September 12 — 11:16 am, 2014

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

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.

Average SAT scores indicate how well the school prepares students for the test widely used for college admission. Philadelphia’s scores lag behind U.S. averages; nationally, average student SAT scores, both verbal and math, hover around 500. SAT test results are highly correlated with poverty rates.

Finally, check out on-time high school graduation rates and what percent of each school’s graduates are directly going to college (college-going rates for charters were not available.) There are stark contrasts among schools in how they do on these indicators.

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Key to data for District schools

Schools that serve more than high school grades are noted with grade span – data are for the entire school.

Enrollment and demographic data are for 2013-14. Attendance and suspension data are for 2012-13. Source: School District of Philadelphia website.

SAT scores are for the class of 2013. NA indicates no data available. Source: Pennsylvania Department of Education.

4-year graduation rates for 2013: The rate is the number of 4-year graduates compared to the size of the original cohort in 9th grade, adjusted for students who transferred in and out. Students are attributed to the last school they attended. NA indicates no graduating class. Source: School District of Philadelphia.

College-going rates for 2013: The percentage of 2013 high school graduates entering college in fall 2013. NA indicates no graduating class. Source: National Student Clearinghouse data via School District of Philadelphia.

 

Key to data for charter schools

For schools serving grades other than 9-12, the enrollment, demographic, attendance, and suspension data are for the entire school.

* indicates Renaissance neighborhood charter school. Admission guaranteed to students in school catchment area.

Enrollment, demographic, attendance, and suspension data are for 2012-13. Source: Pennsylvania Department of Education website: PaSchoolPerformance.org

SAT scores are for the class of 2013. NA indicates no data available. Source: Pennsylvania Department of Education.

4-year graduation rates for 2013: The rate is the number of 4-year graduates compared to the size of the original cohort in 9th grade, adjusted for students who transferred in and out. Students are attributed to the last school they attended. Methodology is similar to District calculation. NA indicates no data available. Source: Pennsylvania Department of Education

College-going rates for 2013 for charter schools were not available from the School District or from the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

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