School district announces new 21st century industrial programs at two West Philly high schools

Here’s good news for two West Philly-based high schools and one high school located in Southwest Philadelphia. Overbrook, West Philadelphia, and Bartram High Schools have been designated by the Philadelphia School District as locations for a new “Model of 21st Century Schools”. The new education model will provide these schools with a blended education and hands-on experience that will prepare them for success in the following high-demand industries upon graduation: transportation and logistics, entertainment, and urban development.

Overbrook High School will offer entertainment industry programs in digital design, film and television, music industry, and entertainment management.

West Philadelphia High School will offer urban development programs in real estate, information technology, entrepreneurship, and arts and cultural studies.

John Bartram High School will offer Transportation and Logistics Industry Programs in Automotive (Mechanical and Collision Repair), Supply Management Specialist/Logistician, Warehousing (*CDL) and rail, air and road transport.

The district will launch the 21st Century Schools model next school year (2023-2024).

After choosing an industry-based career path, students at these schools will be immersed in an integrated, career-focused curriculum, receive side-by-side classroom instruction and on-the-job experience, earn applicable certifications from industry and more. They will also have increased access to internships each year and employment opportunities upon successful completion of the program.

Industries were selected based on labor market trends in collaboration with local business partners, and matched with these schools based on their history and ability. Depending on their success, these and other high-demand industry programs will expand to other neighborhood high schools over time.