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Education Resources

Evaluation Letters

For evaluation letters to request testing for children having trouble in school, see “Resources” section.

School District of Philadelphia

  • Main Number 215-400-4000. School finder for preK to High School click here
  • Office of Specialties Service including: special education, charter school information and exceptional student information- 215-400-4170
  • Charter School Listings
  • Listing of Magnet Schools or click here for website

Great Philly Schools

The mission of GreatPhillySchools is to make information accessible so parents, guardians, and students can find, compare, and demand great schools.


Apply Philly Charter

One application for almost all charter school in Philly. Just click here

Education Law Center

Promoting fairness and quality education in the public school system, and helping families understand and enforce their legal rights, from prompt early intervention services, children whose native language is not English, and children with disabilities- 1315 Walnut Street, 4 th Floor – 215-238-6970

Student Assistance Program (SAP)

The Student Assistance Program is a free service for students and families available through the Philadelphia School District and participating charter schools.  Schools partner with outside agencies to conduct behavioral health and substance use assessments for K-12 students who are experiencing academic and emotional difficulties.  Certified Student Assistance Program assessors collaborate with schools and families to provide recommendations for addressing risk behaviors and barriers to academic achievement and link families to services.  To request a SAP assessment for your child, please talk to your school counselor and ask for the referral packet.
For further details:

Archdiocese of Philadelphia

Information about Catholic Schools in Philadelphia – 215-587-3700
Click here for individual school info and applications

Philadelphia Dept. of Education Special Ed. Consult Line

Main phone number for most issues relating to Philadelphia school system- 800-879-2301

Office of Specialized Services of the School District of Phila.

The Office of Specialized Services (OSS) is committed to the educational, social, physical, and emotional well being of students within the School District of Philadelphia. The OSS provides comprehensive special education, behavioral health, school health, and prevention/intervention programs. 215-400-4170

ECOY Program- Employment Connections for Opportunity Youth

Serves 17-21 year old who are, or have, aged out of foster care get GED/High School Diploma, job opportunities and much more. Call 215-204-3170 for info and  here for flyer.

Office of Dispute Resolution ODR) for IEPs

ConsultLine is a toll-free information help line for parents and advocates of children with disabilities including learning issues who have questions or concerns about the education of a school-aged child. You can call the ConsultLine by calling 800-879-2301 or 717-901-2146, or you can request that the ConsultLine call you by filling out an online request form at
If you don’t agree with your child’s IEP contact the Office for Dispute Resolution who can set up the mediation and due process request for all of Pennsylvania, and provides training and services regarding other ways to settle disagreements for students who have Individualized Education Programs (IEPs).  Office for Dispute Resolution (ODR) Voice: 800-222-3353 TTY Users: PA Relay 711 Email: Fax: 717-657-5983 Website:


Summer Learning Programs through the School District

Click on link for info about programs for summer learning and enrichment.

School Distric Language Hotlines

Answers all questions related to public education
For ALL languages, click here• Albanian* – 215 400-­8481
• Chinese* – 215 400­-8482
• French* – 215 400­-8483
• Khmer* – 215 400­-8484
• Russian* – 215 400-­8485
• Spanish – 215 400-­8489
• Vietnamese* – 215 400­-8486

Philadelphia PreK- Mayor’s Office of Education

Find  Pre-K and quality child care for kids from birth to five. Call 844-PHL-PREK (844-745-7735) or check out the great website here.
Click for interactive map and here for eligibility. 

Office of Early Childhood Education

Info and links to many preschool programs in Philly.
Click here for info or call 215-400-4270

Keystone STARS- Quality Rating System for Pre-K

Keystone STARS provides families a tool to gauge the quality early learning programs and is proven to
improve the quality of child care based on an independent study. Child care and Head Start programs earn a STAR 1 to STAR 4 level by meeting quality standards for teacher qualifications, learning environment and program management. Click here for info

Head Start -Pre-Kindergarten

Head Start is a comprehensive preschool program for low-income three, four, and five year olds. It provides children with a developmentally appropriate early childhood education. The program ensures that young children get health checkups and treatment, and that they are fed a nutritious hot meal every day. 215-400-4270 to register or 866-763-6481 for more info.
Click here for applications or apply online at Compass

How to register your child for school checklist

Very helpful guide on what you need to register your child for school.
Click here for guide

Conquering Kindergarten

New site that helps families get the skills necessary for success for their children starting Kindergarten.
Click here for help

Stepping Stone Scholars

The Steppingstone Scholars Program prepares motivated city schoolchildren for acceptance and success at the top college preparatory schools in the Philadelphia area. Highly motivated students and parents must apply in the Fall of 4th grade. 4112 Station Street, Unit D.  Call 215-204-5130 for info.

Breakthrough Philadelphia

Breakthrough Philadelphia sets highly-motivated, underserved middle-school students on the path to and through college.  Students and parents/guardians apply to this 10-year program from Fall through Winter of 6th grade.  Programs and supports continue through high school and college.  Call (215) 261-6705 or go to website.

Young Scholars Program

The Young Scholars Program is a selective pre-college scholarship for high-performing 7th grade students with financial need. Call 703-723-8000 for info.


