Special Admission

Bodine High School for International Affairs

Mission Statement:
To provide urban public school students with a comprehensive educational experience that expands students’ interests to include global issues and prepares them for a lifetime of achievement and participation in the local, national, and global communities.
Accredidations and Awards:
Peer leader, overall School Progress Report score, School District of Philadelphia, 2014-2015
Points of Pride:
Spring trip (2017-China, 2016-Spain and Portugal, 2015-London and Paris, 2014-Costa Rica, and 2012-Spain); legislative, executive and diplomatic tour of Washington, D.C.; Beijing Sisters Student Exchange; Germination Project Program; finalists 3 years in a row, Wharton Aberdeen Stock Market investment competition; Vanguard School, Philadelphia School District, 2010; International Baccalaureate School since 2005; 14 PIAA Interscholastic sports teams; 22 extracurricular academic teams and cultural clubs; dual enrollment with local colleges; blended learning model beginning in 2016-17 features expanded course offerings online while at school (AP courses, electives, tutoring); highest International Baccalaureate diploma award rate in the city.
AP Courses:
Environmental Science, Physics B, Government, History, Calculus
Other Special Academic Offerings:
Anatomy & Physiology; Ceramics; Computer-Based Graphic Design; Physics; Crafts; International Economics; Introduction to Business; Songwriting; Introduction to film
Foreign Languages:
French, Spanish, Portuguese, Mandarin
Measures for Positive, Safe Learning:
Inner Strength Wellness Meditation Program; space for daily meditation; Peer Mediation Program; counseling department offers resources for students and families
Parent Involvement:
Home & School Association, School Advisory Council, volunteers for class trips
Arts Activities and Classes:
Instrumental music classes; jazz; orchestra; other instrumental ensemble; arts instruction; ceramics; guitar; choral groups
Activities and Special Programs:
Ambassador (yearbook); Asian Students Association; Christian Club; debate; Gay-Straight Alliance; International Day Committee; Muslim Students Association; National Honor Society; robotics club; Quiz Bowl; Student Government Association; world affairs club; anime club; Youth Volunteer Corps
Boys Sports:
Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Football, Soccer, Tennis, Track & Field, Volleyball Badminton*
Girls Sports:
Basketball, Cheerleading, Soccer, Cross Country, Softball Tennis, Track & Field, Volleyball, Badminton*
Septa Routes:
5, 43, 47, 57, 15 trolley, Market-Frankford El
Contact Information
1101 N. 4th St., 19123
Karen Thomas, Principal
Enrollment and Demographics
Type of School: Special Admission
2014-2015 Enrollment: 512
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; 80th percentile or higher on standardized tests; excellent attendance and punctuality; no negative disciplinary reports; two letters of reference from current school staff
ELLS: 5%
Special Education: 3%
Receiving free or reduced priced lunch: 90%
Waiting List? Yes, 385
Racial Demographics: African American – 51% Latino – 22% Asian – 12% White – 10% Other – 5%

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