Tag Camelot Schools

Eagles cheerleaders pay a visit to Excel Academy North's new squad 0

Jan13

Philadelphia Eagles cheerleaders talk about cheerleading and life with members of Camelot’s Excel Academy North cheerleading team. The school’s mascot is, coincidentally, the Eagle. Photo/Camelot Schools

From Camelot Schools:

Proving that a high school can have a cheerleading team even when there are no school teams to cheer for, girls from Camelot’s Excel Academy North have formed the school’s first ever cheerleading squad.

To celebrate the team’s formation, four cheerleaders from the Philadelphia Eagles visited the school on Bustleton Avenue to share some dancing tips and life advice.

The Eagles cheerleaders talked about the sacrifices required to become successful. One key piece of advice: more practice and less partying. continue reading »

Excel Academy North students organize second annual blood drive 0

Dec23

 

Senior Ozzie Watson coordinated student involvement with Camelot’s second annual blood drive at Excel Academy North accelerated high school. Photo courtesy of Camelot Schools.

From Camelot Schools:

During this time of year when blood donations drop off due to the holidays, students, staff and alumni from Camelot Schools’ Excel Academy North rolled up their sleeves to give blood.

Excel started this initiative last year when two students suggested the campaign for their senior project. Students took on the commitment of signing up donors and making the schedule for all donations. They followed up on that initiative collection blood from another 80 students and staff. continue reading »

Camelot Schools staffers clean up Max Myers Playground 2

May24
Camelot Schools team leader David Wong and math teacher Erin Kelly help clean Max Myers Playground next to Excel Academy North. Photo courtesy of Camelot Schools.

Camelot Schools staffers spent their Sunday to help clean up Max Myers Playground as part of the Take Back Your Neighborhood civic group. The playground is located next to a Camelot school, Excel Academy North. continue reading »

Excel Academy students serve pre-Thanksgiving meal to homeless 0

Nov23
Students from Camelot Schools’ Excel Academy South serve the lunch that they prepared to homeless residents of St. John’s Hospice in Center City

Students from Camelot Schools’ Excel Academy South serve the lunch that they prepared to homeless residents of St. John’s Hospice in Center City. Photo courtesy of Camelot Schools.

Warm corn muffins.  Steaming bowls of chili. Potato salad. Macaroni and cheese. It was the perfect lunch for a crisp November day and a special treat for the homeless residents at St. John’s Hospice in Center City, prepared and served by culinary arts students of Camelot Schools’ Excel Academy South.

“Community service is an important part of our program,” said Kevin Marx, the school’s executive director.  “This is our first time doing this, but we will be doing more meals like this.  And not just at shelters, but at nursing homes, too.”

“The kids were really excited about coming here,” added Lari Luckenbill, Excel’s culinary arts teacher. “I couldn’t bring the whole class, and it was difficult narrowing it down to 15.”

The students prepared the meal in their state-of-the art kitchen at Excel South, located on the campus of Friends Hospital in Northwood. They transported the food to St. John’s, where they heated it up and cheerfully dished it out to the residents. continue reading »

Ackerman keynote speaker at Camelot graduation ceremony 0

Jun25
Arlene Ackerman, superintendant of the School District of Philadelphia, prepares for her keynote speech at the Camelot graduation ceremony. Photo courtesy of Camelot.

Arlene Ackerman, superintendent of the School District of Philadelphia, prepares for her keynote speech at the Camelot graduation ceremony. Photo courtesy of Ceislet Media & Issue Advocacy.

From Camelot Schools:

“Don’t ever give up, “ was the message Philadelphia School District Superintendent Arlene Ackerman gave more than 200 students — once deemed potential drop-outs – as they received their high school diplomas Tuesday at the Camelot Schools graduation ceremony held at the University of Pennsylvania’s Irvine Auditorium.

Nearly 100 percent of these extraordinary students are moving on to post-secondary programs – college, technical schools or the military. Ninety-six percent of the students who began the school year graduated Tuesday. This is a remarkable record considering that some  of these students had left school and others were on  the verge of leaving school for disciplinary or academic reasons before they enrolled in Camelot.

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Excel Academy offers students in the Northeast a second chance 8

Mar31
Inside the Excel Academy South in Nothwood, Northeast Philadelphia, Executive Director Milton Alexander stands with Stephanie Buca and a select group of the interviewed honor students.

Inside the Excel Academy South in Northwood, Executive Director Milton Alexander stands with Stephanie Buca and a select group of the interviewed honor students. Photo by Maria Konidaris.

Jamirca Delacruz dropped out of Frankford High School. Sarae White was struggling academically. Brandon Ausborne was simply not attending a high school at all.

All three chose to attend the newest Camelot School, Excel Academy South, which opened this year on the grounds of Friends Hospital at Roosevelt Boulevard and Adams Avenue.

“I didn’t want to stay home and not graduate and be a failure,” Ausborne said.

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Shallcross hosts anti-violence program 0

Nov20
Democratic District Attorney-elect Seth Williams addresses Shallcross Academy students about youth violence.

Democratic District Attorney-elect Seth Williams addresses Shallcross Academy students about youth violence.

Camelot Schools held its sixth-annual anti-violence program for the first time ever in the Northeast.

Nearly 200 students at Shallcross Academy on Woodhaven Road gathered Tuesday to hear Democratic District Attorney-elect Seth Williams discuss how to avoid, prevent and overcome violence. Williams made curtailing youth violence a priority in his campaign, citing examples of how his own upbringing inspired his race for office. continue reading »

Northwood unanimously votes in favor of Excel Academy 0

Sep2
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Northwood Civic Association President Barry Howell recaps the group's progress since the last meeting.

Northwood residents voted unanimously last night to back up a decision made by the Northwood Civic Association to allow a new school on the property of Friends Hospital.

Civic Association President Barry Howell led the meeting, at the end of which, the 20 residents in attendance supported the association’s backing of Camelot School’s new Excel Academy. Already built but waiting for finishing touches, the facilities are located on the south side of the Friends Hospital property in the old crisis center of the Webster building.

Todd Bock, senior vice president for education services at Camelot, a private company that oversees several other schools in Philadelphia in addition to Excel, addressed residents’ concerns about the schools. Many feared the school could bring more unruly teenagers through the neighborhood.

“This is not Shallcross,” Bock reassured attendees, who fear having their own version of the Parkwood-based remedial discipline school, which hosts students who’ve been expelled from other schools for things like weapon possession. (Members of the Parkwood Civic Association contacted Howel praising the Excel Academy, which Bock stressed is not the same as Shallcross).

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Attacks spur parents to action 2

May14

Photo courtesy of Patrick P. McNally

Photo courtesy of St. Martha's Parish

By Patrick P. McNally

The Home and School Association of St. Martha’s Parish changed its agenda Wednesday night in response to recent assaults on students of both the grade school and nearby Archbishop Ryan High School by students of the Camelot at Shallcross School. continue reading »

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