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Academy at Palumbo

About this school...

Mission Statement:

To provide students with the most comprehensive and intense preparation available in the public sector for the rigors of higher learning. As an integral part of this preparation, the Academy’s mission must include raising the aspirations of each student, developing universally applicable problem-solving techniques, technological skills, and instilling a lifelong passion for learning, including a rich cultural arts experience. 

Accreditations/awards:

Top 100 Philadelphia-Area Public Schools: Philadelphia magazine, October 2012; Top Schools in Pennsylvania: U.S. News & World Report, 2012; Jefferson Award for Public Service: Silver Place Winner, May 2012; East Coast Get Schooled Attendance Challenge: 1st place, 2011

Points of pride:

University of Pennsylvania National Moot Court finalist; school newspaper, Prime Movers partnership; VIEW with Villanova; WISE (Women in Science and Engineering); All-City Choir and Orchestra

AP courses:
Biology, Calculus AB, Chemistry, Chinese Language & Culture, English Literature & Composition, European History, Government & Politics, Physics B, Psychology, Spanish Language, Statistics, Studio Art: 2-D Design, U.S. History

Foreign languages:
Spanish, Chinese

Measures for positive, safe learning:

Home & School Association; School Advisory Council; 3rd District Police Partnership; Hawthorne Community Coalition Partnership

Parent Involvement:

Home & School Association, School Advisory Council, volunteering for Career Day, class trips, office help desk 

Arts activities and classes:

Vocal music classes or ensemble; instrumental music classes; visual arts instruction; theater instruction; choir; concert and/or jazz band; orchestra; drum line; other instrumental ensemble; school play or musical(s)

Activities & special programs:

Clubs include: anime; billiards; chess; cheerleaders; community service; debate; drama; fiber arts; GSA; Inkblot Literary; jazz, Latin and rock bands; Multicultural Club; Pep/Step; poetry; Students Run Philly Style; school newspaper; yearbook Boys’ sports: Basketball, Cross Country, Football, Indoor Track & Field, Lacrosse, Soccer, Swimming & Diving, Track & Field, Wrestling, Volleyball

Boys' sports:

Basketball, Cross Country, Football, Indoor Track & Field, Lacrosse, Soccer, Swimming & Diving, Track & Field, Wrestling, Volleyball

Girls' sports:

Basketball, Indoor Track & Field, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Swimming & Diving, Track & Field, Volleyball

SEPTA routes:
23, 27, 32, 47, 64, Broad Street subway

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Comments (25)

Submitted by Anonymous on Thu, 06/23/2011 - 12:59.

Academy @ Palumbo which I will be attending for the first time this year has made me proud to be enrolling into this school this september . I look forward to a bright future towards attending this school and I hope the best for myself , and this newly upcoming magnet high school .

~Class of 2015~

Submitted by Anonymous on Mon, 08/29/2011 - 14:06.

I was told only 10% who register for college finish the first year!
Thats an "academic" school?>

Submitted by Anonymous on Tue, 10/25/2011 - 10:50.

what are palumbo's uniform policy? i was told they dont have to wear uniform and i really hope we dont :) !

Submitted by Anonymous on Mon, 05/06/2013 - 12:26.

You dont wear uniform.

Submitted by Anonymous on Wed, 02/19/2014 - 16:15.

Yup!! No uniform

Submitted by Anonymous on Tue, 12/13/2011 - 20:38.

how fun is there?

Submitted by Anonymous on Thu, 05/17/2012 - 21:13.

Cant wait to go to this school Im soooooooo glad I didnt go to Overbrook!!!!!!

Submitted by Anonymous on Wed, 06/27/2012 - 23:57.

I'm wait-listed for Academy ata Palumbo, I really hope I get accepted !

Submitted by Anonymous on Wed, 02/20/2013 - 04:27.

I am too!! All my friends are going except me an one of my friends. ?.well I hope I get excepted. ? The waiting list is a long process

Submitted by Anonymous on Sat, 09/15/2012 - 14:46.

I'm applying here. Wish me luck!

Submitted by Anonymous on Sat, 10/20/2012 - 08:57.

The teachers are great, hard-working professionals, but this is just another data-skewed environment. Compare Palumbo's population to that of other local schools: no special ed, no ESOL, etc. It is no wonder that the test scores are high.

Are they really serving the ENTIRE community, or have you widened the gap between the "have's" and the "have not's" in the city. Now, the SRC is looking to close in the neighborhood leaving "the rest of us" with fewer choices and options.

Submitted by Anonymous on Sat, 10/20/2012 - 09:31.

Palumbo is a magnet school with the same criteria as Central HS. It is not a neighborhood school. The SRC has expanded so called "high achieving seats" in magnet schools like Palumbo. Magnet schools will never serve a large percentage of students with an IEP, English Language Learners, students with behavioral records, etc. These students will be in neighborhood schools - at least the few that will be left after the SRC closes down more neighborhood schools or turns them over to Charter Companies like Mastery, Universal, etc. Yes, more non-unionized staff who work at the whim of the company.

Submitted by Anonymous on Wed, 02/19/2014 - 16:18.

That's not totally true. I'm a class of 2015 student and there are some kids at my school where English is there second language

Submitted by Anonymous on Wed, 02/19/2014 - 17:43.

2.8% of Palumbo's students are ELLs - they are not new immigrants. Magnets accept very few ELLs except those with high test scores.

Submitted by Anonymous on Thu, 11/01/2012 - 23:37.

Does anyone know where I could get a recommendation letter from for Palumbo?

Submitted by Anonymous on Mon, 01/28/2013 - 18:37.

I have to shadow there tomorrow i hope there nice

Submitted by Anonymous on Mon, 01/28/2013 - 18:39.

help

Submitted by Anonymous on Fri, 02/08/2013 - 04:32.

Is it possible to improve spoken and understanding English with your course and with ICE (Euroice) Inglaterra Embarque.

Submitted by Anonymous on Fri, 02/22/2013 - 22:57.

im wait listed wat are me chances of getting in

Submitted by Anonymous on Sat, 05/04/2013 - 17:40.

I'm going to Palumbo this year. I hope all those things y'all said about this school is true if it is I'm excited.

Submitted by Anonymous on Sun, 07/07/2013 - 19:57.

Wish me luck, I start this September! I'm so excited but, I'm a little nervous.

Submitted by Anonymous on Tue, 07/30/2013 - 15:23.

Good luck!

Submitted by Anonymous on Tue, 09/24/2013 - 11:06.

What are the requirements or what grades do I need to get into Palumbo?

Submitted by Anonymous on Sun, 09/29/2013 - 14:10.

You need A's and B's maybe one C and be in the 88th % for PSSA. But as long as you are a good student with a good record , you have a great chance of getting in. Good luck!

Submitted by Anonymous on Fri, 11/29/2013 - 22:26.

What time do have to be at school?

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