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 School District of Philadelphia will deliver on the civil right of every child in Philadelphia to an excellent public school education and ensure all children graduate from high school ready to succeed, fully engaged as a citizen of our world.

Our Vision

For all children, a great school, close to where they live.

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

Take a look at the School District of Philadelphia, the eighth largest in the nation by enrollment, serving a racially and ethnically diverse student population.  View Snapshot!

Source of School District Operating Revenues

Budget Information

District Schools

Data as of October 27, 2016

Type Schools
Elementary 150
Middle 15
High 55
All SDP Schools 220
Enrollment
Total Enrollment 134,041
Number of K-12 Students 129,296
Number of Alternative Education Students 4,236
Number of PVA (Phila Virtual Academy) Students 509
Number of Pre-K Students 8,765
Demographics (K-12 Students Only) Students Percentage
American Indian/Alaskan Native 254 0.20%
Asian 10,733 8.30%
Black/African American 65,278 50.49%
Hispanic/Latino 25,955 20.07%
Multi Racial/Other 9,133 7.06%
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander 91 0.07%
White 17,852 13.81%
Grades (K-12 Students Only) Students Percentage
Kindergarten 11,152 8.63%
Grade 1 11,975 9.26%
Grade 2 11,705 9.05%
Grade 3 11,697 9.05%
Grade 4 11,454 8.86%
Grade 5 10,389 8.04%
Grade 6 9,283 7.18%
Grade 7 8,969 6.94%
Grade 8 8,446 6.53%
Grade 9 10,127 7.83%
Grade 10 9,117 7.05%
Grade 11 7,977 6.17%
Grade 12 7,005 5.42%
Other Categories Students Percentage
Students with Disabilities 18,162 14.05%
Students who are Mentally Gifted 2,244 1.74%
ELL Students 13,543 10.47%
CEP Economically Disadvantaged Rate N/A N/A

Additional School Information

Charter Schools

Data as of October 27, 2016

Number of Brick & Mortar Philadelphia Charter Schools 88
Number of Cyber Charters 15
Number of Brick & Mortar Philadelphia Charter School Students 64,867
Number of Cyber Charter School Students 4,638
Demographics ( Brick & Mortar Charters and Cyber Charters) Students Percentage
American Indian/Alaskan Native 242 0.35%
Asian 2,162 3.11%
Black/African American 40,839 58.76%
Hispanic/Latino 11,593 16.68%
Multi Racial/Other 5,023 7.23%
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander 28 0.04%
White 9,618 13.84%
Grades Students Percentage
Kindergarten 4,696 6.76%
Grade 1 5,026 7.23%
Grade 2 5,108 7.35%
Grade 3 5,123 7.37%
Grade 4 4,957 7.13%
Grade 5 5,356 7.71%
Grade 6 5,974 8.60%
Grade 7 6,089 8.76%
Grade 8 6,043 8.69%
Grade 9 5,603 8.06%
Grade 10 5,280 7.60%
Grade 11 5,146 7.40%
Grade 12 5,104 7.34%

Employees

Data as of November 15, 2016

Number of Employees 17,373
Number of Teachers 8,693
Number of Principals and Assistant Principals 341

Students Transported Daily

Data as of November 17, 2016

District Students 11,833
Charter Students 18,546
Private/Parochial 12,214
Total Students Getting Bussing 42,593
Total Students Getting Transpasses (Public Transportation) 62,454

Additional Transportation Information

School Meals Served Daily

Data as of November 2016

District Schools with SDP Universal Free Meal Program 217
Free Breakfast served daily 50,159
Free Lunches served daily 86,006

Additional Food Services Information