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Commodore John Barry Elementary School Students Surprised with Backpacks, School Supplies for the Holidays

Commodore John Barry Elementary School Students Surprised with Backpacks, School Supplies for the Holidays

The Kids In Need Foundation Donates 25,000 Backpacks Across the District PHILADELPHIA — The School District of Philadelphia, in partnership with The Kids In Need Foundation, today helped surprise approximately 400 students at Commodore John Barry Elementary School with new backpacks and school supplies, just in time for the winter break. The event was part…

School District Marks Computer Science Education Week

School District Marks Computer Science Education Week

School District Marks Computer Science Education Week Weeklong celebration to showcase robust digital curriculum offered across the District PHILADELPHIA — The School District of Philadelphia is celebrating its 6th annual Computer Science Education Week with a roster of activities highlighting the District’s expanding digital literacy curriculum and other district-wide activities, including coding. “Computer Science Education…

School District Expands on #GivingTuesday Movement with Giving Week Celebration

School District Expands on #GivingTuesday Movement with Giving Week Celebration

Roster of activities highlights volunteers, donors supporting schools  PHILADELPHIA – Expanding on the popular #GivingTuesday movement The School District of Philadelphia, in partnership with the Fund for the School District of Philadelphia, has kicked off its first annual Giving Week to highlight the exciting ways individuals, businesses, nonprofits and families are making a difference in…

The Fund for the School District of Philadelphia Unveils Innovative Tool to Make it Easier to Support Public Schools

The Fund for the School District of Philadelphia Unveils Innovative Tool to Make it Easier to Support Public Schools

Philly FUNDamentals, a new web-based platform, allows donors to give directly to a school and project of their choice PHILADELPHIA—The Fund for the School District of Philadelphia (the Fund) is proud to launch Philly FUNDamentals, an innovative web-based giving platform that seeks to strengthen all Philadelphia public schools. The School District of Philadelphia is one…

#HardWorkPaysOff: Superintendent Hite Joins Philadelphia Students, Teachers, and Staff to Celebrate School District Progress and Hard Work Paying Off

State PSSA and Keystone results show more School District of Philadelphia students from elementary through high school are achieving – especially in the area of literacy. On October 3, 2017, Superintendent Dr. William R. Hite lead a pep rally celebration with students, teachers, staff and elected officials at the Morton McMichael School. The pep rally…

McCall​ ​School​ ​Named​ ​National​ ​Blue​ ​Ribbon​ ​School

McCall​ ​School​ ​Named​ ​National​ ​Blue​ ​Ribbon​ ​School

Superintendent, Mayor, City Officials and School Community celebrate being one of 342 schools nationwide to be honored by the U.S. Dept. of Education PHILADELPHIA​ ​— General George A. McCall Elementary School has been recognized for the first time as a National Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education. Established in 1982, the award…

Philadelphia’s Students Make Academic Gains

Philadelphia – Results from the 2016-2017 Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA) and Keystone exams, released today by the Pennsylvania Department of Education, show steady—and in some areas significant—gains in student academic performance across the School District of Philadelphia. These student achievements are another indication of the District’s progress and positive momentum in the new…

School District and Housing Authority Celebrate Grand Opening of Vaux Big Picture High School

PHILADELPHIA — Today the School District of Philadelphia joined with the Philadelphia Housing Authority (PHA) to celebrate the opening of Vaux Big Picture High School, one of the City’s newest college preparatory schools and part of PHA’s Choice Neighborhood Transformation Plan for the Sharswood neighborhood. “Vaux Big Picture represents our continued efforts to bring high…

Moody’s Upgrades Credit Rating for the School District of Philadelphia For the First Time Since 2010

PHILADELPHIA — The School District of Philadelphia received more positive news this time from Moody’s Investor Services.  Today Moody’s upgraded for the first time since 2010 the School District’s Bond rating, increasing the rating to Ba2 from the current Ba3.  Moody’s cited  “structural balance and operating surpluses” along with strong management control of finances. The…

First Day of School Highlights

Students, principals, teachers, and families celebrated the first day of the 2017-2018 school year throughout The School District of Philadelphia on Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2017. Superintendent Dr. William R. Hite,  Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney and 30 second graders marked the first day of the 2017-2018 school year with the traditional bell-ringing ceremony at Joseph Pennell Elementary…