C+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    C-
  2. Diversity
    A
  3. Teachers
    B
  4. College Readiness
    B
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B+
  6. Health & Safety
    B-
  7. Administration
    A-
  8. Sports
    C+
  9. Food
    B+
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B-
Address
440 North Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19130
Telephone
(215) 400-4000

Philadelphia City School District Rankings

Niche ranks over 8,000 public school districts based on statistics and millions of opinions from students and parents.
  • K-8 Schools
  • High Schools

Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
34%
Percent Proficient - Math
19%
Average Graduation Rate
68%
Average SAT
1020
3,173 responses
Average ACT
23
390 responses

Students

Diversity
A
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
134,241
Free or Reduced Lunch
86.2%

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
18:1
National
16:1
Average Teacher Salary
$72,464
Teachers in First/Second Year

Finances

Total Expenses
$3,627,516,000
Expenses Per Student
$25,209/ student
National
$11,890
Education Expenses
  • Instruction
    71%
  • Support Services
    26%
  • Other
    3%

Philadelphia City School District Reviews

136 reviews
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Public school has been both a blessing and a curse to be apart of four all 12 years of my education. Philly public schools, in particular, are a diverse community that engages students of all kinds to think. Because we come from all different backgrounds, classrooms become homes to many different cultures. Despite this huge positive, the mistreatment of teachers and lack of funding hindered my experience. With educators that care so much about their kids, it was heartbreaking to see some of my favorites either laid off due to budget cuts or quit because they couldn't take the lack of contract anymore. Not to mention, the desolate funding has resulted in little to no resources, forcing teachers to purchase their own room tissues, fans, and endless reams of paper. The School District of Philadelphia inspired me since childhood to be a teacher. Nevertheless, the current state of it has me re-thinking my dreams.
Review Philadelphia City School District
Very diverse and a lot of teachers who are genuinely interested in the growth of their students. What is sad is the schools are poorly funded and a lot of the children do not value education. There can be students who blatantly disrespect and harass both staff and peers, making teachers jaded. The ones who are dedicated and come to school with the intention to better themselves are generally in good hands. All of the teachers I've personally interacted with going through the K-12 school system in Philly have at worst been dry and at best been supremely invested. I believe the education can be excellent here, but the quality of the school is variable. Not trying to rag on any place in particular but chronically underfunded schools with bad reputations don't have the means to improve, leaving you with mentally understimulated kids with the empathy and drive to learn of cockroaches. I suggest researching schools individually, but still would recommend the district.
There is always something wrong within this district. Whether it be having insufficient funds for supplies in school or the lack of teachers that can actually teach. Even though finding an amazing teacher in this district is like finding a needle in the haystack, somehow most students are VERY intelligent. Diversity only lacks in certain schools. My school is VERY diverse which makes me really comfortable. When it comes to safety this is where the school district is the absolute worse. All the school officers I've had are poorly trained. People from my school have been getting constantly harassed and physically attacked after school one block down from our school by a gang of boys and the school district has yet to do anything about it. All in all the school district has its A+'s but also it's F-'s.