The Community Partnership for Neighborhood High Schools

Philadelphia's high schools are in crisis. Low academic performance, high dropout rates, achievement gaps, safety concerns, and aging facilities are but a few of the challenges. School reform is essential to ensure that children receive a high quality education that prepares them for post secondary education, a career, or the world of work. More importantly, it is the key to personal satisfaction and community well being.

In 2006, the Ed Fund partnered with the School District of Philadelphia to create a five-year blueprint for Secondary Education. This was a research-based process that included more than 800 parents, students, teachers, principals, administrators, non-profit external partners, and community members, who gathered with the goal of aligning existing District secondary education initiatives and building the next level of reform. It was born out of the fundamental belief that despite the alarming statistics for Philadelphia's neighborhood schools, low performing schools can be transformed with the right combination of parent and community involvement and each school's own resolve to change.
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This civic engagement project was created to align the Blueprint with the School District of Philadelphia Superintendent Arlene Ackerman's strategic plan, Imagine 2014, by involving parents and community members in the process of school reform and improving neighborhood high schools. This ongoing project is connecting communities and parents with their local high school and the District in meaningful and productive ways, and is helping achieve substantive and measurable results for the schools and the students.