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10% of Philadelphia public school graduates go on to earn a college degree.

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CHALLENGING ENVIRONMENT

  • Philadelphia has a 27% poverty level and the highest crime rate among the top 10 largest cities in America
  • 75% of public high school students in the Philadelphia School District come from low-income families
  • Low-income students are often the first in their family to pursue higher education and need additional academic, social, emotional and financial support to obtain a college degree.

UNDER-RESOURCED PUBLIC SCHOOLS

  • The School District of Philadelphia is experiencing severe budget, staffing, and program cuts. 
  • Philadelphia public high schools have a 250 : 1 student to counselor ratio
  • Over 50% of Philadelphia public high schools do not have a college access program

IN COMPARISON

  • Lower Merion, an affluent school district just outside Philadelphia, claims that 96% of graduating students enroll in postsecondary programs 

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