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For more than a decade, an unusual, private elementary school for low-income children in North Philadelphia has operated out of shared space at Project HOME’s Honickman Learning Center.
On Friday afternoon, the Community Partnership School (CPS) took its first step toward occupying a home of its own with a ground-breaking at 3033 Glenwood Ave. in Strawberry Mansion.
“We’re fortunate that for 11-plus years we’ve been able to partner with Project HOME in one of their locations,” Eric C. Jones, head of the Community Partnership School, said before the ceremony. “But the idea of CPS having its own facility has been part of the plan from the beginning.”
The school will be housed in a long-vacant former industrial building. Renovations for the $12.8 million project are expected to take about a year. Jones said CPS anticipates it will be able to move to its new quarters during the 2018-19 academic year.