This article was originally published in The Notebook. In August 2020, The Notebook became Chalkbeat Philadelphia.
We have received new numbers on high school admissions rates. After the publication of this year’s Fall Guide, we heard from several administrators that a chart showing odds of being accepted to selective and citywide high schools may have been erroneous.
We asked the District to double-check the figures and further define the categories. They said that the number accepted by each school is not collected centrally and so harder to track down. They made a new round of calls to principals, and sent us revised numbers for several of the schools.
The Notebook is still not sure of the accuracy of these new numbers, but they indicate that several schools are not as hard to get into as they at first appeared. These include Parkway Center City, Palumbo, Bodine, Carver, and Franklin Learning Center.
We would appreciate feedback from principals and others who can help us get accurate figures on what percentage of applicants each school accepts in time for next year’s guide.