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High schools announce new programs as application deadline nears

This article was originally published in The Notebook. In August 2020, The Notebook became Chalkbeat Philadelphia.

by Naveed Ahsan

Winter break is still weeks away, but the deadline for high school applications is nearly here.

This Friday, Dec. 6, is the last day for students to submit applications to attend citywide admission, special admission, career and technical education programs, and neighborhood high schools. All students who will be entering 9th grade next year, even those who want to attend their own neighborhood high schools, are being encouraged to submit an application.

Most high school offerings can be found in the School District’s high school directory, the Notebook’s fall guide, GreatPhillySchools, and schools’ individual websites. GreatPhillySchools this week was updated to include information from 2012-13.

Some schools have recently announced new programs that are not highlighted in all these guides.

A. Philip Randolph Career & Technical High School just unveiled a refurbished welding workshop through a partnership with Airgas Inc., a supplier of industrial gases, welding hardgoods and safety supplies.

Airgas, which is based in Radnor, has donated welding machines, welding jackets and safety equipment for the new welding workshop. Through its ongoing relationship with Randolph, the company has also provided aspiring welders with training, resources, and mentorship.

The High School for Creative and Performing Arts (CAPA) has created a program for students with a strong desire to learn more about TV and film production. The program will strengthen students’ computer literacy and communication skills as well as build their portfolio for college. Additional information and audition requirements can be found at CAPA’s website.

For a comprehensive look a the District’s high school offerings, parents and students can pick up a copy of the Notebook’s Fall Guide to High Schools. The publication lists more than 80 District and charter high school options and includes school profiles, admission requirements, and enrollment data.

Naveed Ahsan is an intern at the Notebook.

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