We are thrilled to announce the launch of GreatPhillySchools.org, a unique new resource for Philadelphia families to learn about and compare over 400 K-12 schools in the city. GreatPhillySchools.org includes detailed ratings and information about all types of schools in the city, including District, charter, Catholic and private schools. It is completely free and available online beginning today at www.greatphillyschools.org.
Helping families to get more engaged in making every school a great school is central to our work at the Philadelphia School Partnership (PSP.) Today, Mayor Michael A. Nutter joined parents and several nonprofit partners, including the Philadelphia School Partnership, the Public School Notebook and the Urban Affairs Coalition in an effort to do just that with this groundbreaking new resource for parents. Prior to GreatPhillySchools.org, parents seeking information on schools had to search multiple websites and sift through complex spreadsheets to find data about academic results. There was no easy way to get information comparing private and Catholic schools to public schools or to obtain information about safety and attendance.
Visit GreatPhillySchools.org to find ratings and information to help parents, grandparents and students to search and compare over 400 public and private schools. Each school is assigned 1-to-10 ratings in up to five categories and in overall quality. A rating of 10 means a school ranks among the top-performing schools for that category in comparison to other schools in Philadelphia. These ratings are designed to make it easier to find, sort and compare schools, but they are not intended to be the sole factor in judging whether a school is the right fit for a student. The site will help parents, guardians and students ask the right questions during their school research, as they visit schools and as they work to improve their own schools. For a more detailed explanation of the ratings, see our methodology at GreatPhillySchools.org.
In addition to the ability to search by neighborhood, overall quality and school type or grade level, the site includes a series of brief articles developed to help parents and caregivers navigate the process of choosing a school. Over a dozen articles touch on differences among the private and public school systems, the enrollment process at different types of schools, a checklist for parents planning to visit a school, and more. The site also includes descriptive information for each school, including mission, accreditation, admissions policy, and special programs, such as music, arts, sports and language offerings. Principals are invited to submit frequent updates to be posted on their school’s profile page.
Thanks to our many partners and supporters for making this important day possible for parents in Philadelphia. We hope you will visit GreatPhillySchools.org and share your thoughts and feedback with us as we work to continually improve the site.