trauma is large umbrella, so it would be amazing to get functional/successful community programming that could provide new support for city children (counseling, health, nutrition, quality activities, family support). Ability to thrive takes more than three hots and a cot.

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