Rittenhouse / 9 to 12

The City School at Rittenhouse is a place where students prepare for college, guided by experienced faculty. We are committed to an academic program strong in the foundational core courses needed to prepare for college and lifelong learning.

eddieIt is a place where students can grow. Values such as diligence, faithfulness, respect, honesty, justice and mercy are not just talked about, but are demonstrated. Our Christian perspective is taught and modeled by our faculty. Students are encouraged to think and ask questions about a life of faith that is relevant to their future, their community, and the world.

At The City School at Rittenhouse, you can find a place to belong. Every student is valued and challenged to succeed.  Small class sizes ensure individual attention and mentor groups provide additional opportunities to ask questions and receive support. Tuition assistance and merit scholarships are building a growing and talented student body.

The City School at Rittenhouse is a place to succeed. 100% of our students are accepted to a college of their choice. Our SAT scores are higher than the average of all Philadelphia charter schools, and some of our students even earn college credit before graduation. Recent graduates are currently attending the University of Pennsylvania, Wheaton College, The University of the Sciences at Philadelphia, Nyack College, Stony Brook University, Virginia State University, and many more.

The City School at Rittenhouse is also a place to enjoy. Our location in Center City Philadelphia provides access to the best educational and cultural opportunities. The safe location and community atmosphere provides an environment where our students can thrive. A variety of electives in the arts, athletic programs, and other activities enrich students’ lives.

For more than 25 years, The City School at Rittenhouse has provided the kind of high school experience that many students are seeking. The City School at Rittenhouse could be a place for you!

Faculty

Heidi Jang

Heidi Jang

Biblical Counselor

Email:
[email protected]

Joined The City School family:
2016

    Degree(s):
  • B.A., New York University
  • MAC, Westminster Theological Seminary
“As a Biblical counselor, I have the privilege of walking with students, listening to their stories – their sufferings and their joys – and guiding them to see the redemptive work of Christ in their lives. I’m passionate for this city and love seeing Christ magnified through the lives of our students. High school can be a joyous yet difficult time and I am honored to be able to walk alongside of our students while they journey through this season of life.”
Heidi and her husband, Guirae, live in East Falls and love being a part of and serving their community. Heidi enjoys exploring the city, sharing a meal with friends and finding creative outlets from woodworking to arranging flowers.
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Vicki Taylor

Vicki Taylor

Rittenhouse Principal

Email:
[email protected]

Joined The City School family:
1984

    Degree(s):
  • B.A., Messiah College
  • B.S., Messiah College
  • M.Ed., Widener University

“What we say about having a family atmosphere at The City School is true. As a parent, I understand the careful, hopeful, prayerful considerations that go into choosing a school for your child. I assure you this is an excellent school—it’s where I chose to send my daughter. This is a place where students are known and loved as individuals and challenged to grow as learners.”

In addition to serving as Principal, Vicki continues to teach algebra classes and loves sharing her joy of theatre with students. She “falls in love with books” and says her favorite is always something newly discovered, most recently Melanie Shankle’s Nobody’s Cuter than You: A Memoir about the Beauty of Friendship. Vicki lives in University City with her husband Paul.

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Cindy Shannon

Cindy Shannon

Office Manager

Email:
[email protected]

    Degree(s):
  • B.S., Geneva College
  • M.B.A., Eastern University
  • M.Div., Palmer Seminary

“Being an Office Manager means being a nurse, an advisor, an encourager, disciplinarian, decision-maker, confidant, problem-solver, mother, and pastor to every child of God who walks through my campus doors. I also enjoy seeking out new and shy students, taking them out to eat with friends, and helping them truly become part of our community. That’s my ministry here.”

Cynthia lives in a peaceful neighborhood in Darby. She enjoys classic movies, getting treats at the Reading Terminal Market, and visiting museums in the city. She also loves comparing Bible translations and reading about church history.

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Joe Sinagra

Joe Sinagra

Arts Director

Email:
[email protected]

Joined The City School family:
2005

“I’m passionate about my job because I love people—they’re the crown of creation. I am blessed to get to know students as individuals and learn what makes them unique bearers of God’s image. I walk with my students as they develop their skills, and I am challenged to learn from them just as they learn from me.”

