How to apply to Philadelphia public schools outside of your neighborhood

    Every student resident of Philadelphia has a neighborhood public school that is determined by attendance boundaries.  Students may enroll in those schools after providing proof of residency, but there are other public school options that some city residents might want to consider.
    One of these options is to apply for the School District of Philadelphia’s Voluntary Transfer Program (VTP).  The Transfer program allows students to apply to schools that might more closely support their goals, interests or learning styles.  Options for transfer include: Neighborhood Schools outside their assigned attendance area, Citywide Admission Schools, and Special Admission Schools.
    Neighborhood Schools Outside the Catchment Area– These are the regular neighborhood schools for Philadelphia residents, but some people find schools outside of their own neighborhood (catchment area) that feel like a better fit for their child.  To apply to a neighborhood school that is outside your catchment, you must apply through the VTP.
    Citywide Admission Schools- These are Philadelphia Public Schools that accept students from across the city, regardless of neighborhood of residence or school performance.
    Special Admission Schools– These are also Philadelphia Public Schools but they have distinct admission criteria and accept students based upon performance, grades, and testing scores.  Special Admission Schools also accept students from across the city (and beyond).
    A student may apply to up to five schools.  Some schools (special admission) may require an interview or audition before making admissions decisions.  High School transfers typically require test scores, and applying early is recommended.  Acceptance and transfer are not guaranteed. There are separate applications for elementary/middle and high school students.  Any student in grades pre-k through eleven may apply for voluntary transfer.  Applications are accepted through November 2, 2012.
    Clickable Links:School District VTP Information PageVTP BrochureSchool Demographics

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