Helps with college preparation and awareness to students in low-income communities. Starts in 6th or 7th grade and goes through high school- 215-400-4130
Click here for brochure

Philadelphia Futures

Philadelphia Futures prepares students from low-income families to enter and succeed in college by providing mentoring, academic enrichment, college guidance and financial incentives. Also publishes Step Up to College, a guide to the college and financial aid application processes that is distributed to all high school students; the Guide also is available free of charge on request.- 230 S. Braod St, 7th Fl-215-790-1666

Step Up to College Guide

From Philadelphia Futures. All the info you need to prepare for, choose and pay for college. Click below for info

The Ellis Trust: Grants and Scholarships for High School Girls Residing in Philadelphia

The Ellis Trust provides financial assistance for school needs, extracurricular programs, summer camps and/or high school tuition for high-achieving girls in grades 9-12 who reside in Philadelphia. Eligible girls are from single parent families who meet federal reduced lunch income eligibility guidelines. Call 215-790-1666, ext 442 with questions.

Children’s Scholarship Fund

The Children’s Scholarship Fund Philadelphia provides educational alternatives to low-income Philadelphia families through needs based scholarships. Call (215) 670-8411 or go to website below for info. .

A Better Chance (ABC)

ABC’s mission is to increase substantially the number of well-educated young people of color who are capable of assuming positions of responsibility and leadership in American society.  We carry out our mission through our signature College Preparatory Schools Program (“CPSP”), which annually recruits, refers and supports about 500 A Better Chance Scholars at more than 300 of the nation’s leading boarding, day and public schools. Call (610) 992-0995 or go to website.

Upward Bound Programs

Various locations throughout the city for motivated lower income students to help them achieve their goals of college graduation. Various universities/colleges work with students at select high schools Click on the one that manages your high school. Must apply in 9th or early 10th grade and be the first generation to finish college.
University of Pennsylvania (Overbrook, Parkway West, Sayre, West Philly)
CCP Trio Upward Bound (Ben Franklin, Edison, South Philly, West Philly)
Temple University (all high schools)
Harcum College (Bartram  Motivation High School, Communications and Technology High School)
Gwynedd Mercy (Hallahan , Little Flower, Neumann/Goretti High School, West Catholic, Roman Catholic)

Scholly App

Designed to ease the scholarship search process, Scholly aims to fix the outdated search methods that require filling out long, tiresome forms and then fail to deliver relevant results.


Questbridge helps connect the brighest low-income students to America’s best universities and opportunities. Check out their website for info.

Let’s Get Ready

Let’s Get Ready provides free SAT prep, admissions counseling, and post-enrollment mentoring to students from low-income backgrounds and who are first-generation-to-college. Their peer-driven program is administered by highly trained and highly effective college students who mentor younger students to and through college. Click here for info

Women in Transportation Scholarships

Specifically for high schoolers and college students interested in the  transportation industry (city planning, SEPTA, Amtrak and more). Click here for info or go to site

Gateway to College

Gateway to College at Community College of Philadelphia is a scholarship program for School District of Philadelphia students, ages of 16-20, who have dropped out of school but have a desire to get back on track and earn a high school diploma and college credits. Call 215-751-8246 or go online for an application.

College Access Program (Philadelphia Education Fund)

The College Access Centers are free and open to the public. Services to adult and school-aged individuals are provided by trained staff members committed to helping make college a reality for anyone interested in higher education.
1709 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Suite 700 215-665-1400


Search for info on colleges, how to pay for college, and how to prepare. Go to website below.

Philly Goes to College

Great info on steps necessary to get into college from 9th grade to adulthood. Call 215.686.0315 for more info or go to site below.


Great website to prepare for college from middle school on.

CORE Philadelphia Scholarships

Offers up to $2,000 for graduating high school seniors to help pay first year college expenses. Call 267-507-1690 or go to website to start application.

Herb it Forward Schoarship

For graduating seniors or first year college students from lower income families. 30 scholarships a year to help defray costs. Click for info.

College Scholarships in Philly

Click links below for more info:


School District of Phila. Re-Engagement Center

A one stop shopping resource center to help 16-21 year olds reenroll in diploma or GED programs. Call 215-400-6700 or visit  the center at 440 North Broad Street Suite 1013 7:30-6:00 pm M-F
Click here for info or go to site below.
Listing of Options

Alternatives to Traditional High School

Click below to get listing of alternatives to traditional high schools for out of school youth or those looking for alternatives. Listing from Project U-Turn. or from school districts website
Click here for GREAT Alternatives to Traditional High School

Project U Turn

Out of school? Want a high school diploma or GED? Call 1-877-TURN-180 for help.

