Special Admission

Academy at Palumbo

Mission Statement:
To provide students with the most comprehensive and intense preparation available in the public sector for the rigors of higher learning. As an integral part of this preparation, the Academy’s mission must include raising the aspirations of each student, developing universally applicable problem-solving techniques, technological skills, and instilling a lifelong passion for learning, including a rich cultural arts experience.
Accredidations and Awards:
Title 1 School of Distinction, 2019, Ranked #43 among Pennsylvania’s best high schools,U.S. News & World Report, 2019; Public League champion, Girls’ Volleyball, 2018; Public League champion, Boys’ Volleyball, 2018 & 2019; Maxwell Football Club’s Mini Max High School Award winner, 2018; Jack Kent Cooke Scholar, 2019, Gates Millennium Scholar, 2015, Click + Shift Contest 1st, 2nd, 3rd place winners, Tech Expo and Competition 1st place, Lindback Distinguished Principal 2019, Best costume Design, Phila. Independence Awards
AP Courses:
Art, Biology, Calculus AB, Chemistry, Comparative Government, Chinese, Computer Science A, Computer Science Principles, English Language & Composition, English Literature & Composition, European History, Government & Politics, Physics B, Psychology, Spanish Language, Statistics, U.S. History
Other Special Academic Offerings:
Anatomy, Creative Writing, Environmental Science, Fitness, Forensics, Journalism, Philosophy, Pre-Calculus, Sculpture, Spanish 3, Chinese 3, Psychology, Statistics, Yearbook,
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; School Advisory Council; 3rd District Police Partnership; Hawthorne Community Coalition Partnership
Arts Activities and Classes:
Choir; drumline; instrumental classes; jazz; orchestra; other instrumental ensemble; rock band; step team; vocal music classes or ensemble; school plays; theater group; theater instruction; literature; poetry; visual arts instruction; ceramics, music theory
Activities and Special Programs:
Clubs: Asian culture; Chaotic Step Team; chess; community service; debate/ speech; drama; Griffin Ambassadors; Gay- Straight Alliance; journalism; math team; multicultural club; Muslim Students’ Association; Palumbo and Villanova Exchange; poetry; 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
Enrollment: 1088
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
Racial Demographics:African American – 43%, Latino – 11%, Asian – 28%, White – 11%, Other – 7%

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