Elementary/Middle School Information
The School District of Philadelphia provides families with the opportunity to apply to schools in all grades including Kindergarten. In addition to having the ability to attend a neighborhood school that is outside your catchment, students entering grades 5-8 have several different citywide and special admit* options in our city.
*A special admit middle school is one that has a specialized program, and specific admissions criteria.
To find out more about these schools and the admissions criteria, please click on the school name below.
Any time between Friday September 20th and Friday November 1, you can go online to choose the school you’d most like to attend. Please keep in mind that if you are applying for Kindergarten, you must complete the application for “Non-District Students.”
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|September 20 5pm||School Selection Application Window Opens|
|November 1 5pm||School Selection Application Window Closes|
|November 1-Jan 12||Schools Evaluate Applications and Select Students|
|November 5 – November 8, 2019||Schools: Sending school document drop-off at 440 in Suite 111|
|November 12, 2019||Schools: Receiving school document pick up at 440 in Suite 111|
|November 12 – December 27, 2019||Schools: Receiving school evaluation (schools and programs with admission criteria)|
|January 2 – January 6, 2020||Schools: Conduct lotteries, perform quality control process|
|January 10, 2020||Initial notifications available! School District students/parents will be able to view their options in student and parent portals. Non-District families will be notified by e-mail.|
|January 10 – January 21, 2020||Students and parents review their options and complete the process by choosing the school they wish to attend, online or in person. Students with one or more approvals MUST confirm their final selection, or they risk losing their spot (PLEASE NOTE- Approvals will change to “Decline- No response” if the student does not confirm an acceptance)|
|January 21 – February 4, 2020||Schools fill available seats with students from their wait lists|
|February 7, 2020||Final notifications available in the student and parent portals for school district students and families.|
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