School Selection Responses are Coming Soon!

Responses will be Available
January 15, 2021 at 5:00 PM

Starting January 15, 2021 at 5:00 PM, you will be able review your child’s nominations and see which school(s) have accepted your student.

Please remember, you’re NOT DONE YET!  There very important remaining steps to complete!!! See the information detailed below to understand what happens next…

Starting on January 15, 2021 at 5:00 PM, you will receive your notification the same way the application was submitted.

  • District Students who submitted applications through the Family & Student Portal will have decisions posted there.
    • Simply log into your account using the Student ID Number and Password.
    • Once logged in, make sure to access the “Message Center”.  You will see a School Selection Graduation Cap (Green for Students and Grey for Parents).
    • Click on the Icon and it will take you to the application and decisions.
  • Non-District Students (those who currently attend Charter Schools, Catholic Schools, Tuition-Based Schools or are coming from outside of Philadelphia) who submitted applications by email will have decisions sent to the email address that was used when submitting the application.

What are the different results my student can receive, and what do I need to do next?

  1. Approval: You will see the schools that have accepted your student clearly listed on your account. You must commit to one by selecting it (even if only one choice was approved/is listed!) and submitting your choice. All Approvals are Conditional until you submit your final selection. They must be confirmed before the January 25, 2021 deadline or your student will lose their place.
    1. For District Students, final selections can be confirmed by clicking on the appropriate response box next to your final choice, right in the Student / Family Portal, and hitting submit.
    2. For Non-District Students, print out the notification letter, place an “X” in that school’s corresponding box in the “I Accept the Approval” column.
      Then, in the spaces below, sign and date the notification then email it to or deliver it in person to the Office of Student Enrollment and Placement at the School District’s Education Center, located at 440 N. Broad Street between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 3:00p.m.
  2. Waitlist:  If your child was placed on the waitlist of a school, there is a chance that he/she will be admitted to the school.
    There is no required action on your part at this time.  The School Selection process consists of two rounds, and during the next few weeks, your child may be selected from a waiting list of a school, as students commit to their final choices.  You will receive a final notification by the middle of February 2021.
    If your child is selected from the waitlist, the notification status will change to “Approved.” You must then accept this offer if you still want it.
  3. Disapproval: If your student did not receive an approval through the Selection Process, your student will simply be assigned to the local school determined by your home address.

  • LeGare:  If your child is protected by the LeGare Consent Decree and you have questions regarding the responses your child received, we encourage you to reach out to your child’s School Counselor or send an email to  Please be sure to include your child’s name and student ID or reference number.
  • Appeals:  The School District of Philadelphia provides parents with an opportunity to appeal a School Selection “Disapproval” decision.
    Appeals will only be conducted for students who have not been approved to any schools on the application.
    Appeals are reviewed based on the published admission criteria of the school, a review of the student’s application and space availability in the desired school.  All LeGare eligible students will participate in the Impartial Review process.
    Please note: If the student does not meet the entrance criteria of the school, the admission decision will be upheld.To submit an appeal request, parents must complete an Appeal Form, which will be processed by the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities.
    ALL appeal requests must be submitted by 5:00pm February 1, 2021.
    The appeal along with any relevant documentation must be submitted to the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities by email at


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


  • To reach the Office of Student Enrollment and Placement –
  • To reach the LeGare Committee –

Visit the Family and Community Engagement (FACE) Get Help website to find contact information for your School Counselor

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