2018-19 How to Apply to Citywide and Special Admission Schools

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School Types

Citywide Admission schools and Special Admission (magnet) schools are public and run by the School District of Philadelphia. Unlike neighborhood schools, they are open to any student living in Philadelphia. Some have behaviorial, attendance, and academic requirements, while others admit students through a lottery. 

Generally speaking, Special Admission schools have higher academic, behavior, and attendance requirements than Citywide Admission schools.

Note: All Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs (even those housed in a neighborhood high schools), are all citywide admission schools and admit via a lottery system. These programs offer a wide range of vocational opportunities for high school students. Learn more here.

Finding the right fit

Requirements for admission vary from school to school, so families should look closely at a school's requirements and compare them with their student's academic, attendance, and behavioral records to find schools that are a good match. This is important because the District's School Selection Application only allows you to choose up to five schools.  

For schools listing PSSA percentile requirements, use this key to interpret your student's raw score.

Applying

To apply to any School District of Philadelphia school, you must submit an application online by 5pm on November 13, 2017. The application is available at schoolselect.philasd.org as of September 29, 2017. Learn more about applying and get tips on maximizing your choices here.

Public Citywide Admission Schools

School Name

Grades Served

Location

Admission Requirements

Alternative for the Middle Years (AMY) at James Martin School

6-8

Port Richmond

There are no admission requirements for this school. Prospective students must submit an application online with the School District of Philadelphia's Office of Student Enrollment and Placement. Students will then be admitted via a lottery.

Building 21

9-12

North Philadelphia East

There are no admission requirements for this school. Students from all over the city can apply, regardless of their grades, attendance or disciplinary record. There is a 60% neighborhood preference.

Constitution High School

9-12

Center City East

Grades: All A's, B's and C's on most recent report card; Attendance: No more than 10 total absences and instances of lateness on most recent final report card; Behavior: No negative disciplinary reports; Other: Personal interview and written essay which has to be brought to the personal interview. The essay prompt will be: "Who am I? What do I hope to get out of the high school experience? What do I want to contribute to this high school?"

Murrell Dobbins Career & Technical Education High School

9-12

Allegheny West

There are no admission requirements for this school. Prospective students must submit an application online with the School District of Philadelphia's Office of Student Enrollment and Placement. Students will then be admitted via a lottery.

Edwin Fitler Academics Plus School

1-8

East Germantown

There are no admission requirements for this school.

High School of the Future

9-12

West Parkside

Grades: Cumulative results of last academic year: passing all classes with a C or better; Attendance: 10 or fewer unexcused absences in the previous year and no more than 5 unexcused tardies; Behavior: No out of school suspensions.

The LINC

9-12

North Philadelphia

There are no admission requirements for this school. All are welcome, reglardless of academic or behavioral background. There is a 50% neighborhood preference for students from the following zip codes: 19120, 19121, 19122, 19123, 19124, 19125, 19130, 19132, 19133, 19134 and 19140.

Jules Mastbaum Area Vocational High School

9-12

Kensington

There are no admission requirements for this school. Prospective students must submit an application online with the School District of Philadelphia's Office of Student Enrollment and Placement. Students will then be admitted via a lottery.

Middle Years Alternative (MYA) School for the Humanities

5-8

Walnut Hill

There are no admission requirements for this school. Prospective students must submit an application online with the School District of Philadelphia's Office of Student Enrollment and Placement. Students will then be admitted via a lottery.

Paul Robeson High School For Human Services

9-12

University City

Grades: All A's, B's or C's; Attendance: No more than 10 absences and 5 tardies; Behavior: No negative disciplinary reports on the most recent final report card; Other: Interview by invitation only.

Overbrook Educational Center

K-8

Overbrook

The School District of Philadelphia's Program for the Blind and Visually Impaired (K-8) is set alonside the Regular Education program at Overbrook Educational Center. Students with visual impairments are referred through their IEP team and the School District of Philadelphia's Office of Specialized Services. Students without visual impairments participate in the District's lottery. There are no admission requirements for these students.

