Interested in school options for your K-8th grade children? Explore a wide range of private and charter schools at the Citywide K-8th Grade School Fair on Saturday October 22 at Girard College! Come out for the food trucks, the fun activities for kids, and the hundreds of school reps who will be available for one-on-one conversations about how to provide a high-quality education for your children.
This event is FREE, open to the public, and sponsored by Children’s Scholarship Fund Philadelphia (CSFP). CSFP staff will be on hand to help families apply for a need-based scholarship opportunity available to Philadelphia families with children in grades K-8. For more information, visit csfphiladelphia.org/about/news/citywide-k-8th-grade-school-fair.
Posted: October 7, 2016
The School District of Philadelphia and its partners still have seats available in high quality preK programs for three- and four-year-olds for the 2016-17 school year.
Who is eligible?
Children must be at least 3 years old on or before September 1, 2016 and not be age-eligible for kindergarten. Families must meet Head Start or Pre-K Counts income guidelines. Children and parents/legal guardians must be residents of Philadelphia PA.
How do I get an application?
There are plenty of ways to get an application --
- View the list of locations and download an application at www.philasd.org/prek OR
- Visit any School District or Partner locations on the list to request an application OR
- Call 215-400-4270 (first select option 1, next select option 2) to have an application mailed to you OR
- Pick up an application at the School District of Philadelphia's Education Center at 440 N. Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA.
Also, translated versions of this document will be available at: www.philasd.org/translation.
Apply today - don't delay!
Please Note: Completing and submitting an application does not guarantee enrollment.
Posted: August 24, 2016
The Center City Residents’ Association (CCRA), is holding a program on choosing the right elementary school for your Center City child on next week Wednesday, March 16, 7:00 – 8:30 P.M. at Trinity Memorial Church, 22nd and Spruce Streets, Philadelphia.
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Posted: March 11, 2016
For the School District of Philadelphia, kindergarten registration begins on January 19, 2016. Children must be 5 years old on or before September 1 in order to attend kindergarten for the year. For a list of what to bring with you when you go to enroll your child, click here.
Posted: November 23, 2015
Are you looking for a high school for next fall? Come to the Philadelphia High School Fair October 16 & 17 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center and explore more than 100 high school options, including district, magnet, charter, and private schools; enter to win prizes and giveaways (including a new iPad!) Learn about academic and special programs, extracurriculars, admissions criteria, how to apply, and more!
WHO: Current middle school students, parents, and caregivers
WHEN: Friday, October 16, 3pm - 7pm and Saturday, October 17, 9am - 3pm
WHERE: The Pennsylvania Convention Center, enter at Broad & Race Streets
For updates and information about the Fair and the high school application process: text FAIR to 215-660-4016 or download the flyer at https://gallery.mailchimp.com/d61d14b1f5d398cfe5c14f551/files/HSFairFlyer_General_01.pdf.
Location: Sister Cities Park
Posted: October 15, 2015
Between the time that the school bell rings and parents return from work, after school programs can provide kids with exciting, engaging experiences that teach academic, social, and professional skills. We've rounded up our top 5 favorite programs in the city that will enrich your child's after school hours with a range of different activities.
Posted: August 19, 2015
Kindergarten registration in the School District of Philadelphia began on January 20. To register, visit your neighborhood school and be sure to bring your child's birth certificate and up-to-date immunization records, as well as a current piece of identification and two proofs of residency. Children must be 5 years old on or before September 1, 2015. Registration runs through May 29. For a map of Center City-area public elementary schools, click here.
Additionally, mark your calendars for a District-Wide Kindergarten Open House Day on March 4, and Open House Week runs May 11-15. Contact your local school for the specific days and times during the week. Visit PhilaSD.org for full details.
Posted: January 21, 2015
Choosing the Right Elementary School for your Center City Child
Wednesday, October 22, 2014 5-7 pm
222 North 20th Street
Free admission day of fair to all attendees.
