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Philadelphia High School for Girls
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Overall
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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 Size
  • Enrollment1047
  • PrincipalDr. Parthenia Moore
  • Phone Number215-400-3700
  • SEPTA RoutesBSL (Olney), Bus (6, 8, 16, 18, 22, 26, 47, 55, 80, L)
  • Address 1400 West Olney Avenue
    Philadelphia, PA 19141
  • NeighborhoodOlney
  • TuitionFREE
  • Application DeadlineNovember 2nd, 2018
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Mission

The Philadelphia High School for Girls is a public college-preparatory school for academically talented young women. Our mission is to provide learning experiences in a safe, nurturing environment to prepare our young women for success in college and...

The Philadelphia High School for Girls is a public college-preparatory school for academically talented young women. Our mission is to provide learning experiences in a safe, nurturing environment to prepare our young women for success in college and leadership in their chosen fields. We do this by challenging the intellect, embracing diversity, celebrating leadership and excellence, honoring ethical behavior and encouraging participation in the extracurricular program.

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Points of Pride

98% of students attend college or university such as: HBCUs and State and Private Universities; Dual Enrollment, SYOP, International Baccalaureate Program and Advanced Placement courses; National Honor Society and Mu Alpha Theta Members; Debate Team;...

98% of students attend college or university such as: HBCUs and State and Private Universities; Dual Enrollment, SYOP, International Baccalaureate Program and Advanced Placement courses; National Honor Society and Mu Alpha Theta Members; Debate Team; Dance; Foreign Language - National and International student travel opportunities (China, Spain, Amsterdam, Berlin, Costa Rica, Puerto Rico, Cuba, etc.) World Language courses include Latin, Spanish and Chinese; Humanities including: Art, Dance Music & Drama; Robotics; STEM/STEAM; 50 clubs; Activities/organizations to address diverse student interests; Public League Bowling and Lacrosse League Champions 2013-2014; Active Student Government; Athletic Association and Alumnae Association; Scholarship/Awards Program; Service Opportunities; 98% of students attend Ivy League, State and HBCU Colleges and Universities, many with four year scholarships; graduating seniors from the class of 2016 earned $3.1 million in grants and scholarships towards college; District Competitive Cheer Champions, Track and Field Public League Champions 2015-2016, Districtwide 5th Place Swimming Champions

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Admissions Policy

Must have A’s and B’s on the most recent final report card. Must score at least at the 85th percentile on Keystone Assessment/PSSA Exams. Must have exemplary attendance and punctuality. Must have no negative disciplinary reports. Must have strong...

Must have A’s and B’s on the most recent final report card. Must score at least at the 85th percentile on Keystone Assessment/PSSA Exams. Must have exemplary attendance and punctuality. Must have no negative disciplinary reports. Must have strong motivation and interest in going to a college/University. Must be looking to be challenged academically and preparing to be a future leader.

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Safety & Culture

Motivational speakers. School spirit activities. Career Day. Special guests and alumna presentations. Leadership opportunities for students. Class and whole-school meetings. Peer mediation. Cultural pride opportunities. Student government. Mentoring....

Motivational speakers. School spirit activities. Career Day. Special guests and alumna presentations. Leadership opportunities for students. Class and whole-school meetings. Peer mediation. Cultural pride opportunities. Student government. Mentoring. Parental Involvement. College visits. College and Financial Aid Nights. Online academic opportunities. National and international trips for students and staff.

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Accreditations & Honors

Ranked among the top 5 schools in Philadelphia; 2nd Oldest all female public school in the country; Middle States Accredited; Recognized at Silver Level by US News and World Report 2015-2016; Continuously exceeding AYP beginning in 2002;...

