Philadelphia High School Expo 2014
Many homeschoolers in the Philadelphia area consider sending their children to magnet, city-wide, or charter schools for high school. If you have a 7th or 8th grader and this is an option you are considering, the Philadelphia High School Expo will probably be very helpful for you!
High Schools from all around the city set up tables where parents and students can come to find out more about each particular school. Tables are set up for each individual magnet school and city-wide school. Tables are also set up for numerous charter schools around the city. Some Catholic high schools may be present as well. In past years High school directories have been passed out to interested families, and many schools will provide families with information on upcoming “open houses” and “shadow programs”. Also, application requirements for each individual school will be specified.
Here’s the basic information:
What: Philadelphia High School Expo
When: Friday, October 17, 3pm – 7pm and Saturday, October 18, 9am – 3pm
Where: The Armory at Drexel University, on N. 33rd St. between Market St. and Cuthbert St.
Why: Learn about academic and special programs, extracurricular activities, admissions criteria, how to apply, and more.
For more information, please click here: http://www.phillyhighschoolfair.com/
Additional Helpful Information for the High School Enrollment Process:
- The Notebook’s Report on the Schools: Chart comparing how Philadelphia schools are performing in terms of SAT scores, attendance, graduation rate, etc. VERY HELPFUL! http://thenotebook.org/fall-guide-2014/147620/philadelphias-district-and-charter-high-schools-how-are-they-doing
- High School Selection Application: Will be posted online this weekend!
- Please Note: Many magnet schools require an essay/interview/audition to be completed along with the application form.
- High School & Program Codes (You will need to enter a code number for each selection on your application form: http://webgui.phila.k12.pa.us/uploads/nU/8M/nU8MO7T0Hb-QElAGrhqriw/highschool_codes_2014.pdf
- Online Resource to Help Parents Compare High Schools (Very Helpful!): http://www.greatschools.org/pennsylvania/philadelphia/schools/?gradeLevels=h
- List of “Persistently Dangerous Schools”: http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/unsafe_school_choice_option/7417/persistently_dangerous_schools/508690
Three Bits of Advice:
1.) This event is typically VERY crowded. I would not recommend bringing younger children with you.
2.) I highly recommend bringing your seventh grader to this event. I believe applications for magnet and city-wide schools are due to the school district by Early December 2014. “Open houses” and “Shadow Programs” for these schools typically run from November to March. Consequently, an eighth grader may have to apply to schools that he/she hasn’t seen yet. By taking your seventh grader to these programs, you and your child may be able to see potential schools ahead of time. Then you can make an informed decision as to what schools are the best fit for him or her for the following year.
3.) Even though homeschool law only requires that Standardized tests be taken in the 3rd, 5th, and 8th grades, Magnet, City-wide, and Charter schools will want to see your child’s standardized tests scores from 7th grade. If sending your child to a public school for high school is a good possibility, consider arranging for your child to take standardized tests during his or her 7th grade year.
Posted by Gwen Fredette on October 14th, 2014