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School Selection Process

School Selection Process

Welcome to the School District of Philadelphia’s School Selection website! 

The deadline to submit an online School Selection application was 5:00 pm on November 14th.  The School District of Philadelphia is no longer accepting applications for the 2017-2018 school year.  The School Selection Process will begin again September 29, 2017 for the 2018-2019 school year.

 

Elementary and Middle School Resources PK - 8

The School District of Philadelphia has many elementary and middle school options for students.  The school options below are available to all students who will be in grades PK-8 beginning September 2017.  Click here to access the Overview of the School Selection Process.


Special Admission Middle Schools - Program Codes for Special Admission Middle Schools

Please click the links below to review the discriptions and entrance criteria for special admission middle schools

1.  Academy for the Middle Years (AMY) Northwest  (Grades 6-8)
2.  Andrew Hamilton Achieving in Middle School (AIMS) Magnet Program (Grades 6-8)
3.  Engineering & Science Middle Years Program (Grades 7-8) (Please note:All Engineering & Science Middle Years applicants should select the "Engineering & Science High School" in the drop downlist of schools regardless of applying to the middle or high school.)
4.  Conwell Middle Magnet School (Grades 5-8)
5.  Girard Academic Music Program (GAMP) (Grades 5-8)
6.  Grover Washington Music Magnet Program (Grades 5-8)
7.  Hill-Freedman World Academy (Grades 6-8)
8.  Masterman Laboratory and Demonstration Middle Magnet School (Grades 5-8) (Please note:All Masterman applicants should select the "Masterman High School" in the drop downlist of schools regardless of applying to the middle or high school.)

Additional Resources

The following resources are used for middle grades special admission school applicants.

PSSA Conversion Chart
Each special admission middle school has a minimum standardized test score percentile in its entrance requirements. This chart contains the grade level reading and math PSSA test scores for students and how they align to a percentile.  Please use the chart to determine if the student's scores meet the school's minimum test score entrance requirements.

*Non-School District of Philadelphia Applicants- If a student has taken some other standardized test (i.e. California Achievement Test, Terra Nova, etc); please provide the scores and a description of the scoring to the school.

Student Data Transcript
Non School District of Philadelphia Applicants must provide the Student Data Transcript and copies of complete previous year Academic Records to ALL criteria based Middle Schools.  This can include but is not limited to:

  1. Most recent final report card
  2. Most recent standardized test score results
  3. Most recent final attendance report
  4. Most recent behavior record
  5. Essay or writing sample where applicable
  6. Letters of recommendation where applicable

Citywide Admission Middle and Elementary Schools (No Admissions Criteria)

Please click the links below to read decriptions about each citywide admission middle school.

1.      AMY at James Martin (Grades 6-8)
2.     
Fitler Academics Plus (Grades K through 8)
3.      Kearny Elementary Arts Program (Grades 5-8)
4.     
MYA (Middle Years Alternative) (Grades 5-8)
5.     
Overbrook Education Center (Grades K through 8)
6.      Science Leadership Academy Middle School (Grade 5 & 6)

*All seats are filled through a random computerized lottery


Neighborhood Elementary and Middle Schools

Please click on the following link to view the List of Eligible Neighborhood Elementary and Middle Schools

Annually, The School District of Philadelphia examines the enrollment trends and building utilization of every neighborhood elementary and middle school to create a list of schools that have available seats to receive students from outside of a schools catchment.  Families can choose up to five schools from the list of schools for Fall 2017 admission.

Click on the following link to learn more about School Progress Report (SPR) Scores and Levels.

Sibling Placement Process

Siblings are assigned to Elementary Neighborhood and Middle Citywide Schools based on space availability. Spaces are determined by the office of Grade and Space Planning, Office of Student Enrollment and Placement, and verified by school principals.

Sibling Criteria:

  • Siblings must live in the same household.
  • Preference is given to applicants whose siblings are currently attending a Neighborhood or Citywide Elementary/Middle School.

