FAQ’s

Who is eligible to apply for S.Y.O.P.?

Students need a minimum of 17.5 quality credits by the end of their Junior year to qualify for S.Y.O.P. The credit breakdown is below:

3 English, 3 Math, 3 Science, 3 Social Studies, 2 World Language, 2 Electives, 1 Physical Education and .5 Health.

What if I will not have 17.5 credits by fall 2021?

Students who do not have 17.5 credits by the start of their senior year will not be able to participate in the program.

Can I apply to more than one program?

Yes. Students can apply for two programs by ranking preference. Students will only be accepted into one.

What is the minimum GPA for S.Y.O.P.?

The Temple Education Scholars program requires a 3.0 GPA. Other S.Y.O.P. programming does not require a minimum GPA.

When are S.Y.O.P. applications due?

All applications are due on April 30, 2021. Late applications will not be accepted!

What are the requirements to apply for S.Y.O.P.?

A Completed Google application including your high school transcript.

When will I know if I am admitted into S.Y.O.P.?

Selected applicants will be notified by June 2021.

Is there a cost for S.Y.O.P.?

S.Y.O.P. is free of charge for students! Students will receive transportation, lunch, and necessary books/materials for all programs.

Where will S.Y.O.P. take place?

There is a possibility that programs will be virtual. Should in-person learning resume, locations will be the following:

  • Advanced Senior Year (ASY) will take place at Community College of Philadelphia
  • Temple Education Scholars (TES) will take place at Temple University
  • Urban Agriculture will take place at Fox Chase Farm – 8500 Pine Street, Philadelphia, PA 19111
  • Urban Agriculture & Landscape Design will take place at Fox Chase Farm – 8500 Pine Street, Philadelphia, PA 19111
  • Animal Science and Food Systems Relationships will take place at Fox Chase Farm – 8500 Pine Street, Philadelphia, PA 19111
  • Comcast Internship Program – various locations throughout the city.

What certificates/license/college credits will I receive?

  • Students in ASY can receive up to 24 college credits.
  • Students in the Temple Education Scholars program will receive up to 15 college credits.
  • Students in the Urban Agriculture,  Urban Agriculture & Landscape Design, and Animal Science and Food Systems Relationships programs will receive the following: OSHA 10, ServSafe, PA Pesticide Applicator’s License, and STIHL Landscaping Equipment Use Training Certification

How many days a week will S.Y.O.P. take place?

There is a possibility that programs will be virtual.

  • ASY: Students will attend five full days per week.
  • Urban Agriculture: Students will attend one or two full days on site, three or four full days at school.
  • Urban Agriculture & Landscape Design: Students will attend one or two full days on site, three or four full days at school.
  • Animal Science and Food Systems Relationships: Students will attend one or two full days on site, three or four full days at school.
  • TES: Students will attend school in the morning and Temple in the afternoon five days a week.
  • Comcast Internship Program: Students will attend 1 full day on site, 4 full days at school.

I have applied for a S.Y.O.P. program. What are my next steps?

Applications will be reviewed and students will receive official notification of next steps via email.  Next steps vary depending on your program.

  • ASY: Students will receive instructions on how to schedule and take the Accuplacer exam. Students must place into college-level courses in both Math and English to be eligible for ASY or have a qualifying GPA of 3.2 or higher.
  • All Other Programs: Students will be invited to participate in an interview.

What are the start and end dates of each program?

S.Y.O.P. is a full school year commitment.

  • ASY: Students will attend five full days per week.
  • Urban Agriculture: Students will attend two full days on site, three full days at school.
  • Temple Education Scholars: Students will attend their high school every morning and take college courses at Temple every afternoon.
  • Comcast Internship Program: Students will attend 1 full day on site, 4 full days at school.

Are current CTE students eligible for S.Y.O.P.?

All students are encouraged to apply.

How do I obtain a S.Y.O.P. application?

The application can be accessed here.

How do I obtain more information about S.Y.O.P.?

Visit the website and register for one of the information sessions at www.philasd.org/academics/syop or email questions directly to syop@philasd.org.

Am I still eligible to play sports while attending S.Y.O.P.?

Yes! Students in S.Y.O.P can participate in sports at their school.