Two to Three Years Before Entering High School
Begin thinking about your options. Use GreatPhillySchools.org to begin your search.
Visit the schools that seem as though they might be a good fit and speak with principals, teachers and parents. Use our guide to school visits to help ask the right questions.
The Year Prior to Entering High School
Get high school application forms through eighth-grade counselors, school websites, or the district Office of Student Enrollment and Placement (215-400-4290).
Visit the Philly High School Fair and speak with representatives from district schools.
Schools begin to hold open houses.
Applications to transfer between neighborhood schools are due. Call the district’s Office of Student Enrollment and Placement at 215-400-4290 for the this year’s deadline. (Read more about school transfers.)
Some schools hold visits, information sessions or open houses.
District special-admission schools conduct interviews and evaluate applications. Some application deadlines fall during this period.
Most public charter schools begin to accept applications. (Read more about applying to charter schools.) Check the list of schools on PhillySchoolApp to see which charters accept the Common Application.
Most private school admission and financial aid applications are due during this period.
District special-admission schools release acceptance, rejection and wait-list decisions.
District citywide-admission schools with more applications than spots run lotteries for all applicants. Neighborhood schools run lotteries for transfer applicants.
District schools conduct a last round of lotteries for the few remaining students.
Parents, counselors and principals can advocate on behalf of students originally wait-listed or rejected by district special-admission schools through phone calls and recommendation letters.
The district sends out additional letters notifying some students of final placements.