A Message from the Superintendent

Dr. Hite Reading to Children

Welcome to the School District of Philadelphia!

We are one of the largest school districts in the country, with approximately 19,000 employees who support our 203,000 students each day. We are incredibly proud of the diversity of our students and families, and we strive to make every learning environment supportive, vibrant and welcoming. Ultimately, we want all of our students to graduate, prepared to pursue a career or further their education in their chosen field.

We are a district on the rise, and have made significant progress in recent years. Some of our District’s points of pride include:

  • There are double the number of higher-performing schools and 50 percent fewer lower-performing schools now than in 2014;
  • We’ve increased our graduation rate for three consecutive years (at 69 percent for District and alternative school students);
  • Student attendance is increasing; and
  • Our schools are making progress in areas most important for student success, including achievement, progress, climate and college and career readiness.

If you’re curious about what’s going on in our schools, I encourage you to visit! You’ll see students actively engaged in their own learning, teachers and counselors encouraging and supporting students, and school leadership empowering staff to be their best.

Each day, I’m inspired by our students and employees, and I’m looking forward to celebrating even more successes in the 2019-2020 school year. Our children are in the best position to succeed when families and communities are invested in their learning, so let’s all be part of the progress!


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