Joe lives in South Philly with his wife and six children (five of whom attend The City School—at all four campuses!). He loves making—painting, drawing, photography, costume design, and cooking. He is also an elder at Grace and Peace Community Church where he strives to love people as Jesus has loved him.

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Ruth Naomi Floyd

Ruth Naomi Floyd

Music Director

Email:
[email protected]

    Degree(s):
  • A.A., Art Institute of Philadelphia

“It is important to understand the relationship between music and culture. Music is one of the products of culture. Music is a powerful tool that can create powerful connections between people, and help us to learn more about our own culture as well as other cultures. Music can also inspire us to seek out different cultures, shatter stereotypes, question social injustices and see the world through the lens of others.  Music prompts us to form a worldview.  We want our students to see the beauty of culture but also to be able to sense and question the dangerous aspects of culture as we strive to for them to be strong Christian young women and men for God’s kingdom.”

Ruth has traveled the world and gained international recognition as a vocalist. She is also a gifted photographer and has been featured in galleries and museums across America and Europe. Ruth lives and worships in South Philly with her husband—our Athletics Director, Kenyatta—and two children.

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Ji Su Yun

Ji Su Yun

International Coordinator

Email:
[email protected]

Joined The City School family:
2015

    Degree(s):
  • B.A., Brandeis University
  • M.Ed., Temple University

“My job is to help international students adjust to the new culture, find their place in our school community, and make new friends. I make sure The City School is a welcoming place for all students, especially internationals. In addition to recruiting students from abroad, I organize local homestays and serve as the liaison for students studying with the Curtis Institute of Music. I love bridging communities and living together for God’s glory.”

Ji Su grew up in Philadelphia, studying as an international student from South Korea, and is returning to her roots in Philly. She appreciates the arts, enjoys meeting new people, and loves teaching.

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Ernest R. Holloway III (“Trey”)

Ernest R. Holloway III (“Trey”)

Latin Teacher

Email:
[email protected]

Joined The City School family:
2016

    Degree(s):
  • B.A., Clemson University
  • M.Div., Westminster Theological Seminary
  • Th.M., Westminster Theological Seminary
  • Ph.D., Westminster Theological Seminary
  • Ph.D., University of Aberdeen
“I am passionate about the study of the Latin language and its literature for the simple reason that it unlocks an intellectual world and literary culture that has profoundly shaped our own modern day Western society. Cultivating a love for the language and helping students to appreciate its extensive influence and relevance, is one of my primary objectives.”
Trey lives in Stratford, NJ with his three children, Addison, Davis and Genevie. When he is not otherwise engaged with his kids, he loves supporting the Clemson Tiger football team, reading, and going on long, exploratory bike rides. As an Early Modern historian, Trey loves to research and write. In 2011 his work Andrew Melville and Humanism in Renaissance Scotland, 1545-1622 was published by E.J. Brill of Leiden and Boston. He has also contributed to Renaissance Quarterly, the scholarly journal of the Renaissance Society of America as well as a chapter on Melville in the work Reformed Orthodoxy in Scotland (2015). He is currently working on a chapter on Melville for a forthcoming publication on the Reformation in Scotland published by E.J. Brill.
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Anna Del Vecchio

Anna Del Vecchio

Spanish Teacher

Email:
[email protected]

Joined The City School family:
2015

    Degree(s):
  • B.A., McDaniel College
  • M.A., University College London

“My greatest desire in teaching a foreign language is that my students will see Spanish as more than just grammar that needs to be learned. They will see Spanish as a key which opens doors for them to different countries, cultures, and people groups they could not fully access speaking a single language.”

Anna is a Philly native–she grew up in East Oak Lane and currently lives in South Philly. She has been studying Spanish since she was 14 years old and has lived, worked, and learned in Guatemala. She is passionate about experiencing new cultures and is active in her congregation at Epic Church in Center City.

