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Important Numbers:

Parent Help Line
(215) 400-4000
If you have questions about anything that affects your child
Safety Hotline
(215) 400-SAFE
To report assaults, theft, or threats 24 hours/7 days a week
Philadelphia Home and School Council
(215) 400-4080
Get involved
Right to Education Task Force
(215) 400-5151
Title I Parent Advisory Committee
(215) 400-4180

News & Events

A Directory of High Schools for 2017 Admissions

We are pleased to offer you a Directory of High Schools for 2017 Admissions to assist your family in the high school admission process. Learn More...

Early Intervention to Kindergarten Transition Meetings

The School District of Philadelphia and Elwyn SEEDS will host meetings in December and January for parents of children who currently receive early intervention services at home, in preschool or in daycare, and will be transitioning into kindergarten next year. At the meetings, parents will have the opportunity to learn more about the programs and services available to School District of Philadelphia students and families. To review a complete schedule of meeting dates, please click here. For more information about the Office of Specialized Services, please click here.

Student Travel Tips

The School District is advising students and their parents to plan ahead for school trips. One of the best places to start is on SEPTA’s Website, which has schedule and trip-planning resources. SEPTA recently launched a new School Trip Planner at that includes routes and travel options for students. SEPTA Customer Service representatives can also provide schedule and trip-planning assistance by phone at (215) 580-7800.

Student Fare Information
Travel Tips - Market Frankford / Broad St Lines
Travel Tips - Bus and Trolley Lines

Special Release Procedures

The School District of Philadelphia is committed to making student safety an integral part of each school's mission, school safety plans, policies, procedures and protocols. To that end, the District has revised its Special Release Procedures, requiring photo identification checks (preferably government-issued ID) with every special release. All schools will be expected to implement this protocol as established. To review the District's new Special Release Procedures, please click here.

Vision Care Guide

A Guide of Vision Care Services for Philadelphia's Children and Adolescents.

Action Steps to Ensure Safety in all School District of Philadelphia Schools

School Finder

Need help identifying your neighborhood school? Visit School Finder, enter your address and the neighborhood schools in your catchment area will be identified.

CTE Five-Year Strategic Plan

Please click here to review the CTE Five-Year Strategic Plan approved at the School Reform Commission meeting on January, 17, 2013.

Comcast Essentials Partnership

In an attempt to help bridge the digital divide, cable giant Comcast has partnered with the School District of Philadelphia to launch a new program to bring low-cost broadband Internet service to Philadelphia families. Families who are eligible for a free lunch under the National School Lunch program are eligible to apply for the Internet Essentials program. If approved, families will be provided with broadband Internet access for $9.95 plus tax a month, incur no price increases, activation, equipment or rental fees, and receive a voucher for the purchase of a Dell or Acer computer for $149.99. For more information on the Internet Esesntials program please visit

BrainSTEPS: A School Re-Entry Program for Children with Brain Injuries

Each year, approximately 4,000 of Pennsylvania’s children survive severe traumatic brain injuries significant enough to require hospitalization. Many are left with life-altering difficulties in physical, cognitive, or behavioral functioning. In the School District of Philadelphia, the BrainSTEPS Team is working to make sure that the individuals who provide educational support to children with recent brain injury have an understanding of brain injury, the resulting challenges, and the supports and interventions that will help these students achieve educational success through graduation.

For more information on BrainSTEPS, please click on the following link.

Parents 'R' Equal Partners Program (PREP)

The Office of Parent, Family, Community Engagement and Faith-based Partnerships ensures the engagement of parents and supports effective family, school, and community partnerships. Starting in September 2009, the District wants one parent (and one alternate) per school to serve on a District-wide Parents 'R' Equal Partners (PREP) Team.

2012 ACCESS for ELLs Parent/Guardian Report: Translations of the Cover Letter and the Report

The ACCESS for ELLs test, which is a measure of the attainment of English proficiency, was administered to all the English Language Learners (ELL) in the District in January-March, 2012. Reports for this assessment will be sent home to parents by the schools.

Below are links to the translations of the cover letter, which accompanies the report, and the translations of the report.

IDEA Annual Notice

The Philadelphia Public Schools and the Philadelphia Intermediate Unit (IU26) provide special education and related service to resident children with disabilities who are ages three through twenty-one. The purpose of this notice is to describe (1) the types of disabilities that might qualify the child for such programs and services, (2) the special education program and related services that are available, (3) the process by which the public schools screen and evaluate such students to determine eligibility, and (4) the special rights that pertain to such children and their parents or legal guardians.