Philadelphia Military Academy

9-12

North Central

Grades: All A's, B's or C's on your 7th grade report card and 1st quarter of your 8th grade report card; Attendance: Record of good attendnace; Behavior: Record of good discipline; Other: Minimum of 6th grade reading and math level, succesfful completion of mandatory summer orientation program in August and agreement to abide by Army JROTC Cadet Creed and to wear the Army JROTC & PMA uniform.

A. Philip Randolph Career & Technical High School

9-12

North Central

There are no admission requirements for this school. Prospective students must submit an application online with the School District of Philadelphia's Office of Student Enrollment and Placement. Students will then be admitted via a lottery.

Southern Technical at South Philadelphia High School

9-12

South Philadelphia

Grades: All A's, B's or C's; Attendance: No more than 10 absences and 5 tardies; Behavior: No negative disciplinary reports on your most recent final report card.

Swenson Arts & Technology High School

9-12

Bustleton

There are no admission requirements for this school. Prospective students must submit an application online with the School District of Philadelphia's Office of Student Enrollment and Placement. Students will then be admitted via a lottery.

The U School

9-12 

North Philadelphia East

There are no admission requirements for this school; however, the school highly recommends an interview with a current U School student as part of the process this Fall (see their website for more details). There is a 50% neighborhood preference for students from the surrounding 10 zip codes and 50% for students from the city at-large.

The Workshop School

9-12

Walnut Hill

There are no admission requirements; however, there is priority for students residing within the school catchment area. CTE city-wide admission for students outside of the catchment area is based on space availability and lottery. Students should understand that the school is a hands-on, project based school and should be interested in working in that kind of environment.

 

Public Special Admission Schools

School Name

Grades Served

Location

Admission Requirements

Academy at Palumbo

9-12

Bella Vista

Grades: All A's and B's with the possible exception of one C in major subjects on most recent final report card; Test Scores: 88th Percentile or higher on 7th grade PSSA (ELA: 1096; Math: 1022); Attendance: Exemplary attendance & punctuality; Behavior: No negative disciplinary reports; Other: One page written or typed writing sample answering the questions: "Who am I? What do I hope to get out of the high school experience? What do I want to contribute to this high school?" Interview may be required for students that have insufficient data on application.

AMY Northwest

6-8

Roxborough

Grades: All A's and B's with no more than two C's from the previous two school years; Test Scores: At or above the 70th percentile on the PSSA in Reading and Math. Other nationally recognized tests may be considered; Attendance: No more than 7 absences and 5 tardies during the previous school year; Behavior: Good behavior record with no history of serious incidents or suspensions; Other: Positive examples of extra-curricular activities such as service learning and positive citizenship. Parents/guardians must commit to participate in at least one volunteer opportunity per school year. 

Arts Academy at Rush

9-12

Mill Creek

Grades: All A's and B's on most recent final report card; Test Scores: 80th Percentile or higher on 7th grade PSSA (ELA: 1048; Math: 971). Terra Nova scores should be comparable; Attendance: Exemplary attendance & punctuality; Behavior: No negative disciplinary reports; Other: Successful audition in chosen major - Visual Arts (fine, media & graphic), Instrumental Music, Vocal Music and Dance.

Wiliam W. Bodine High School for International Affairs 

9-12

Northern Liberties

Grades: All A's and B's with the possible exception of one C in major subjects on most recent final report card; Test Scores: 80th Percentile or higher on 7th grade PSSA (ELA: 1048; Math: 971); Attendance: Exemplary attendance & punctuality; Behavior: No negative disciplinary reports; Other: Three letters of recommendation from current school teacher or administrator.

