Mission & Philosophy
Propel Schools, based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, is a not-for-profit federation of charter schools, dedicated to the mission of catalyzing the transformation of public education so that all children have access to high performing public schools.
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Propel’s six Promising Principles and supporting Powerful Practices provide the structure and common language that are used to speak of the reasons that we have been able to achieve such high levels of success. When Propel first opened its doors in 2003, our "Pioneers" did not have such a framework upon which to base their work. Instead, Propel’s founders opened a school in the basement of an old hospital with a vision of operating high-performing public schools and providing choices to families.
Propel Partners In Wellness
Propel Partners in Wellness (PPIW) is Propel Schools’ support program to help scholars and families have a healthy and productive academic year. PPIW provides enhanced opportunities for scholars and families to create avenues for growth and success.
Our award-winning Afterschool Program is free to scholars in grades K-12. Held Monday through Thursday and utilizing an ever-growing partner network, scholars are provided unique academic and enrichment opportunities during after-school hours.
The CreativeArts program brings the importance of arts education to the forefront of curricular offerings. By making the arts a core part of learning, our scholars will actively engage with local professional artists, allowing them to be expressive and active members of a classroom. This vital program gives scholars the opportunity to express themselves, their experiences and their hopes for the future.
Propel Schools Alumni department works to develop, promote and sustain a valuable relationship with and provide services and guidance to Propel Schools graduates. We work directly with our alum network to engage and support Propel Schools graduates while providing services for current scholars, prospective families, staff, and educators.
Each of our schools provides a rigorous academic environment but one where the education is personalized so that scholars are prepared for the future, whether they choose a career path or college. Propel Schools offer small class sizes that provide each scholar with support and individualized attention. Propel prides itself in setting the standard for scholars to become productive citizens by prioritizing academic excellence and fundamental life skills.