Our key messages are designed to advance our educational mission by providing more context and transparency about Philadelphia’s public school story. Our key messages should be woven into all of our communications either explicitly or implicitly. By continuously alluding to our key messages in our communications, we are building trust with our audiences. Our goal is that everyone knows that Philadelphia public schools are a great value and making real progress through a smart plan that challenges us to always expect more.

A PHILADELPHIA PUBLIC SCHOOL EDUCATION IS VALUABLE AND A GREAT CHOICE.

Great Value

A Philadelphia public school education is valuable and a great choice.

We offer our families quality options so they can find just the right path for their students’ success.

  • Philadelphians can be proud of the progress being made in our schools, and can be assured that a public school education is a great choice for everyone.
  • Philadelphia offers 98 publicly funded high schools which offer a diverse array of programs to fit each student’s unique path to a successful future.
    • These include 24 neighborhood schools, 21 highly competitive programs, 121 citywide admissions schools, and 43 charter high schools.
  • In more than 30 high schools, students can also choose over 120 specialized Career and Technical Education programs, where students receive hands-on training by industry professionals to prepare them for over 40 occupational areas.

OUR STUDENTS AND OUR SCHOOLS CONTINUE MAKING MEASURABLE IMPROVEMENTS.

Real Progress

Our students and our schools continue making measurable improvements.

Philadelphians can be proud of the hard-won progress in our schools. And even prouder of the futures our students have in front of them.

  • Our students are achieving.
    • Our graduation rate is the highest it’s been in more than a decade, increasing for the third year in a row.
    • Students academic achievement is improving faster than state averages.
    • Students are achieving on both traditional and nontraditional tracks.
  • Our families are inspiring us to do even more as partners.
    • Family partnerships are accelerating student achievement and school community-building through on-time kindergarten registration, supporting school attendance, and increased participation in School Advisory Councils.

OUR PROGRESS IS THE RESULT OF CAREFUL PLANNING AND SMART EXECUTION.

Smart Plan

Our progress is the result of careful planning and smart execution.

The City can have faith in our approach, our teaching, our leadership, and oversight.

  • Our Action Plan is working.
  • Our principals are strong, respected leaders of their school communities. Our teachers are delivering quality instruction. School staff show us every day how essential they are to our mission.
    • Across the city, we are creating safe, supportive, and academically-challenging environments.
    • We are investing in the caring teachers who are masters of their craft and reflect student diversity that great schools require.
  • In the face of ongoing financial pressure, we have continued to make smart investments in our students’ futures while keeping overhead and administrative cost at historic lows.
    • Our progress and the return to local control is made possible by financial stability.

WE REMAIN COMMITTED TO DELIVERING ON THE CIVIL RIGHT OF EVERY CHILD TO AN EXCELLENT PUBLIC SCHOOL EDUCATION.

Expect More

We remain committed to delivering on the civil right of every child to an excellent public school education.

We are proud of our progress, but not content.

  • We will achieve educational equity when all students have the resources to graduate, ready to succeed as fully engaged citizens of the world.
    • Even as institutionalized barriers and inequitable funding persist, we continue to expand equity, increase opportunity, and create national best practices so that all children can recognize and reach their full potential.
    • All K-2 students are further supported by efforts to reduce suspensions and improve climate.
  • We are committed to attracting and retaining the highest-quality, diverse workforce our students deserve.
    • 99% of teacher positions were filled at the start of the school year and one in four teachers hired was an educator of color, despite persistent teacher shortages and diversity gaps throughout Pennsylvania as a whole.
  • We can build on our momentum with your help.