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Renaissance Schools

Renaissance Schools

Renaissance Year IV

On February 21, 2013 the School District of Philadelphia launched the Renaissance Schools initiative year IV.  The initiative is aimed at bringing transformative changes to the District’s lowest performing schools in order to bring about dramatic improvement in student achievement. 

The following three schools will be Renaissance Schools for Year IV:

James Alcorn Elementary School
Kenderton Elementary School
FrancisD. Pastorius Elementary School

Please click here for the Community Meeting Schedule

Please click here for the Community Presentation

Please click here for results for Year I and Year II Renaissance Charter Schools

Renaissance Schools Initiative: Year III


Update: Review of the Thomas Creighton Elementary Teacher-Led Proposal


The District's Chief Academic Office conducted a review of the Thomas Creighton Elementary Teacher-Led Proposal and presented its conclusions to the SRC in a memo dated May 29, 2012. To read the memo please click here.


In April 2012, the School Reform Commission (SRC) authorized The School District of Philadelphia to match Renaissance Schools with the following Turnaround Teams:

Renaissance School

 Turnaround Team

Cleveland Elementary

Mastery Charter Schools Inc.

H.R. Edmunds Elementary

String Theory Schools

Jones Middle School

American Paradigm Schools

Thomas Creighton

Creighton's School Advisory Council's
recommendation is currently under review

Overview of Renaissance Schools

On January 27, 2010, the School District of Philadelphia launched the Renaissance Schools initiative.  The initiative is aimed at bringing transformative changes to the District’s lowest performing schools in order to bring about dramatic improvement in student achievement. 

Now in its third year, the Renaissance Schools initiative is aimed at bringing transformative changes to the District’s lowest performing schools by working with school communities to recruit and select individuals and organizations that have proven track records of operating and supporting high-achieving schools. 

There are three major components of the Renaissance Schools initiative:

  • Identifying chronically low-performing District schools (Renaissance Alert Schools) that are not likely to achieve dramatic improvements without transformative change
  • Identifying individuals and organizations that are capable and prepared to turnaround around failing schools in Philadelphia
  • Empowering school communities to play an active role in the turnaround and ongoing support of their schools

The District believes that these components must be implemented with rigor and transparency in order to create an effective and lasting process for turning around failing schools in Philadelphia.

The RFP (Request for Proposal) is the competitive procurement process by which the District determined which applicants would be selected as Renaissance Turnaround Teams to operate Renaissance Charter Schools for Year III of the initiative.

Year III Renaissance Turnaround Team Finalists:

The following 4 schools will be Renaissance Match Schools for Year III:

  1. Cleveland Elementary School, 3735 N. 19th Street
  2. Creighton Elementary School, 5401 E. Tabor Road
  3. H. R. Edmunds Elementary School, 1197 Haworth Street
  4. Jones Middle School, 2950 Memphis Street

Renaissance Year III Meeting Schedule can be found here.

Additional Information: Renaissance Schools Initiative Year III Fact Sheet

Year III Steps Accomplished to Date

On January 4, 2012, the School District of Philadelphia launched the third year of the Renaissance Schools Initiative. Read Press Release here.

On January 4, 2012, the School District of Philadelphia also released the RFP (Request for Proposal) for applicants interested in operating Renaissance Charter Schools for Year III of the initiative. Anyone interested in responding to the RFP may acquire a copy from the District’s Office of Procurement Services website at https://webapps.philasd.org/procurement

On January 11, 2012, a Pre-Bid Conference was held for potential RFP Applicants. The following powerpoint was presented during the meeting: Overview of Renaissance Schools Initiative - Year III 

On January 20, 2012, the School District of Philadelphia released the Year III - RFI (Request for Interest), through which it intends to identify prospective individuals or organizations who wish to offer support services to Renaissance Schools. Anyone interested in responding to the RFI may acquire a copy from the District’s Office of Procurement Services website at https://webapps.philasd.org/procurement. A list of currently approved support applicants can be found here

On February 29, 2012, the School District of Philadelphia announced the Year III Turnaround Team Finalists and the Renaissance Match Schools. Read Press Release here

Quick Reference Guide

FOR PARENTS & COMMUNITY
Hotline Number: 215-400-4090 Email Address: renschoolparents@philasd.org

FOR SCHOOL STAFF
Hotline Number: 215-400-4090 Email Address: renschoolstaff@philasd.org

FOR ALL OTHER INQUIRIES
If you have questions, comments, or concerns that you would like to address regarding Renaissance Schools, please email  renschools@philasd.org

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