Secondary Schools

Charter High School for Architecture and Design
CHAD is a public, independent tuition-free 9-12 high school, founded by the Philadelphia Chapter of the American Institute of Architects as its Legacy 2000 Project. Its Board of Trustees consists of architects, designers, community leaders, parents, and educators. There is an honorary board consisting of nationally recognized leaders in design, education and business.[more]

Freire Charter School
Freire offers a comprehensive college preparatory curriculum assuring each graduate choices for advanced education. Beginning in 9th grade, students take four consecutive years of Spanish. Freire provides one educator for every ten students. There are 20 students in a class, well below the average traditional public school. On-site tutoring services are available for all students and are mandatory for 8th grade.[more]

Friends Select School
An excellent academic program, a diverse community, talented faculty and the timeless values of Quakerism create unmatched opportunity for students at Friends Select, a 480-student college preparatory day school. Students experience rigorous academic programs and competitive college placement, and acquire confidence, creativity and independent thinking.[more]

John W. Hallahan Catholic Girl's High School
John W. Hallahan Catholic Girls’ High School (Grades 9-12), an Archdiocesan high school, is accredited by the Pennsylvania Department of Education and the Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools. Hallahan follows a block schedule. The curriculum is college preparatory with both required and elective courses. [more]

Masterman School (Julia R. Masterman School)
The Julia R. Masterman Laboratory and Demonstration School was established in September 1958 for elementary school students in grades 5 and 6. A junior high school program was initiated in 1959, and a senior high school was added in 1976. In 1990 Masterman was reorganized as a middle school (grades 5-8) and a high school (grades 9-12). [more]

Philadelphia Electric and Technology Charter High School                                                                The mission of the Philadelphia Electric and Technology Charter High School (P.E.T.School) is to develop students who would be employable in the emerging high-tech industries, while providing them a strong foundation in the core academic subjects: mathematics, sciences, language arts, social studies, and world languages. [more]

Philadelphia High School for the Creative and Performing Arts
Philadelphia High School for the Creative and Performing Arts (CAPA) is the only magnet high school for the arts and academics in the Philadelphia School District. Not merely a magnet program, CAPA is a complete magnet school devoted to furthering both academic abilities and creative and performing talents. [more]

Roman Catholic High School
Founded by Thomas E. Cahill in 1890 as the first free Catholic high school for boys in the nation, Roman Catholic continues its tradition of excellence as it strives to offer a comprehensive academic curriculum within a disciplined Catholic environment. [more]

Science Leadership Academy                                                                                                            The Science Leadership Academy is a partnership high school between the School District of Philadelphia and The Franklin Institute. SLA is an inquiry-driven, project-based high school focused on 21st century learning that opened its doors on September 7, 2006. [more

St. Joseph's Preparatory High School                                                                                               The mission of Saint Joseph’s Prep as a Catholic, Jesuit, urban, college preparatory school is to develop the minds, hearts, souls, and characters of young men and their pursuit of becoming men for and with others.[more

Philadelphia Mennonite School  

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Charter High School for Architecture and Design
675 Sanson Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
215-351-2900
FAX 215-351-9458

Type of School
Public

Grade Levels 9-12

Principal
Gregory Amiriantz

Web
www.chadphila.org

CHAD is a public, independent tuition-free 9-12 high school, founded by the Philadelphia Chapter of the American Institute of Architects as its Legacy 2000 Project. Its Board of Trustees consists of architects, designers, community leaders, parents, and educators. There is an honorary board consisting of nationally recognized leaders in design, education and business.

CHAD is the first charter high school for architecture and design in the nation. The school provides a challenging, academic, college-prep curriculum thoroughly infused with art, architecture and design studios each day. Design is central to the curriculum, and used as the instrument to help students develop: 1) creative problem-solving skills, 2) visual and spatial literacy and competencies, and 3) an appreciation for and understanding of the physical environment and its impact on our quality of life.

Features of CHAD include: 1) the city as a classroom; 2) access to new and emerging design technology; 3) a variety of service-learning opportunities; 4) exposure to the design professions including the building and construction trades; and 5) a low student-teacher ratio (15:1).

A contract among the parents, students and school includes strict codes of conduct, attendance, and uniform dress. Parents participate in the governance and daily life of the school. CHAD's average daily attendance rate is 95% (city-wide it is 63%). There is no social promotion; students progress through the school based on performance, not age. CHAD's passing grade is 70 (versus 65 city-wide). CHAD provides a psychologically and physically safe environment.

