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District superintendent William Hite announces the School District’s K-12 School “finding you fit” selection process for the 2020-2021 school year.


District students can begin ‘finding their fit’ for 2020-21

The School District’s K-12 School Selection process for the 2020-21 school year has opened and will run until Nov. 1 at 5 p.m. Students and families can explore the variety of educational options available at 220 schools by visiting

The school selection process invites students who will be entering kindergarten up to 12th grade in the 2020-21 school year to apply for admission to up to five schools outside their neighborhood school.

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The School District offers students more than 100 enriching programs, ranging from aviation to welding. School selection is the time for students and families to do their homework on schools and programs and discuss a student’s interests, academic goals and career pursuits.

The School District is again promoting the school selection process through the “Find Your Fit” campaign. The effort includes enhanced online resources for students and parents to research schools, assistance from counselors at schools and advertising on buses, trains, billboards and radio.

“It’s important for students and families to understand the great educational opportunities available to them across the District,” said District Superintendent William R. Hite. “Once they do that, they can truly find their fit and excel.”

To help share information on high school options, the District is participating in the annual Philly High School Fair being held today and tomorrow at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.

District principals, teachers and high school students will be on hand to talk about their schools so that families can make an informed choice during school selection. Application results will be available in early 2020.

District welcomes administrators from China

The School District of Philadelphia, in partnership with AASA: The School Superintendents Association, Triway International Group, and China Educational Association of International Exchange, welcomed principals, educators and administrators from China to Philadelphia classrooms on Sept. 18 as part of AASA’s educational exchange program.

As part of the program, earlier this year, administrators from the District visited China to observe K-12 school classes, demonstrate teaching skills and engage in a variety of activities. Administrators from China experienced American schools by visiting Middle Years Alternative (MYA) School and Northeast High School.

The program provided a platform for participants of both countries to share experiences and views on topics of common interest, such as school administration and teaching methodology. Sister agreements between schools and districts were also explored.

— Compiled by Chanel Hill

Contact staff writer Chanel Hill at (215) 893-5716 or at

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