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. Together we are building, creating, supporting the next generation of leaders in 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.


The Board of Education is the governing body responsible for overseeing all policies and budgetary decisions of the School District of Philadelphia. The Board of Education also serves as the authorizer for all charter schools in Philadelphia. The Board is made up of nine (9) Board Members who are appointed by the Mayor, and confirmed by City Council.

Our Core Values

Our core values inform and shape the approach we take as an educational institution and serve as underlying themes for our communications. These core values should be seen as the promises we are making to our students, employees, and the greater Philadelphia community.