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Philadelphia High School for Girls

Mission Statement:
To provide learning experiences in a safe, nurturing environment to prepare young women for success in college and leadership in their chosen fields. The school challenges student intellect, embraces diversity, celebrates leadership and excellence, honors ethical behavior, and encourages participation in the extracurricular program.
Accredidations and Awards:
2nd-oldest all-female public school in the country; Middle States Accreditation; bronze medal, U.S. News & World Report, 2016; International Baccalaureate Program and AP courses; gold medal, Jefferson Award for Public Service, 2013
Points of Pride:
Large number of students attend Ivy League, HBCUs, state and private universities; National Honor Society; Mu Alpha Theta (math); debate team; national and international travel opportunities; drama; robotics; 50 clubs; Public League Champions, Bowling and Lacrosse, 2013-14; student government; Athletic Association and Alumnae Association; scholarship/awards program; service opportunities; $3.1 million in grants and scholarships earned by Classes of 2015 & 2016; District Competitive Cheer Champions; Public League Champions, Track & Field, 2015-16; 5th place, Districtwide Championship, Swimming
AP Courses:
Art History, Chemistry, Chinese Language & Culture, Design, Drawing, English Language & Composition, English Literature & Composition, Environmental Science, Government & Politics, Macroeconomics, U.S. History
Other Special Academic Offerings:
Ballet, Dance (Techniques and Art), Drama, Introduction to Film, Music Minor, SAT Prep (English and mathematics), Studio Art 2D, Vocal and Instrumental Music
Foreign Languages:
French, Spanish, Chinese, Latin
Measures for Positive, Safe Learning:
Motivational speakers; school spirit activities; career day with special guests and alumna presentations; leadership opportunities for students; class and whole-school meetings; peer mediation; ethnic pride opportunities; student government; mentoring; parental involvement; college visits; college and financial aid nights; online academic opportunities; national and international trips for students and staff
Parent Involvement:
Home & School Association; School Advisory Council; volunteers in school office; participate in Parent Teacher Daughter Association and Alumnae Association; participate in meetings to discuss budgets, scholarships, and grants; participate in the Comprehensive School Plan/Strategic Planning for school climate, academics, sports, and humanities
Arts Activities and Classes:
Vocal music classes or ensemble; choir; instrumental music classes; jazz; orchestra; other instrumental ensemble; drum line; theater instruction; school plays; visual arts instruction; ceramics; dance instruction; dance; drill team; poetry; literature; film
Activities and Special Programs:
National Honor Society; Mu Alpha Theta Society; Jefferson Service Learning membership; clubs: African/African American, anime, Asian Athletic Association, chamber strings, harp, piano, guitar, Strolling Strings, Treble Clef, dance ensemble, debate society, ECO, Fit, LGSBT, garden club, gospel choir, Indo Pak, Irish club, jazz band, Latina Unidas, Muslim Student Association, No Place for Hate, pep band, Red Cross, service club, Stage Kroo, yearbook, robotics and STEM, video club, horticultural society; Daddy-Daughter Dance; Mother-Daughter Breakfast; Celebration of Excellence; Career Day; Big Sister Little Sister/Sister to Sister; Mayor and Superintendent Advisory Board for Students; volunteers for the Democratic National Convention; Calliope Literary magazine
Girls Sports:
Basketball, Cheerleading, Dance, Diving, Indoor Track & Field, Lacrosse, Soccer, Tennis, Track & Field, Volleyball, Badminton*
Septa Routes:
4, 6, 8, 16, 18, 22, 26, 47, 55, L, Broad Street subway
Contact Information
1400 W. Olney Ave., 19141
Parthenia Moore, Principal
Enrollment and Demographics
Type of School: Special Admission
2014-2015 Enrollment: 1,169
Grades Served: 9-12
Admission Reqs: As and Bs on most recent final report card; 85th percentile or higher on standardized tests; excellent attendance and punctuality; no negative disciplinary reports; strong motivation and interest to be challenged academically; interview may be required
ELLS: 2%
Special Education: 2%
Receiving free or reduced priced lunch: 83%
Waiting List? Yes, 5
Racial Demographics: African American – 65%     Latino – 10% Asian – 17%     White – 4%     Other – 4%

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