Some of these conditions are:

  • Strong, empowered school leaders who have a track record of success, hold high expectations for all students and invest others in their vision.
  • Effective teachers with strong systems and resources to recruit, train and support them
  • A financially sustainable, strategic plan that has measurable goals and prioritizes the needs of low-income students.
  • A dedication to serving all students—including economically disadvantaged, special education, and English Language Learners—while closing internal achievement gaps.
  • A commitment to engaging parents and the community in the school’s success.
How We Measure Success

We judge our effectiveness using a variety of student outcome measures for both schools we invest in and the city as a whole. Some of these include:

  • Overall student achievement (measured by standardized test scores in Math, ELA and Science)
  • Parent/student satisfaction
  • Performance of subgroups (economically disadvantaged, Special Education, English Language Learners)
  • College/high-performing high school matriculation and persistence
  • Graduation/retention rates
  • Closing of achievement gaps
  • Student safety and attendance




PSP has invested in 64 schools of all types (public district, public charter, and private) across Philadelphia


Since 2011, PSP has invested over $65 million in schools of all types to improve educational outcomes of children in Philadelphia


Annually, over 100,000 people learn about and apply to great schools through the free resources provided by GreatPhillySchools


As a result of PSP’s investments, more than 26,000 students are enrolled in better schools