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Constitution High School

Mission Statement:
The school is a unique collaboration among the School District, the National Constitution Center, and the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History. By engaging students with an appreciation for history and an understanding of the democratic principles embodied in the U.S. Constitution, this college preparatory high school will develop the next generation of engaged citizens and civic leaders in government, public policy, and law.
Accredidations and Awards:
Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History Flagship School since 2007
Points of Pride:
Only social studies-themed high school in Pennsylvania; city, state, and national finalists in National History Day competition; service learning required yearly of all students; extensive extracurricular program; PIAA state Boys’ Basketball champions three of the last four years
AP Courses:
Calculus AB, English Literature & Composition, Government & Politics, U.S. History, Spanish Language, World History
Other Special Academic Offerings:
Debate; yearbook; film studies; teen court; Constitutional Law; Philadelphia history; Philadelphia Young Playwrights; economics; peer connections; required AP enrollment in junior year; National History Day requirement in 9th and 12th grade; senior project
Foreign Languages:
Measures for Positive, Safe Learning:
One school police officer; easy access to a nearby Center City police precinct
Parent Involvement:
Home & School Association; afterschool volunteers; Parent Support Group meets monthly about fundraising projects; chaperones for field trips
Arts Activities and Classes:
Vocal music classes or ensemble; chorus; theater instruction; school play or musical(s); theater group; visual arts instruction; poetry; literature; film/video instruction
Activities and Special Programs:
Chess club; National Honor Society; debate; yearbook; video club; drama club; yoga/wellness; weight room; science fair; art club; Civil War Project; Spirit Club (honor roll club, multicultural club, fashion club); tutoring club; Gay-Straight Alliance; student government; mock trial; newspaper; peer mediation; fundraising; Keystone/SAT/AP test prep; World Affairs Support; technology club; DJ club; Spanish club; Junior ROTC; dance club; fashion show; science fiction club
Boys Sports:
Baseball, Basketball, Bowling, Cross Country, Football, Indoor Track & Field, Soccer, Softball, Swimming & Diving, Tennis, Track & Field, Volleyball
Girls Sports:
Basketball, Indoor Track & Field, Track & Field, Soccer, Swimming & Diving, Tennis, Volleyball, Cheerleading*
Septa Routes:
9, 12, 17, 21, 23, 33, 38, 42, 44, 47, 48, 57, 61, 62, 78, Market-Frankford El
Contact Information
18 S. 7th St., 19106
Thomas Davidson, Principal
Enrollment and Demographics
Type of School: Citywide Admission
2014-2015 Enrollment: 351
Grades Served: 9-12
Admission Reqs: As, Bs, or Cs; no more than 10 total absences and latenesses; no negative disciplinary reports on the most recent final report card; written sample required
ELLS: 5%
Special Education: 9%
Receiving free or reduced priced lunch: 85%
Waiting List? Yes, 50
Racial Demographics: African American – 71% Latino – 13% Asian – 7% White – 8% Other – 2%

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