Community Partnership School, the unusual private school Germantown Academy opened with Project H.O.M.E. in North Philadelphia in the fall, has named its first head of school.

Eric Jones, director of diversity at Episcopal Academy in Merion, will become the top administrator July 1, school officials announced yesterday.

The school is touted as the first private, inner-city school in the country to be created by an established private school in partnership with a social-service agency.

Jones, who grew up in inner-city Washington, attended private schools through high school. He earned a bachelor's degree at Georgetown University and a master's at Union Theological Seminary in New York.

He has held teaching and administrative posts at several private schools, including Phillips Academy Andover in Massachusetts and the Bullis School in Maryland.

As head of Community Partnership, Jones will oversee the day-to-day operations at the school, which opened in September with 34 children in prekindergarten through first grade.

Charles G. Muir, former head of the lower school at Germantown Academy in Fort Washington, has been supervising the school this academic year while Community Partnership's board of trustees searched for a permanent head. Muir will remain involved as a consultant, according to school trustees.

Supported with private funds, the elementary school for inner-city children will eventually extend through fifth grade. The school is based at Project H.O.M.E.'s Honickman Learning Center/Comcast Technology Labs on North Judson Street.

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