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Action Items - 6.

Title: Acceptance of Grant from Philadelphia School Partnership - Keys to My Success - Philadelphia High School for Girls ($493,279)

Board of Education Meeting Date:

Action under consideration

 The Administration recommends that the Board of Education authorize The School District of Philadelphia, through the Superintendent or his designee, to accept a Grant as follows:

Philadelphia School Partnership 

To accept funds for the “Keys to My Success” transition program, which will be developed and implemented to assist in the preparation of our accepted young women for the academic rigor at our educational institution

 Grant Start Date:  8/1/2020

 Grant End Date:  6/30/2023 

 Amount up to: $493,279 

Philadelphia High School for Girls

 Renewal Options:  No


Over the last ten years, The Philadelphia High School for Girls (PHSG) has experienced declining enrollment from 1,100 students to a current enrollment of 758. The goal of the "Keys to My Success" program is to increase enrollment by 10% each year over the next 5 years and support admitted students through their high school experience. The most important aspect will be bringing in a Freshmen cohort of 275-325 students each year.

PHSG has accepted students that fall below the traditional admissions requirement of the 85th percentile on the PSSA standardized test. The “Keys to My Success” transition program will be developed and implemented to assist in the preparation of our accepted young women for the academic rigor at our educational institution. 
This program will consist of the following:


  • Baseline establishment of skills and enhancement of study skills and strategies for academic success based on the SAT aligned Accuplacer Test
  • Introduction to PHSG procedures and traditions
  • Social and emotional needs inventory - mindfulness practices, creation of individualized wrap-around services during the year, identification of key personnel to assist students throughout their time at PHSG
  • Ongoing progress monitoring throughout the school year including mentor teachers and peers, counselors and support staff intervention programs


The generous grant provided by the Philadelphia School Partnership (PSP) will assist in financially supporting supplemental staff pay and use of facility costs for Saturday and summer programming, transportation for students, curriculum development, materials and supplies, and staff consultation and professional development throughout the program. PSP is providing a majority of the funding and the program would not be possible without their financial support.

 Anchor Goal(s) Supported: Anchor Goal 1 - 100% of students will graduate ready for college or career   

 Office Originating Request: Schools