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Philadelphia's District and charter high schools: How are they doing?

By thenotebook on Sep 12, 2014 11:16 AM

Making sense of the numbers

The Notebook's school profiles provide a lot of detail about the 90 public high schools and their programs. Here we provide statistics about their students and how they are performing. That is important information as you think about where to attend high school.

You’ll find data about all the District-run high schools and charters below. For each school, you can see the enrollment and whether it serves large percentages of low-income and special education students and English language learners.

Student attendance is often a good indicator of how engaged students are. Keep in mind that a school with 90 percent attendance has twice as many students absent as one of the same size with 95 percent attendance. The number of suspensions tells you about school climate, though a large school might be expected to have more suspensions than a small one.

Getting a jump on high school


Cathy Quero and Marilyn Vaccaro

on Sep 11, 2014 12:38 PM

It’s the start of another school year, and your middle grade child is settling into classes. After all the work you’ve done to get them where they are, you may want to relax and just focus on the year’s work ahead. But the middle years are the time when parents need to start preparing their kids for high school.

Where to get more info online

By thenotebook on Sep 5, 2014 04:54 PM

School profiles from the School District

For each school, a treasure trove of data: performance profiles, incident reports, test scores, and more.

Charter school annual reports from Pa. Department of Education

Detailed account of the educational program, finances, and performance for each charter school, filed annually.

Using the high school profiles

By thenotebook on Sep 2, 2014 03:16 PM

These pages contain profiles of 90 public high schools open to students in Philadelphia. The information can help you find schools that are a good fit for you.

Students wonder: Where has our education gone?


Hina Fathima

on Sep 2, 2014 03:28 PM

For Nazir Vincent, an 11th grader at Kensington Creative and Performing Arts High School, transferring from Charter High School for Architecture + Design and adjusting to his new environment were challenging enough. But when the District started making severe cuts to valuable programs and services – watering down the quality of education – Vincent said high school life got even tougher.

Alternative pathways for finishing high school


Hina Fathima

on Sep 2, 2014 02:42 PM

Philadelphia has several alternative pathways to earn a diploma for students who are over-age, undercredited, or have dropped out.

Here are some alternative educational options outside of the traditional classroom environment. Students should contact the School District’s Re-engagement Center at 440 N. Broad St. for a complete list of programs (215-400-6700) or visit the District's Alternative Schools office website.

Austerity, uncertainty loom large as Class of 2018 arrives


Dale Mezzacappa

on Sep 2, 2014 12:32 PM

Beginning high school is daunting enough for most young people. But this year, students in Philadelphia face worries that most of their counterparts in more reliably funded districts don’t have.

Will their schedules be disrupted if more layoffs become necessary and some teachers disappear? Will counselors be available to make sure they are taking the courses they need? Will their high school even offer all the courses they want – in some cases, courses that attracted them to that school in the first place?

Selecting a high school: Frequently asked questions


Dale Mezzacappa

on Sep 2, 2014 12:44 PM

I am excited about going to high school. How do I get started?

Talk to the adults in your life, including teachers, counselors, and parents or guardians. Read this guide and the District’s online high school directory to develop a list of schools that align with your interests and goals. Seventh and 8th graders should attend the high school fair scheduled for Oct. 17-18 in the Armory at Drexel University.

When should I start working on this?

School selection timeline


Dale Mezzacappa

on Sep 2, 2014 12:56 PM

This year, the District’s high school application process will be online only. For families who do not have Internet access, computer kiosks will be available at regionally based Learning Network Offices and the Office of Student Enrollment and Placement, located at 440 N. Broad St., Suite 111. Families can also utilize computer resources at their local Free Library branches.

As usual, the District’s process will include neighborhood schools with available seats and citywide and special admission high schools. Charter schools have a variety of timelines and processes.

Investigative journalism can shake up a school system

By by Paul Socolar on Jun 5, 2014 11:13 AM

The Notebook was created 20 years ago as an in-depth, independent news source serving a grassroots audience. Its initial focus was on providing information to people concerned about Philadelphia public education so they could help reshape and improve the schools.

But as it grew and became widely read, its journalism more aggressively kept watch on decision-makers. Several stories have triggered major changes. 

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