'A reflection of our students': Strawberry Mansion High isn't done yet

Andrew Kramer
May 16, 2019 - 10:07 pm
Strawberry Mansion High principal Brain McCracken

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Plans to phase out Strawberry Mansion High School in North Philadelphia seemed imminent, but school officials say they will be welcoming in dozens of new freshmen later this year.

Principal Brian McCracken spoke to the Student Achievement and Support Committee at the Philadelphia School district headquarters Thursday about what these students and their families can expect in the future, including new courses and a pathway program.

"We promise students will graduate with a high quality diploma that will grant them access to a post-secondary option of their choosing," he told KYW Newsradio after the board meeting.

McCracken pointed out there's been a noticeable increase in interest in Strawberry Mansion High

"Sixty-one chose Strawberry Mansion as their school of choice compared to in years past when it was under five," he said. "I think that's a reflection of our students voicing their true experience of Strawberry Mansion High School as well as building intentional relationships with our future school patterns and their administration."

Despite some changes in the new school year, McCracken added their goal of providing "a school community that feels like home" will stay the same.