Location: 1911 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103
Enrollment: 418 students in grades preK-6 in 2010-11
Student-teacher ratio: 16.0 in 2010
Demographics: African-American, 81.8%; White, 11.5%; Asian, 2.4%; Latino, 3.8%; all others, 0%. 67% of Russell Byers students come from economically disadvantaged backgrounds.
Attendance rate (2010-11) 91%.
PSSA performance (2011, percentage of students scoring proficient or advanced):
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Profile: Founded in 2001 to honor the memory of the Philadelphia Daily News columnist who passionately championed both his hometown of Philadelphia and better public education, Russell Byers Charter School is the only school in the state to adopt the Expeditionary Learning Schools model of instruction, which emphasizes learning by doing, teamwork, discovery and accountability. The model sets high expectations for students, teachers and school staff and builds character as students engage in collaborative projects that engage them with not only subject matter but the world around them. Spanish language instruction is an integral part of the curriculum as well.