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District Graduation Rates Increase Again

Posted on November 9, 2017
Categories: Press Releases

Hard Work Keeps Paying Off – Progress and Momentum of the School District of Philadelphia Continues Philadelphia – At a pep rally at Lincoln High School, the School District of Philadelphia celebrated an increase in their graduation rate for the third consecutive year.  This comes on the heels of the District’s increases in PSSA/Keystones announced…

Superintendent Hite, SRC Chair Joyce Wilkerson Issue Statements on Mayor Kenney’s Speech on Return to Local Control

Posted on November 2, 2017
Categories: Press Releases

PHILADELPHIA — Dr. William R. Hite, Superintendent of the School District of Philadelphia, and Joyce Wilkerson, Chair of the School Reform Commission, have issued statements regarding Mayor Jim Kenney’s Nov. 2 speech on the return to local control. Dr. Hite’s statement is as follows: “I will continue to advocate for the resources that will increase…

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

Posted on November 1, 2017
Categories: Press Releases

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…

School District Highlights Expanded English Learner Positions and Immigration Services

Posted on October 24, 2017
Categories: Press Releases

Superintendent Hite joined by City Councilors Blackwell, Parker, Sánchez and Gym, and Immigrant Student Advocates tour Woodrow Wilson Middle School and observe English language learner classes PHILADELPHIA – Dr. William Hite, Superintendent of The School District of Philadelphia, joined City Council leaders and Immigrant Student Advocates at Woodrow Wilson Middle School to celebrate expanded English…

School District to Redesign Arts Education with a Focus on Driving Student Success

Posted on October 17, 2017
Categories: Good News, Press Releases

Student-focused Arts & Creativity Framework aims to significantly bolster arts resources and curriculum   PHILADELPHIA – The School District of Philadelphia unveiled its new multi-phased Arts & Creativity Framework, which establishes a path forward for a comprehensive redesign of arts education in the City.  Supported by the Neubauer Family Foundation, the Framework was developed from 16…

Nearly 40,000 School District High School Students Are Taking the PSAT/SAT for Free

Posted on October 12, 2017
Categories: Press Releases

PHILADELPHIA — The School District of Philadelphia is again providing free access and opportunity for 38,365 District high school students to take the SAT, Practice SAT (PSAT)/National Merit Qualifying Test, and PSAT 8/9. “Anchor Goal 1 is about ensuring all children graduate ready for a career or college.  By making the PSAT/SAT and other key…

School District, Mayor Kenney, Radio and Community Partners Join Together to Launch #AttendanceHero Campaign

School District, Mayor Kenney, Radio and Community Partners Join Together to Launch #AttendanceHero Campaign

Posted on September 12, 2017
Categories: Press Releases

PHILADELPHIA — The School District of Philadelphia launched a new initiative focused on improving student attendance for the 2017-2018 school year, #AttendanceHero. Superintendent Dr. William R. Hite joined Mayor Jim Kenney, members of City Council, area radio station representatives, the Philadelphia 76ers, and nearly 60 fourth grade students at John F. Hartranft School to celebrate…

School District Celebrates Start of 2017-2018 School Year with 30 Second Graders at Bell-Ringing in New Literacy Classroom at Pennell Elementary

Posted on September 6, 2017
Categories: Good News, Press Releases

PHILADELPHIA — School District of Philadelphia 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 School. The celebration took place in a newly modernized classroom, which has been completely refurbished to support the District’s…

School District’s PSTV, DASH Partner to Offer “Songwriting 101” with Music Industry Professionals

Posted on September 6, 2017
Categories: Press Releases

PHILADELPHIA – The School District of Philadelphia on Friday announced a new music production partnership and programming opportunity between its own Philadelphia Schools TV (PSTV) Studios and DASH (Destined to Achieve Successful Heights), made possible through a grant from StartupPHL. This Fall, DASH will roll out a “Songwriting 101” class that will be delivered by…

School District Celebrates Launch of Exemplary Teaching Video Library

Posted on September 6, 2017
Categories: Press Releases

PHILADELPHIA — The School District of Philadelphia on Wednesday unveiled its Exemplary Teaching Video Library, an online tool for teachers, principals and central office staff featuring videos with District teachers designed to provide examples of best teaching practices. “We are at our best as educators when we collaborate, share and learn from one another, which is…