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Academy at Palumbo

PHONE: (215) 400-8130 SCHOOL TYPE: Public District Special Admit GRADES: 9-12 ENROLLMENT: 1118

Fast Facts

  • Principal

    Ms. Kiana Thompson

  • Phone Number

    (215) 400-8130

  • Website

  • Neighborhood

    Bella Vista

  • SEPTA Routes

    BSL (Ellsworth-Federal, Lombard-South), Bus (4, 23, 27, 32)

  • Preschool/Daycare

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  • Application Deadline


  • Tuition

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  • Extended Day


As an academic magnet school, the primary mission of The Academy is to provide our students with a comprehensive academic preparation for the rigors of higher learning. The Academy’s mission includes raising the aspirations of each student, developing universally applicable problem solving techniques, acquiring technological skills, and instilling a lifelong passion for learning that includes a rich cultural arts experience. We are committed to upholding the Anti-Racism declaration of the School District of Philadelphia by ensuring that the conditions in our school enable each student to find success regardless of race, color, or gender.

Points Of Pride

  1. Palumbo's students have demonstrated achievement: 100% of the Class of 2020 Graduated and 100% of the Class of 2023 were promoted to 10th grade; Six Drexel Liberty Scholar Recipients; Poetry Team was the 2019 PYMP Poetry Champions (and 2018, 2016, 2015) ; District 12 Champions in Parliamentary Debate, Senate, and Public Forum Debate; 27 students participated in the Philly Marathon; 2019 Chess Individual Champion and Team finished 2nd in the Philadelphia Scholastic Chess Lague Finals; Girls Volleyball Team was the Public League Champions in 2019-20 (and 2018, 2017, 2015 & 2014)
  2. Palumbo's staff has demonstrated success: Four Nationally Board Certified Staff members; CS4Philly Computer Science Teacher Award Winner; School Nurse Excellence Award Winner for Philadelphia region; SDP Lindback Award Winner;
  3. Palumbo has several partnerships, including Art Futures, Philadelphia Young Playwrights, VIEW with Villanova, Youth Court, Penn School of Law and Immersion Science Program at Fox Chase Cancer Center and more
  4. Largest Students Run Philly Style team in the city; Recognized as School Climate Leader in SDP

Admissions Policy

Students must meet specific grades (A's & B's) and attendance marks (95%). Writing sample required.

Accreditations and Honors

Best in High Schools: Philadelphia Magazine (October 2012); US News and World Report: Top School in Pennsylvania (Spring 2012-2015); 2018 1st Place in Student Playwrights Competition; Samsung Solve For Tomorrow National finalist and featured in Forbes Magazine (May 2014); Poetry SLAM League Champions 2015-2017 & 2019; Jefferson Award for Public Service: Silver Place Winner (May 2012); East Coast Get Schooled Attendance Challenge: First Place (2011); Girls AND Boys Public League Volleyball Champs (2019); Gates Millennium Scholar (2015); Jack Kent Cook Scholar 2019;Peer Leader Overall and in Achievement.

Hours of Operation

Sun -
Mon8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Tues8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Wed8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Thur8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Fri8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Sat -

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