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Academy at Palumbo

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.
Accredidations and Awards:
Ranked 57th among top Philadelphia-area high schools, Philadelphia magazine, 2012; ranked 38th among Pennsylvania high schools, U.S. News & World Report, 2015; Samsung Solve For Tomorrow state winner, 2014; silver place winner, Jefferson Award for Public Service, 2012; first place, Get Schooled Attendance Challenge for Eastern Region, 2011; Girls’ Public League Volleyball Champs, 2015; Gates Millennium Scholar, 2015
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; Women of Tomorrow Mentoring and Scholarship Program; the Crew Male Mentoring Program
AP Courses:
Biology, Calculus AB, Chemistry, Chinese Language & Culture, Computer Science A, English Literature, European History, Government & Politics, Physics B, Psychology, Spanish Language, Statistics, Design, U.S. History
Other Special Academic Offerings:
Film, Journalism, Creative Writing, Ceramics, Forensics, Philosophy, SAT Prep, Conversational Chinese, Drama, MG Program
Foreign Languages:
Chinese, Spanish
Measures for Positive, Safe Learning:
Active 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; choir; instrumental classes; jazz; orchestra; drum line; other instrumental ensemble; school play or musical(s); theater group; theater instruction; visual arts instruction; drill team; ceramics; poetry; literature; film
Activities and Special Programs:
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
Boys Sports:
Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Diving, Field Hockey, Football, Indoor Track & Field, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Track & Field, Volleyball, Wrestling
Girls Sports:
Basketball, Diving, Indoor Track & Field, Lacrosse, Soccer, Track & Field, Volleyball, Cheerleading*
Septa Routes:
4, 12, 23, 27, 32, 40, 47, 64, Broad Street subway
Contact Information
1100 Catharine St., 19147
Kiana Thompson, Principal
Enrollment and Demographics
Type of School: Special Admission
2014-2015 Enrollment: 858
Grades Served: 9-12
Admission Reqs: As and Bs, with the possible exception of one C, in major subjects on most recent final report card; 88th percentile or higher on standardized tests; excellent attendance and punctuality; no negative disciplinary reports; interview may be required for students who have insufficient data on application
ELLS: 4%
Special Education: 4%
Receiving free or reduced priced lunch: 78%
Waiting List? Yes, 400
Racial Demographics: African American – 47%, Latino – 8%, Asian – 26%, White – 15%, Other – 4%

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