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