Philadelphia High School for Creative and Performing Arts (CAPA)

9-12

Center City East

Grades: All A's and B's in major subjects with the exception of one C on the most recent final report card; Test Scores: 80th Percentile or higher on 7th grade PSSA (ELA: 1048; Math 971); Attendance: Exemplary attendance & punctuality; Behavior: No negative disciplinary reports; Other: Arts audition in a specific area (Creative Writing, Dance, Visual Arts, Vocal Music, Instrumental Music, Theater, Multi-Media, Design or TV Film (MDTV)).

G.W. Carver High School of Engineering and Science

7-12

North Central

Grades: All A's and B's in major subjects with the exception of one C in a minor subject, and no failures in any subject, on the most recent final report card; Test Scores: 80th Percentile or higher on PSSA (7th grade: ELA: 1080; Math: 1003; 5th grade: ELA: 1037; Math: 973); Attendance: Exemplary attendance & punctuality; Behavior: No negative disciplinary reports; Other: One-page essay detailing why you wish to attend Carver HSES. The prompt will be, "Who am I? What do I hope to get out of the high school experience? What do I want to contribute to this high school?"

Central High School

9-12

Olney

Grades: All A's and B's with the possible exception of one C in major subjects on most recent final report card; Test Scores: 88th Percentile or higher on 7th grade PSSA (ELA: 1096; Math: 1022); Attendance: Exemplary attendance & punctuality; Behavior: No negative disciplinary reports; Other: One-page essay written or typed answer the questions: "Who am I? What do I hope to get out of the high school experience? What do I want to contribute to this high school?"

Russell H. Conwell Middle Magnet School

5-8

Kensington

Grades: All A's and B's from the previous two years; Test Scores: Grade 6 - 70th Percentile (ELA: 989; Math: 950); Grade 7 - 80th Percentile (ELA: 1037; Math: 973); Grade 8 - 80th Percentile (ELA: 1041; Math: 976); Attendance: Exemplary attendance & punctuality - 95% or better, with a minimal number of latenesses; Behavior: Excellent behavior record for the two previous years: All positive comments, no suspensions; Other: Each applicant must be able to attend an interview and testing session at the Conwell School. Notification of this session will be provided by the sending school. A parent/guardian must accompany the applicant to the interview.

Franklin Learning Center

9-12

Spring Garden

Grades: All A's and B's in major subjects with the exception of one C in a minor subject on the most recent final report card; Test Scores: 80th Percentile or higher on PSSA (7th grade: ELA: 1080; Math: 1003; 5th grade: ELA: 1037; Math: 973); Attendance: Exemplary attendance with no unexcused absences; Behavior: No negative disciplinary reports; Other: Audition or Portfolio presentation required for Arts Majors.

Girard Academic Music Program (GAMP)

5-12

Girard Estates

Grades: All A's and B's on all report cards; Test Scores: 80th Percentile or higher on PSSA (3rd grade: ELA: 1037; Math: 992); 7th grade: ELA 1048; Math; 971); Attendance: Exemplary attendance & punctuality; Other: Applicants must have experience with vocal and instrumental music to be considered. Priority for admission is given to GAMP's current 8th grade class

Hill-Freedman World Academy

6-12

East Germantown

Grades: All A's and B's in major subject areas with the possibility of one C on most recent report card; Test Scores: 80th Percentile or higher on PSSA (ELA: 1048; Math: 971). Other nationally recognized tests may be considered; Attendance: Exemplary attendance & punctuality; Other: Interview by invitation only. Students with complex needs are encouraged to apply to the transition program. The Special Education team with cooperation of the Office of Specialized Services will make all decisions regarding placement. All Hill-Freedman World Academy Middle Years students will need to reapply for High School admissions.

Masterman

5-12

Spring Garden

Grades: All A's and B's in major subjects on most recent final report card; Test Scores: 88th Percentile or higher (3rd Grade: ELA: 1072; Math: 1043; 7th Grade: ELA: 1096; Math 1022)*; Attendance: Exemplary attendance & punctuality; Behavior: No negative disciplinary reports. Behavior and citizenship grades in all areas should be B or higher; Other: Successful completion of Algebra I and French I or Spanish i prior to grade nine. Priority for admission given to Masterman's current 8th grade students. *These are minimum criteria. Students accepted typically far exceed the minimum.

