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By Tiffany Mercer-Robbins on Jun 25, 2018
Dear CHADvocate : Thank you on behalf of the Charter High School for Architecture + Design (CHAD). Since our founding, August 31st, 1999, we have enjoyed a proud history of commitment to the success of our school, displayed last Thursday by those who joined us at the School District of Philadelphia. You may already be aware that the School Reform Commission (SRC) held a meeting, June 21st, 2018 at 1:00 PM, and voted to recommend the issuance of a non-renewal notice to be delivered to CHAD and begin the non-renewal process of our charter. What does this mean for the... more
By Tiffany Mercer-Robbins on Jun 19, 2018
Dear CHADvocate, I am writing to inform you regarding CHAD (The Charter High School for Architecture + Design) and its Charter status. Earlier this year, CHAD applied for renewal of its Charter. After review, the Charter School Office of the School District of Philadelphia is recommending that CHAD’s Charter not be renewed. The Charter office is making their evaluation based on a recently formulated statistical rubric. We believe this rubric does not tell CHAD’s full story since its existence in 1999. The Charter Office’s recommendation is an initial step in a long process. CHAD has an opportunity to make its... more
By Tiffany Mercer-Robbins on Apr 6, 2018
On February 18, BLT Architects welcomed 16 teams of university students to its 8th annual Student Design Charrette. Hosted for the first time as an in-person event, teams traveled from nine colleges to compete for internships with the firm and $1,000 each. The students were tasked with designing a mixed-use development adjacent to phase one of the new Rail Park in Philadelphia, including: 10,000 sf of Outdoor Open Space 100,000 sf / 50 units of Live / Work Residential Space and Gallery 100,000 sf of Innovative work / Makerspace. 20,000 sf of Retail / Food and Beverage space 5,000 sf... more