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 updated as of December 2015.

Type Schools
Elementary 149
Middle 16
High 53
All SDP Schools 218
Enrollment
Total Enrollment 134,538
Number of K-12 Students 131,698
Number of Alternative Education Students 2,529
Number of PVA (Phila Virtual Academy) Students 311
Number of Pre-K Students

not included in above Total Enrollment

8,849
Demographics Students Percentage
American Indian/Alaskan Native 253 0.19%
Asian 10,594 8.04%
Black/African American 62,279 51.09%
Hispanic/Latino 25,680 19.50%
Multi Racial/Other 9,673 7.34%
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander 72 0.05%
White 18,147 13.78%
Grades Students Percentage
Kindergarten 11,582 8.79%
Grade 1 12,396 9.41%
Grade 2 12,398 9.41%
Grade 3 11,894 9.03%
Grade 4 11,320 8.60%
Grade 5 10,356 7.86%
Grade 6 9,201 6.99%
Grade 7 8,853 6.72%
Grade 8 8,479 6.44%
Grade 9 10,632 8.07%
Grade 10 9,417 7.15%
Grade 11 8,173 6.21%
Grade 12 6,997 5.31%
Other Categories Students Percentage
Students with Disabilities 18,441 14.00%
Students who are Mentally Gifted 2,428 1.84%
ELL Students 12,951 9.83%
Economically Disadvantaged Students N/A N/A

Additional School Information

Charter Schools

Data updated as of December 2015.

Number of Charter Schools 83
Number of Charter School Students 63,441
Demographics Students Percentage
American Indian/Alaskan Native 173 0.27%
Asian 1,985 3.13%
Black/African American 38,383 60.50%
Hispanic/Latino 10,792 17.01%
Multi Racial/Other 2,986 4.71%
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander 19 0.03%
White 9,103 14.35%
Grades Students Percentage
Kindergarten 4,442 7.00%
Grade 1 4,746 7.48%
Grade 2 4,716 7.43%
Grade 3 4,693 7.40%
Grade 4 4,400 6.94%
Grade 5 4,948 7.80%
Grade 6 5,794 9.13%
Grade 7 5,751 9.07%
Grade 8 5,607 8.84%
Grade 9 4,754 7.49%
Grade 10 4,868 7.67%
Grade 11 4,445 7.01%
Grade 12 4,277 6.74%

Employees

Data updated as of December 2015.

Number of Employees 16,680
Number of Teachers 8,443
Number of Principals and Assistant Principals 288

Students Transported Daily

Data updated as of December 2015.

District Students 15,473
Charter Students 15,180
Private/Parochial 8,543
Total Students Getting Bussing 39,196
Total Students Getting Transpasses (Public Transportation) 61,340

Additional Transportation Information

School Meals Served Daily

Data updated as of December 2015.

SDP Schools with Universal Free Meal Program 218
Free breakfasts served daily 57,500
Number of free lunches served daily 92,500

Additional Food Services Information