On March 7, 2013 the SRC announced that 23 Philadelphia Public Schools will be closing at the end of the 2013 school year, among those schools will be a HiSTEP site: Germantown High School. The community has mixed feelings about this decision ranging from pure rage to optimism about the educational
possibilities for the 2013-2014 school year. According to Change.org, “for the past five years Germantown HS has made tremendous improvements in every area of their education from testing, attendance, graduation etc., all due to having the great principal, working teachers, excellent programs, supporting parents, an active alumni association, a supporting community and a federal 9.7 million dollar grant from the Department of Labor.” If this statement is true, then the question remains, why is Germantown closing? This cycle Germantown HiSTEP participants are going to get to the bottom of the issue, by creating a documentary that will give the
students an opportunity for their voice to be heard on an issue that will directly affect them in the long run.
In the midst of all of the debates and the back and forth student voice is barely heard, this documentary will shed light on the students point of view of the school closing as well as offer information to students who are not aware of the rhetoric about the reason they have to leave their school. Histep students will work to find their own closure with the SRC’s decision through research, interviews, and discussions with peers about Germantown closings. In addition to that we will talk to the students about the alternative schools they have to attend next school year. The major goals for this documentary project is for current Germantown students, and HiSTEP participants, to generate enough information from both sides of the debate to come to their own conclusion about the school closings. In addition to that, students will be able to inform other students who are in the same situation in regards to school closing and relocating. Most importantly this documentary will give a voice to the individuals who are ultimately affected by school closings but not often heard: the students.
Thanks to Education Works HiStep program for sharing this video and description.