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Board of Trustees Member in the News

CPS Board of Trustees member and tireless advocate for her community, Tonetta Graham, is in the news again. She participated in PlanPhilly and WHYY’s ongoing series presenting research and perspectives on gentrification and development in Philadelphia. We appreciate the contributions Tonetta makes to the neighborhood and the city, as well as those she makes to CPS!


‘We want to see growth’ too: Why Tonetta Graham isn’t worried about Philly hipsters moving into her neighborhood


Career Day 2018

On March 2, we held our annual CPS Career Day. The event was co-organized by Leadership Philadelphia. With their help we were able to bring in guests from a wide variety of businesses and organizations:

International SOS


Philadelphia Parks and Recreation

Philadelphia Flyers

Philadelphia Police Department

Philadelphia Fire Department

American Heritage Federal Credit Union

Mainline Overland

The Philadelphia Zoo

Janney Montgomery Scott

L-3 Communications

The Philadelphia Water Department

Synergy Enviromental

We are grateful to everyone who took part. As you can see in these photos, our kids had a great time and had many new, interesting and exciting experiences.




Head of School attends Klingenstein Fellowship

Congratulations to CPS Head of School Eric Jones for being selected to the 27th class of the Klingenstein Center’s Heads of Schools Program at Columbia University’s Teachers College.

With 19 other Heads from around the US and across 5 continents, Eric explored educational philosophy, leadership for social justice, and the burgeoning field of micro-schools with some of Teachers College’s finest scholars, and traveled all over Manhattan Island visiting a variety of public and private K-12 schools.

“This was, by far, the most robust professional development experience of my career,” Eric recounted. “On top of that, I developed fast friendships with some of the most talented and engaging leaders the independent school community has to offer. What a privilege!”

A Note About Thursday’s School Closing












Dear CPS Community

After careful consideration, we have decided to close school this coming Thursday in light of the festivities planned to celebrate the Eagles’ Super Bowl victory.

It’s an important rallying moment for our city and I hope you’ll maximize the opportunities this experience affords with your families and friends. We will certainly continue celebrating in house (as you can see on Instagram @cpsphilly and

Enjoy and see you on Friday!

Eric C. Jones

Head of School

CPS Equity & Inclusion Statement

At Community Partnership School, a core part of our identity is manifest in our commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion in all aspects of School life. From the boardroom to the classroom, internally and externally, these principles inform all we do. We readily acknowledge the on-going impact of historical prejudice, discrimination and exclusion, both institutional and interpersonal, on our students and families, faculty and Board. This realization informs our central reason for being, as defined by our mission, which is to provide access to educational opportunity to low-income children.

In appropriating practices informed by diversity, equity and inclusion school-wide, we are conscious of the ways various social identifiers, including age, education attainment, ethnicity, gender, nationality, physical and learning differences, race, religion, sexual orientation, and socio-economic status, inform our community’s reality and contribute to each community member’s full identity. We seek to actively nurture and sustain an environment where the full personhood of each member of our community is valued, inevitable disagreements across lines of difference are acknowledged, and initiatives that promote cultural literacy and understanding are cultivated community-wide.

Therefore, we commit to the National Association of Independent Schools Principles of Good Practice for Equity and Inclusion which can be found on the NAIS website.