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By Dr. Marciene Mattleman

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The race is on for Philadelphia’s public school 8th graders. By November 2nd they must select five high schools and starting September 19 applications will be accepted.

The 17 special admission schools require high test scores and grades in core subjects, good attendance and behavior. In the eleven District high schools, students must also have good grades, attendance and behavior, although not as tough as special admission schools. Students are accepted by lottery.

There are geographic boundaries for neighborhood high schools; students within those boundaries are guaranteed admission. Others may apply if there is space. In the thirty-five charter high schools each has its own requirements. Students are accepted by lottery and those within the catchment area get first choice.

Start with the Public School Notebook Fall Guide, in which all high schools are listed with special characteristics and SEPTA routes, and attend the High School Expo at the School District headquarters on September 29-30th for more help.

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