by Naveed Ahsan
The Philly High School Fair will take place on Saturday, Nov. 16, at The Armory at Drexel University. The fair, which is open to parents and students, will provide information about admissions criteria, academic resources, extracurricular activities, and other special programs at more than 80 public, private, charter and Catholic high schools throughout the city.
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 Naveed Ahsan
Urban Youth, a science and technology-based program that targets urban students by providing educational and mentoring opportunities, will release the Lessons Learned from What it Takes E-Mentoring guide at a panel discussion at High School of the Future today from 4 to 5 p.m.
National commentator and former CNN news anchor Soledad O’Brien will moderate the discussion about e-mentoring, and afterward screen her latest documentary, Black in America 6: Great Expectations,” which focuses on why Black students are falling behind in math and reading at such significant rates.
The panel discussion is invitation only, but the screening is free and open to the public, with seating available on a first come, first served basis. Attendees can RSVP for the screening in advance.
by Isaac Riddle
With District schools suffering from severe cuts in arts and music education, a new program is offering the city's high school students free admission to 12 of the city’s museums and attractions.
Students at Museums in Philly, or STAMP, targets young people between the ages of 14 to 19 who live in the city. Students can enroll in the program by registering at the STAMP website, after which they will receive the STAMP Pass free of charge to present to any of the 12 participating institutions during non-school hours.
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.
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.
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.
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.
by Mark McHugh
The District’s annual High School Expo, an event designed to help students and parents navigate the high school selection process, has been canceled this year.
According to the District’s Office of Communications, the District has decided not to hold the event as a cost-saving measure.
The elimination of the event, which cost the District $137,000 last year, is part of a 30 percent reduction in the central administration budget that cut that portion of the overall District budget to 2 percent.
The expo, which was held at District headquarters last year, provides families with information about District and charter high school options, including details regarding specific programs at each school and the admission requirements. But with no expo this year, students and parents will have to find alternative ways to help guide them through the high school selection process.