Executive Director's Message

Happy Near Year, Young Scholars Family!
At the start of 2018, we are filled with optimism and excitement as we enter the second half of a very energizing school year. We are six months into the launch of our new mission and every day reaffirms that our programmatic enhancements are truly bringing dynamic and innovative practices into our building.
Just before the winter recess, we hosted nearly 30 educators from across the region for a full day site visit to experience daily life at our school and hear about the initiatives that are truly moving us into a new era. This visit was a part of our being recognized as a “School to Learn From” by Teach for America-Philadelphia. Throughout the day, visitors continuously commented on how happy, engaged and mature our students were as they observed smiles in the hallways and heard from students directly over the course of the visit. The group was struck by the school’s dedication to continuous improvement, the faculty’s commitment to equity and the students’ love for their teachers and broader school community.
Approaching our 20th anniversary, we recently engaged in a comprehensive strategic planning process leading to changes in our overall mission, vision and academic program. This process has resulted in key initiatives such as Competency Based Digital Portfolios, restorative culture practices, social emotional learning programming, enrichment classes focused on career and vocational exposure and the transition to a 1:1 Chromebook model. Additionally, through our “Experience Week” initiative, the school has formed nearly 30 strategic partnerships across the city to transform the school into one “without walls” that is leveraging the city’s resources as an extension of the classroom. Fall Experience week was so successful that we are naming May “Experience Month” where we will introduce even more career exposure trips, events, lessons and student led projects.
January will see the introduction of even more “Enrichment Beyond the Core” programming, with students continuing to produce their digital portfolios and interact with the many new platforms they can access with their Chromebooks. We have also been fortunate to welcome many volunteers this fall. Our volunteers have done everything from teaching weekly cooking classes, to small group book clubs and tutoring. Additionally, sports are coming to Young Scholars! We have hired a new Athletics Director and will soon launch Boys and Girls Basketball, Indoor Soccer, Track and Baseball to our growing after-school offerings.
Though the temperatures are frigid, everything from student achievement to school pride is heating up at Young Scholars! Stay tuned for more updates and we wish everyone a healthy, happy and prosperous new year! Go Lions!
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