Getting In: Examining Equity in Public High School Admissions

Posted by Philadelphia Education Fund on October 30, 2017

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Join us for breakfast on November 2nd as we discuss:

Getting In: Examining Equity in Public High School Admissions

Every year, Philadelphia’s newly-minted eighth graders enter into a complex system of high school applications and selections – one that closely mirrors a college admissions process. There are applications to submit, brochures to examine, and admissions criteria, timelines and due dates to meet. There is even a citywide high school fair at which families can learn more about the options.

And, speaking of options, there are a lot of options. There are neighborhood, magnet, citywide admission, and charter schools. And, there are specialized programs, such as International Baccalaureate, performing arts and career and technical education or innovative instructional models such as competency-based, inquiry-based, and project-based.

As the School District of Philadelphia continues to innovate new models and expand its inventory of high schools,
it merits asking whether or not Philadelphia’s complex process of high school selection is actually limiting access to the most selective options for Philadelphia’s most vulnerable students.

This month, we ask:

Who is getting in? Who is being left out? And, why?


Michelle Schmitt
Officer, The Philadelphia Program
Author, Getting in to High School in Philadelphia
Pew Charitable Trusts

Christina Grant
Assistant Superintendent
Opportunity and Innovation Networks
School District of Philadelphia


Farah Jimenez
President and CEO
Philadelphia Education Fund

Thursday, November 2, 2017
7:45 – 10:00 am

FREE Breakfast and Registration

Philadelphia Education Fund
First Floor Conference Rooms
1709 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, PA 19103

Program Schedule:
* 7:45 – 8:00am Networking and Breakfast
* 8:00 – 9:30am Program
* 9:30 – 10:00am Q&A

RSVPs are strongly encouraged. Space may be limited.


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