Parents and caregivers of preschool and elementary age children are invited to an elementary school fair designed to help parents research grade school options. The fair gives families the opportunity to speak directly to schools and compare individual philosophies and accomplishments. Public, charter, private and parochial schools in the three neighborhood association areas have been invited to attend. Light refreshments will be served.
Hosted by Center City Residents' Association, Logan Square Neighborhood Association and South of South Neighborhood Association, as well as the Franklin Institute
Posted: September 30, 2014
Spend the morning reading to a classroom of Philadelphia school children following a networking breakfast with other top business and community leaders at the School District of Philadelphia. This event is part of the annual Read to Me Early Literacy Program, a year-long program which provides quality classroom book collections to thousands of students and inspires them to read with their parents, caregivers and teachers throughout the school year. Read More »
Posted: April 11, 2014
Stephen Starr has implemented an initiative at his Philadelphia restaurants called Support Our Schools. The goal of this initiative is to raise $100,000, plus the Starr Restaurant Group will donate $25,000. The money raised will go to help fund multimedia labs, elementary school playgrounds, and six-week summer internships. Read More »
Posted: March 5, 2014
Fifth graders at the Albert M. Greenfield School and the Chester A. Arthur School both participated in a Dancing Classrooms Philly ballroom dance program thanks to a $5,000 donation from Republic Bank and the Center City District Foundation Educational Improvement Organization. Read More »
Posted: February 6, 2014
A month-long donation drive for school supplies kicked off September 25 by Interstate General Media, publisher of philly.com, The Inquirer and The Daily News, and Global Citizen, the city-based civic engagement organization.
All donations can be dropped off inside the Market Street entrance of Interstate General Media’s headquarters at 801 Market Street, Monday through Friday from 9am to 5pm. Donations will be accepted through October 25. Read More »
Posted: September 30, 2013
This week's Weekly Press featured an interview with Christine Carlson, a Greenfield Elementary School parent and founder of the Greater Center City Neighborhood School Coalition. The Greater Center City Neighborhood School Coalition is a group of parents and community members committed to improving and reinforcing as community anchors eleven elementary schools in neighborhoods that surround the downtown.
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Posted: August 9, 2013
If you are searching for the right elementary school for your Center City child, come to the School Fair on Wednesday, September 25, 2013, from 5-7pm at the Franklin Institute. Center City Residents Association, Logan Square Neighborhood Association and South of South Neighborhood Association, as well as the Franklin Institute invite parents of preschool and elementary age children to an elementary school fair designed to help parents research grade school options. The fair gives families the opportunity to speak directly to schools and compare individual philosophies and accomplishments. Public, charter, private and parochial schools in the three neighborhood association areas have been invited to attend. Light refreshments will be served. For more information visit the School Fair Facebook page or Twitter feed @SchoolsFair.
Location: The Franklin Institute
Posted: July 26, 2013
On April 16, Dr. William Hite, Superintendent of the Philadelphia School District, addressed the membership of the Central Philadelphia Development Corporation (CPDC). In attendance were business leaders and young professionals, principals and parents. Dr. Hite, Paul R. Levy, Executive Director of CPDC, and Christine Carlson, a Greenfield Elementary School parent and founder of the Greater Center City Neighborhood Schools Coalition, discussed the topic, “How the School District of Philadelphia Can Help Retain Families with Children in Center City.”Read More »
Posted: May 2, 2013
E.M. Stanton Elementary School was selected for a service grant from the Community Design Collaborative (CDC). The grant will allow Stanton to engage a team of volunteer design professionals to create a sustainable masterplan for greening the school’s exterior schoolyard. The goal of the project is to provide a safe, healthy space for the students to play; enhance the curriculum by expanding the school’s gardening program to all grade levels; minimize stormwater runoff by incorporating rain gardens and native plants; encourage community engagement by providing seating and benches for parents and caregivers; and reflect the cultural arts theme by incorporating art, sculpture, murals, and multiple senses/sound into the design. Read More »
Posted: April 30, 2013
Last week, the School District of Philadelphia announced that admission to the much-desired Penn Alexander School in University City would be determined by a lottery. This decision came after neighborhood area families had lined up outside the school four days in advance of the official kindergarten registration date. However this is resolved, let's not lose sight of the extraordinarily good news behind this story: both in University City and in Center City we now have more parents with children wanting to enroll their children in neighborhood elementary schools than we have available seats.
