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Neumann-Goretti to be transformed into college prep school

In recent years, Neumann-Goretti high school at 1736 S. 10th St. has seen a drastic decline in enrollment.


Google street view image of the school

For many reasons, it has appeared that the school is getting close to shutting its doors for good—but Neumann-Goretti isn’t going down without a fight. With a new school president, Bruce Robinson, the school could be seeing some transformations, with a new plan for the future of the institution.

More from the Philly Mag article:

Before the start of next school year, Robinson says, Neumann-Goretti will complete an inside-out overhaul of its curriculum, transforming itself from a traditional Catholic high school to a bona fide college prep school with a special focus on business, innovation and entrepreneurship. Among the items he’s outlined: quadrupling the AP course offerings; outfitting each student with an iPad to improve individualized learning; installing a 20-week internship program with Center City employers that will offset almost half the yearly tuition of participating students; and creating a brand-new “lab for entrepreneurship and innovation” — a school within a school for a select group of bright minds who want to launch the next Snapchat or robotic drone. Robinson is even toying with the idea of a new name: Neumann-Goretti Academy. And he plans to do all of this without raising tuition.

According to the article, for the changes to happen as Robinson plans, it would require more than a million dollars. SAT prep, adding college-level courses to the high school, additional technology and more are some of the things that might change the school inside and out.

Robinson, although a life-long businessman, has no experience working in education.

Do you think Neumann-Goretti has a chance at a transformation? 

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3 Responses to Neumann-Goretti to be transformed into college prep school

  1. ProvWitout February 23, 2015 at 6:47 pm #

    Nice! Its good to see this school on the rise again! And it will be a splendid alternative to the embarassingly overpriced and overrated St. Joe’s Prep and Merion Mercy Academy, which have sucked up a lot of hard earned money from my family and friends over the years.

    PS: Black and Orange were better colors…

  2. gorettigirl84 February 24, 2015 at 7:57 am #

    Yes this can work, families who opted for other schools went for academics first, raising the bar is key. I love the tuition assistance which will be offered also for the internship program. This same model school is already available in special admission and charter schools locally, all have long waiting lists, hoping for the same success.

    • ProvWitout February 24, 2015 at 2:53 pm #

      Wish you nothing but luck!!!

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