The Academies at Roxborough High School
Address
6498 Ridge Avenue

,
19128

CoordinatesCoordinates: 40°02′15″N 75°13′22″W / 40.0375°N 75.2228°W / 40.0375; -75.2228
Information
TypePublic high school
School districtThe School District of Philadelphia
PrincipalChristopher Shaffer
Staff50.67 (FTE)[1]
Grades9–12
Enrollment732 (2018–19)[1]
Student to teacher ratio14.45[1]
Color(s)   
MascotIndian
Websiteroxboroughhs.philasd.org

The Academies at Roxborough High School (commonly referred to as Roxborough High School) is a district-run high school servicing the Roxborough, Manayunk, Chestnut Hill, Wissahickon, Mt. Airy, and Germantown sections of Philadelphia.[2]

History

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In 2006 school district officials stated that disorder was not increasing at Roxborough High while some teachers stated that it was.[3]

In 2010 Manayunk resident and Philadelphia School District teacher Keith Newman criticized the school district's handling of the high school, stating that it should not be ranked as "persistently dangerous" since it is in a relatively well-to-do area. At the time he was running for election for a political position.[4]

Roxborough alumnus Stephen Brandt made efforts to turn around the school during his time as principal. The school district had asked him, previously a Norristown School District employee, to help improve the high school. He received the 2013 Lindback Award for Distinguished Principal Leadership. In 2013 Brandt, then the outgoing principal, stated that Dana Jenkins was going to be the new principal.[5]

In 2016 the school received a $1 million grant from the Philadelphia School Partnership.[6]

Curriculum

Roxborough has a separate Ninth Grade Academy that leads into three academies for grades 10-12: The Academy of Visual Arts Production, The Academy of Health Sciences and Research, and The Academy of Business Technology and Entrepreneurship. [7] Roxborough High School's CTE programs include Web Design, Film and Video Production, Digital Media, Biotechnology, Kinesiology, Business Technology, and Business Applications.[8]

Academic performance

In 2015 Jenkins stated that the graduation rate was 84%. A 2015 Philadelphia Inquirer article stated that the school, while experiencing issues involving a lack of resources, was one of the best-performing comprehensive high schools in Philadelphia.[9]

Feeder Schools

Roxborough's catchment includes those zoned to: [10]

Alumni Association

The Roxborough High School Alumni Association was founded in 1927. The association assists with benefitting the school's mission and spirit, as well as funding college scholarships for high-achieving students. [11]

Notable Alumni

Notes

  1. ^ a b c "Roxborough HS". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved March 3, 2021.
  2. ^ "Roxborough High School: Areas Served". Retrieved October 14, 2021.
  3. ^ Snyder, Susan (2006-03-17). "Tension at Roxborough High: Teachers say disorder is on the rise. Officials argue it's not". Philadelphia Inquirer. Archived from the original on 2018-11-16. Retrieved 2016-11-17.
  4. ^ Scally, Bernard J. (2010-05-09). "Candidate Profile - 'A regular guy'". Roxborough Review. Archived from the original on 2016-11-16. Retrieved 2016-11-16.CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link) ()
  5. ^ Scally, Bernard J. (2013-06-14). "New principal named for Roxborough High". Roxborough Review. Retrieved 2016-11-16. (Archive)
  6. ^ Graham, Kristen A. (2016-10-10). "City school getting $1M". Philadelphia Inquirer. Retrieved 2016-11-16.
  7. ^ "Roxborough High School: About". Retrieved October 14, 2021.
  8. ^ "Academies at Roxborough CTE Programs". Retrieved October 14, 2021.
  9. ^ Graham, Kristen A. (2015-12-08). "Study: Philly comprehensive high schools in trouble". Philadelphia Inquirer. Retrieved 2016-11-16.
  10. ^ "School Finder for Roxborough High School". Retrieved October 14, 2021.
  11. ^ "Roxborough High School Alumni Association". Retrieved October 14, 2021.