Motivation High School

9-12

Eastwick

Grades: All A's and B's with the possible exception of one C in major subjects on most recent final report card; Attendance: Exemplary attendance and punctuality; Behavior: No negative disciplinary reports; Other: Interview and writing sample required. Writing sample includes a one page written or typed essay answering the questions: "Who am I? What do I hope to accomplish in high school? What can I contribute to my high school?"

Northeast Magnet

9-12

Rhawnhurst

Grades: All A's and B's and good citizenship marks on final 7th grade report card; Test Scores: 85th Percentile or higher on the Terra Nova or PSSA (PSSA - ELA: 1080; Math: 1003); Attendance: Minimum of excused absences and latenesses on the final 7th grade report card; Behavior: No negative disciplinary reports

Parkway Center City

9-12

Center City East

Grades: All A's and B's with the possible exception of one C in major subjects on most recent final report card; Test Scores: Must have average or above TerraNova scores; Attendance: Attendance should not exceed 10 days absent and 5 days late; Behavior: Must have excellent marks in citizenship (no 3's) and should have no suspensions; Other: Must demonstrate an attitude of aspiration to attend college.

Parkway Northwest

9-12

East Mount Airy

Grades: All A's and B's with the possible exception of one C in major subjects on most recent final report card; Test Scores: 70th Percentile or higher (ELA: 1012; Math: 933); Attendance: Exemplary attendance & punctuality; Behavior: No negative disciplinary reports; Other: School and/or community volunteer hours and personal interview required.

Parkway West

9-12

Mill Creek

Grades: All A's and B's in major subjects (Reading, Writing, Math, Science and Social Studies) on 7th grade report card. Students who have earned a final grade of C in one of the above subjects will also be considered; Test Scores: 70th Percentile or higher on 7th grade PSSA in Reading and Math (ELA: 1012; Math: 933); Attendance: Excellent attendance and punctuality; Behavior: Ratings of 1 and 2 in each of the four reporting periods on the 7th grade report card, as well as the first reporting period on the 8th grade report card; Other: Positive letters of recommendation from a 7th/8th grade major subject teacher and the principal of the elementary/middle school you currently attend. Invitation Only: Favorable interview with the Parkway West Admission Committee, which is a mandatory component in the process - Interest in one of the college/career pathways offered at Parkway West: Early Childhood Education and Special Education; Public Safety – Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Fire Service, and Protective Services.

Walter Biddle Saul High School of Agricultural Science

9-12

Roxborough

Grades: All A's and B's with the possible exception of one C in major subjects on most recent report card; Test Scores: 70th Percentile or higher on 7th grade PSSA (ELA: 1012; Math: 933); Attendance: No more than 15 absences and or tardies combined; Behavior: No negative disciplinary reports over the past three years.

Science Leadership Academy (SLA)

9-12

Center City West

Grades: All A's and B's with the possible exception of one C; Test Scores: 50th Percentile or higher on 7th grade PSSA; Attendance: Good attendance and punctuality; Behavior: No negative disciplinary reports; Other: Teacher or counselor recommendation. Interested families must contact the school to set up an appointment for an interview. SLA will not initiate the interview process with families.

Science Leadership Academy at Beeber

9-12

Overbrook

Grades: All A's and B's with the possible exception of one C; Test Scores: 50th Percentile or higher on 7th grade PSSA; Attendance: Good attendance and punctuality; Behavior: No negative disciplinary reports; Other: Mandatory project-based interviews held in November and early December. Teacher or counselor recommendation. Interested applicants who meet our admissions criteria should call the school at 215-979-5620 to set up an interview. SLA will not initiate contact with any students to set up interviews. The interview is a project-based interview. Students should bring a school paper or project done in 7th or 8th grade that they feel is a strong representation of who they are as a student. Projects will be returned to applicants. Students may include photocopies of their work.