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Rich Lindberg

Rich Lindberg

English Teacher

Email:
[email protected]

    Degree(s):
  • B.A., Temple University
  • M.Ed., West Chester University

“My goal is to help students become intelligent and engaged people in this world. Through books, I am hoping they will understand how to live on this planet, how to interact with others, and how “to be.” I am hoping that they will leave my class being a better writer, a thinking person, and a strong Christian.”

Rich lives in Roxborough with his wife and loves living in “an honest-to-goodness world-class city.” His favorite book is Frederick Buechner’s Godric, a semifictionalized account of the life of medieval saint Godric of Finchale, who inspires Rich to be a more humble and self-sacrificing person. He is also an avid cyclist and bikes to work almost every day, even in the dead of winter.

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Willie James

Willie James

Bible Teacher

Email:
[email protected]

Joined The City School family:
2007

    Degree(s):
  • B.S., Geneva College
  • M.Ed., Westminster Theological Seminary
  • M.Div., Westminster Theological Seminary

“My job as the Bible teacher is to help each individual student understand and live out the missional Christian worldview. The missional Christian worldview, and what I do in all my classes, can be summed up in the following statement: Each student that comes through any of my classes are taught to be a Christian, disciple-making, kingdom-building citizen. My job is to teach students to understand Christ, Christianity, and the culture at large.”

Willie was born and raised in North Philly and currently lives in Olney with his wife. He has a deep love and passion for the city and has been involved in various ministries throughout Philadelphia. He currently serves as pastor of Fitzwater Church of God.

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Ben Moore

Ben Moore

Dean of Students

Email:
[email protected]

    Degree(s):
  • B.A., Eastern University

“I get to work in an inspiring environment with incredibly talented and motivated students who look to glorify God in all that they do. I also work with deeply committed staff who love the Lord and seek to further His kingdom. I am glad to be at a school that is committed to its mission. We will go above and beyond for our students and families because as a school we love God and love people as Jesus commands.”

Ben is Philly born and raised and currently lives in East Oak Lane. He coaches girls’ volleyball and keeps himself in shape by playing basketball and hitting the weight room.

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Ben Guy

Ben Guy

History Teacher

Email:
[email protected]

Joined The City School family:
2013

    Degree(s):
  • B.A., Geneva College

“I strive to make history come alive for students so that they grow in their knowledge and understanding of history and subsequently grow in their knowledge of themselves and how the global society in which they live came to be.  Ultimately, my goal is that the students would use the knowledge, understanding, and critical thinking skill they gain from studying history in furthering the work of the Kingdom in their families, communities, city, and world.”

Ben lives in Elkins Park and enjoys reading, walking, playing the piano, and discussing “deep and profound topics.” His love for learning and teaching came from his mother, a longtime teacher who joined The City School team last year, bringing the Guy family teaching tradition full circle.

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Ken Hunsberger

Ken Hunsberger

Math Teacher

Email:
[email protected]

    Degree(s):
  • B.A., Eastern University
  • M.A., West Chester University

“Over the years I have come to believe that an education is not complete if it is not Christ-centered. As a Christian school, we can offer more than excellent academics—we can introduce students to the one who created everything we learn.”

Ken lives in Chester County and enjoys his early morning commute on the train. Ken is an avid reader and has lately been on an Agatha Christie kick. He also enjoys crossword puzzles, crypto-quotes, and Sudoku, and he tends a bountiful vegetable garden at home.

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Daniel Liken

Daniel Liken

English Teacher

Email:
[email protected]

Joined The City School family:
2016

    Degree(s):
  • B.S., Temple University
“As an English teacher, I believe it is my responsibility to increase students’ appreciation for language and improve their facility in handling it. Through reading, writing, and dialogue, we can engage each other in exploring the world around us, and in that exploration deepen our understanding of God and his creation.”
Daniel was raised in North Philadelphia and currently lives in Roxborough. In his free time, he writes poetry and non-fiction and loves to play Super Smash Bros. with his friends. Daniel also has a blackbelt in the Japanese martial art of Doshinkan Aikido.
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Lydia Parsons

Lydia Parsons

Science Teacher

Email:
[email protected]