Free GED Video tutorials

Click here for tutorials

Keystone First GED Program

For Keystone First members who are interested in obtaining their GED.
Click here for info and referral

E3 Power Program

Helps out of school youth acquire the necessary skills and work experience to make the transition into adulthood. Programs include: mentoring; college readiness; community service; GED; tutoring and support groups. 5 locations:

E3 Center City 112 N Broad Street, 12th Floor |267-­238-­3180

E3 North 2800 N American Street | 215-763­8870 ext. 7260

E3 Southwest 5407 Grays Avenue | 267-299-2509

E3 West 4111 Lancaster Avenue | 215-387-2134

YouthBuild Philadelphia Charter School

YouthBuild Philadelphia Charter School provides out-of-school youth in Philadelphia with the broadest range of tools, supports and opportunities available to become self-sufficient, responsible and productive citizens in their community.
Students earn their high school diplomas while learning valuable job skills and engaging in community service projects. YouthBuild Philadelphia rebuilds lives and communities! 1231 N. Broad St, 3rd Fl 215-627-8671.

Truancy and Behavioral Interventions

School District of Philadelphia Office of Instructional and Behavioral Intervention- tries to create individualized pathways that lead to quality education for each student- 215-400-4220, option 1

Resources for Undocumented Students

Several resources from the School District including Fact Sheets and help with College. Go to

YES- Youth Empowerment Services

YES’ year-round open entry program combines enticing media and art activities with proven counseling models, GED preparatory classes and job-readiness training. Call 215.769.0340 for info.

Communities in Schools of Philadelphia (CISP)

CISP specializes in helping kids learn succesfully, stay in school, and prepare for life. They have dozens of innovative programs to help disadvantaged, low income, underserved students succeed. Programs include: After School Enrichment Academies; ELECT Cradle to Classroom; Males Achieving Responsibility (teen fathers); Parent Child Home initiative; Career Academies; and Youth Works (summer job program)- 2000 Hamilton Street- 267-386-4600.

PA Partners in Public Education

Great resource for families interested in getting help with parenting and helping their child in school. Great brochures and videos.

Office of Multilingual Education

Office of The School District of Philadelphia that helps English Language Learners Excel. 215-400-4240

Office of College Readiness

School District of Philadelphia’s Office provides resources and guidance to Philadelphia’s students to pursue their dreams. Provides resources on college preparation and career development- 440 N Broad St. Suite 212- call 215-400-4130. also free resource below

Education Law Center

Promoting fairness and quality education in the public school system, and helping families understand and enforce their legal rights, from prompt early intervention services, children whose native language is not English, and children with disabilities- 1315 Walnut Street, 4 th Floor – 215-238-6970


The ASPIRA Association promotes the empowerment of the Puerto Rican and Latino community by developing and nurturing leadership, intellectual and cultural potential of its youth so that they may contribute their skills and dedication to the fullest development of the Puerto Rican and Latino community everywhere. Multiple programs for youth development- 4322 N. 5th-215-455-1300

Special Education Consult Line Phila. School District

Main phone number for most issues relating to Philadelphia school system- 800-879-2301
The Special Education Consult Line handbook

Philly Counselor

A site for and by Philadelphia school counselors. See site for resources and listings of counselors in your school.

Office of Specialized Services of the School District of Phila.

The Office of Specialized Services (OSS) is committed to the educational, social, physical, and emotional well being of students within the School District of Philadelphia. The OSS provides comprehensive special education, behavioral health, school health, and prevention/intervention programs. 215-400-4170

Mighty Writers

Mighty Writers is a unique organization that whose mission it is is to help school-aged kids learn the joy of writing. They offer tutoring and writing workshops. 1501 Chrsitian Street. 267.239.0899.

Free tutoring from the Free Library

The Free Library of Philadelphia offers free online homework help with a live tutor, for students in kindergarten through college. To access this resource, first sign up for a library card. Next visit and click on “Homework Help” in the upper right-hand corner to log in (in the “ASK” section). Homework Help from Brainfuse is available in both English and Spanish, and it also provides feedback on writing. Available 2pm-11pm every day.

Khan Academy

Free educational videos on all topics from K-12. Learn at your own pace.

Power Kids

Thousands of resources for learning and help with homework from PA Department of Education

LEAP at the Free Library of Philadelphia

A free, drop-in after school program that provides homework help, computer literacy, library skills, and presents cultural enrichment programs that assists children and teens Grades 1-12- 215-686-5372

Literacy Lab at Free Library 1st-3rd Graders

This free program provides small group literacy instruction for students in 1st to 3rd grade who struggle to read on grade level. Click this link to find a location near you.

ELECT Teen Parent Program

ELECT (Education Leading to Employment Career Training) Teen Parent Classrooms help pregnant and parenting teens finish their high school education and plan for college and/or employment after high-school. The ELECT staff provides academic and social service support, case management, home visits and group activities. For more information call 215-400-4250.
ELECT Referral Form

The Lighthouse

Program that seeks to empower young mothers 18-21 years old with the skills necessary to compete in the workforce- GED prep., money skills- 152 West Lehigh Ave.- 215-425-7800.

Bullying Hotline

Office of Family and Student Support- if teacher or principal can’t fix the problem call the Parent- Hot-Line- 215-400-SAFE
Click here for info on bullying prevention and here for facts for parents

Office of Safe Schools Advocate

If child is a victim of school violence or bullying can call 1-877-730-6315. Go to website for more info.
Click here for Bullying Investigation Request letter

Stop Bullying Website

Click below for national website.