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Oasis . Philadelphia School District Communities in Schools Center for Literacy. A New “Oasis” within the Promise Academy Way.

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Philadelphia School District

Communities in Schools

Center for Literacy

a new oasis within the promise academy way
A New “Oasis” within the Promise Academy Way

6 new Promise Academies established in 2010 in effort to reform six of the lowest performing schools within the school district of Philadelphia. Our Oasis program is one of it’s kind operating within a Promise Academy

Promise Academy philosophy …..

Children Come First

Rigor, Relevance and Relationships

Parents are Partners

Community Engagement

Reform , Reinvigorate and Rebuild


university city high school then
University City High SchoolThen……
  • Established in 1971 as West Philadelphia University City High School
  • Developed in partnership with Drexel University and University of Pennsylvania as a “Science and Mathematic magnet school
  • University City sits in the heart of “Black Bottom” one of the toughest and blighted neighborhood in the City of Philadelphia
  • Over the years, evolved into one of the lowest performing schools in Philadelphia
  • In 2009,Spring PSSA scores-
  • Math 5% Reading 9%
  • SPED 5.3%Attendance 74%
university city high school now 2010
University City High SchoolNow….2010
  • Facilities “make over”
  • 75% Brand New Staff
  • Promise Academy Model
  • 4 small learning communities (Arts and Humanities, 9th Grade Academy, Oasis and S.T.E.M.)
  • Partnerships with UPenn, Drexel to support our S.T.E.M. initiatives
  • Increases in student attendance and academic achievement( Based on Fall 2010 predictive)
  • Math 20.79 SPED 22.3
  • Reading(ELA) 31.56 Attendance 81.3
  • University City still sits in the heart of “Black Bottom” one of the toughest and blighted neighborhood in the City of Philadelphia
oasis overview
Oasis Overview
  • Purpose: To provide an accelerated curriculum to students who are over-aged and under-credited
  • Population: 85 enrolled students-Grades 9-12, Ages 15-19 (contract allotment-120 students)
  • Students have the opportunity to earn 13 credits over the course of the school year
  • The school year is divided into 4, 10 week Modules
  • Students take 4 courses each Module
communities in schools
Communities in Schools

Mission Statement:

To surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life.

cis in oasis
CIS in Oasis
  • CIS oversees Oasis Programs at University City Promise Academy, as well as Gratz and Overbrook (UC is the only Oasis program with an full in-house support staff.)
center for literacy
Center for Literacy

Mission Statement:

To provide a range of literacy services, including reading, writing, math, life and work skills, to help a diverse population of learners meet their needs and achieve their personal and employment-related goals

cfl in oasis
CFL in Oasis
  • Provide literacy instruction to students who are functioning below a 6th grade level in reading
  • Goal: Students below a 6th grade level in reading will improve by 2 grade levels by the end of the school year
how are we different
How are We Different?

Oasis Academy

UCHS Academies

  • Start time: 8:50am
  • 4 by 4 periods
  • 72 minutes
  • 13 credits per year
  • Start time: 8:00am
  • 47 minute periods
  • 7 credits per year

DOL grant funds for technology:

  • Smart boards
  • 96 Mac laptop computers
  • Projectors

Computer programs in use in the classrooms:

  • Apex
  • Achieve3000
  • Read 180
incentives and perks
Incentives and Perks
  • Raffles, Gift cards, movie tickets-Prizes for behavior, attendance, and grades
  • Field Trips
  • Awards Ceremony for each module-luncheon to honor and acknowledge student achievement for attendance, behavior, honor roll, and excellence in each subject area
  • Last year we started with one 12th grader. We graduated 5 students at the end of the year.
  • Last year, every student moved up at least 2 grade levels.
  • Last year, about 80% of students below a 6th grade reading level increased at least 2 grade levels.
  • We have more parent communication this year than in the past.