About Us

The School District of Philadelphia is the eighth largest school district in the nation, by enrollment. Located in a historic and culturally rich setting, we are a racially and ethnically diverse community committed to education. We are students, parents, teachers, staff, and community members; we are the School District of Philadelphia.

Our Mission

The mission of the School District of Philadelphia is to provide a high-quality education that prepares, ensures, and empowers all students to achieve their full intellectual and social potential in order to become lifelong learners and productive members of society.

Our Vision

We believe all children can reach their learning potential and that the achievement gap can be eliminated. The School Reform Commission is responsible for that improvement and is obligated to support the District's mission. The Commission commits itself to raising student achievement through District-wide reforms and restructuring measures. We have done much but we have a long way to go.

Governance

The School District of Philadelphia is governed by a five-member School Reform Commission (SRC), established in December 2001, when oversight of the School District shifted to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The Governor of Pennsylvania appoints three of the SRC members, while the Mayor of Philadelphia appoints two members of the commission.
More about the School Reform Commission (SRC)

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A Snapshot of the District

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Source of School District Operating Revenues

Budget Information

District Schools

Data updated as of December 2013.

Includes Promise Academies and excludes Early Childhood, Alternative Education Programs, and Charter Schools

Type Schools
Elementary 149
Middle 16
High 49
All SDP Schools 214
Enrollment
Number of K-12 Students 131,362
Number of Pre-K (Early Childhood) Students 6,982
Number of Alternative Education Students 3,558
Number of Philadelphia Virtual Academy Students 229
Demographics (K-12 only) Students Percentage
American Indian/Alaskan Native 271 0.2%
Asian 10,633 8.1%
Black/African American 69,373 52.8%
Hispanic/Latino 24,980 19.0%
Multi Racial/Other 7,122 5.4%
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander 22 0.02%
White 18,961 14.4%
Grades Students Percentage
Kindergarten 11,852 9.0%
Grade 1 12,869 9.8%
Grade 2 11,764 9.0%
Grade 3 11,330 8.6%
Grade 4 11,079 8.4%
Grade 5 10,264 7.8%
Grade 6 9,169 7.0%
Grade 7 8,881 6.8%
Grade 8 8,672 6.6%
Grade 9 10,172 7.7%
Grade 10 9,088 6.9%
Grade 11 8,394 6.4%
Grade 12 7,828 6.0%
Special Programs Students Percentage
Promise Academies 7,501 5.7%
Other Categories Students Percentage
Students with Disabilities 18,124 13.8%
Students who are Mentally Gifted 3,597 2.7%
English Language Learner Students 11,879 9.0%
Economically Disadvantaged Students 114,738 87.3%

Additional School Information

Charter Schools

Data updated as of December 2013.

Number of Charter Schools 86
Number of Charter School Students 60,774
Demographics (All Charters) Students Percentage
American Indian/Alaskan Native 164 0.3%
Asian 1,777 2.9%
Black/African American 38,050 62.6%
Hispanic/Latino 10,028 16.5%
Multi Racial/Other 1,953 3.2%
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander 5 0.01%
White 8,797 14.5%
Grades Students Percentage
Kindergarten 4,423 7.3%
Grade 1 4,683 7.7%
Grade 2 4,355 7.2%
Grade 3 4,342 7.1%
Grade 4 4,136 6.8%
Grade 5 4,691 7.7%
Grade 6 5,349 8.8%
Grade 7 5,375 8.8%
Grade 8 5,142 8.5%
Grade 9 5,417 8.9%
Grade 10 4,769 7.8%
Grade 11 4,282 7.0%
Grade 12 3,810 6.3%

Employees

Data updated as of December 2013.

Number of Employees 16,827
Number of Teachers 8,390
Number of Principals and Assistant Principals 293

Students Transported Daily

Data updated as of December 2013.

District Students 15,404
Charter Students 14,959
Private/Parochial 8,526
Total Students on Yellow Buses
Includes public, charter, private and parochial students
38,889
Total Students Riding Public Transportation for Free 59,818

Additional Transportation Information

School Meals Served Daily

Data updated as of December 2013.

Schools with Universal Free Meal Program
Includes 8 Charter Schools
182
Free breakfasts served daily 61,200
Free lunches served daily 74,000
Reduced-price lunches served daily 6,500

Additional Food Services Information