Welcome to the School District of Philadelphia's Retirement Department. You can find useful information about your Retirement package in the programs & services section. 

Please check this site periodically for important announcements, deadlines, updates, and new programs.

The Office of Retirement offers after-hours services by advance appointment. If you are unable to visit our office during regular business hours, please contact retirement@philasd.org to schedule an appointment. We will do our best to accommodate you to ensure you are able to get the support you need.

Customer Service Walk-In Hours:

Monday – Thursday: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Friday and after hours: by advance appointment.

We hope you will find useful information to assist you in the transition from active employment to retirement.  You will have access to links for the Public School Employees' Retirement System (PSERS), COBRA (medical benefits for retirees under age 65), Retiree Benefits for those age 65 and older, and other useful information.

Before considering your retirement, please be sure to read the Guidelines for Retirement. If you decide to retire, complete the Notification of Retirement Form, and schedule your exit counseling session with PSERS.  You can contact the local PSERS office at 215-443-3495 to make an appointment.

Purchase of service applications must be submitted prior to termination of employment.

Pension System Employment Information

Below is a copy of an e-mail that was sent to all employees on Monday, April 29 in regards to a PSERS Employment Verification Letter.
Dear Colleague:


The purpose of this e-mail is to communicate that a new process has been implemented to ensure that we are providing the most up-to-date employment information to our pension provider, the Public School Employees’ Retirement System (PSERS). When you are employed by a Pennsylvania public school, your employer must submit employment information to establish or update your PSERS pension account. This information assists PSERS in calculating and processing any benefit due to you.


If you were employed or hired any time from July 1, 2004 to present, you may receive (or have already received) a letter from PSERS to confirm your employment information. Click here to view a sample of this letter. (You may also copy and paste the URL Address into the address bar of your web browser: (http://webgui.phila.k12.pa.us/uploads/dB/eW/dBeW3Er7v7oTtUFZC3Gkcw/PSERS-EMP-STAT.pdf)


NO ACTION IS REQUIRED UNLESS YOUR “EMPLOYMENT TYPE” OR “WAGE TYPE” IS INCORRECT. For example, if you are working three hours a day but are listed as FULL TIME on the letter, please return the form to PSERS directly with the corrected information.  As indicated in the chart below, your “Job Title” and “Effective Date of Record Change” may not be an exact match of your position details. Titles may be generalized and dates may correspond to automatic system updates; be assured that any differences will not negatively affect your records with PSERS.


All questions should be directed to the PSERS Member Service Center by calling toll-free at 1-888-773-7748 or by e-mail at contactPSERS@pa.gov.


The letter will have the following information:


Job Title:
This should indicate the position that you hold. The job title may be generalized; therefore, it may not match the job title used in your official job description.
Examples are:
TCHR  10 MO, 634 10 MO, CASA PRINCIPAL 12MO, 1201 BUS 10 MO
Employment Type:
This section will show if you are a full-time or part-time employee. Per PSERS, full-time employment is defined as 5 hours or more a day, 5 days a week or its equivalent (25 or more hours a week).
Wage Type:
This section will show if you are paid by an annual salary, an hourly rate, or a daily rate.
Effective Date of Record Change:
This date reflects the most recent date for which there was a change in the SDP system. It may or may not be the date of your job title change.
JULY 2, 2011
Board of Trustee Voting Status:
This shows either “Certified” or “Non-Certified” depending on whether your position requires certification through the Pennsylvania Department of Education or other licensing agency. This determines who is allowed to nominate and vote for members of the PSERS Board of Trustees to represent the certified and non-certified member populations. The voting status is associated with the position, not the person. You could be designated “certified” in one position and “non-certified” in another.


In the event of any future position changes, PSERS will automatically generate and send an Employment Status Verification letter to you. Please review it for accuracy and keep it for your records.

The Retirement Office

Retirement and Working Summer Programs

PSERS recently sent notice to the SDP to the effect that newly-retiring members who planned on working in SDP's summer school program may do so only under one of two circumstances. The Retirement Code states that a retiree may not be employed by a Pennsylvania public school and receive a public school retirement benefit at the same time. Although there are some limited exceptions to working after retirement, the fact that retirees can routinely return to teach summer school after retiring does not fit any exception. (One exception that has been approved by PSERS is for SDP retired employees returning to substitute service through the AESOP program, since the SDP previously demonstrated to PSERS that there is never a 100% fill rate for substitutes.)

Read the attached memo for more information 

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