Academy at Palumbo
About this school...
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.
Ranked 57th among top Philadelphia-area public schools, Philadelphia magazine, 2012; ranked among top 25 high schools in Pennsylvania, U.S. News & World Report, 2012, 2013, 2014; one of 5 grand prize winners in national Samsung Solve For Tomorrow Contest, 2014; silver place winner, Jefferson Award for Public Service, 2012; first place, Get Schooled Fall Attendance Challenge for Eastern Region, 2011.
Points of pride:
University of Pennsylvania National Moot Court Finalist; school newspaper award winner; Prime Movers journalism partnership; VIEW with Villanova; Public League Chess Championship, 2014
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
Other special academic offerings:
Creative Writing, Forensics, Philosophy, SAT prep, Conversational Chinese, Drama
Measures for positive, safe learning:
Active Home & School Association; School Advisory Council; 3rd District Police Partnership; Hawthorne Community Coalition Partnership
Home & School Association, School Advisory Council, volunteering for Career Day, class trips, office help desk
Arts activities and classes:
Vocal music classes or ensemble; choir; instrumental music classes; other instrumental ensemble; orchestra; drum line; drill team; theater instruction; school play or musical(s); theater group; visual arts instruction; ceramics; poetry; literature; film
Activities & special programs:
Additional activities: Clubs include: anime; billiards; chess; community service; debate; drama; fiber arts; Gay-Straight Alliance; Inkblot Literary; jazz, Latin and rock bands; Multicultural Club; Pep/Step; Students Run Philly Style; school newspaper; yearbook
Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Field Hockey, Football, Indoor Track & Field, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Track & Field, Wrestling, Swimming & Diving, Volleyball
Basketball, Cheerleading, Indoor Track & Field, Lacrosse, Soccer, Swimming & Diving, Track & Field, Volleyball
4, 12, 23, 27, 32, 40, 47, 64, Broad Street subway