Penn-assisted PreK-8 School: More Open Houses
The Penn-assisted PreK-8 public school at 42nd and Spruce Streets will open its doors for kindergarten and first grade in September 2001. The school will be open to children who live in the catchment area (shown on the map, at right) and who will be 5 years old by September 1, 2001, for kindergarten and 6 years old by September 1, 2001, for first grade.
There have been a series of open houses, the next two open houses will be held at the Divinity School Deanery at 4205 Spruce Street from 7 to 8:30 p.m., January 23 and 29. Parents will learn about proposed academic and community programs, state-of-the-art building and site design, collaboration of Penn, the School District of Philadelphia and Philadelphia Federation of Teachers, and the registration process for enrolling your child in kindergarten or first grade. For more information, contact Ann Kreidle, school planning coordinator, at (215) 573-6122 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The principal for the new neighborhood school is expected to be hired this spring. Penn and the School District are working together to hire the principal, and ads for the position have appeared in national newspapers and educational journals. The interview process is beginning and applications are being screened by a selection committee that includes two parent representatives.
Site preparation and other pre-construction work will begin before the end of January, weather permitting. Groundbreaking and construction will begin by March, if not sooner.
University City New School (UCNS) will move from its longtime location to the Calvary Center at 48th and Baltimore in June and will begin the new school year there. The Parent Infant Center (PIC) will continue to operate at the Divinity School site, remaining in its current quarters until next year when it moves to renovated space.
Almanac, Vol. 47, No. 19, January 23, 2001