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Homestead, PA 15120
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Six years ago, Propel started as a dream. The dream was to build an organization with the capacity to transform public education in Southwestern Pennsylvania so that all children have access to high performing public schools. Today, that dream is a reality.
Teacher photoPropel has become the largest, fastest-expanding set of charter schools in Pennsylvania with the highest levels of student achievement among Pennsylvania public school districts serving high poverty areas. The first school opened in 2003 with 180 children, occupying a small hospital basement. In 2009, more than 1,700 K-11 students attend five newly renovated facilities in Homestead, McKeesport, Montour, Munhall, and Turtle Creek. Propel will open a sixth school in Braddock Hills, serving students in grades K-12, in fall 2010.
Across all its schools, 75% of students qualify for the federal free/reduced cost lunch program, 65% are a minority and 15% have special needs. Propel is having a significant positive impact on the population that it serves, and despite the impact of poverty, is delivering tremendous results. The most recent data on Pennsylvania state tests confirms Propel's success: Propel had the highest levels of student achievement among the 20 Pennsylvania school districts serving high concentrations of students living in poverty (70% or greater).