The Mission of the Philadelphia Academy Charter School is to prepare students to achieve the highest level of their potential, whether academically, socially or morally. Our aim is to create life-long learners who exercise self-discipline and self-motivation and attain a high level of human fulfillment. Central to our vision is the notion that we help our students to recognize that their fulfillment is rooted in the care and respect that they show to themselves and to others, both within and outside of the school setting. To those ends, we ensure that the school’s faculty and staff are consummate professionals, dedicated to the needs of students and parents. Our certified faculty and staff are required to maintain high expectations and provide creative, rigorous instruction, utilizing state of the art educational tools. At the same time, our faculty and staff commit themselves to modeling for our students a love of learning and a deep level of caring and respect for our students and the members of our community.

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The Philadelphia Academy Charter School maintains a well-balanced, academically sound, rigorous and challenging educational environment. We use differentiated methods of instruction designed to meet the needs of all learners, and to maximize student motivation, engagement, and achievement. Students will be provided with a well-rounded education, which includes exposure to the Arts, Physical Education, Applied Technology, Post High School Career Opportunities and College Preparation.

Philadelphia Academy supports a safe and caring school culture, where all members are expected to develop and demonstrate character such as ethical behavior, respect for cultural diversity, academic integrity, intellectual curiosity, critical thinking and service to others.

Philadelphia Academy is committed to promoting and sustaining ongoing communication and collaboration between students, parents, staff, administration, board members and community members. Communication, including the use of technology, supports the involvement of all stakeholders, especially parents. We believe that parents are our partners. By working together, we will reach our goals and continue to grow as an organization.

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Our Technology Department works diligently with both the Grade School and High School to provide the technology tools and support they need for the 21st Century classroom. Access to the latest technology allows our teachers and staff to develop innovative learning lessons and helps to ensure that all students have the 21st Century Skills to succeed.

With a commitment to help turn new innovative gadgets into opportunities for education, the Technology Department continually focuses on improving the Schools’ infrastructure. Currently, we offer:

Every classroom at the Grade School has Promethean Technology, each having an interactive whiteboard, projector and interactive tools for the students. Several sets of Classroom Response Systems are available for classroom use.

Philadelphia Academy’s District has approximately 1,200 computers. Each school has at least two iMac labs and 5 mobile laptop carts with 25+ Macbooks or Chromebooks.  The speciality classes has 8 student computers per classroom and all teachers have a Macbook Air.

Philadelphia Academy has expanded to cover both buildings with highspeed wireless access. Future efforts include upgrading the wireless access points throughout both buildings.

Apple TV is a device that wirelessly streams content from the Internet to the classroom television. It allows the teacher to stay in front of the room, or walk around with their device.  It also allows instant feedback, more dialogue and improved motivation.

The one-to-one program enables students to easily transition projects and research between home and school. Students enjoy 24/7 access to the software that they use in school. They can easily exchange ideas and remain connected with classmates and teachers. The result is a learning environment in which problem-solving, critical thinking and leadership skills are developed and enhanced through the responsible use of technology and continuous access to digital resources.

During the 2016-17 school year, the iPads were distributed to Kindergarten through 2nd grade. The children will use the iPads at various times throughout the day to support their curriculum. Periodically students would practice a particular skill together during a whole class lesson, individualized setting, or small group instruction.

The Philadelphia Academy IT Department moved all district email accounts to Google Apps for Education. One of the major incentives is to have both students and staff on the same platform making it easier to collaborate, to take advantage of Google’s cloud based tools including Google Classroom, and to provide larger mailbox storage.

To support the district’s technology initiatives, Instructional Technology Coordinators are based in each school to assist teachers in developing teaching and learning strategies for technology use. The purpose of this initiative is to provide teachers with “just in time” support as they use new instructional strategies that require the use of technology. These individuals work with teachers, provide instructional resources to teachers, and offer cutting edge trainings in whole group, small group, and individualized settings.

Contact Technology:

Carl Cristella, Technology Manager, 215.673.3990, ext. 149