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Fall Guide 2011 Vol. 19. No. 1 Focus on Looking Ahead to High School

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Philadelphia's District and charter high schools: How are they doing?

By Erika Owens on Sep 12, 2011 01:07 PM

The Notebook gathered data including enrollment, student demographics, attendance, and test scores. You can view a PDF of the center spread of data from the print edition, and spreadsheets of District and charter data.


Key to data for District schools

* School serves grades 5-12 ▲ School serves grades 7-12
† In fall 2011, becomes a Renaissance charter school, but with neighborhood boundaries.

SAT, PSSA scores: for 2010 from Pennsylvania Department of Education.

Graduation rates: Rates are for entering 9th graders from fall 2006, from School District of Philadelphia. Students are attributed to their 9th grade school.

College-going rates: Rates are for 2010 Philadelphia high school graduates entering college in fall 2010. Schools with fewer than 15 graduates not listed. Data from National Student Clearinghouse Report, January 2011, via School District of Philadelphia.

All other data are reported by the School District of Philadelphia for the 2010-11 school year.


Key to data for charter schools

SAT and PSSA scores: for 2010 from Pennsylvania Department of Education.

College-going rates: Rates are for 2010 Philadelphia high school graduates entering college in fall 2010. Schools with fewer than 15 graduates not listed. Data from National Student Clearinghouse Report, January 2011, via School District of Philadelphia.

Enrollment, % special education, and % ELL: from School District of Philadelphia.

All other data are reported by the charter schools, from 2010 Charter School Annual Report summaries from Pennsylvania Department of Education. Updated annual reports were filed by schools in August 2011 and will be posted by the Department of Education in fall 2011.

Note: High school suspension rates for charter schools are not available because schools do not track suspensions by grade. Graduation rates for charter schools using a comparable methodology to District schools are also not available.


Types of high schools

Special admission high schools These high schools have specific admissions requirements in the areas of test scores, grades earned in core subjects, and attendance and behavior records. Two other schools have special admissions programs within them. Students across the city may apply.

Citywide admission high schools Students citywide are eligible to apply to these high schools, and those who meet the criteria are entered into a lottery. Each school has different admissions criteria, but most require that students have passing grades in all major subjects and maintain a good attendance, behavior, and punctuality record.

Neighborhood high schools These schools have geographic boundaries; students are guaranteed admission if their school for grade 8 falls within the feeder pattern. Those living outside of the feeder pattern may also apply, but admission is based on available space and determined through a lottery. Some of these are now run by charter school operators as Renaissance Schools. Others are Promise Academies getting extra supports from the School District.

Charter high schools There are 30 charters serving the high school grades, not counting the Renaissance charter schools. Charters are not District-operated – each functions as an independent district. Any Philadelphia student may apply to these 30 charter schools, and schools are required to choose students by lottery if there are more applicants than slots. They are not allowed to exclude applicants based on grades or test scores or other aspects of their record. But each school has its own procedures and deadlines, as well as different interview, orientation, and paperwork requirements for students and parents before enrollment is guaranteed.

Comments (6)

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on September 12, 2011 7:56 pm

Charters are frauds-nuff said.

Submitted by Tyisha Timmons (not verified) on March 23, 2012 5:51 pm

To whoever said charters are frauds have never been in a charter. I go ARISE and i love my school the only thing bout charters being frauds is that we have to renewal and i think that sucks. My school provides me with everything support through family issues and a decent look at colleges. And to tell u off at other school people have to wait 400 people deep to see their counselors when i go to see my counselor i dont even have to wait. I learn easier and more with the snall teacher to student ratio. My school understands all the troubles i go through in life, SO YOU SUCK MR. ANONYMOUS

Submitted by tom-104 on March 23, 2012 10:19 pm

It's good you have found a place where you can grow Tyisha. I just hope the SRC does not close your school like they are threatening to. There are a lot of political games being played with education these days and tensions are high.

Just keep telling people about your school and maybe we can change this crazy policy of closing schools when their test scores aren't what we want them to be. Test scores should be used to find out where a student and a school need extra support and help, not to attack them.

Submitted by Tyisha Timmons (not verified) on March 24, 2012 12:27 pm

yes i totally agree some children are not capable of the test grades because of problems that occupy their minds. my school deals with a lot of things and of all im happy for the teacher support even if my school close at the end of the day i know i am going have someone to support me teachers that care for me and teachers that love me just as i love them so LET THEM MUTHERFREAKERS CLOSE THE SCHOOL DOWN THERE WILL BE A LARGE FIGHT

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on April 24, 2012 2:25 pm

The demographic data on this page is totally inaccurate. Please visit PA Dept Ed if you want real #s

Submitted by Myisha (not verified) on November 22, 2012 9:53 pm
Hey sister.

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