83 reviews
  1. Philadelphia, PA
C+
Overall Niche Grade
  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
1010
2,963 responses
Average ACT
23
360 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
Data not available

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

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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.
In my School experience, I have witnessed the school board go through many changes different efforts to better the students. The teachers are underpaid, compared to the efforts they give to their students and the money they put back into their job. The budget cuts everyone suffered from are gruesome but they are putting in effort to make the learning experience better for the students. Students in the District come from all over so there is all ways at least one student from each country. They speak on behalf of supporting our success and they do giving rewards to schools, faculty and students espcially when their success broadcasted locally. In short, between my kindergarten and senior year, the Philadelphia Public School District has grown and is shaping to be better each year.
In the Philadelphia Public School District, I experienced a lot. Teachers are well rounded, and give lessons more personality involving real life connections. Students are diverse and mildly social. However individual attention in student counseling, its difficult. Half the time schools don't have counselors due to a limited budget, and if not they are not available on a daily basis, because they are just too busy. The same goes for some school nurses. Nurses are not available every hour, so if something happens the nurse it not there to help. The point is the districts BUDGET. There's not enough money to pay teachers correctly, as well as necessary counselors and nurses. My school just got a new nurse and counselor after getting enough money after three years. In other schools classes such as the arts, are sometimes limited due to the budget cuts and are removed (unless it's an art school). These schools just need a better budget and understanding of art importance.