About Us

The School District of Philadelphia is the eighth largest school district in the nation, by enrollment. Located in a historic and culturally rich setting, we are a racially and ethnically diverse community committed to education. We are students, parents, teachers, staff, and community members; we are the School District of Philadelphia.

Our Mission

The mission of the School District of Philadelphia is to provide a high-quality education that prepares, ensures, and empowers all students to achieve their full intellectual and social potential in order to become lifelong learners and productive members of society.

Our Vision

We believe all children can reach their learning potential and that the achievement gap can be eliminated. The School Reform Commission is responsible for that improvement and is obligated to support the District's mission. The Commission commits itself to raising student achievement through District-wide reforms and restructuring measures. We have done much but we have a long way to go.

Governance

The School District of Philadelphia is governed by a five-member School Reform Commission (SRC), established in December 2001, when oversight of the School District shifted to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The Governor of Pennsylvania appoints three of the SRC members, while the Mayor of Philadelphia appoints two members of the commission.
More about the School Reform Commission (SRC)

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A Snapshot of the District

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Source of School District Operating Revenues

Budget Information

District Schools

Data updated as of December 2014.

Excludes Pre-K (Early Childhood), Alternative Education Programs, Phila Virtual Academy (Cyber) and Charter Schools

Type Schools
Elementary 149
Middle 16
High 53
All SDP Schools 218
Enrollment
Total Enrollment 142,266
Number of K-12 Students 129,573
Number of Pre-K Students 8,697
Number of Alternative Education Students 3,660
Number of PVA (Phila Virtual Academy) Students 336
Demographics Students Percentage
American Indian/Alaskan Native 251 0.19%
Asian 10,496 8.10%
Black/African American 67,165 51.84%
Hispanic/Latino 25,156 19.41%
Multi Racial/Other 8,088 6.24%
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander 45 0.03%
White 18,372 14.18%
Grades Students Percentage
Kindergarten 11,979 9.24%
Grade 1 12,761 9.85%
Grade 2 12,166 9.39%
Grade 3 11,389 8.79%
Grade 4 10,935 8.44%
Grade 5 10,160 7.84%
Grade 6 8,988 6.94%
Grade 7 8,617 6.65%
Grade 8 8,426 6.50%
Grade 9 9,951 7.68%
Grade 10 9,101 7.02%
Grade 11 7,918 6.11%
Grade 12 7,182 5.54%
Other Categories Students Percentage
Students with Disabilities 17,916 13.83%
Students who are Mentally Gifted 2,997 2.31%
ELL Students 12,485 9.64%
Economically Disadvantaged Students N/A N/A

Additional School Information

Charter Schools

Data updated as of December 2014.

Number of Charter Schools 86
Number of Charter School Students 64,301
Demographics Students Percentage
American Indian/Alaskan Native 187 0.29%
Asian 1,982 3.08%
Black/African American 39,969 62.16%
Hispanic/Latino 10,934 17.00%
Multi Racial/Other 2,428 3.78%
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander 9 0.01%
White 9,331 14.51%
Grades Students Percentage
Kindergarten 4,702 7.31%
Grade 1 4,780 7.43%
Grade 2 4,838 7.52%
Grade 3 4,465 6.94%
Grade 4 4,479 6.97%
Grade 5 4,950 7.70%
Grade 6 5,809 9.03%
Grade 7 5,829 9.07%
Grade 8 5,486 8.53%
Grade 9 5,377 8.36%
Grade 10 5,060 7.87%
Grade 11 4,356 6.77%
Grade 12 4,170 6.49%

Employees

Data updated as of December 2014.

Number of Employees 16,593
Number of Teachers 8,483
Number of Principals and Assistant Principals 307

Students Transported Daily

Data updated as of December 2014.

District Students 15,430
Charter Students 15,525
Private/Parochial 8,554
Total Students Getting Bussing 39,509
Total Students Getting Transpasses (Public Transportation) 60,906

Additional Transportation Information

School Meals Served Daily

Data updated as of December 2014.

SDP Schools with Universal Free Meal Program 218
Free breakfasts served daily 61,650
Number of free lunches served daily 96,600

Additional Food Services Information