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Freire Charter School
2027 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
215-557-8555

Type of School
Charter

Grade Levels 8- 12

Co-Director
Kelly Davenport

Freire offers a comprehensive college preparatory curriculum assuring each graduate choices for advanced education. Beginning in 9th grade, students take four consecutive years of Spanish. Freire provides one educator for every ten students. There are 20 students in a class, well below the average traditional public school. On-site tutoring services are available for all students and are mandatory for 8th grade.

Freire students participate in the community and volunteer as good neighbors and responsible citizens. Community service placement is required for students to increase awareness of workplace expectations and responsible citizenship. Internships begin in 9th grade.

All Freire students have individual mentors assigned and managed by Big Brother/Big Sisters. Freire trains students as peer mediators in a program to encourage teens to work through conflict with a peer.

Freire provides a safe orderly learning environment. A pact between teachers, students and parents provides for zero tolerance of physical or verbal abuse and a mechanism to dismiss disruptive students from the school.

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Friends Select School
17th Street and The Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Telephone: 215-561-5900
FAX: 215-864-2979

Type of School
Independent, Religious Society of Friends (Quakers)

Grade Levels Pre K -12

Head of School
Rose Hagan

Web www.friends-select.org

An excellent academic program, a diverse community, talented faculty and the timeless values of Quakerism create unmatched opportunity for students at Friends Select, a 480-student college preparatory day school. Students experience rigorous academic programs and competitive college placement, and acquire confidence, creativity and independent thinking.

Excellent extended day, vacation care, and summer programs are available for families, most of whom live or work in the city. Conveniently located on the Parkway in Center City, Friends Select occupies a unique campus featuring roof-top athletic fields and tennis courts, and shares joint programs with Parkway institutions and museums.

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John W. Hallahan Catholic Girls’ High School
311 North 19th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Tel. 215-563-8930
FAX 215-563-3809

Type of School
Roman Catholic

Grade Levels 9 -12

President
Dr. Lorraine Rice, Ed.D.

Web www.jwhallahan.org

John W. Hallahan Catholic Girls’ High School (Grades 9-12), an Archdiocesan high school, is accredited by the Pennsylvania Department of Education and the Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools. Hallahan follows a block schedule. The curriculum is college preparatory with both required and elective courses. A strong business program is also in place for students who will choose to enter the business world.

Located at 311 North 19th Street in the heart of Center City, Hallahan is proud of its rich heritage and traditions of the past 102 years. This institution of learning is uniquely situated near business districts, luxurious hotels, the Art Museum, the Franklin Institute and the main branch of the Philadelphia Library.

The school provides co-curricular and extra-curricular activities to develop the students’ social and civic responsibilities and their appreciation of diverse cultures. Service learning is a part of the curriculum. Since there is open enrollment, students come to Hallahan from all parts of the city and beyond.

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Masterman School (Julia R. Masterman School)

17th & Spring Garden Streets
Philadelphia, PA 19130
Telephone: 215-299-4661

Type of School
Public

Grade Levels 5-12

Principal
Barbara Bravo

Web

http://webgui.phila.k12.pa.us/schools/m/masterman

The Julia R. Masterman Laboratory and Demonstration School was established in September 1958 for elementary school students in grades 5 and 6. A junior high school program was initiated in 1959, and a senior high school was added in 1976. In 1990 Masterman was reorganized as a middle school (grades 5-8) and a high school (grades 9-12).

Students are admitted from all areas of Philadelphia based on academic performance, and staff members are selected based on professional expertise. The mission of the school is the pursuit of excellence in both teaching and learning. The senior high school is a small college preparatory school for selected students of superior ability.

Masterman is in the Central area of the School District of Philadelphia. There are 1,150 students enrolled in grades 5 through 12, in 36 homerooms. Masterman is in the heart of Philadelphia and is easy to get to on public transit.

Recently, Masterman was awarded a Blue Ribbon for educational excellence on the national level.

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Philadelphia Electric and Technology High School
1420-22 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102
215-514-1823
FAX 215-514-1834

Type of School
Public

Grade Levels 9-10

Principal
Michael Nemitz

Web
www.pettech.org

The mission of the Philadelphia Electric and Technology Charter High School (P.E.T.School) is to develop students who would be employable in the emerging high-tech industries, while providing them a strong foundation in the core academic subjects: mathematics, sciences, language arts, social studies, and world languages.

The school teaches and emphasizes the emerging high tech skills necessary for the construction, telecommunication and related industries that are at the forefront of the information age. Students also participate in work related training partnerships with business and labor organizations.

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Philadelphia High School for the Creative
and Performing Arts

901 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147
215-952-2462
FAX – 952-6472

Type of School
Public

Grade Levels 9-12

Principal
Johnny C. Whaley Jr.

