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Information about High School Diplomas

Alternative Ways to get a High School Diploma:
This information comes from:
Philadelphia Youth Network Project U-Turn Guide to Educational Programs for Out-of-School Youth.

There are many ways to get a High School Diploma. Here are some of the different types of programs:

  • Educational Options Program
  • Dual Enrollment with Community College or Philadelphia
  • Accelerated High Schools
  • Charter High Schools
  • Re-enrolling in traditional High School

Educational Options Program (EOP)
The EOP (which used to be the Twilight Schools) is an alternative academic program offered by the School District of Philadelphia. This is a diploma-granting program that is offered at 10 public high schools. Students can earn up to two credits every 9-week quarter. The program runs in the late afternoon, generally from 3:00 pm until 6:00 pm on Monday – Thursday during the school year. Students take two classes each quarter and earn credits towards a high school diploma.

What You Need to Know:
• Students must be 17 to enroll in an EOP, though there is no upper age limit.
• Students must have at least 8 credits in order to enroll in an EOP
• Students in EOP earn one credit per course successfully completed. For courses that students have previously taken as a class at a high school but did not pass, students earn the credit in one 9-week quarter at EOP; for courses that a student has not taken at a high school, students must complete two 9-week quarters to earn credit for the course.

Further Information:
EOP is run by the School District of Philadelphia’s Office of Secondary Education.
440 North Broad Street Philadelphia, PA 19130
(215) 400-4230
(215) 400-4231 (fax number)
Office Hours: Monday-Friday, 3:30 – 6:30 pm (during the school year)
EOP is offered at the following 10 high schools. Please contact the individual school for more information on their program availability.

Bartram (Southwest Philly)
2401 S. 67th Street
(215) 324-9440

Northeast (Northeast Philly)
1601 Cottman Ave.
(215) 728-5801 ext. 2600

Edison (North Philly)
151 W. Luzerne Street
(215) 324-9440

Olney (Central East Philly)
100 W. Duncannon Avenue
(215) 466-3014

Frankford (Lower Northeast Philly)
5000 Oxford Avenue
(215) 537-2519

Overbrook (West Philly)
5898 Lancaster Avenue
(215) 581-5507 ext. 2600

Germantown (Northwest Philly)
40 E. High Street
(215) 951-4004

South Philadelphia  (South Philly)
2101 S. Broad Street
(215) 952-6220

Gratz (Central Philly)
1798 W. Hunting Park Avenue
(215) 227-4408

William Penn (Central Philly)
1333 N. Broad Street
(215) 684-5900

Dual Enrollment
A small group of youth in Philadelphia who are trying to reconnect to educational options may qualify for a unique dual enrollment opportunity. One program, Gateway to College, allows qualifying out-of-school youth to earn credits towards their high school diploma while earning credits towards an associate’s degree at the Community College of Philadelphia at the same time. Students must be able to read and write at an 8th grade level and must be able to finish their high school degree by the age of 22.

What You Need to Know:
• There are strict admissions requirements for this program: Students must be between the ages of 17 and 21; Students must already have at least 13 high school credits; Students must demonstrate literacy at the 8th grade level or higher
• There are a limited number of spots open. Students must apply for one of these slots, demonstrate that they meet all of the entry requirements, and go through an admissions process that involves an interview. The program only accepts students who demonstrate high motivation to succeed.
Gateway to College Community College of Philadelphia
1700 Spring Garden Street, Room M1-24,
Philadelphia, PA 19130
Telephone: (215) 751-8540
Email: gateway@ccp.edu
Website: http://www.ccp.edu/site/gateway/index.html  


Accelerated High Schools

There are a number of high schools in Philadelphia that are specifically designed for students who have not succeeded in the city’s traditional high schools but who would still like to earn their high school diploma. Accelerated schools are very similar to charter schools, using innovative teaching strategies to engage students in ways that traditional high schools may not. There are four accelerated high schools, which enroll students who are at least 17 years old and have less than 8 credits; the faculty and staff at these schools work with students to speed up their achievement to keep them on track.
What you need to know:
• All of these schools have their own admissions processes – students are not guaranteed a spot in the school.
• Also, slots in these programs are in high demand and fill up quickly. The accelerated high schools have long waiting lists and unfortunately cannot take every student who contacts them looking to enroll.

Accelerated Learning Academy
1200 W. Allegheny Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19133
Telephone: (215) 599-7525
Admissions: (215) 559-7494

Camelot Alternative High School
6600 Bustleton Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19148
Telephone: (215) 332-3101
Fax Number: (215) 332-3103
Services offered: High School Diploma. Camelot Schools of Pennsylvania work in partnership with families and schools to help students recover missing credits and move closer to expected grade level.

Excel Academy
6600 Bustleton Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19149
Telephone: (215) 332-3101
Services offered: High School Diploma.

