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Weekly Newsletter #72

Published on Friday, April 28th

🎓 Our Amazing Class of 2023! 🎓


What We’re…

🗳️ Sharing: Jeff Brown’s upcoming visit on May 1st as part of our student-led “Meet Our Next Mayor!” series. Four students will lead the conversation and conclude with a How Philly Are You? lightning round. 

☀️ Enjoying: Students visited Pennypack Farm and Salem Baptist Church during fieldwork this week as part of their “What’s Your Philadelphia Story?” English project.

👍 Planning: Revolution School’s Inaugural Spirit Week (Week of 5/14), Junior-Senior Prom (5/24), and Graduation & Moving Up Day (6/10).

🎉 Applauding: Our Senior’s Future Ready/College Acceptances! We look forward to hearing the final decisions from the Class of 2023 on May 1st!

Upcoming Fieldwork: Thursday morning, May 4th, Juniors and Seniors will join college students from the UArts Teacher Preparation Program to play games UArts students have created based on our students’ English and Fieldwork research. Revolution School students will also create tiny works of art related to their research that will be displayed at an upcoming community event. 9th and 10th students grade will attend a conference on consent at Friends Central.

Parent Permission Needed: On the afternoon of Thursday, May 4th, Juniors and Seniors will conduct independent field research. While all activities must be approved by teachers, students will conduct fieldwork on their own. Please complete this permission slip by Monday, May 1 to ensure your student can participate. If we do not have a signed form by Monday, students will not be permitted to leave campus; instead, there will be an alternative plan for independent research conducted at Revolution School.

Junior & Senior Prom: Prom has been confirmed on Wednesday, May 24, at the Bellevue Hotel from 7-11pm. To purchase your tickets and complete your student and guest permission forms, click here. If you have any questions, please contact

Graduation and Moving Up Day is 11am on Saturday, June 10, 2023 at Estia, 1407 Locust Street (Right downstairs from Revolution School!) Senior families may include up to six guests and all other students may include up to two guests. To RSVP for the big day,click here.

We are seeking Family Ambassadors: current families who would be willing to welcome incoming families and serve as a mentor and resource. If you are interested in becoming a family ambassador, please contact Jeanne by email at

Financial Aid, Apples-to-Apples

Laura Keane led our seniors through the process of comparing their college financial aid packages. Using a college calculator on UAspire, students are able to get an apples-to-apples comparison of their packages to break through the often confusing process. Ask your students to share their findings with you!

Board Visiting Day!

Thank you to several trustees who joined us this week for a board visiting day! (left to right: Robert Kronley, Marshall Mitchell, Ellen Lieberman, Troy Podell, Ellen Schwartz, Gina Moore, Shane Nelson, Sunny Greenberg)

RVTLN Welcomes One-on-One Learning Support!

In collaboration with One-on-One Learning, Revolution School will finish this year with two student-support coaches: Frederick Jones and Destiny Brew. Our coaches are pushing into Math and English classes and will also be working with students one-on-one as needed to support their learning. Welcome, Frederick and Destiny! 

Teen Life Summer Opportunities: Whether it’s an overnight pre-college program, a local day camp, or a sleepaway adventure experience, summer programs for teens are a great way to pursue new interests, improve existing skills, and make new friends outside of the classroom. 

We had a very successful Revolution School parent-ed webinar, What You Need to Know Now About Paying Less for College, for 9th – 11th-grade parents to plan now for the reality of future college expenses. If you missed it live, we strongly recommend watching it here. This link will be available through April.

Seniors can still apply for merit scholarships to help defray college costs. Here is a list of trusted websites for scholarship searching.

Credential Pathway Program Options for Revolution Students 2022-2023 

Hill Top Prep School’s Pop Culture and Gaming Convention | Saturday, April 29, 2023 | 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM: Designed exclusively to develop and hone social skills for neurodiverse youth, adolescents, and young adults, this fun, interactive gaming and arts convention will foster organic social interaction. The day will feature Esports tournaments, gaming, panel discussions and presentations, how-to workshops, food trucks, and more! All are welcome! This event is not only for students and their families, but for teachers and staff, and their families too. Click here for the day’s schedule and ticket information.

Summer Programs in Philadelphia: Explore a number of different opportunities for middle and high school students, including pre-college courses at top-rated universities, tech camps where students can work with cutting-edge technology and so much more! 

Career Night at CHOP: High School students who want to learn more about physical therapy, occupational therapy, or athletic training as a career at CHOP on  Wednesday, May 24th from 6:00-8:00 PM at Abramson Building Room 123. Pizza will be provided.

Advance College Experience: ACE Your Summer Experience with Us: See what it’s like to be in college with the Community College of Philadelphia’s summer ACE (Advanced College Experience) program. ACE provides college-level courses for highly motivated students going into 9th, 10th, 11th, or 12th grades, as well as students up to age 21 pursuing a high school equivalency credential. Through ACE, students can explore a career interest, study timely and relevant issues, and earn college credit

Wellness Opportunities:

As we enter 2023, we are happy to share that we are partnering with Dr. Argie Allen, Connections Matter, and Drexel University to provide affordable access to mental health resources for our students and families. Drexel Individual, Couple, and Family Therapy (DUCFT) recently reopened at a new location in the New College Building (245 N. 15th Street Suite 1120, Philadelphia, PA 19102) on January 9, 2023. The fee for service is based on household income using a sliding scale, so individuals and families can access care if they do not have insurance, need a more affordable fee, or prefer not to use their insurance. To request services, click here: Request for Services, complete the information requested, then click submit.

Kooth is an online mental health and well-being platform designed to provide high school students with access to personalized, digital mental health and well-being resources. Kooth will be available 24/7, at no cost, to high school students District-wide. Students can visit to find more information and to sign up. Inner Strength VIBE is a free mindfulness app to help you wake up to your power and potential.

Life can feel like a lot… So many of us sometimes feel overwhelmed, stressed out, or just blank because it all feels like too much. With VIBE, you can find new ways to access your inner strength, have some fun, and even make sense of what’s going on all around you. Download the app for FREE here.

Unique Opportunities: 

Music & Entrepreneurship Fellowship ~ Rising 9th-11th graders: June 26th-August 18th at Revolution School. 8-week paid summer accelerator!

  • Monday, May 1: Jeff Brown Visits Revolution School
  • Friday, May 5: Cinco de Mayo!
  • Monday, May 15 –  Friday, May, 19: Spirit Week 
  • Wednesday, May 24: Junior Senior Prom
  • Friday, May 26: School Closed (Professional Development Day)
  • Friday, June 9: Last Day of School
  • Saturday, June 10: Graduation & Moving Up Day


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