Joined The City School family:
2016

    Degree(s):
  • B.S., Cheyney University
“Being a science teacher is like being a translator for God’s creativity. This is why I teach, so my students can really understand the beauty of God’s magnificent work! I enjoy teaching and empowering young minds to explore all the world of STEAM has to offer. It is especially pleasing to investigate new ideas and enlighten the minds of those who are passionate about the splendor of our King.”
Lydia is a Philly native and has a son, Emmanuel, who attends The City School at Spruce Hill. She absolutely loves science and anything involving creative and performing arts. She prides herself in being a great spoken word artist.
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Katelin Conde-Rodriguez

Katelin Conde-Rodriguez

College Guidance Counselor

Email:
[email protected]

Joined The City School family:
2013

    Degree(s):
  • B.S. University of Wisconsin-Madison

“The City School embodies so many of the values I hold dear, not least of these is shalom, the wholeness and completeness God desires for his people. I began my work with the City School three years ago as an intern from Mission Year, an urban ministry program dedicated to pursuing justice, peace, and reconciliation in the city. It became apparent to me early on that this was a special place where we not only pursue shalom by providing accessible and excellent education, but also raise students up to bring shalom to their city.”

Katelin lives in South Philly, “near a little enclave of City School folks.” When she’s not reading something that challenges her perspective, she enjoys watching nerdy tv shows, baking and cooking new recipes, and spending the day at the beach. And while Katelin’s heart belongs to Philly, her football loyalties are still in the Midwest—Go Pack Go!

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Kenyatta Rush

Kenyatta Rush

Athletics Director

Email:
[email protected]

Joined The City School family:
2011

    Degree(s):
  • B.A., Temple University
  • M.Div., Biblical Seminary

“I see athletics as a way of honoring God. Good sportsmanship, teamwork, practice and patience, discipline, perseverance, and a desire to do your best are all virtues learned through competitive sports. I teach my students and athletes that competing with integrity, as ambassadors of Jesus, is more important than taking home a trophy.”

Kenyatta was a scholarship football player at Temple University when he met his Savior. Since then, he’s pursued diverse fields of ministry, working in social care with seniors, as a missionary in Africa, and as a minister to prisoners here in Philadelphia. Kenyatta lives in South Philly with his wife—our Choir Director, Ruth Naomi Floyd—and two children.

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Marc Brown

Marc Brown

Basketball Coach

Email:
[email protected]

Joined The City School family:
2011

“I am passionate about my work at the City School because I believe in working with student athletes as whole persons, not just as athletes. I want my players to know that someone cares not just about their athletic accomplishments, but about their academic success, their relationship with God, and the everyday issues that teenagers face today. I believe I was placed in my position by God to serve this purpose.”

Marc lives in Overbrook Park with his  two daughters. He loves sports and keep himself fit through weightlifting. He also enjoys writing stories and screenplays, watching old movies, and reading Sherlock Holmes novels.

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Wendy McCarthy

Wendy McCarthy

Science Teacher

Email:
[email protected]

Joined The City School family:
2014

    Degree(s):
  • B.S., University of West Florida
  • M.S., University of Central Arkansas

“This isn’t just a place to work or go to school. We all know each other and love each other. I’m genuinely interested in my students’ lives, their success, and their wellbeing. I want the best for them, forever, not just when they’re sitting in my classroom.”

Wendy lives in South Philly and enjoys hiking, biking, canoeing, and camping. She also tends peach trees and raises backyard chickens, rooftop bees, and compost worms—“you know, basic biology teacher stuff.”

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"The City School prepared me for college in many ways. It provided small classes, which prepared me to speak my mind in college lecture halls. It gave me personal relationships with teachers, which help me view my professors as people I can go to for help and advice."

Iskar, Class of 2011

College Prep

As a college-preparatory school, we are committed to offering a rigorous, challenging curriculum that will prepare you to thrive at college and beyond. However, navigating the world of college admissions is about much more than academics. That’s why I’m here. My job is to help you make sense of your college opportunities, to explain scholarships and student loans, to help you discover and cultivate your talents, and to guide you as you choose the school that’s the best fit for you.

