The school profiles in this guide tell you a lot about the 87 schools we describe and their programs. Here we provide statistics about how their students are performing. That is important information as you think about where to apply to high school.
Below, you’ll find data about all the District-run schools and charter schools.
Talk to the adults in your life, including teachers, counselors, and parents or guardians. Read this guide and the District’s high school directory, which this year is available only online. Students can use these directories to develop a list of schools that align with their interests and future goals. Seventh and 8th graders should attend the high school fair scheduled for Nov. 16 in the Armory at Drexel University.
Students can obtain an application on the District’s website or at their current school. This year, the District is asking all 8th-grade students, even those who intend to go to their neighborhood high school, to participate in the high school selection process. Applications will be accepted from Oct. 7 until the deadline of 5 p.m. on Dec. 6.
Videographer Amy Yeboah worked this summer with the Notebook to complete a 30-minute documentary about this year’s wave of school closings. It’s called Goodbye to City Schools.
The project took her inside four of the 24 schools that closed for good in June: Germantown High School, Bok Technical High School, Fairhill Elementary School, and University City High School. The project was made possible through a graduate fellowship position at the Notebook sponsored by the Samuel S. Fels Fund.
At 7 p.m. on Oct. 16, the documentary will be screened at an event hosted by the Notebook and the nonprofit Scribe Video Center, 4212 Chestnut St., as part of Scribe’s Storyville series.
Ann Ceron-Hernandez has dreams of going to college to study to become a nurse. But without a high school diploma, she knows those dreams could be derailed.
So last February, the 21-year-old mother of three, who had dropped out of Bok Technical High School in the 9th grade after having her first child, decided that she would go back.
Like many dropouts, she wasn’t sure what to do, so she asked a former teacher and a neighborhood church group about how to return to school. They told her that she could re-enter through the District’s alternative education system.
If you are apprehensive about the transition to high school, you’re not alone.
Many students and parents get overwhelmed at the thought of the application process and having to navigate all the other steps involved in the transition process, so starting as early as you can is important.
Under the best of conditions, applying to high school in Philadelphia can be a trying exercise.
In this extraordinary year, the process will have new wrinkles, in large part because of unprecedented budget cuts and staffing shortages. There are some changed procedures and requirements, and several gaps caused by the funding crisis:
In January 2013, Aron and Mussie Tesfay had just arrived in Philadelphia from a refugee camp in Uganda. They needed to find a school. Neither they nor their parents had any idea what to do.
The 17-year-old twin brothers arrived in a city where the help available to settle them in school is scattershot, and where the cultural and linguistic barriers are hard to navigate. This is especially true for older students who need to find a high school.
En enero de 2013, Aron y Mussie Tesfay acababan de llegar a Filadelfia de un campamento para refugiados en Uganda. Necesitaban encontrar una escuela, pero ni ellos ni sus papás sabían qué hacer.
Los gemelos de 17 años llegaron a una ciudad donde casi no hay ayuda disponible para encontrar dónde matricularse, y donde las barreras culturales y de idioma hacen el proceso aún más difícil. Esto es especialmente cierto para los estudiantes de más edad que necesitan conseguir una escuela superior.