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.

Academy for the Middle Years (AMY) at Northwest

Alternative Middle Years at James Martin

Carver Middle School for Engineering and Science

Conwell, Russell

Girard Academic Music Program (GAMP)

Hamilton – AIMS Magnet Program

Hill-Freedman World Academy

Science Leadership Academy at Beeber

Science Leadership Academy Middle School (SLAMS)

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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Time Frame Activity
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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