Ranked among the top 5 schools in Philadelphia; 2nd Oldest all female public school in the country; Middle States Accredited; Recognized at Silver Level by US News and World Report 2015-2016; Continuously exceeding AYP beginning in 2002; International Baccalaureate Program and Advanced Placement courses; Recipient of the Jefferson Award Gold Medal 2012-2013; National Honor Society Public League Bowling and Lacrosse League Champions 2013-2014;

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School Details & Data

Demographics

Black 65.3%
White 4.1%
Hispanic 9.5%
Asian 16.1%
Other 5.1%

Female & Male Students

Female Students 100%

Special Education

Special Ed 1.7%

Gifted Education

Gifted 2.7%

Economically Disadvantaged

Students who are economically disadvantaged 78%

English Language Learners

English Language Learner 1.2%

Students Per Grade

9th Grade Students
293
10th Grade Students
296
11th Grade Students
248
12th Grade Students
210
Total Students
1047

School Incidents

Incidents Per 100 Students
0.2

Academics

College Rate

College Rate 86%

AP Class Offerings

  • Art History,
  • Calculus AB,
  • Chemistry,
  • Chinese,
  • English Language,
  • English Literature,
  • Environmental Science,
  • Politics,
  • Macroeconomics,
  • Design,
  • Drawing,
  • US History,
  • AP Class Other

Activities & Programs

Arts Programs

  • Vocal,
  • Instrumental,
  • Theater,
  • Visual Arts,
  • Dance Instr,
  • Choir,
  • Drum Line,
  • Drill Team,
  • Other Instrumental,
  • Dance,
  • Ceramics,
  • School Plays,
  • Poetry,
  • Literature,
  • Film,
  • Jazz,
  • Orchestra

Sports Programs

  • Basketball,
  • Soccer,
  • Baseball,
  • Softball,
  • Track and Field,
  • Tennis,
  • Cross Country,
  • Dance,
  • Cheerleading,
  • Girls Basketball,
  • Bowling,
  • Field Hockey,
  • Girls Track and Field,
  • Indoor Track,
  • Girls Indoor Track,
  • Girls Lacrosse,
  • Girls Soccer,
  • Girls Diving,
  • Girls Tennis,
  • Girls Volleyball,
  • Sports Other

Other Sports

Badminton, Bowling, Intramural Competition: Contest, Swimming

Badminton, Bowling, Intramural Competition: Contest, Swimming

Other Activities

National Honor Society; Mu Alpha Theta Society; Jefferson Service Learning Membership; Clubs- African/African American, Anime, Asian, Athletic Association, Chamber Strings, Harp, Piano, Guitar, Strolling Strings, Treble Clef, Dance Ensemble; Debate...

National Honor Society; Mu Alpha Theta Society; Jefferson Service Learning Membership; Clubs- African/African American, Anime, Asian, Athletic Association, Chamber Strings, Harp, Piano, Guitar, Strolling Strings, Treble Clef, Dance Ensemble; Debate Society; Drum Line; ECO; Fit; LGSBT; Garden Club; Gospel Choir; Indo Pak; Irish Cub; Jazz Band; Latina Unidas; Muslim Student Association; No Place for Hate; Orchestra; Pep Band, Red Cross; Service Club; Stage Kroo; Treble Clef; Yearbook; Robotics and STEM, STEAM; Daddy Daughter Dance, Mother Daughter Breakfast; Celebration of Excellence; Career Day; Big Sister Little Sister/Sister to Sister; Mayor and Superintendent Advisory Board for Students; Volunteers for the Democratic National Convention; Calliope Literary Magazine, Video Club, Stage Kroo; Horticultural Society

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Electives

Dance, Music - Instrumental and Vocal, Physical Education, Drama, Art

Dance, Music - Instrumental and Vocal, Physical Education, Drama, Art

Language Programs

  • Spanish,
  • Chinese,
  • Latin

Parent Programs

  • Parents Home and School Association,
  • Parents School Advisory

Parent Involvement

Parents actively participate in our school through our Parent Teacher Daughter Association and the Alumna Association. They support and monitor special events/ activities throughout the school year. They volunteer to work in the school office and...

Parents actively participate in our school through our Parent Teacher Daughter Association and the Alumna Association. They support and monitor special events/ activities throughout the school year. They volunteer to work in the school office and support faculty/ students with the daily functions of school. They also participate in meetings to discuss budgets, scholarships and grants, the Comprehensive School Plan/Strategic Planning for school climate, academics, sports and humanities,

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