The Northwood Civic met Tuesday night to discuss the proposal by Camelot Schools of Pennsylvania to operate an Excel Academy on the grounds of Friends Hospital at 4641 Roosevelt Boulevard (map) . Camelot is seeking zoning variances to open this school year and needs the support of Northwood.
The school would be under contract to the School District of Philadelphia and similar to the one operated at present on Bustleton avenue. It would only serve students in the Northeast. The purpose is to help students who have fallen at least two or more grade levels behind to catch up and graduate. It is not a disciplinary school but an accellerated program to get these kids back on track.
The Civic has been negotiating for several weeks and a vote was taken on the proposed agreement. It was approved unanimously.