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The Philadelphia School System
Did you know the city of Philadelphia has nearly 300 public schools as well as many private schools? The school district was established in the early 1800s and is the eighth largest in the nation, serving more than 130,000 students. As with many of the largest school districts, competition to get into the very best schools can be fierce in Philadelphia.
Here's a breakdown of SAT test scores in Philadelphia. How does your student measure up?
Philadelphia Test Scores
Working with a professional tutor either online or in-home can help you or your student gain a competitive edge. Private tutors in Philadelphia can provide instruction to assist with challenging coursework, difficult homework assignments, or test prep for exams such as the SAT, ACT, ISEE, or PSSA.
The PSSA, or Pennsylvania System of School Assessment, is a standards-based exam given to every student in Pennsylvania in grades 3-8. It covers Math and English Language Arts for third graders. Students in grades 4-8 are also assessed in science.
For many students, these scores can help determine their ability to gain acceptance into their preferred high school. Curious about which high schools are at the top of many parents’ and students’ wish lists? Have a look at the following table:
Philadelphia High School Rankings
|High School||Philadelhpia Ranking||State Ranking||AP Pass Rate|
|Julia R. Masterman Secondary School||1||2||75%|
|Central High School||2||13||64%|
|Science Leadership Academy||3||16||Unknown|
|Franklin Towne Charter High School||4||72||67%|
|Carver High School||5||73||28%|
|Mast Community Charter School||6||92||59%|
|Academy at Palumbo||7||94||24%|
|Arts Academy at Benjamin Rush||8||112||28%|
|Preparatory Charter School of Mathematics, Science, Tech & Careers||9||144||79%|
|Girard Academic Music Program (GAMP)||10||145||28%|
Varsity Tutors can help you find skilled Philadelphia tutors for any learning need. In the high school years, students are laying the foundation for their collegiate careers. It is imperative that students who want to be accepted into one of the most prestigious Philadelphia colleges put forth their best effort during high school. Some of the top Philadelphia colleges are included in the table below.
Philadelphia University Rankings
|College||National Rank||Acceptance Rate|
|University of Pennsylvania||7||9%|
|Bryn Mawr College||26||40%|
An expert tutor can work with a student to improve his or her understanding of high school subjects and prepare him or her for the SAT or ACT. They can also help students refine their writing skills, which comes in handy when putting together a worthy admissions essay in pursuit of a spot at their preferred college. With busy schools and overextended instructors, tutoring can be an excellent way to get your student the help required to achieve success. Look at this chart of student-teacher ratios in Philadelphia:
Philadelphia Student-to-Teacher Ratios
Upper Darby Senior High School has a 16 1 student-teacher ratio.
Pennsbury High School has a 15 1 student-teacher ratio.
North Penn Senior High School has a 15 1 student-teacher ratio.
Northeast High School has a 29 1 student-teacher ratio.
Neshaminy High School has a 16 1 student-teacher ratio.
Pennsylvania State Average has a 15 1 student-teacher ratio.
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