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What's Happening in:  Girard Estate :  Newbold :  Passyunk Square 

Take a look at schoolyard improvement designs for Childs, Kirkbride and Girard Schools

Since October, we’ve been sharing with you the progress of schoolyard designs for three South Philadelphia schools that would be receiving updated designs for their play and learning spaces thanks to a program through the Big Sandbox, the Knight Foundation, TBS and students from the University of Colorado and Iowa State University.

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After a few months of the design process, including feedback from students, parents and community members, the final design boards are completed for George W. Childs Elementary, the Stephen Girard School and Eliza B. Kirkbride School.

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What's Happening in:  All over South Philly 

South Philly schools seeing continued increase in enrollment

Three South Philly recently ranked among the best in the city, showing some of the strong points in the education system in the city.

Andrew Jackson pic from greatphillyschools.org

Andrew Jackson pic from greatphillyschools.org

While many schools are doing very well, others in the Philadelphia School District have rapidly growing enrollment rates, with some schools even reaching capacity. Schools like Jackson and Meredith Elementary are currently at, or even over, capacity, showing that something needs to be done here. 

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What's Happening in:  All over South Philly 

Three South Philly schools rank among best in the city

Last week the School District of Philadelphia announced the top-ranking schools in the city.

Pic of Kirkbride comes from friends group's Facebook page

Pic of Kirkbride comes from friends group’s Facebook page

Among the recipients of praise were three South Philadelphia schools, Kirkbride elementary, Christopher Columbus charter and the Academy at Palumbo.

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What's Happening in:  Dickinson Square West :  Passyunk Square 

School Talk: New friends group forms to support Kirkbride Elementary at 7th and Dickinson

Editor’s Note: School Talk is an occasional feature that will look at education and parenting issues in South Philly. If you have concerns, ideas, suggested topics or other thoughts about the state of schools and ways to keep improving them, email us at punk@passyunkpost.com.

Weighing in this time is new contributor Caleb Mezzy, who connected with the founders of the new Friends of Kirkbride Elementary community group.


Around Passyunk Square, Jackson Elementary gets all the love. Not so much, anymore.

On Jan. 29 the newly formed Friends of Kirkbride Elementary will hold its inaugural meeting at 6:30 p.m. at the Capitolo Rec Center, 9th and Federal (here’s the Facebook invite). The school, located at 7th and Dickinson, draws about 530 students roughly from the area bounded by 4th Street to Passyunk Avenue, Wharton to Morris streets (find catchments here).  

Pic of Kirkbride comes from friends group's Facebook page

Pic of Kirkbride comes from friends group’s Facebook page

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School Talk: South Philly civics focus on education

Editor’s Note: Welcome to School Talk, a monthly guest column looking at education issues in South Philly. If you have concerns, ideas or other thoughts about the state of schools and ways to keep improving them, email us at punk@passyunkpost.com. To kick things off, we have Christine Knapp, education committee chair at the Passyunk Square Civic Association.

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great schoolsIt’s clear that South Philadelphia neighborhoods have been undergoing a dramatic change over the last several years that has created a palpable new energy.

However, much of that growth and excitement is stymied when parents begin to think about sending their children to school. Many parents assume that their local public school isn’t an option, which creates a scramble to get into charter or private schools. Others immediately begin to look to the suburbs for educational options.

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