Preference is given to applicants siblings who are already attending a school because of the limited number of available seats at any given school. All other applicant sibling/s applying to a requested school where there are no sibling/s attending are in the general lottery. 

Sibling preference is not considered for special admission schools. Each student must meet the criteria of the special admission school.

Types of Siblings:

  • Siblings currently attending an Elementary/Middle Neighborhood School outside of the attendance boundary of the student.
  • Siblings currently attending a Citywide Middle School (school does not have an attendance boundary.)
  • Siblings applying to Elementary/Middle Neighborhood School outside of the attendance boundary of the student.
  • Siblings applying to a Citywide Middle School (school does not have an attendance boundary.)

High School Resources

 

The School District of Philadelphia has many exciting high school options for students.  By clicking on the links below, you can view the Promotional Videos for each of these school:


Academy at Palumbo
Arts Academy at Ben Rush
Building 21
CAPA - Creative and Performing Arts
GAMP - Girard Academic Music Program
Kensington CAPA
Overbrook High School
PMA - Philadelphia Military Academy
Randolph Career and Technical High School
SLA - Science Leadership Academy
The Workshop School
Thomas Edison High School


Click here to access the Overview of the School Selection Process.

 This resource guide provides the most up to date information about the various high school options throughout The School District of Philadelphia.  The directory contains a description of each high school; academic and specialty programs; schools' entrance criteria, and much more!


High School Program Code List for 17-18

This document provides a list of all current High Schools and Programs available in those schools.

School Progress Report (SPR)
The School Progress Report (SPR) is an innovative new tool designed to help us support, respond to, and improve our schools. The SPR reflects our core belief that all students deserve to attend great schools and that we must hold ourselves to a standard of educational excellence. The SPR enables us to see whether we are meeting this standard and to track progress against our District’s anchor goals outlined in Action Plan v2.0.

PSSA Conversion Chart

Each special and citywide admission high school has a minimum standardized test score percentile in its entrance requirements. This chart contains aggregate PSSA (Pennsylvania System of School Assessment) test scores for reading and math by grade level and their correlating local percentile.  Please use the chart to determine if the student's scores meet the school's minimum requirements.

*Non-School District of Philadelphia Applicants- If a student has taken some other standardized test (i.e. California Achievement Test, Terra Nova, etc); please provide the scores and a description of the scoring to the school.

Keystone Conversion Chart (generally a high school level exam)
Each special and citywide admission high school has a minimum standardized test score percentile in its entrance requirements. This chart contains aggregate Keystone Exam scores for their correlating local percentile.  Please use the chart to determine if the student's scores meet the school's minimum requirements.

The Keystone Exams are end-of-course assessments designed to evaluate proficiency in academic content. Beginning with the class of 2017, students must demonstrate proficiency on the Algebra I, Literature, and Biology Keystone Exams to graduate.

Student Data Transcript
Non School District of Philadelphia Applicants must provide the Student Data Transcript and copies of complete previous year Academic Records to ALL criteria based High Schools.  This can include but is not limited to:
  1. Most recent final report card
  2. Most recent standardized test score results
  3. Most recent final attendance report
  4. Most recent behavior record
  5. Essay or writing sample where applicable
  6. Letters of recommendation where applicable

 



The LeGare Advocacy Process

The School District of Philadelphia is committed to providing all students with equal opportunities to participate in the High School Selection process.  Special populations of students which include students with disabilities, English Language Learners and students with 504 Plans are encouraged to participate in the High School Selection process.  This advocacy process is used exclusively for students currently in eighth grade applying to ninth grade. 

 

If you have any questions concerning ESOL students applying to high school, please contact the Office of Multilingual Curriculum and Programs at 215-400-4240.

If you have any questions concerning students with IEP's and 504 Plans applying to high school, please contact the Office of Specialized Services at 215-400-4170.

Questions

Email- schoolselect@philasd.org

Telephone- 215-400-4290