About Our School

One Bright Ray Community High School (OBRCHS) is a project of One Bright Ray, Inc. (OBR)

We are a diploma granting accelerated high school program with a rich history and strong track record of success. We serve students from the city of Philadelphia who are over aged and under credited. Our students must be between 16 and 21 years of age and at least 1 ½ years behind in credits.

The school operates on an 11-month calendar year with an 8-week module system (See page 3),  that allows our students to earn credits and progress towards their high school diploma. We are a project based learning school with individualized instruction which allows for additional learning time.

We support our students by creating a safe learning environment for achievement. We hold parents, students, faculty and staff accountable for their actions. We emotionally and financially support our students with social workers, a school therapist, security team and daycare services. We support our students by adding additional teachers in the classroom, after school tutoring, summer programs, internships, and exposure to culture and arts. We provide hope, hold our students to higher levels of expectations than ever before and encourage our students to achieve.

Accelerated Learning

OBRCHS is an accelerated high school. Students complete the program in two years or less, depending on the amount of credits they have upon entering the program. There are four modules in the traditional school year (September to June) and students can earn up to 3.25 credits per module. Students are also required to complete one summer session each year they are here, earning 1.50 credits per session. Summer sessions include internship opportunities; work Ready programs where students can also earn a salary while working with their assigned community-based program, or a summer workshop to further hone academic skills.

Project Based Learning

Project Based Learning is based on the idea that people learn best when they are active participants in the learning process. Students take ownership of their own learning as they engage in a real life application of skills to answer a driving question and complete a final product designed to meet the needs of an outside audience. Project Based Learning allows students to connect with the content and to see the value of their education. This also allows students to develop project based skills required for future success in the 21st century.

Support Services

We believe that attention to the whole student is necessary and that the emotional well-being of a student is a factor that is directly related to his or her academic success. In-house social workers, school therapists, nurses, deans, and daycare facilities support our schools. They are highly structured and we believe that attention to the small details is key to the success of our students. Each school partners with community-based organizations to ensure support services are being provided at the school for all students.

Restorative Practice

The fundamental premise of restorative practices is that people are happier, more cooperative and productive, and more likely to make positive changes when those in authority do things with them, rather than do them or for them. Restorative practices helps teachers and administrators develop positive relationships with students and parents to improve the overall climate and culture of the school setting.

Upcoming Events

  1. No School – Yom Kippur

    September 28
  2. Virtual Visit: Harcum College @ OBR

    September 29 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
  3. Virtual Visit: Wagner College

    September 29 @ 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
  4. Virtual Visit: West Chester University

    September 29 @ 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
  5. Virtual Visit: Central Penn College

    September 29 @ 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

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