“The mission of Gateway to College at Community College of Philadelphia is to successfully prepare students for life beyond high school by providing a rich blend of secondary and postsecondary academics, extracurricular experiences and support programming that results in earning a high school diploma, significant college credits toward a postsecondary credential and an enhanced sense of responsible citizenship.”


  • Dual Enrollment Program

    Program Type

  • 16-21

    Ages Served

  • Teacher-Based Learning

    Instructional Model

Program Highlights

Earn High School Diploma & College Credits
Gateway to College is a unique partnership with the Community College of Philadelphia that allows students who have dropped out of school the opportunity to each their high school diploma and college credits at the same time.

Postsecondary Support
Students enrolled at Gateway to College have access to individual student support and intensive case management to help navigate the college access process. Resources include college and career exploration, SAT preparation, resume, cover letter, and admissions essays support, and more.

Tuition & Books Coverage
Tuition for college courses that students take as a part of the Gateway to College program are covered, making it easier for students to finance their postsecondary education while obtaining their high school diploma. The program also covers books needed for those classes.

Eligibility Requirements

All interested students must:

  • Live in Philadelphia and be at least 16 years old.
  • Be able to complete requirements for graduation before or during the year of their 22nd birthday.
  • Have no more than 21 academic high school credits.
  • Have reading ability at an 8th grade level or higher.
  • Submit an application and attend an orientation held at CCP.

Extracurricular Activities

Since Gateway to College is hosted by the Community College of Philadelphia, all students have access to a variety of activities available to the college at large.


  • Alternative Education Progress Report
    The Alternative Education Progress Report (AEPR) is an innovative tool designed to provide a high-level overview of how our alternative programs are performing. The AEPR reflects our core belief that all students deserve to attend great schools and that we must hold ourselves to a standard of equitable educational excellence.
    2016-2017 | 2017-2018 | 2018-2019
  • Operational Walk-through Reports
    Operational Walk-throughs are formal observations during which a review team focuses primarily on the operational aspects of a program for the following domains: Vision for Learning; Family & Community Relationships; School Safety; Positive Environment, High Quality Instruction; Talent Development; and Data.
    2017-2018 | 2018-2019
  • Instructional Walk-through Reports
    Instructional Walk-throughs are formal observations in which a review team focuses primarily on the instructional aspects of a program for the following components: Academic Success Questions with Leadership; Academic Success Questions with Teachers; Academic Success Questions with Students; and Classroom Observations.
    2017-2018 | 2018-2019
  • District-wide Survey
    The District-wide Survey is a tool for capturing feedback from the school community on five key topics related to school improvement—climate, instruction, leadership, professional capacity, and parent/guardian-community ties. Questions are asked of each group to gather overall feedback about each school.