Citywide Admission

Paul Robeson High School for Human Services

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Mission Statement:
To foster a sense of empowerment that drives students to seek healthy, positive, nurturing relationships, but also a community designed to assist students in the development of the 21st Century skills needed to succeed in post-secondary studies and careers in service to the local & global communities.
AP Courses:
AP Government & Politics; AP Computer Science
Other Special Academic Offerings:
Netter Center Urban Nutrition Initiative, University of Pennsylvania S.T.E.M. ABCS Program Biochemistry / Urban Robotics / Introduction to Laboratory Sciences; Drexel University Biogenetics Science Program; Penn Medicine Educational Pipeline Program (Dual Enrollment);
Measures for Positive, Safe Learning:
Paul Robeson High School achieved a historically low 4% overall school suspension rate (2016-2017), with zero (0) serious incidents. The school has developed an innovative Student Wellness & Prevention Framework, which proactively addresses bullying and violence through research-based prevention and intervention initiatives such as peer mediation, Positive Behavior Supports (PBIS), Student Voices, Paul Robeson Ambassadors program, school-based therapeutic services, and peer mentoring.
Parent Involvement:
Home & School Association, School Advisory Council, after school volunteers promote partnership between parents, teachers, administrators, and community members, and supports our school climate of high expectations, safety, and collaborative teamwork.
Arts Activities and Classes:
Robeson Anime Animation Club; Neubauer Family Foundation Artist-in-Residence Program; Netter Center Urban Nutrition Initiative; The Links Incorporated Girls Mentoring course; Chess; Comcast Digital Connectors; Student Government; National Honor Society; Build Trades Club; Urban Nutrition Initiative Fruit Stand; The Future Project; Peer Mediators, Yearbook Club, Technology Club, and various clubs and after school activities.
Activities and Special Programs:
Neubauer Family Foundation Artist Year AmeriCorps; University City Science Center, Drexel University, College of Physicians Karabots Junior Fellows Science Program, and Tutors; The Links Incorporated Girls Mentoring-Philadelphia Chapter; The Future Project; Philadelphia Education Fund; Academy of School Leaders; West Philadelphia Promise Corp Community Empowerment and Opportunity Program; Ebony Suns Enterprises, LLC; Dell East Music Center; Mann Music Center; Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania; The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia; West Philadelphia Cultural Alliance/Paul Robeson House Museum; Philadelphia Academies Incorporated; The Philadelphia Education Fund; Philadelphia Futures Scholarship Program; Let’s Get Ready S.A.T. Prep Program; Friends of Paul Robeson High School Non-profit Foundation; Temple University’s POWER Leadership Development Program; EducationWorks Incorporated PowerCorpPHL Community Service Program; Enterprise Center Entrepreneurship Program; St. Ignatius Nursing Home; Mighty Writers; People’s Emergency Center Community Service Programs; Moder Patshala Education Center; Toyota Center City; World Affairs Council; Pierce College; University of the Sciences; Communities in Schools Work Ready; EducationWorks Teen Parenting Programs, Social Justice Leadership Institute
Boys Sports:
Baseball, Basketball, Bowling, Cross Country, Football, Indoor/Outdoor Track & Field, Cross-Country, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Tennis, Volleyball, Wrestling, Swimming
Girls Sports:
Basketball, Cheerleading/Competitive Spirit, Indoor/Outdoor Track & Field, Cross-Country, Lacrosse, Soccer, Tennis, Track & Field, Volleyball, Bowling, Field Hockey, Lacrosse
Septa Routes:
21, 30, 40, Market-Frankford El
Contact Information
4125 Ludlow St., 19104
Richard M. Gordon IV, Principal
Enrollment and Demographics
Type of School:Citywide Admission
Enrollment: 294
Grades Served: 9-12
Admission Reqs: Admissions Requirements: Marks of A’s, B’s, no more than two C’s; no more than 10 absences; no more than 5 latenesses; no negative disciplinary reports on the most recent final report card; PSSA scores strongly considered; interview by invitation only.
ELLS: 6%
Special Education: 16%
Receiving free or reduced priced lunch: 90%
Waiting List? Yes, 100+
Racial Demographics:African American – 94% Latino – 1% Asian – 1% White – 1% Other – 3%

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