This article was originally published in The Notebook. In August 2020, The Notebook became Chalkbeat Philadelphia.
Types of high schools
Special admission high schools These 16 high schools have specific admissions requirements in the areas of test scores, grades earned in core subjects, and attendance and behavior records. Two other schools have special admission programs within them. Students across the city may apply.
Citywide admission high schools Students citywide are eligible to apply to these 13 high schools, and those who meet the criteria are entered into a lottery. Each school has different admissions criteria, but most require that students have passing grades in all major subjects and maintain a good attendance, behavior, and punctuality record.
Neighborhood high schools These 32 schools have geographic boundaries; students are guaranteed admission if their school for grade 8 falls within the feeder pattern. Those living outside of the feeder pattern may also apply, but admission is based on available space and determined through a lottery.
Charter high schools There are 28 charter schools serving the high school grades. Charter schools are not District-operated – each functions as an independent school district. Any Philadelphia student may apply to any charter school. Admissions requirements vary according to each school. Some require extensive orientations with both students and parents. A lottery is used if there are more applicants than slots.
Key to the school profiles
This is a directory of District and charter high schools. Each school profile includes the school name, contact information, current principal (as of date of publication), and school Web site. All data that follow for District schools are from the School District of Philadelphia. Charter school data are compiled from the District and from charter school annual reports.
Information in the following profile sections is self-reported by the schools: “What’s new this year,” “Points of pride,” “Activities & special programs,” and “Efforts to improve dropout rate.” Admission requirements were still in flux at press time. Check the District’s high school directory for final criteria.
Abbreviations used throughout the listings.
NR = No response by the school
NA = Not applicable or not available
* = These sports are not authorized for PIAA competition
PIAA = Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association
CTE = Career and Technical Education
AYP = Adequate Yearly Progress
CSAP = Comprehensive Student Assistance Process
AP = Advanced Placement