Parkway Center City High School


Dr. Karren Dunkley

540 North 13th Street
Philadelphia PA 19123
Phone: 215 400-7620

Parkway Center City

Parkway Center City

Our Vision


It is Parkway Center City's Vision.......

      • To develop each scholar to her or his fullest potential enabling independence and productivity in all aspects of life.

Our Mission

  •      To provide a liberal arts, college preparatory education to prepare all scholars for matriculation in and graduation from college/university, career and innovation. As an early middle college high school, in partnership with Community College of Philadelphia, all scholars will take college level classes leading to an Associates degree. Our staff provides a secure and enriching teaching and learning environment in which all scholars are engaged and nurtured. Our families join us in fostering academic achievement, personal responsibility, self actualization, and civic responsibility.




After Graduation

        School District Of Philadelphia   

     Parkway Center City High School

 Teaching and Learning Beyond Expectations

A Nationally Ranked Silver Medal School Of Excellence

Profile Colleges and Universities College Acceptances For Parkway Center City High School Scholars

Class of 2009-2016 :


 Albright College                                   Kent State University

Arcadia University                                Kutztown University of Pennsylvania

Art Institute of Philadelphia                LaSalle University

Bloomsburg University                        Mansfield University

Brown University                                 Mercer County Community College

Carlow University                                Millersville University of Pennsylvania

Cheyney University                              Morgan State University

Clarion University                                Neumann University

Community College of Philadelphia         

Nyack College                                       Pennsylvania State University

Dartmouth University                           St. John's University

Delaware County Community College  St. Joseph's University

Salem College                                       Temple University

Delaware State University                   University of Bridgeport

Drexel University                                 University of Pennsylvania

Drew University                                   University of Pittsburgh

East Stroudsburg University               Villanova University

Eastern University                               West Chester University

Edinboro University                   

Esperanza College

Fairleigh Dickinson University   

Fordham University                    

University of South Carolina

Harcum College                        

Howard University                     

Harrisburg University of Science and Technology

Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania

School of Applied Recording Arts

University of California San Jose



Points Of Pride

  • Respect for diversity

  • Excellent student and staff attendance

  • A Nationally Ranked Silver Medal School Of Excellence 

  • Earned Pennsylvania Achievement Keystone Award for 6 consecutive years

  • Met AYP for 8 consecutive years

  • 100% graduation and 100% college/university acceptance

  • Research based family engagement programs

  • Annual Walk for Fitness, Parkway Wears Pink, Multicultural Awareness day, Career Day, Spirit Week and Alumni



Requirements for Admission


Parkway Center City accepts students from all over the city.

Students interested in coming to our school need to apply and

should meet the following criteria:

a. Must have all A's and/or B's and no more than

    one (1) C.

b. Must have average or above PSSA score.

c. Must have excellent marks in citizenship—no "3's"

d. Should have no suspensions

e. Attendance should not exceed 10 days absent / 5

    days late.

f. Must demonstrate an attitude of aspirations to

   attend college.

About Parkway Center City

  • Parkway Center City is a Magnet high school that offers:
  • a small, nurturing, academic environment for college bound students (100% graduation rate, with 98% of graduating seniors admitted to college)
  • A safe, accessible location in Central City 
  • A culturally diverse student population
  • Physical and Health education classes on the campus of Temple University
  • An extra-curricular and sports program (Model United Nations (MUN), Student Government, peer mediation, tutoring, robotics, drama, poetry slam, senior committees, Healthy Cooking Club, The Bully Project, Volleyball, Cheerleading, girls and boys basketball, Cross country/track, Run Philly Style, and cooperative sponsorship for football and softball.