Philly School District moves 5 schools out of its lowest performing category

Mike DeNardo
December 05, 2019 - 5:25 pm

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Five Philadelphia schools are graduating out of the district's lowest performance tier. 

The district next summer is moving five K-8 schools out of what it calls its "Acceleration Network," currently a group of 19 low-performing schools getting extra staff training and resources.  

Those schools are Barry Elementary School, Dunbar Elementary School, McMichael School, Mitchell Elementary School and Munoz-Marin Elementary School, where principal Ariel Lajara said over the last three years his school jumped from 16% to 51% on the district's School Progress Report.

"The staff has definitely rallied around the work that we're doing. But we're definitely staying grounded and level-headed because we know we still have a lot more work to do," Lajara said.

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Munoz-Marin students passing standardized state tests in English went from 10% to 25%. Those passing math rose from 2% to 13%.

Lajara said even though his school is losing the extra supports, he and his staff have a structure in place to maintain the momentum.