Web www.philsch.k12.pa.us/schools/capa/


Philadelphia High School for the Creative and Performing Arts (CAPA) is the only magnet high school for the arts and academics in the Philadelphia School District. Not merely a magnet program, CAPA is a complete magnet school devoted to furthering both academic abilities and creative and performing talents.

CAPA offers comprehensive advanced instruction in the following major areas: Creative Writing, Dance, Drama, Instrumental Music, Visual Arts and Vocal Arts. Students also complete an intensive college preparatory academic program. CAPA students are rostered for three periods a day in their art major area and four periods a day in academic subjects.

Every year, approximately 95 to 99 percent of the graduates go on to college. In the last several years over three million dollars in scholarships have been awarded to CAPA students.

CAPA is a special admissions school. To apply you must use the School District of Philadelphia High School Admission Form, available at any Philadelphia school.

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Roman Catholic High School
301 North Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107
215-627-1270
FAX 215-627-4979

Type of School
Private Roman Catholic

Grade Levels 9 -12

President
Rev. Paul C. Brandt

Web http://www.romancatholichs.com/

Founded by Thomas E. Cahill in 1890 as the first free Catholic high school for boys in the nation, Roman Catholic continues its tradition of excellence as it strives to offer a comprehensive academic curriculum within a disciplined Catholic environment.

Enriched by its cultural, racial, and religious diversity, Roman Catholic provides a community where each young man can learn to appreciate and respect the uniqueness of others, while becoming a man of personal integrity. Roman Catholic High School brings the Gospel message to its students by maintaining a Catholic community which embodies the Christian spirit of service to all.

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Science Leadership Academy 

 55 N 22nd Street

PHILADELPHIA  PA 19103-1314

215-979-5620 

Type of School
Public

Grade Levels 
 9-12  

Principal Chris Lehmann 

Web
http://www.scienceleadership.org 


"How do we learn?"

"What can we create?"

"What does it mean to lead?"

These three essential questions form the basis of instruction at the Science Leadership Academy (SLA), a Philadelphia high school opened in September 2006. SLA is built on the notion that inquiry is the very first step in the process of learning. Developed in partnership with The Franklin Institute and its commitment to inquiry-based science, SLA provides a rigorous, college-preparatory curriculum with a focus on science, technology, mathematics and entrepreneurship. Students at SLA learn in a project-based environment where the core values of inquiryresearchcollaboration,presentation and reflection are emphasized in all classes.

The structure of the Science Leadership Academy reflects its core values, with longer class periods to allow for more laboratory work in science classes and performance-based learning in all classes. In addition, students in the upper grades have more flexible schedules to allow for opportunities for dual enrollment programs with area universities and career development internships in laboratory and business settings, as well as with The Franklin Institute.

At SLA, learning is not just something that happens from 8:30am to 3:00pm, but a continuous process that expands beyond the four walls of the classroom into every facet of our lives

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St. Joseph's Preparatory High School

  1733 Girard Ave. 

PHILADELPHIA  PA 19130-1513 

215-978-1950

FAX 215-765-1710 

Type of School
Parochail School 

Grade Levels  9-12  

Principal  Russell Gartz 

Web http://www.sjprep.org


                               

 Explanation and Interpretation: By “Catholic” we mean that the Prep is grounded in the person and teachings of Jesus Christ who established a Church that has a tradition, creed, body of doctrine, moral code, and sacramental system that are essential to the life and culture of this school.

Because we are Catholic, we strive for a personal relationship of friendship with Jesus Christ so that we may, in the words of St. Ignatius Loyola, “love him more intensely and follow him more closely” (Sp.Ex., # 104 ).

Because we are Catholic, instruction and formation in religion, rooted in both Scripture and Tradition, covers Catholic faith and morals while opening the minds of students to an ecumenical outlook and an appreciation of, and respect for, other faith traditions.

Because we are Catholic, we foster in students a consciousness of their shared sonship under God and their brotherhood with men and women of all races, nations, and cultures of the world.

Because we are Catholic, we instruct our students in their responsibilities as stewards of God’s creation.

Because we are Catholic, it is our aim to form leadersundefinedmen of competence, conscience, and compassionate commitment--who choose to order their lives in a radical way toward God, as modeled for us by Jesus Christ in love and service to others, all for the greater glory of God.

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Philadelphia Mennonite School

 860 N. 24th Street

PHILADELPHIA  PA 19130-1954 


                                                                                               (215) 769-5363
 
Fax: (215) 769-4063  

Type of School
Charter 

Grade Levels 9-12

Principal
Paul D. Leichty 

Web
http://philadelphiamhs.mennonite.net 


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