“YESPhilly is a 501(c)3 non-profit agency whose mission is to develop a broad base of opportunities for Philadelphia’s out-of-school youth to prepare them to become successful, self-sufficient adults. Since its inception, YESPhilly has provided opportunities to over 200 high school drop-outs per year. We have developed an educational model that prepares students for college and careers by tying together personal development, media arts and technology skills, and academic instruction to meet Pennsylvania standards for high school.”


  • Accelerated Program

    Program Type

  • 9th-12th

    Grades Served

  • Teacher-Based Learning

    Instructional Model

Academic Highlights

Interactive Education
YESPhilly uses Summit, a national blended-learning model that gives students more capacity to manage their own education through robust online curricula and an interactive platform. YESPhilly teacher customize Summit with project-based activities relevant to the students’ skills and interests.

Mural Arts Program
Mural Arts Philadelphia, along with other community partners, provides weekly workshops that teach and encourage students to express their ideas and interests through drawing and painting. YESPhilly graduates are eligible for internships and apprenticeships through Mural Arts Philadelphia programs.

Mental Health Services & Support
YESPhilly partners with the Psychoanalytic Center of Philadelphia to provide our students with free, on site therapy which focuses on deep, long term work. Students are also able to continue with their professional counselor after they graduate, if they wish, free of cost. The counselors come in every week, and are empathetic and very enthusiastic about serving our students.

Extra Curricular Activities

YESPhilly offers WorkReady opportunities, Temple Expressive Music Laboratory, Culinary Arts cooking classes, Zumba classes, Financial Literacy classes, Mural Arts Restorative Practices Youth Program, volunteer opportunities with North Broad Renaissance, and Coded by Kids.


  • 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.