The Kensington Health Sciences Academy (KHSA) was named by the School District of Philadelphia as one of Philadelphia’s best and most promising schools of the year, and was recognized for three years of steady progress. KHSA is a Penn Futures partnership site where students from the School of Nursing, Graduate School of Education, and School of Social Policy & Practice serve as interns, providing classroom support, counseling, and health education. The Penn Futures Project is a partnership among the three schools to address the challenges facing marginalized children and their families. The School District progress report scores encompass standardized test scores, attendance, growth, and school climate.
Since the onset of the pandemic, politicians, Hollywood actors, and ordinary citizens alike have reminded us that “We are all in this together”. The statement is meant to calm fears and reinforce the idea that a united front is better than our individual desires—a kind of gestalt moment when we aim to see the whole and not simply the parts. Despite the strength of this statement, any observer would also have to take note that we have all been in this differently as well, not in the past two months alone but over generations.