By Kimberly Carter, Director of Auxiliary Programming
The Philadelphia School is excited to enter year two of its partnership with DREEAMS @ Girard, a three-year, year-round middle school program that focuses on Diversity, Resilience, English, Engineering, Art, Math, and Science. While academics guide the program, activities such as boat building, gardening, robotics, and civics make student experiences more diverse and enriching.
In this, the program's inaugural year, a group of TPS teachers joined Girard College faculty to develop and offer academic and enrichment activities to prepare middle schoolers for success, both academically and socially, in high school. The program involves a five-week summer program at the Girard College campus, as well an after-school enrichment program on Thursdays (3:30-5:00pm) at TPS during the school year.
Our school's partnership with DREEAMS @ Girard goes beyond teacher collaboration. TPS students also have the opportunity to take part. Currently, eight TPS sixth graders are DREEAMS students. This summer, the program is looking forward to welcoming an additional seven students from our current sixth grade and 15 students in our current fifth grade. All students are provided full scholarships, minus a $50 registration fee. (Registration information has been emailed to fifth and sixth graders.)
"The kids at Girard are very funny and different from what I experience in our community. They seem excited for the opportunity to be together as much as we are," says Xavier A.
Students enrolled in DREEAMS not only make new friends from another city school and build academic and interpersonal skills, but they are also inspired by a dedicated team of educators committed to encouraging leadership, teamwork, resourcefulness, and responsible decision making.
Says TPS student Conor H., "The Girard teachers and students are so nice. Having teachers work together from both schools helps us learn in different ways. Their classroom experience is different from ours and I think it helps us grow."
The five weeks of summer programming, based at the Girard College campus, include a thematic expedition the fifth week.The program runs from 7:45am to 4:00pm, beginning Monday, June 24, through Friday, July 26. (An email with registration information was sent to 5th and 6th grade families.)
DREEAMS is made possible by Girard College alumnus Wilbert D. Abele (’57) and his wife, Joan Abele, through the Abele Family Foundation.