ASPIRA of PA Continues its Rapid Expansion and Growth


Released on: August 09, 2013, 10:15 am
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Industry: Education

Over the past five years ASPIRA of PA has experienced rapid growth and expansion because of its consistent ability to provide excellent education and leadership training to low-income students in North Philadelphia.

Philadelphia, PA, -- /EPR NETWORK/ -- It's hard to believe that just five years ago ASPIRA, Inc. of Pennsylvania (ASPIRA of PA) was a relatively small community-based organization with less than 100 employees and an operating budget around $2 million. Today, ASPIRA of PA has over 750 employees and a budget that exceeds $58 million. In the past five years, ASPIRA of PA has emerged as a leader in education reform and a trailblazer among North Philadelphia charter schools. In addition to becoming a charter management organization in 2008, ASPIRA of PA has also expanded the scope of its enrichment programs and greatly increased the number of students served by its programs and schools. Take a look at the following figures to learn more about ASPIRA of PA's recent growth and accomplishments.

Since 2008 ASPIRA of PA has:

•  Expanded from 1 charter school to 5 charter schools, including 2 traditional charter schools, 2 turnaround schools, and 1 cyber school.

•  Grown from serving about 550 students to over 4,000 students.

•  Increased its real-estate assets and property management from a 30,000 sq. ft. building to over 1 million sq. ft. in facilities.

•  Expanded from serving 5 grades to a complete PreK – 12 th grade, cradle to college/career model.

•  More than doubled the number of enrichment programs it provides.

ASPIRA of PA plans to continue its growth and expansion in the coming year through new initiatives like a Community Technology Center and a district-wide science fair for all five ASPIRA schools.

About ASPIRA, Inc. of Pennsylvania
ASPIRA, Inc. of Pennsylvania is a local 501(c)(3) nonprofit that seeks to empower the North Philadelphia community through advocacy, and the education and leadership development of its youth. In addition to its vast array of extended learning programs, ASPIRA of PA also serves as a Charter Management Organization that operates five charter schools and one preschool. Please visit http://aspirapa.org to learn more.

For more information about ASPIRA of PA's recent growth and expansion, please contact:

Diana Dahl, Development Director
4322 N. 5th St, Floor 3
Philadelphia, PA 19140
215.455.1300 ext. 117
ddahl@aspirapa.org

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