Posted: February 1, 2013
Yesterday The Philadelphia Inquirer reported that two months into his tenure, Superintendent Hite has been visiting schools to ask people what needs fixing. He’s making surprise visits at schools throughout the city and talking with administrators, teachers, parents and students to learn what they think.Read More »
Posted: December 11, 2012
Wednesday, December 12 from 6-8pm there will be a Town Hall on Educating our Children at the Tenth Presbyterian Church, 17th & Delancey. The program features Dr. William R. Hite, Jr., Superintendent/CEO, Philadelphia School District and Councilman Kenyatta Johnson, 2nd Council District.
Dr Hite, Jr will speak briefly before opening the floor to questions pertaining to the Philadelphia public schools.Questions may be submitted in advance of the meeting to: email@example.com, subject line: DR. Hite.
Sponsored by Center City Residents Association and South of South Neighborhood Association.
Posted: December 3, 2012
The Queen Village Neighborhood Association has awarded $5,000 in grant funding to its two neighborhood schools, Nebinger and Meredith Elementary Schools. The money will be equally split between the two schools. Nebinger is using the funds for a librarian and science lab assistant while Meredith is using the money for a computerized educational support program called Study Island. Read More »
Posted: November 13, 2012
The School District of Philadelphia has extended the deadline for students to apply to a district citywide or special admission high school, or transfer to a district neighborhood school. The new application deadline is November 30, 2012.
Read the Great Philly Schools article for more detail or visit the School District of Philadelphia's Voluntary Transfer Program page.
Posted: October 26, 2012
I’m a crier! Simply put, a big crier. You name it - weddings, funerals, movies, spats with friends, my daughter’s preschool move-up ceremony – I cry! So as my daughter N headed to Kindergarten this fall, I loaded my purse with tissues, braced myself for the drama and headed to the “yard” of Meredith Elementary, our Center City neighborhood public school.
Posted: October 4, 2012
KidsInCenterCity.com ushers in fall with a redesigned newsletter with new content and homepage features. When we first began our Center City Schools website in 2004, the goal was to provide parents with a one-stop, on-line portal for information about the public, private, parochial and charter schools located between Girard Avenue and Tasker Street, river to river.
Many changes have occurred since then with two new public school superintendents, changes in leadership at two of downtown’s independent schools, and several new charters opening their doors. But one thing has remained constant: the growth in the number of families wanting to raise their children downtown. Between 2000 and 2011, more than 22,000 children were born to Center City parents and many of you have been involved in efforts to improve playgrounds, improve schools and create a child-friendly downtown. Overall, between 2000 and 2010, Center City’s population grew by more than 10%, making us the fastest growing residential area in Philadelphia.
Posted: October 4, 2012
Come discover Bache-Martin, a neighborhood K-8 public elementary school located in the Art Museum area of Philadelphia. Bache-Martin offers students an unparalleled educational experience that draws deeply upon the cultural resources found in Center City Philadelphia and programs designed to instill a foundation for life-long learning.Read More »
Location: Bache-Martin School
Posted: October 1, 2012
If you are searching for the right elementary school for your Center City child, come to a School Fair on Wednesday, October 17, 2012, from 5:30-7:30pm at the Ethical Society. Enjoy the opportunity to speak directly with representatives from public, charter, independent and parochial elementary schools to learn about education options in the Center City Residents’ Association, Logan Square Neighborhood Association and South of South Neighborhood Association areas. For more information, visit SouthofSouth.org/events/school-fair, the School Fair Facebook page or Twitter feed @SchoolsFair
Posted: September 25, 2012