Philadelphia Public School Notebook
On-time high school graduation rates for Philadelphia students has risen from 52 to 65 percent over the past eight years.
For Philadelphia’s 8th graders it’s a somewhat scary time – a time to learn about high schools and make choices for admission next year.
The April-May issue of the Philadelphia Public School Notebook shows graphically where there are large numbers of high school dropouts – in North Philadelphia, in South Philadelphia and a small part of 19127.
There are 89 regular high schools in Philadelphia – 54 run by the District and 39 charters. The good news is that students in Philly have a choice – but it’s not an easy one.
Of the 16,000 students who began high school at a traditional Philadelphia public or charter school in 2006, 36% didn’t earn a diploma, while 28% graduated but didn’t go on to college. Something needs to change.
The Philadelphia Public School Notebook provides data on all high schools: admissions requirements, locations, enrollments, demographics and in many cases activities both in and after school. A section in Spanish is included.