Location: 916 Christian Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147 (North Site); 1242 S. 13th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147 (South Site)
Enrollment: 775 students in grades K-8 in 2010-11
Student-teacher ratio: 15.3 in 2010
Demographics: African-American, 33.5%; White, 51.4%; Asian, 8.1%; Latino, 6.7%; all others, 0.3%. 66% of Christopher Columbus students came from economically disadvantaged backgrounds in the 2009-10 school year.
Attendance rate (2010-11) 96%.
PSSA performance (2011, percentage of students scoring proficient or advanced):
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Profile: While the Italian-American heritage of the Christopher Columbus Charter School (CCCS) and its neighborhood is reflected in its name, the school itself reflects the increasingly diverse community that surrounds its two buildings near the Italian Market and Passyunk Square. The school’s curriculum is based on Core Knowledge principles, with a strong emphasis on language arts: students are expected to learn at least one foreign language in addition to English. Use of the latest technology is also a core component of the school’s educational program. The school’s staff and faculty have also committed themselves to providing a “safe, orderly, disciplined and caring environment” in which learning can take place. As a Title I school, CCCS offers enhanced academic support to students who are educationally at risk of failing to meet state standards for performance.