Special Admission

Academy at Palumbo

Accredidations and Awards:
Ranked in top 50 High Schools in PA,U.S. News & World Report, 2018; Samsung Solve for Tomorrow national winner, 2014; silver medal, Jefferson Awards for Public Service, 2012; Get Schooled Attendance Challenge for eastern region, 2011; Public League Champions, Girls’ Volleyball, 2016; Public League Champions, Boys’ Volleyball, 2018 Maxwell Football Club’s Mini Max High School Award winner, 2018; Gates Millennium Scholar, 2015
AP Courses:
Biology, Calculus AB, Chemistry, Computer Science, Art, English Language, English Literature, European History, Government & Politics, Physics B, Psychology, Spanish Language, Statistics, U.S. History
Other Special Academic Offerings:
Art 1, Art 2, Creative Writing, Environmental Science, Fitness, Forensics, Journalism, Philosophy, Pre-Calculus, Sculpture, Spanish 3
Measures for Positive, Safe Learning:
Active Home & School Association; School Advisory Council; 3rd District Police Partnership; Hawthorne Community Coalition Partnership
Parent Involvement:
Home & School Association; volunteering for Career Day, class trips, organizing annual Haunted House and Rooftop Festival
Arts Activities and Classes:
Vocal music classes or ensemble; choir; instrumental classes; drumline; orchestra; other instrumental ensemble; step team; theater instruction; school plays; theater group; poetry; literature; jazz; visual arts instruction; ceramics; rock band, travel abroad
Activities and Special Programs:
Asian Culture Club; Chaotic Step Team; chess club; community service club; debate/speech club; drama club; fiber arts club; Griffin Ambassadors; GSA; jazz band; journalism; rock band; math team; multicultural club; Muslim Students’ Association; Palumbo and Villanova Exchange; poetry club; robotics; Reading Stars Community Service; student government; Students Run Philly Style, Dual Enrollment
Boys Sports:
Baseball, Basketball, Football, Track & Field, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Track & Field, Volleyball, Wrestling
Girls Sports:
Basketball, Track & Field, Lacrosse, Soccer, Track & Field, Volleyball, Badminton
Septa Routes:
4, 12, 23, 27, 32, 40, 47, 64, Broad Street subway
Contact Information
1100 Catharine St., 19147
Kiana Thompson, Principal
Enrollment and Demographics
Type of School:Special Admission
2014-2015 Enrollment: 940
Grades Served: 9-12
Admission Reqs: As and Bs, with the possible exception of one C, in major subjects on most recent final report card; 88th percentile or higher on standardized tests; excellent attendance and punctuality; no negative disciplinary reports; interview may be required for students who have insufficient data on application
ELLS: 3%
Special Education: 3%
Receiving free or reduced priced lunch: 87%
Waiting List? Yes, 400
Racial Demographics:African American – 43%, Latino – 11%, Asian – 28%, White – 13%, Other – 5%

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