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‘I’m Very Worried’ — Virtual High School Admissions: Nothing Like The Real Thing 

It is high school selection time in Philadelphia, a period of decision-making for students and families that can have a profound effect on their futures. But this year some fear that high school selection will be yet another means through which the pandemic exposes and exacerbates inequities, putting this year’s eighth graders at a permanent disadvantage.

The school district has an array of choices, including Central and Masterman, two of the highest-ranked high schools in the state. It has themed schools, including ones focused on science, the arts, civic engagement, and foreign affairs. It offers schools like SLA that take a project-based approach to learning and about 40 different career and technical education programs from barbering to welding to graphic arts and high-tech specialties.

The district wants all students to participate in the admissions process, even if they plan to attend the default option, their neighborhood school. It is called “find your fit.” The deadline is Nov. 6, just two weeks away.

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