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Overall
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Academy at Palumbo
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Math
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Science
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School Incidents
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Reading
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Attendance
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College Bound
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School Details

  • School TypePublic District Special Admit
  • Grade Levels9-12
  • Waiting List Size400
  • Enrollment1061
  • PrincipalMs. Kiana Thompson
  • Phone Number215-400-8130
  • School Emailinfo@palumbohs.org
  • SEPTA RoutesBSL (Lombard-South, Ellsworth-Federal), Bus (4, 23, 27, 32)
  • Address 1100 Catharine Street
    Philadelphia, PA 19147
  • NeighborhoodBella Vista
  • Application DeadlineNovember 2nd, 2018
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Mission

The clear mission of the the Academy at Palumbo is to provide our students with the most comprehensive and intense preparation available in the public sector for the rigors of higher learning. As an integral part of this preparation, the Academy'...

The clear mission of the the Academy at Palumbo is to provide our students with the most comprehensive and intense preparation available in the public sector for the rigors of higher learning. As an integral part of this preparation, the Academy's mission must include raising the aspirations of each student, developing universally applicable problem-solving techniques and technological skills, and instilling a lifelong passion for learning, including a rich cultural arts experience.

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Points of Pride

1. Palumbo's students have demonstrated achievement. They were finalists in the University of Pennsylvania National Moot Court competition and competed in the 2014 Public League Chess Championship and the 2014-15 Girls Public League Volleyball...

1. Palumbo's students have demonstrated achievement. They were finalists in the University of Pennsylvania National Moot Court competition and competed in the 2014 Public League Chess Championship and the 2014-15 Girls Public League Volleyball Championship. In 2015 and 2016 the students were PYMP Poetry Champions. 2. Palumbo's staff has demonstrated success.The school is home of the Maxwell Club award winner and the Philadelphia Eagles' All Pro Teacher. In 2015, the school was a recipient of the Cole Hamels Grant. 3. Palumbo has several partnerships, including WHYY Flash Media Lab and VIEW with Villanova. 4. The school believes in the power of peer mentoring. Palumbo offers Women of Tomorrow Mentoring and Scholarship Program. 5. Six Drexel Liberty Scholars in 2018 6. Top HS Senior and top HS female in Phila. Scholastic Chess League 7. 2018 AA Boys Volleyball Champions 8. Largest Students Run Philly Style team in the city 8 Ctrl+Shift Coding Competition winners

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Admissions Policy

-All A's and B's with the possible exception of one C in major subjects on most recent final report card -88th Percentile or higher on 7th-grade PSSA (ELA: 1096; Math: 1022) -Exemplary attendance and punctuality -No negative disciplinary...

-All A's and B's with the possible exception of one C in major subjects on most recent final report card -88th Percentile or higher on 7th-grade PSSA (ELA: 1096; Math: 1022) -Exemplary attendance and punctuality -No negative disciplinary reports -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 who have insufficient data on application

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Safety & Culture

-Active Home and School Association -School Advisory Council -3rd District Police Partnership -Hawthorne Community Coalition Partnership

-Active Home and School Association -School Advisory Council -3rd District Police Partnership -Hawthorne Community Coalition Partnership

Accreditations & Honors

Best in High Schools: Philadelphia Magazine (October 2012); US News and World Report: Top School in Pennsylvania (Spring 2012-2015); Samsung Solve For Tomorrow National finalist and featured in Forbes Magazine (May 2014); Jefferson Award for Public...

Best in High Schools: Philadelphia Magazine (October 2012); US News and World Report: Top School in Pennsylvania (Spring 2012-2015); Samsung Solve For Tomorrow National finalist and featured in Forbes Magazine (May 2014); Jefferson Award for Public Service: Silver Place Winner (May 2012); East Coast Get Schooled Attendance Challenge: First Place (2011); Girls Public League Volleyball Champs (2015); Gates Millennium Scholar (2015); Peer Leader Overall and in Achievement.

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School Details & Data

Demographics

Black 46%
White 12.6%
Hispanic 9.1%
Asian 26.9%
Other 5.4%

Female & Male Students

Female Students 57.3%
Male Students 42.7%

Special Education

Special Ed 3.3%

Gifted Education

Gifted 4.2%

Economically Disadvantaged

Students who are economically disadvantaged 72%

English Language Learners

English Language Learner 3.9%

Students Per Grade

9th Grade Students
381
10th Grade Students
253
11th Grade Students
199
12th Grade Students
228
Total Students
1061

School Incidents

Incidents Per 100 Students
0.9

Academics

College Rate

College Rate 81%

AP Class Offerings

  • Biology,
  • Calculus AB,
  • Chemistry,
  • Computer Science A,
  • English Language,
  • English Literature,
  • European History,
  • Politics,
  • Physics B,
  • Psychology,
  • Spanish,
  • Statistics,
  • Design,
  • Drawing,
  • US History,
  • AP Class Other

Activities & Programs

Arts Programs

  • Vocal,
  • Instrumental,
  • Theater,
  • Visual Arts,
  • Choir,
  • Drum Line,
  • Drill Team,
  • Other Instrumental,
  • Ceramics,
  • Theater Group,
  • Poetry,
  • Literature,
  • Film,
  • Jazz,
  • Orchestra

Sports Programs

  • Football,
  • Basketball,
  • Soccer,
  • Baseball,
  • Softball,
  • Track and Field,
  • Cross Country,
  • Wrestling,
  • Cheerleading,
  • Girls Basketball,
  • Field Hockey,
  • Golf,
  • Girls Track and Field,
  • Indoor Track,
  • Girls Indoor Track,
  • Lacrosse,
  • Girls Lacrosse,
  • Girls Soccer,
  • Diving,
  • Girls Diving,
  • Volleyball,
  • Girls Volleyball

Other Activities

Clubs: Robotics, Step Team, Fiber Arts, Drama, Students Run Philly Style, Art Club, Homework Club, Spirit Squad, Asian Culture Club, Book Club, FBLA, Fashion Show, Speech & Debate, Journalism, Muslim Students Association, Poetry Club, Student...

Clubs: Robotics, Step Team, Fiber Arts, Drama, Students Run Philly Style, Art Club, Homework Club, Spirit Squad, Asian Culture Club, Book Club, FBLA, Fashion Show, Speech & Debate, Journalism, Muslim Students Association, Poetry Club, Student Government, Chess Club, Yoga, Ceramics, Gay-Straight Alliance, Rock Band, Math Team, Science Olympiad, National Honor Society, Latino Youth Organization

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Electives

Creative Writing, Journalism, Pre-Calculus, Statistics, SAT Prep, Environmental Science, Forensics, Art 1, Art 2, Sculpture, Philosophy, Choir, Music, Drama, Orchestra, Spanish 3, Fitness, Psychology

Creative Writing, Journalism, Pre-Calculus, Statistics, SAT Prep, Environmental Science, Forensics, Art 1, Art 2, Sculpture, Philosophy, Choir, Music, Drama, Orchestra, Spanish 3, Fitness, Psychology

Language Programs

  • Spanish,
  • Chinese

Parent Programs

  • Parents Home and School Association

Parent Involvement

Volunteering for Career Day, class trips, Office Help Desk, organizing annual Haunted House and Rooftop Festival.

Volunteering for Career Day, class trips, Office Help Desk, organizing annual Haunted House and Rooftop Festival.

Before and After Care

  • Extended Programming

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