School Selection - Find Your Fit

The PSSA will not be used for the 2021 School Selection Process

Click HERE to give feedback on the School Selection Process.

As of February 12, 2021, 5:00 PM, all School Selection Final Notifications have been sent.  If there are questions as to where your student will be attending school next year, please contact your students School Counselor first.

As of May 2021, all Impartial Review Notifications have been sent out.  If there are questions regarding dispositions from the Impartial Review Committee, please contact your students School Counselor first or send an email to  When sending an e-mail, please be sure to include your child’s name and student ID or reference number.


Once the School Selection Application Process opens on September 18, 2020, schools, families and students can access the online application to submit requests for the the school or schools you’d most like to attend.

The application Process will close November 6, 2020 and be for admission in September 2021.

Dates and TimesActivity
September 18, 2020 @ 5:00 PMSchool Selection Application Window Opens.
November 6, 2020 @ 11:59 PMSchool Selection Application Window Closes.
November 16, 2020 to – January 5, 2021Receiving School Evaluate (schools and programs with
admission criteria).
January 8, 2021Conduct lotteries, perform quality control process
January 15, 2021 @ 5:00 PMInitial 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 25, 2021Last day to confirm approvals. Not confirming will change the approval to “Decline- No response”.
January 2021 to February 2021Schools fill available seats with students from their wait lists.
February 12, 2021 @ 5:00 PM Final notifications available in the student and parent portals for school district students and families.

There are several ways to research and compare schools as you search for your perfect fit.

You can view a lot of different things like test scores and demographics – and even compare schools side-by-side – using the updated School Profiles and Data feature.

Due to COVID, we’ve encouraged our schools to update their websites with as much detail as possible so definitely view, and revisit those sites throughout the process. We still recommend you contact a representative at your desired school to ask any questions; just understand in this new normal, it can be hard to get to everyone as quickly!

In 2020, unfortunately live events like open houses and High School fairs won’t be possible. However, we do have a few ways to get a feel for our many high schools:

Virtual High School Fair: Coming in September 2020! Connect with representatives to discuss admissions requirements, extracurricular activities, academics, and more.

High School Directory: our annual compilation of each high school with details about specific academic programs, special clubs, athletics, and more.

Career Pathways: a new and interactive way to explore careers and programs within the School District of Philadelphia. It features eight distinct, yet in-demand careers clusters highlighting current CTE programs, AP offerings, Military guidance, and postgraduate opportunities to help you plan for the future you!

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 different neighborhood  than the one connecting to your home address, students entering grades 5 to 8 have several different City Wide and Special Admit* options.

*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

Fitler Academics Plus

Conwell, Russell

Girard Academic Music Program (GAMP)

Hamilton – AIMS Magnet Program

Hill-Freedman World Academy

Masterman, Julia

Overbrook Education Center

Science Leadership Academy at Beeber

Science Leadership Academy Middle School (SLAMS)

Once the School Selection Application Process opens again in September; schools, families and students can access the online application to submit requests for the the school or schools you would most like to attend.  Please be mindful that the Application Process will close in November and be for admission in September 2021.

Contact Us


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