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.
by Isaac Riddle
For years the University of Pennsylvania’s Ivy in Your Backyard event served as an information session and recruitment event for Philadelphia students considering the Ivy League university. After a hiatus of more than a decade, the event returns, but this time with a broader purpose.
“With everything going on in the School District this year, we decided it would be best to take that same branding element of Ivy in Your Backyard, but really open ourselves as a resource to Philadelphia students, since many schools do not have access to a full-time counselor,” said Danielle Branch, Philadelphia region admissions director at the University of Pennsylvania.
by Isaac Riddle
Applying to college can be a frustrating process for high school students, especially when many schools, like those in the School District of Philadelphia, are without a full-time guidance counselor.
But Philadelphia Futures is hoping to help fill the gap with the release of its 24th annual edition of the Step Up to College: Guide to the College Preparation, Application, Admissions and Financial Aid Processes.
by Isaac Riddle
Applying to college, especially writing a compelling essay that will catch the eye of admissions officials, can be an intimidating process for many high school seniors.
This year, students in Philadelphia's District-run high schools have it even harder due to a critical shortage of counselors. So Marilyn He, a senior at Columbia University, decided to do something about it.
He, who grew up on the Main Line, said she has organized a network of 300 volunteer readers to help city students with their essays.
The latest edition of the annual Philadelphia college admissions guide Step Up to College has been released. The guide is free and published by Philadelphia Futures, an organization that helps prepare underrepresented youth for college.
New to this year’s guide is an added emphasis on what the demands of career, workplace, and today’s difficult job market mean for today’s college-bound student.
I hope the issue on college access and success (Focus on a Broken Pipeline to College, Summer 2012) motivates high school and college staff to ramp up efforts to prepare high school students for college and ensure that colleges provide needed support to earn a degree.
The Notebook has a content-sharing agreement with Education Week, where this piece originally appeared. The report is a scathing critique of for-profit colleges, pointing out, for instance, that some spend more on recruiting than on instruction and that many students leave with high debt and no degrees.
After a two-year investigation of for-profit colleges, a Senate committee released a report Sunday critical of the sector's practices, described as often putting business concerns above students' interests.
Undocumented immigrant students face a number of significant obstacles on the path to college. The College Board is seeking to make that process a little easier with its recently released resource guide for undocumented students planning for college.
The resource guide was released just weeks before President Obama issued an executive order that will enable undocumented youth to delay deportation and apply for work permits.
I haven’t graduated from college just yet, but the stories told in the Inquirer’s series “Struggling for Work: The Broken Dreams of a New Generation” have overwhelmed me.
According to the series, students in Pennsylvania carry an average debt of more than $28,000 by graduation.
I am now facing outstanding student loans of $17,000 to $22,000, and counting. I have six classes remaining – a total of 19 credits -- to complete a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism from Temple University’s School of Communications.