Renaissance Schools in Philadelphia: Examining Early Implementation of a Turnaround School Model

This study, commissioned by the Accountability Review Council of the School District of Philadelphia, focuses on the early months of Superintendent Arlene Ackerman’s Renaissance Schools Initiative, which is designed to turn around chronically low-performing schools. Thirteen schools are included in this initiative during the 2010-2011 school year, split between two strategies–external (charter) management, and internal (district) management. RFA’s research focuses on the role that community members play in the reform effort for each school; as well as changes in school climate, and staffing and school leadership.