Wissahickon Charter School Project
Mt. Airy CDC completed planning for a transformative large-scale real estate project to build a new campus site for the highly successful public Wissahickon Charter School (WCS). WCS is a K-8 public school with an environmentally focused academic curriculum, and dedication to teaching students the value of peace and justice in conflict resolution. The school has a nearly 600 student wait list because of its successful track record. In 2012, the Philadelphia School Reform Commission not only renewed WCS’ charter for the second time, but granted the school a 500 seat expansion. In order to accommodate their larger student base, WCS is building a second K-8 campus on an old Brownfield site at 815 E. Washington Lane in Mt. Airy. The site is directly adjacent to the Awbury Arboretum, which along with the Weaver’s Way Community farm will pair with WCS to expand the school’s environmental curriculum and provide a national model for an environmentally focused public education in the heart of a city. This development will bring 60 permanent new jobs to Mt. Airy, and Mt. Airy CDC will run an adult workforce training institute on the campus during non-school hours to help community members access new economic opportunity.