by Naveed Ahsan
Over the summer, the School District announced that it had canceled its annual high school fair to save money. Then, the Philadelphia School Partnership stepped up by offering to underwrite the event, while working with partner groups to plan it. The fair was resurrected.
Next Saturday, Nov. 16, students and parents can attend the Philly High School Fair, where they can gather information about admissions criteria, academic courses, extracurricular activities, and other special programs at more than 80 public, private, charter, and Catholic high schools throughout the city. The fair will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Armory at Drexel University, 33rd and Market Streets in University City.
At the fair, parents and students will learn about high school options for the 2014-15 school year, and questions can be directed to staff members of individual schools. Kristen Forbriger, PSP’s manager of communications and public affairs, said organizers expect a turnout of 5,000 to 8,000 attendees.
by Kristen Forbriger
If the Notebook is going to delve into the proposed universal enrollment process, it should begin with the facts.
Start with the purpose of universal enrollment: to simplify the process of applying to schools for families and make access to the city's best schools more equitable. Also note that universal enrollment is a goal of the Great Schools Compact, which was signed by Mayor Nutter, the School District, charter and Catholic school leaders, and the state secretary of education. Philadelphia School Partnership serves as project manager to the Compact Committee, which includes representatives from all of these.
Parents United for Public Education and Philly School Counselors United filed a complaint with the Department of Education Thursday saying that Philadelphia chidlren are being denied an adequate education due to the counselor shortage in city schools.
"The lack of counselors impedes the ability of teachers to deliver as effectively instructional services," according to the complaint, filed with the help of the Public Interest Law Center of Pennsylvania (PILCOP).
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.
Welcome to our fifth annual fall guide to Philadelphia’s public high schools. Selecting and getting into high school is a pivotal point in students’ lives. The Notebook, Philadelphia’s independent education newspaper, has created this resource to address the importance of that decision.
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:
Las escuelas distribuyen el formulario y los materiales para solicitar admisión a la escuela superior. Este año el directorio del Distrito estará disponible únicamente en línea.
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.