Philadelphia High School Fair 2016
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 Fair
When: Friday, October 14, 5pm – 7pm and Saturday, October 15, 9am – 3pm
Where: The Pennsylvania Convention Center, Hall G — enter on the corner of Broad & Race Streets
Cost: FREE! No registration required
Why: Learn about academic and special programs, extracurricular activities, admissions criteria, how to apply, and more.
For More Info: Please click on this site: H.S. Fair Details
You can click on the link above to see participating schools.
High School Selection Resources
Additional Helpful Information for the High School Enrollment Process:
- From the School District of Philadelphia’s website:
High School Directory The directory contains a description of each high school; academic and specialty programs; schools’ entrance criteria, and much more:
H.S. Directory Fall 2017
School Selection Process & Overview (one page): School Selection
School Selection Process Main Page for School Selection Process
High School & Program Codes You will need to enter a code number for each selection on your application form: 2017-18 H.S. and Program Codes
- The Notebook’s Applying to High School? Here’s what you should know post: Applying to High School?
- Online Resource to Help Parents Compare High Schools (Very Helpful!):
- List of “Persistently Dangerous Schools”: Persistently Dangerous Schools
Three Bits of Advice from Gwen Fredette (previous writer at this blog, and attendee):
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. Applications for magnet and city-wide schools are due to the school district by NOVEMBER 14TH. “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.
Please Note: Many magnet schools require an essay/interview/audition to be completed along with the application form.