Philadelphia Academy of School Leaders | Christine Borelli
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Ed.D. Educational Leadership,

Nova Southeastern University


M.S. Education,

Administrative Certification,

Towson University


B.S. Secondary Education and English,

West Chester University

Christine Borelli

Principal, Benjamin Franklin High School
School District of Philadelphia
2015 Neubauer Fellow

“The Neubauer Fellowship gives me the tremendous opportunity to enhance my leadership skills by participating in rigorous professional development while learning and collaborating with a cohort of the brightest and most successful school leaders in Philadelphia.”

Christine has served as the principal of Benjamin Franklin High School since 2017. Under her leadership, Benjamin Franklin experienced a 9% increase in the percentage of students attending 95% or more days, a 14% increase in the percentage of students with zero disciplinary suspensions, and a nearly 10% decrease in the percentage of chronically truant students.


Christine has been an educator since 2006. Prior to becoming principal at Ben Franklin, Christine served as CEO of a Renaissance (turnaround) charter school, Chief Turnaround Officer for a charter management organization, elementary school principal in Kensington, Assistant Principal, Instructional Support Coach, and English teacher. In 2012, Christine received the Lindback Award for Distinguished Principal Leadership.


Christine earned her credential from the University of Virginia’s School Turnaround Specialist Program. In her doctoral program, Christine focused her dissertation on the evaluation of a reading intervention program to narrow the achievement gap of urban elementary students. She is passionate about urban education and committed to providing minority and low-income students with every educational opportunity possible to overcome stereotypes that negatively impact urban learners. Christine grew up in Philadelphia and attended Philadelphia High School for Girls.

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