Principal’s Message

Dr. ChristopherShaffer Principal Roxborough HSChristopher Shaffer

Academies @ Roxborough High School is Happy to Announce Dr. Christopher Shaffer as our new Principal
April 13, 2021

Dear Roxborough Families –

I am writing to share an exciting update. We have identified the next principal for Roxborough High School!

Dr. Chris Shaffer was recently offered the position by Superintendent Hite and Dr. Shaffer has accepted. Dr. Chris Shaffer has been serving as the Acting Principal since August 2020. In that role, Dr. Shaffer has been able to learn about what makes Roxborough unique and special, lead during this unprecedented school year, and work with the staff to begin planning for the return of students.

Beyond leading Roxborough as the acting principal this year, Dr. Shaffer went through an extensive selection process. This process included input from students, parents and staff, interviews with network staff, principal performance tasks with other leaders in the school district, an interview with the school community, and interviews with senior central office staff. Through that rigorous process, it was clear that Dr. Shaffer was the right leader for Roxborough High School.

As shared previously, Dr. Shaffer has been in education for 25 years and has a track record of successes. Dr. Shaffer was most recently the Deputy Chief, Office of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment within the School District of Philadelphia, a position he held for six years, where he worked closely with community organizations, universities, non-profits, teachers, school leaders, and others to improve student achievement while also providing more opportunities for students. Prior to working in the SDP, Dr. Shaffer held the positions of high school teacher, counselor, assistant principal, and principal. Dr. Shaffer is eager to welcome back our Roxborough students and families to in-person instruction once health and safety guidelines permit.

Sincerely, Ryan Scallon

Assistant Superintendent

Principal’s Message


Greetings from The Academies at Roxborough High School! We appreciate your visit to our website and we are excited to share some of the fantastic things that are happening here.

While we continue to maintain the time-honored traditions that are part of Roxborough’s history and identity, our school continues in the process of incredible transformation. Thanks to the tireless efforts of our teachers and to gracious support from a variety of external partners, our implementation of the all academy model is already greatly benefiting our current students, and will expand in the 2017-18 school year. We currently house four separate academies. When students exit our Freshman Academy, they will enter either the Academy of Visual Arts Production, the Academy of Business Technology and Entrepreneurship, or the Academy of Health and Sciences and Research. Once enrolled in one of these academies, each student will spend three years immersed in one of five career pathway programs: Film and Video Production, Web Design, Business Technology, Biotechnology, and Kinesiology. Thus far, our implementation of the all academy model has had a powerful impact upon our students: the vast majority of our graduates are accepted into college, and a significant percentage of our seniors earn industry certifications in the career paths they’ve followed since they were sophomores.

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