In Philadelphia, “accelerated” schools are for students up to 21 years old who have not completed high school on a traditional path and want to earn a diploma.
Accelerated schools only take students who are considered “at risk” of not graduating. They offer classes designed especially for students who have dropped out or fallen far behind, and they provide extra help, tutoring and career- and other types of counseling.
Options in Philadelphia
There are 13 accelerated schools in the School District of Philadelphia. Students can earn credits toward their high school diploma or GED. All are public schools; there is no cost to attend. To learn more, visit the district’s Re-Engagement Center.
Philadelphia also offers a Gateway to College program in partnership with the Community College of Philadelphia (CCP). This program is open to students who have dropped out of school and wish to earn their high school diploma and college credit at the same time. Applicants must meet the following criteria:
YouthBuild Philadelphia Charter School serves as another option for Philadelphia students who want to return to school and earn their diploma. Applicants must meet the following criteria: