Bluford School Transition

 Universal Bluford Charter School will NOT open for students on August 29, 2022 as previously planned. The first day of school for students is postponed until no sooner than September 6, 2022. Click the Aug 26 button below to find a letter with more details. 

If you are interested in a different District School, please use the Online Enrollment button in the resources below to find additional information. Also listed below, find suggestions for in-catchment and out-of-catchment schools and additional information on in-person enrollment sessions, upcoming Town Halls, and more.

*Note: The in-person enrollment center at the Haverford Library will be closed on Friday, 9/2 and Monday, 9/5 for the Labor Day holiday. The enrollment center will open on Tuesday, 9/6 from 8:30am-4:30pm.

In-Catchment Students

For children living in the Bluford or Daroff catchment areas, the following District schools have available capacity:

In addition, the following District schools (which may require transportation) have available capacity.

Out of Catchment Students

For children living outside the Bluford or Daroff catchment areas, there will be a guaranteed place at the District neighborhood school serving the catchment area where they live.

Find Your Neighborhood School: Visit https://webapps1.philasd.org/school_finder/.

Learn More about the various schools in the District HERE.

Aug. 26, 2022

During a special meeting this morning, the School District of Philadelphia’s Board of Education approved a Release and Settlement Agreement with the Combined Board of Trustees of Universal Bluford Charter School and Universal Daroff Charter School that impacts both Bluford and Daroff students and families.

Daroff has agreed to immediately and permanently close, and has surrendered and forfeited its charter. Students should not report to the Daroff building at any time.

Bluford will be delaying its first day of school and will open no sooner than September 6, 2022, allowing Bluford time to work on building conditions and fill staff vacancies before welcoming students on the first day of school. Until then, Bluford students should not report to the school building. Bluford will be open only for this school year, and will close permanently as of June 30, 2023.

Aug. 23, 2022

Click Here to view the presentation from the Virtual Town Hall.

Aug. 19, 2022

Read the Aug. 19 letter to families here.

Additional Virtual Town Hall information coming soon

Neighborhood In-Person Enrollment Event 

  • Location: Haverford Library at 5543 Haverford Avenue (Use entrance on 56th St.)
  • Date and Time: Every day during normal library hours (listed below), starting on Wednesday, August 24th
  • What to Bring: Please bring proof of your child’s age, your child’s immunization record, and proof of address. More information on required documentation can be found here.

Library Hours
Monday: 11am – 7pm
Tuesday: 11am – 7pm
Wednesday: 10am – 6pm
Thursday: 10am – 6pm
Friday: 10am – 5pm
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed

Library Hours – Labor Day Weekend
Friday, 9/2: Library CLOSED
Monday, 9/5: Library CLOSED for Labor Day holiday

The enrollment center will open on Tuesday, 9/6 from 8:30am-4:30pm.

If you have specific questions for Universal Bluford Charter School, you can contact them directly by calling 610-840-4422 or emailing blufordcharter@gmail.com

You can also contact the School District with questions, via Email at ask@philasd.org. You can also call the School District’s Call Center at 215-400-4000, Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.