Community Partnership School Strategic Planning Project

Community Partnership School
Organization Overview: 

The Community Partnership School is a Pre-K through 5th grade independent elementary school located in North Central Philadelphia committed to educating the “whole child” and making quality education accessible to all, particularly children from low-income households. CPS is currently located in a building owned by Project HOME, a partner that helped launch CPS 11 years ago. 

CPS has procured a 65,000 square foot abandoned building in the Brewerytown neighborhood, and is planning to move during the 2018-2019 academic year. While the school will remain in the same North Central zip code of 19121, Brewerytown is a rapidly gentrifying section that has seen many residential changes in the past couple of years. The outcome of this move will be a permanent, high quality independent school, primarily for low-income and poor children, that delivers on society’s promise to make education and opportunity accessible to all.

Project Name: 
Community Partnership School Strategic Planning Project
Project Type: 
Strategic Plan; Data Analysis
Project Overview: 

CPS is beginning a strategic planning process this fall and is looking for Fels students to research the changes in Brewerytown-identifying trends and utilizing qualitative and quantitative data analysis to create a comprehensive neighborhood profile. School administrators and trustees want to better understand the community the school will enter and how a changing neighborhood demographic may affect their mission and messaging. Students will also create a plan for community engagement as an aspect of the school’s transition period.


Students should begin with an environmental scan of the school, its stakeholders, and the surroundings of the new location in Brewerytown. Students will be expected to write-up their findings and create a presentation to share with the steering committee for the school’s strategic plan. The presentation should include demographic information, data collected, projection for future years based on current trends, and recommendations for the school in their new neighborhood (ie. Considerations for the strategic plan, communication plan for neighborhood engagement, possible implications for the school’s mission statement, etc).

Spots Available: 
Full-Time Only
To Apply: 

To apply for this project, please contact Cassie Tomkins at

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Contact Information

Fels Institute of Government
University of Pennsylvania
3814 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Phone: (215) 898-2600
Fax: (215) 746-2829