Posted on February 27, 2024
Categories: News from SDP

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Dear School District of Philadelphia Families,

Graduating from high school ready for success in college, career, and life is an important milestone for your child. No matter your child’s age, it is never too early to start supporting their pathway toward graduation.

As the interim report window for term 3 closes, I want to remind parents, guardians, and caregivers that now is an excellent time to review academic progress before report cards are released at the beginning of April. It is also an excellent opportunity to review your child’s progress toward graduation, no matter their age! This “What Families Can Do” flyer explains some important ways that you can support your child’s pathway to graduation success.

Specifically for parents of high schoolers:

  1. Use this Graduation Checklist to ensure requirements are being met and/or are on track to be met.
  2. Review the Step-By-Step Guide to Accessing Student Graduation Status, found here, to pull a report and see your child’s academic details.
  3. Count credits. If you notice your child is off-track, schedule a conference with their school to discuss a plan.
  4. Ensure your child’s courses and program are aligned with one of the Pathways to Graduation. Adjust as necessary with the assistance of the school teachers and counselors.

If you have general questions, you can visit a Graduation Pop-Up event to meet with a Graduation Ambassador (see the schedule here) or you can contact the Pathways to Graduation Team at Additional information, resources and engagement opportunities are located on the District’s graduation website –

We are your partners in your child’s success! Thank you for partnering with us to help prepare all students to imagine and realize any future they desire!


Jermaine Dawson, Ed.D.
Deputy Superintendent of Academic Services
The School District of Philadelphia