Alternative Schools

Alternative Schools


Welcome to Alternative Education. We provide assistance to students, parents, staff, and community partners with respect to students who are in need of education options which go beyond the constraints of the regular classroom. We also help students with readmission to the School District of Philadelphia. We put them back on track and achieve the credits they need to graduate.

Please explore our website, and if you have any questions, feel free to send us an e-mail.

For questions about the code of student conduct and hearings, contact the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities.

For questions about attendance, interventions and students coming from residential placements, contact the Office of Student Services and Transition.

Alternative Education Centers

The Alternative Education Centers serve as hubs for questions about students at Transition and Accelerated Programs.  If parents or students have questions about the day-to-day function of these programs, including:

  • How students get assigned to these schools
  • How to find a program close to your home address
  • How students can transition back to a regular program

We encourage you to call or visit one of our centers, at:

Alt Ed Center West
4300 Westminster Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Phone: 267-292-6600

Alt Ed at 440
440 N. Broad St
Philadelphia, PA 19130
Phone: 215-400-4230


Our Divisions

  • Multiple Pathways: Options for students who have previously dropped out (or those with low high school credits) to return to school through an "educational pathway." These pathways are designed to assist students in earning their high school diploma or its equivalent.
    • Re-Engagement Center: One-stop program for students and their families looking for re-enrollment and GED resources. Contact -  215-400-6700
    • Gateway to College: A dual-enrollment program for students who have dropped out of school, allowing them to earn their high school diploma and college credits simultaneously.
    • Educational Options Programs (EOPs): Also sometimes called "Twilight Programs", the EOPs option allows students and adults over the age of 17 to continue earning credits towards a high school diploma through afternoon classes.
    • Accelerated High School Programs: A method for students to get back on track and earn credits towards graduation in less than 3 years.
    • Community-Based GED & Literacy Programs: Resources for earning a GED, and other options for overage students interested in furthering their education.
  • Transition Services: Alternative school settings and supports designed for students whose educational and social/emotional needs are not being met in the conventional classroom setting.