Philadelphia has several alternative pathways to earn a diploma for students who are over-age, undercredited, or have dropped out.
Here are some alternative educational options outside of the traditional classroom environment. Students should contact the School District’s Re-engagement Center at 440 N. Broad St. for a complete list of programs (215-400-6700) or visit the District's Alternative Schools office website.
|Type of program
||Examples of programs/sites
||Sample eligibility requirements
|Accelerated high schools
||Give over-age and undercredited students an opportunity to get on track to graduate in 3 years or less.
||El Centro de Estudiantes, One Bright Ray Community High School, Ombudsman Northwest and South
||Vary by program
||Provide GED preparation, college access information, and college preparation.
||GED To College Success Program at 1199C, GED To College at Temple University, GED To College (G2C) by YESPhilly
||17 or older; Not in school; Want to enroll in college upon attaining GED
|Gateway to College
||Offer dual enrollment, allowing students who have dropped out of school to earn their high school diploma and college credit simultaneously. Scholarship pays for college tuition, fees, and books.
||Community College of Philadelphia
||Ages 16-21, dropped out of school; No more than 21 high school credits; At least an 8th-grade reading level
|Educational Options Program
||Allow students and adults over the age of 17 to continue earning credits towards a high school diploma. Classes are held in the afternoons between 3 and 6:30 p.m. at four locations.
||Hunting Park, Ben Franklin, Overbrook
||Over 17; Must have more than 8 high school credits; Participants may earn 6 to 9 credits each year.
||Structured environments with personalized learning programs for students who have been expelled, transferred for seriously disciplinary issues, or returned from court-sponsored placement.
||PLA North and South, Camelot Program, Phase 4 Learning Center-Franklin Mills
||Grades 6-12 or 9-12