Fairhill Community High School
2820 N. 4 th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19133
Telephone: 215-423-1776
Fax Number: 215-425-1213
Office Hours: Monday – Friday, 8:00 AM – 3:04 PM
Website: http://www.fairhillcommunity.org
* Call the Office of Alternative Education of the School District of Philadelphia at 215-400-4220 for placement.
Services offered: HS Diploma, where individualized student planning and instruction is based on assessment testing and prior school performance; strong attention to remedial education and special education. Fairhill Community High School (FCHS) FCHS is an independent public school with students of different backgrounds and is accredited by the Commission of Secondary Schools of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.

OIC Career and Academic Development Institute (CADI)
1225 Vine Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107
Telephone: 215-561-0820
Fax Number: 215-561-0824
 Office Hours: 7:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Website: http://www.oicofamerica.org
* Call the Office of Alternative Education of the School District of Philadelphia at 215-400.4220 for placement
Services offered: High school diploma, case management, community service opportunities. The Career and Academic Development Institute (CADI) of Opportunities Industrialization Centers of America, Inc. (OICA) is an Alternative High School that offers a second chance to earn a high school diploma for over age and under accredited students.

Southwest Accelerated Learning Academy
Bartram Annex
6404 Elmwood Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19142
Telephone: (215) 754-1254
Services offered: High school diploma.

Charter High Schools

Another type of nontraditional high school experience is offered by charter schools, which do not have to follow all of the same guidelines as the traditional public schools. These high schools are similar to public high schools in that they almost always have the same hours during the day, run on a school year (no summer classes), and usually offer grades 9-12; they are also similar to accelerated high schools in that they have considerable flexibility in how their teachers work with students to improve their educational achievements. These schools are each unique, so it is difficult to summarize them; if you are looking for an alternative high school setting, you may want to look at the charter schools offered in the City. Hope Charter School and Youth Build are two charter schools in Philadelphia that offer high school enrollment to youth who have left traditional high school and would like to reconnect to a high school outside of the School District’s traditional options. There is also an option for students who are interested in being educated at home via the internet through Achievement House Charter School.

What you need to know:
• All of these schools have their own admissions processes – students are not guaranteed a spot in the school.
• Also, slots in these programs are in high demand and fill up quickly. Please contact individual programs to find out whether they have spots open.

Achievement House Charter School (Administration Offices)
1021 W. Lancaster Avenue, Suite 207,
Bryn Mawr, PA 19010
Telephone (toll free): (877) 570-1657
Fax Number: (610) 520-1547
Website: http://www.achievementcharter.com
Services offered: Diploma.
Achievement House is an online charter school, open every day, year-round. Any Pennsylvania high school student is eligible for enrollment; a computer, printer, and internet access reimbursements are provided for every student. There is accelerated coursework available.

HOPE Charter School
2116 East Haines Street, Philadelphia, PA 19138
Telephone: 267.336-2730
Fax Number: 215-924-4273
Office Hours: Monday – Friday, 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM; Year-round
Services offered: Diploma.
HOPE Charter School provides an environment that is designed to meet the unique and comprehensive needs of students by utilizing small learning groups and individual interaction of students with a multidisciplinary staff that is trained and committed to successfully educating each of these students.

Youth Build Philadelphia Charter School (Philadelphia Youth For Change Charter School)
1231 North Broad Street, 3 rd Floor,
Philadelphia, PA 19122
Telephone: 215-627-8671
Fax Number: NR
Office Hours: Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM – 10:00 PM; School-year
Website: http://www.youthbuildphilly.org
Services offered: HS Diploma.
Youth Build Philadelphia Program’s (YBPC) primary focus is on enabling economically disadvantaged youth to obtain the skills necessary to achieve economic self-sufficiency and provide leadership to their community, by completing their high school education and learning job skills through the rehabilitation of low-income housing.

Further Information:
For more information on local charter schools, contact:
Pennsylvania Department of Education Bureau of Community & Student Services Charter Schools
333 Market Street, 5 th Floor Harrisburg, PA 17126-0333
Phone: (717) 705-8019
Email: jbaney@state.pa.us

Charter School Directory The School District of Philadelphia
Available online at

Updated Information from The Greater Philadelphia Urban Affair Coalition:
Available online at http://www.gpuac.org/csdir/newschools.html


Re-enrolling in Traditional High School

Out-of-school youth who would like to return to a neighborhood or citywide high school can do so until their 22nd birthday. Although some youth may not want to return to the school that they left, there is the option of returning to a traditional high school in Philadelphia. What you need to know:
• Any student who is not yet 22 years old has the LEGAL RIGHT to be enrolled in a public high school in the School District of Philadelphia unless they have been validly expelled.
• If a student or parent/guardian has been told that the student cannot go back to high school, please contact the School District of Philadelphia’s Multiple Pathways Office at (215) 400-6700. This office will work with the student, parent/guardian, and the school to get the student re-enrolled.

  • You may also contact PYN’s project U-Turn to get more information on how to re-enroll in high school or to transfer to a different school. (1-877-TURN-180)


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