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Poplar / 6 to 12

In September 2018, we cut the ribbon to our new Poplar campus, located in the burgeoning Northern Liberties section of Philadelphia.

We are both grateful and humbled to welcome our middle and high school students to one space where they will learn and grow together.

Our Poplar campus is a tangible evidence of answered prayers for ample space to support our growing community of learners and our commitment to seeing more and more children flourish in Jesus’ name.

In their new space, middle school students can seamlessly transition into their senior stages of learning while high school students have the opportunity to directly serve as role models, displaying the fruit of their discipleship here at The City School.

Students now have access to a full cafeteria, gymnasium and science lab. Our Poplar campus holds 24 classrooms—which not only provides comfortable learning spaces for our students, but will also help us serve our expected growth of learners to double our present student population

Middle School Overview

Middle school students at The City School are taught to think critically as they enter this formative stage in their academic lives. As they grow into young adults, values like love, forgiveness and respect are taught and modeled every day. Our rigorous curriculum teaches students new subjects while demonstrating the social, moral, and biblical application of each new discipline. This whole-student approach prepares students to succeed in their lifelong pursuit of learning.

High School Overview

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

Graduates of The City School are positioned 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.

 

 

 

Faculty

John Walker

John Walker

Poplar Principal

Email:
jwalker@cityschool.org

Joined The City School family:
2021

    Degree(s):
  • B.S., Oral Roberts University
  • M.S., Oral Roberts University

John Walker has been serving in education for over 15 years in Rochester, New York and in Providence, Rhode Island. He graduated from Oral Roberts University with his Bachelors degree in International Business and a Masters in Teaching English as a second language.

After serving in Tulsa as an International Admissions Counselor, his family moved to New York where John gained his Masters degree in Education and worked in mathematics and special education at a public school with grades 7-12 while his wife entered medical school at the University of Rochester. His family then relocated to Providence, RI as his wife completed her residency program in Dermatology at Brown University. Along this journey John and his wife welcomed five children to enjoy life together.

While in Providence, John served at a charter high school in mathematics and then transitioned to the role of assistant principal at one of largest public high schools in Rhode Island for the past three years. The Walker family adventure has arrived here in the Philadelphia area as John’s wife has taken a position at Penn and John was recently named principal of the Poplar Campus at The City School.

John is excited to be part of The City School family!

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Cherie Hackett

Cherie Hackett

Office Assistant

Email:
chackett@cityschool.org

Joined The City School family:
2021

Cherie joined our team as an Office Assistant and began serving each campus as a support in the office alongside the Office Manager Team. She now exclusively serves the Poplar campus, and joins the City School with a wealth of experience in planning and organization. Cherie stated that she is “excited to join the mission!”

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Joseph McClain

Joseph McClain

Gym + Health Teacher, Girls' Basketball Coach

Email:
jmcclain@cityschool.org

Joined The City School family:
2021

Mr. Joseph McClain expands his role as Girl’s Basketball Coach to include Gym and Health Teacher at the Poplar Campus. He is a former professional basketball player and Assistant Coach at West Catholic Preparatory High School in Philadelphia. Joseph encourages others with these words, “Don’t compare your life to others. There is no comparison between the sun and the moon, they shine when it’s their time.”

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Robyn Miller

Robyn Miller

ASL Teacher

Email:
rmiller@cityschool.org

Joined The City School family:
2019

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Vicki Taylor

Vicki Taylor

Academic Support Coordinator

Email:
vtaylor@cityschool.org

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 having served as a Teacher, Principal, Director of Curriculum and Instruction, and now Academic Coordinator at the Poplar Campus, 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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Joan Hamel

Joan Hamel

Poplar Lead Teacher & Advisor to Poplar Teaching Staff

Email:
jhamel@cityschool.org

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

“I cherish my students and want them to succeed. I love working with middle school students through their awkward, challenging teen years where they really begin to discover themselves and their purpose in the world. These are formative years, and I am honored to be a part of their story at such an influential fork in their paths.”

Joan lives in Erdenheim with her husband, Tom, and enjoys traveling into the city often. Her hobbies include gardening, bike riding, and going for long walks in her beautiful neighborhood. Her favorite book is To End All Wars, the true story of Allied prisoners in a Japanese death camp during World War II—their lives were transformed when one person began to love the way Jesus loves.

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Felicia Mercer

Felicia Mercer

Science and Math Teacher

Email:
fmercer@cityschool.org

Joined The City School family:
2012

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

“I believe with all my heart this is what the Lord has ordained me to do. This is evident in the joy I get from doing this work. I love that our teachers invest so deeply in their students and that we celebrate their diversity, humor, and uniqueness. We want what is best for each individual child.”

