IMG_9637Today, administrators from Franklin Towne Charter High School, located in Philadelphia, joined officials from Holy Family University to sign an agreement that enters both schools into a collaborative educational partnership. The agreement consists of three components, including admissions and scholarship, a university and dual credit agreement, and continuing education. The partnership reinforces the commitment of both schools to offer advanced educational opportunities for the personal and intellectual growth of their students and faculty.

Students from Franklin Towne Charter High School who graduate with a 2.5 GPA or higher are guaranteed admission to Holy Family University with application fees waived. Franklin Towne Charter students are also able to take dual-credit classes at both Franklin Towne Charter High School and Holy Family and earn both university credits and high school credit. Teachers, administrators, staff, and employees of Franklin Towne Charter are also able to enroll in Holy Family University undergraduate and graduate courses, as well as degree programs, with waived admission fees and opportunities for grants.

“Our Mission calls for us to prepare our students for college in a family-like atmosphere,” said Joseph Venditti, Esq., Chief Executive Officer for Franklin Towne Charter Schools. “Additionally, we pride ourselves on doing whatever it takes to fulfill that Mission. This educational partnership with Holy Family University seems a natural extension to that call. It offers our students and employees a solid opportunity to pursue higher education and helps to give them the means to do so.”

“Holy Family University is deeply committed to its role as an essential partner with the Philadelphia community, and our Mission happily compels us to find ways to effectively help dedicated students achieve their dreams of higher education,” said University President Sister Francesca Onley, CSFN, PhD. “Our latest partnership with Franklin Towne Charter High School affirms this commitment, and we are excited to offer students, faculty, and staff new opportunities for scholarly growth through our values-based education.”

Franklin Towne Charter High School opened in 2000 and is one of 71 public charter schools in Philadelphia. It sits within the aging, historic Frankford Arsenal grounds, and one of its campus buildings dates back to the War of 1812. The school’s transformation from one of the lowest-performing schools in the city to one of the highest-achieving schools in the state began in 2006 when a new team of administrators, parents, staff members, and community members led a change using Breaking Ranks reform practices. Franklin Towne prides itself on meeting the needs of its nearly 1,000 students through three strands: providing a rigorous college preparatory program; integrating performance, applied, and service learning into the regular school clay; and maintaining choice and variety as real student options. From the spring of students’ eighth-grade year to well beyond graduation, Franklin Towne’s goal is to provide information, assistance, and support to ensure that each student will be successful.

Holy Family University is a premier Catholic university of the liberal arts and professions with a main campus in Northeast Philadelphia and locations in Bensalem and Newtown, Pennsylvania. It has been recognized for providing outstanding undergraduate and graduate academic programs and professional career development in a faith-inspired, values-centered community. Founded in 1954 by the Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth, Holy Family University offers purpose-driven, engaged students the knowledge, values, and skills to help them find their place and purpose in today’s workplace and world.

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Editor’s Note: For information about Franklin Towne Charter High School, please visit For information about Holy Family University, please visit


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