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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 31st among Pennsylvania high schools, U.S. News & World Report, 2017; 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, 2016; Maxwell Football Club's Mini Max High School Award winner, 2016; Gates Millennium Scholar, 2015
Points of Pride:
According to District’s School Performance Profile, ranked #1 in school climate among Philadelphia High Schools; National Honor Society; WHYY Flash Media grant awardee; National Moot Court finalists; All-City Choir and Orchestra Members; Youth Women’s Symposium; VIEW with Villanova; Women of Tomorrow; career day; diversity day; produced full musical in 2017; PIAA Girls Volleyball Champions; Philly Youth Poetry Movement 3-time poetry champions; Philadelphia Academy Teacher Leader Collaborative grant winner; accolades in chess, speech, and debate
AP Courses:
Biology, Calculus AB, Chemistry, Computer Science, Design, English Language and Composition, 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:
Asian Culture Club; Chaotic Step Team; chess club: community service club; debate/speech club; drama club; fiber arts club; Griffin Ambassadors; GSA; jazz band; journalism; rock band; math team; multicultural club; Muslim Students' Association; Palumbo and Villanova Exchange; poetry club; robotics; Reading Starts Community Service; 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: 903
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 – 27%, White – 13%, Other – 5%

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