Felicia came into our community as a City School mom, volunteer, and substitute teacher before joining us full-time in 2013. She enjoys dancing, people watching, and taking scenic walks around the city.

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Noel Terrell

Noel Terrell

Music Teacher

Email:
nterrell@cityschool.org

Joined The City School family:
2016

“Music is more than notes and harmony–it’s a way of unleashing your emotions. Music moves people. It brings us together. It glorifies God. My dream is to share the power of music with my students.”

Noel has served as a Musical Director and keyboardist for diverse musical acts like Pharrell Williams, Meek Mill, and Jill Scott. He also toured Europe with British hip-hop/r&b duo Floetry and currently performs with his contemporary Christian band, The Browne Boyz. Noel is happily married and has two sons, Roman and Lincoln.

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Megan Owens

Megan Owens

History Teacher

Email:
mowens@cityschool.org

Joined The City School family:
2017

    Degree(s):
  • B.A., Grove City College
  • M.A., Villanova University
“Teaching at The City School is a profound blessing to me.  I am able to merge three of my deepest loves in one job: Love for students, love for history and love for Philadelphia.  The students and faculty at this school are second to none and because of them I am a better teacher, peer and Christian.  In history class, we wrestle with many of the “why’s” and “how’s” of human society, especially our own.  It is a privilege to be able to examine the effects of sin on our world in the context of God’s sovereignty, wisdom, and righteousness. “
Megan lives in South Philadelphia with her husband and four children.  She enjoys dancing, singing and engaging in the many things the city offers with her family – museums, parks, activities, food fests, concerts, etc.  There is always something for a history teacher to do in Philadelphia!!  She and her family are also deeply committed to their local church where they experience the blessings of fellowship with God’s family.
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Kenyatta Rush

Kenyatta Rush

Athletics Director

Email:
krush@cityschool.org

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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Tessa Allebach

Tessa Allebach

History Teacher

Email:
tallebach@cityschool.org

Joined The City School family:
2018

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

“Education has always been my strongest calling and having the opportunity to teach in an enriching and challenging environment such as The City School is a blessing. It is encouraging to be part of a school environment that gives life to both students and staff while the majority of educational climates that we currently live in unfortunately are often life-draining.

I look forward to lifting history off the textbook pages for my students and hopefully begin to have them understand how essential historical context is in the present.”

Tessa enjoys slow-paced activities such as taking walks and reading. Her love for the arts runs deeply and she has had the privilege of both taking and teaching art lessons for many years.

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Joe Sinagra

Joe Sinagra

Arts Teacher

Email:
jsinagra@cityschool.org

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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Rich Lindberg

Rich Lindberg

English Teacher

Email:
rlindberg@cityschool.org

    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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Ben Guy

Ben Guy

History Teacher

Email:
bguy@cityschool.org

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:
khunsberger@cityschool.org

    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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Katelin Conde-Rodriguez

Katelin Conde-Rodriguez

College Guidance Counselor

Email:
kconde-rodriguez@cityschool.org

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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Student Information

Poplar Campus Summer Hours

  • Monday – Thursday, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
  • Fridays – Closed

2021 Important Dates:

July 12th – July 29th, Poplar Campus Summer School, 8:00a – 12:45p, Mon-Fri 

Sept 2Poplar Back-to-School Night

Sept 7: First Day of School

Other Announcements:

Masks/face covering required for both nose and mouth. Please remember to keep a safe distance


Uniform Ordering:  

Poplar School Classroom Supply Lists

— MyHotLunchBox will not be available during the first 2 weeks of school! Also, if your student changed campus, you will need to create a new profile. [Note: Students must bring lunch daily, and vendor food deliveries are not accepted without prior approval.]


Click for Immunization Requirements for All Students 

— 7th grade: Annual physical exams, dental exams and immunization for tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis (Tdap) and Meningitis (MCV).

— 12th grade: Meningitis (2nd) before the start of the school year.


Student Emergency | Medical Information & Dental Forms

Students that require the office to administer low dose pain meds and to keep an inhaler, epi-pen or any other medication in school should submit this form with medication.  ALL medication should be in the original box from the pharmacy with the child’s name on the label.

PIAA Sports Physical – Contact Sports Director Kenyatta Rush – krush@cityschool.org – with any questions. 


Parent/Student Plus Portal

Student Resource Page 

Have any additional questions?

Project Planning Director, Shante Brown Major – sbrownmajor@cityschool.org

Poplar Office Manager, Charmaine Murrell – cmurrell@cityschool.org

Office Assistant, Cherie Hackett – chackett@cityschool.org

Student Care Director, Jessica Scott – jscott@cityschool.org

 

Poplar Campus
910 North 6th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19123
215-731-1930