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  1. Academics
    C-
  2. Diversity
    A
  3. Teachers
    C+
  4. College Prep
    C+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B
  6. Health & Safety
    C
  7. Administration
    B-
  8. Sports
    A-
  9. Food
    B
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B+
Philadelphia City School District is a public school district located in Philadelphia, PA. It has 132,520 students in grades PK, K-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 17 to 1. According to state test scores, 22% of students are at least proficient in math and 37% in reading.

Philadelphia City School District Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
37%
Percent Proficient - Math
22%
Average Graduation Rate
63%
Average SAT
1070
7,065 responses
Average ACT
24
645 responses

Students

Diversity
A
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
132,520
Free or Reduced Lunch
99.6%
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Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
17:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$66,859
Teachers in First/Second Year
5.3%

Finances

Expenses Per Student
$27,483/ student
National
$12,239
Education Expenses
  • Instruction
    59%
  • Support Services
    36%
  • Other
    5%
Living in the Area
  1. Cost of Living
    C-
  2. Good for Families
    B+
  3. Housing
    C
Median Household Income
$76,782
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,772
National
$949
Median Home Value
$439,767
National
$184,700

Philadelphia City School District Reviews

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I have been in the Philadelphia City District all my life. This district is very passionate about parents and students of Philadelphia. If decisions are going to be made for the people of Philadelphia, the Philadelphia School district believes it is their duty to involve these people in their decision and give them a voice. However, their voices may not be heard, which is the downfall. Schools would say they want to add sports teams to their school; and in order to start a school team, they need a source of income. The School District does not provide money towards sports. Teachers are the ones paying for the supplies. I know too many teachers that go out of their way to buy sports equipment. They are taking from their low paycheck to provide for students their students. To add, the textbooks are horrible. They calm that the money goes toward education but its that really true? They can't even provide nice textbooks, and that is just a basic need. Something needs to be done!
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The school district really wants kids to go to their neighborhood school. Oftentimes, these school perform below basic and have real issues with keeping our students safe. The whole high school selection process is bogus! Lottery system is not really lottery, I have noticed a lot of kids get into these schools if they were in a school that was in proximity of the school they're applying to. The standardized tests given is a way to keep a straight A student out of their high school of choice, but students are not really prepared for the test. Philadelphia schools get a poor grade from me
I have attended school in the Philadelphia City School District for eleven years thus far. My elementary, middle, and high school have all been very diverse. I enjoy learning about the various cultures that make up the district. The district has many resources, especially for students who come from low-income families. It does a very good job of preparing their students for college. All the schools I have attended have many clubs and sports. A variety of electives are provided that help students discover their passions and interests.

The Philadelphia City School district should work to improve the quality of
school lunches and the cleanliness of their schools. Although I have had many great teachers, I have also had poor ones. Safety in the school district is questionable. Many students take Septa, the public transportation used in Philadelphia. There have been many cases of harassment and robberies while students head or leave school.