Community Relations

An important part of our comprehensive neighborhood redevelopment strategy is ensuring that all our residents have access to the education they need to succeed in life.

As an early advocate and leader in the charter school movement in Philadelphia, OARC opened the West Oak Lane Charter in September 1998 for grades K thru 5. Over a decade later, the school has expanded to the 8th grade and recently moved into a newly completed building that connects to the existing structure.

West Oak Lane Charter School
The West Oak Lane Charter School challenges students with a demanding curriculum, a longer school day and a longer school year. Class size is small, (no more than 26 per class) and is supported by an innovative and research proven curriculum, emphasizing hands-on-learning. OARC works closely with WOLCS administration to ensure that the school operates in close cooperation with the families and the community that it is intended to benefit.

We are proud of our students and pleased that all graduates are accepted by and attend academically advanced Public, Private and Charter High Schools.

Vision and Mission:
We believe all students have value, can learn and can develop their inherent talents to become contributing members of society.

Our mission is to provide personalized, evidence-based educational services for non-traditional learners in collaboration with families and public school districts.

NIA Center
Description: The NIA Center, named for the fifth principle of Kwaanza that means purpose, was a turnkey project developed by the Greater Philadelphia Urban Affairs Coalition on behalf of OARC. The 14,000 square foot building was occupied on the first and second level by a Comprehensive Day Care Center and a Head Start Program run by the School District of Philadelphia until the 2011 school year. The programs ensured that children in the community were provided with a strong foundation in preparation for learning in the K-12 school environment. This space is currently being renovated and will be the home of a privately owned day care center. We look forward to once again providing a space where children are educated and nurtured in the thriving community that we serve. 

Partners: Rowan Development, Inc.