About Us

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“Our Vision is for all children to have access to a great school, close to where they live.”

We are the School District of Philadelphia. We are the eighth largest school district in the nation, located in an historic and culturally rich setting. We are a community of 19,000  caring employees working together with parents, families, volunteers and community members to support the limitless potential of more than 203,000 young scholars. We are committed to educating and graduating generations of thought leaders, entrepreneurs, artists, government officials and change makers. We are the School District of Philadelphia.

Our Mission

The School District of Philadelphia will deliver on the civil right of every child in Philadelphia to an excellent public school education and ensure all children graduate from high school ready to succeed, fully engaged as a citizen of our world.

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Our Core Values

All students can and will learn.
We believe all students achieve through hard work, smart ideas, and help from others.

High-quality instruction is central to our work.
We believe the best kind of teaching takes both care and skill in equal measure.

Schools are learning organizations.
We believe it’s vital to model the benefits of lifelong learning.

Parents and families are our partners.
We believe these partnerships can be transformative for everyone.

We are trusted stewards of public resources.
We believe a great public education must be affordable, efficient, and effective.