Student Enrollment & Placement



Depending on the type of school listed on the application will determine what happens next.  If you applies to a:

  • Neighborhood School – your name will automatically go into the lottery for that school but the results from the lottery won’t be made known until January 15, 2021.
  • City Wide School – you must attend an interview to have your name placed in the lottery for that school but decisions won’t be made known until January 15, 2021.  If you are unsure as to when the interviews will be scheduled, please review that school’s website or the City Wide and Special Admission School Requirements Table and contact that school for more information.
  • Special Admission School – each school reviews academic records to determine if a student meets or comes close to their Admissions Criteria.  Some Schools will have an Interview, some Schools will hold Auditions and one school will organize a group writing session.  These happen between November 16, 2020 and January 5, 2021.  If you are unsure of any additional requirements of the schools you applied to, please review the City Wide and Special Admission School Requirements Table.

After all the Interviews, Auditions and group writing sample happens, students and families will be made aware of all school decisions and lottery outcomes on January 15, 2021.  The way you receive your notification depends on how the application was submitted:

  • Applications submitted through the Family & Student Portal will have decisions posted there
  • Applications submitted using the Non-District Student Process will have an e-mail sent to the address or addresses used on the application

Once you receive your Decision from the Schools, you will need to respond if an approval is received.  If no approval or a wait list decision is received, no response is needed.

For more detailed explanation, you may visit Important Dates and Times.


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Visit the PHLConnectED Website

Attention Families: The City of Philadelphia announces its new PHLConnectED program. PHLConnectED is available for families who do not have an internet connection in their home or are only connected with a cell phone. If you do not have an in-home internet connection or only have internet access through your cell phone, call the PHLConnectED hotline to learn more. Dial 211 and press option 1 to hear how you may qualify for the program.

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Before visiting the Education Center, please know you will be required to do a Pre-Entry Screening.

The Virtual High School Fair is now OPEN.  Students and families may visit to Find Your Fit.

If by chance you have not heard from the school you believe your child is supposed to be enrolled in for the 20-21 school year, we encourage you to view that school’s website to see if there is important information regarding New Student Orientation.  If you need assistance finding that school’s website, you may use the School Directory Search Tool.

Welcome to the Office of Student Enrollment & Placement
Online Registration for new students has begun

Using School Finder, You will immediately see a list the schools that are assigned to your home address. Simply enter your address in the requested field and click “Find”

The School District of Philadelphia has developed an online process allowing families to complete the Student Registration Process before school resumes in September 2020, in a completely virtual environment.

School Selection:

  • Allows students going into Kindergarten all the way up to 12th grade to apply to a different school other than the assigned neighborhood or feeder school.
  • Students can apply up to five (5) different School District of Philadelphia Schools (Special Admission, City-Wide and other Neighborhood Schools but excludes Charter, Catholic or paid tuition schools).If a student has a support IEP, Medical 504 Plan or an English Language Learner, they automatically qualify for an advocacy process called  LeGare.
    • This process allows for an EQUAL opportunity for these students to attend a Special Admission High School.
    • LeGare ONLY applies to 8th Graders going into 9th grade.
    • LeGare does NOT guarantee admission.  Students still must meet or come close to admissions criteria and the school MUST be able to provide reasonable accommodations that do not substantially alter the way the curriculum is delivered.

The McKinney-Vento Act is a federal law that ensures the right of students to go to school even when they are homeless or don’t have a permanent address. The Act aims to reduce barriers that have prevented many homeless youth from enrolling, attending, and succeeding in school, including:

  • transportation
  • residency requirements; and
  • documentation requirements, such as birth certificates and medical records.

For more information, please contact the ECYEH Office.

Our Mission:

To provide Philadelphia families with the information you need for school registration, placements and transfers.