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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 32nd among Pennsylvania high schools, U.S. News & World Report, 2016; Samsung Solve For Tomorrow national winner, 2014; silver medal, Jefferson Awards for Public Service, 2012; Get Schooled Attendance Challenge for Eastern Region, 2011; Public League Champions, Girls' Volleyball, 2015; Maxwell Football Club's Mini Max High School Award winner, 2016; Gates Millennium Scholar, 2015
Points of Pride:
University of Pennsylvania National Moot Court Finalist; Public League Chess Champions, 2014; Philly Youth Poetry Movement Champions, 2015, 2016; Philadelphia Eagles' All-Pro Teacher, 2015; Cole Hamels Foundation grant recipient, 2015; partnerships with WHYY Flash Media Lab and VIEW with Villanova; peer mentoring; Women of Tomorrow Mentoring & Scholarship Program; Crew Male Mentoring program
AP Courses:
Biology, Calculus AB, Chemistry, Computer Science, English Literature and Composition, European History, Government & Politics, Physics B, Psychology, Spanish Language, Statistics, U.S. History
Other Special Academic Offerings:
Art 1, Art 2, Creative Writing, Environmental Science, Fitness, Forensics, Journalism, Philosophy, Pre-Calculus, SAT Prep, Sculpture, Spanish 3
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; volunteering for Career Day, class trips, office help desk; organizing annual Haunted House and Rooftop Festival
Arts Activities and Classes:
Vocal music classes or ensemble; choir; instrumental classes; drum line; orchestra; other instrumental ensemble; drill team; theater instruction; school plays; theater group; poetry; literature; film; jazz; visual arts instruction; ceramics
Activities and Special Programs:
Clubs include: art, Asian culture, book, chess, drama, fashion show, fiber arts, Future Business Leaders of America, homework, journalism, Muslim Students Association, poetry, robotics, speech and debate, spirit squad, step team, student government, Students Run Philly Style
Boys Sports:
Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Diving, Field Hockey, Football, Indoor Track & Field, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Track & Field, Volleyball, Wrestling
Girls Sports:
Basketball, Cheerleading, Diving, Indoor Track & Field, Lacrosse, Soccer, Track & Field, Volleyball
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: 887
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 – 46%, Latino – 9%, Asian – 26%, White – 13%, Other – 5%

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