Katelin-JankowskiAs a City School student, you and I will work closely together as we plan for your educational future. In your freshman and sophomore years, I can help you explore more about your talents and passions and think through potential career options. We’ll help get you plugged into extra-curricular activities and clubs that will cultivate those interests and help you prepare for your course of study. As a junior you will begin looking more closely at potential schools, and we will definitely go on some college visits. As you enter your senior year, you finally will begin applying for colleges—I’ll encourage you to apply for that ideal “best-fit” school and help you narrow down a select group of schools that are a great match for you. We will definitely be planning regular college visits and looking for programs that fit your unique interests and aspirations. We even will apply to several schools together and develop a strong sense of what the next chapter of your lifelong pursuit of learning will look like.

For the past ten years, 100% of our graduates have been accepted to a college of their choice. That isn’t something we take for granted. It will take a lot of hard work, research, and passion—not just from me and your teachers, but also, chiefly, from you.

I look forward to partnering with you as we explore where God will take you after The City School.

Katelin Jankowski
College Guidance Counselor

Activities

Rittenhouse-Activities

The City School at Rittenhouse offers a diversity of activities, clubs, and performing arts groups through which students cultivate their talents and passions. Our small size gives us the flexibility to respond to students’ unique and varied interests and to provide activities tailored to their needs.

Our after-school clubs are student-led and student-initiated. Want a new club? Start one! Some clubs like the debate team have a long and storied history, and other clubs, like the new “Nerd Club,” celebrating comic books, anime, and videogames, are created fresh each year as students band together to pursue their interests as a community.

Performing Arts Groups

The performing arts groups have all-school performances twice yearly. These groups meet during the school day and students receive academic credit for the class.

  • Dance
  • Choir
  • Drama

Athletics

The City School at Rittenhouse is part of the Penn-Jersey Athletic League and participates in the Association of Christian Schools International and Mid-Atlantic Christian School Association Sports Conferences. Practices and games are held after normal school hours.

Student Organizations and Electives

Numerous opportunities exist for The City School at Rittenhouse students to explore their own interests. The following are some of the student organizations elective courses that are offered:

  • Cooking Elective
  • Classic Films Elective
  • Debate Team
  • National Honor Society
  • SAT Prep Elective
  • Student Ambassadors
  • Sports Elective
  • Strategic Games Elective
  • Student Government
  • Student Prayer Group
  • Yearbook

Student Council

At The City School, students are encouraged to become leaders in their community. As we teach students to think critically and creatively, we empower them by cultivating virtues like humble confidence, decisiveness, and the ability to share their perspective with clarity and grace. These qualities allow our students to become leaders at school, in their homes and churches, and in their neighborhoods. At The City School at Rittenhouse, Student Council is the culmination of student leadership training.

ACADEMIC COUNCIL
As a college-preparatory academy, excellent academics are vital to our school community. This council helps plan and implement activities to encourage rigor in our academic lives and promote a love of learning as we seek to love the Lord our God with all our minds.

SPIRITUAL LIFE
As a Christian school, the life, ministry, death, and resurrection of Jesus are at beautifully woven throughout everything we do. The Spiritual Life council is responsible for finding ways to enrich the spiritual life of the school during Chapel, in advisory groups, and beyond. Members of this council desire to grow deeper in their faith and seek ways to help others do the same.

THE LION DEN — SCHOOL SPIRIT COUNCIL
The Bible calls upon us to love God with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength. Whether in athletic competition or artistic expression, these activities help us engage all parts of ourselves in worshipping God. This council is responsible for promoting school spirit at our sports events, celebrating the arts through our annual Arts Festival, overseeing Spirit Week, and organizing new events to nurture the spirit of love and grace that permeates our culture.

LIFE AND CULTURE
The City School is a community with a distinct culture that each student helps create. The Life and Culture Council is the welcoming committee, the party planners, and the sounding board of our school. You are the voice of your school.

LUX URBI (Light to the City) COUNCIL:
Our motto says it all: we are called to be a light to the city. The LUX URBI council plans events and activities that unite our campuses and connect our school to the greater community, in the neighborhoods surrounding our campuses and throughout Philadelphia. The activities and initiatives set in motion by this council enrich our whole-school involvement in the city we love.

Rittenhouse Campus
315 S. 17th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
215-731-1930