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PSSA and Keystone Results show District Students Continue to make Academic Progress

District student PSSA and Keystone improvements outpace state level increases PHILADELPHIA – Scores from the 2017-2018 Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA) and Keystone Exams show School District of Philadelphia students making continued academic progress. Large gains were made on the PSSA, with a significant number of students moving out of the below-basic category on…

School District Asks for Input on School Calendar

Parents, staff and community can weigh in on priorities PHILADELPHIA – The School District of Philadelphia is beginning the process of developing the Academic Calendar for SY 19-20 and 20-21, and is asking for feedback from families and staff to help guide the decisions that will go into making the schedule final. The short, 4-question…

School District Applies for $6 Million in State Grants for School Safety Upgrades

PHILADELPHIA – In an effort to enhance school safety and security at schools throughout the city, the School District of Philadelphia has submitted an application to the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD) for nearly $6 million in grants providing for equipment and professional development for staff. “We are very appreciative that the state…

#TwoBlue: Greenfield, Meredith Schools Named National Blue Ribbon Schools

Superintendent, Mayor and School Communities celebrate being honored by the U.S. Dept. of Education PHILADELPHIA — The U.S. Department of Education recognized two schools within the School District of Philadelphia as National Blue Ribbon Schools: Albert M. Greenfield and William M. Meredith elementary schools. “The School District of Philadelphia congratulates both Greenfield and Meredith schools…

Philadelphia Robotics Coalition publicly launches, seeks funding to expand impact

Already impacting 22 schools, the Coalition seeks $75,000 additional annual funding to increase reach to more schools across Philadelphia PHILADELPHIA — Dr. William Hite, Superintendent of the School District of Philadelphia, joined with Philadelphia elected officials, philanthropic leaders and educators to help publicly unveil the Philadelphia Robotics Coalition and its $75,000 fundraising campaign to make…

School District launches #FindYourFit Campaign

As School Selection begins for the 2019-2020 School Year, students and families can explore various educational options PHILADELPHIA — School District of Philadelphia officials announced to families, students and community members that the K-12 School Selection Process for the 2019-2020 school year starts on Friday, September 21, and runs through 5 p.m. Friday, November 2….

Board of Education Announces Two New Student Board Representatives

Board of Education Announces Two New Student Board Representatives

PHILADELPHIA — The Board of Education has selected two non-voting Student Representatives who will serve in an advisory capacity to represent the interests of students in Philadelphia. The selected students are Alfredo Praticò, a senior at Masterman High School and Julia Frank, a senior at Northeast High School. “We have been anxiously awaiting this huge…

New Charter School Application Cycle Opens September 17

PHILADELPHIA—The School District of Philadelphia’s application process for new charter schools opened today, Monday, September 17. Applications are due Thursday, November 15, 2018 by 5 p.m. The application process is only for new charter schools. Interested operators can access the application and other new charter application content online through the Charter Schools Office webpage on…

Academy at Palumbo School Dismisses Early Due to Flooding

PHILADELPHIA — The Academy at Palumbo School was impacted by flooding from heavy rains over the weekend. School was dismissed at 1 p.m. This morning students were relocated to parts of the building that were not impacted, like the auditorium, and alternate arrangements were made where appropriate for breakfast and lunch. Several classrooms, hallways and…

District Releases Sixth Building Improvement Update

The District’s operations staff have been working to accelerate school improvement projects to ensure safe, healthy, and welcoming environments for students and staff. To keep parents and school communities updated on the projects and improvements taking place at their schools, the District released bi-weekly reports throughout the summer and will transition to quarterly updates in…