Our School At A Glance

Mission & Approach to Learning:
As an academic liberal arts magnet school, the clear mission of The Academy at Palumbo is to provide our students with the most comprehensive and intense preparation available in the public sector for the rigors of higher learning. As an integral part of this preparation, The Academy’s mission includes raising the aspirations of each student, developing universally applicable problem solving techniques, technological skills, and instilling a life-long passion for learning including a rich cultural arts experience.

Points of Pride:
#1 School Climate among Philadelphia High Schools according to District’s SPR • Ranked nationally among best high schools in the state according to U.S. News & World Report • Active Home and School Association • National Honor Society; WHYY Flash Media grant awardee • National Moot Court Finalists • All-City Choir and Orchestra Members • Youth Women’s Symposium • VIEW with Villanova • PIAA Girls Volleyball Champions • PIAA Boys Volleyball Champions • Produced full musicals • Philly Youth Poetry Movement 4-time poetry champions • Teacher Leader Collaborative Grant winner, Philadelphia Academy of School Leaders • 2nd place in state chess championship, 2018 • National competitor in speech & debate

Courses & Program Highlights:
18 Advanced Placement (AP) Courses:
Art, Biology, Calculus AB, Chemistry, Chinese Comparative Government, Chinese, Computer Science A, Computer Science Principles, English Language & Composition, English Literature & Composition, European History, Government & Politics, Physics B, Psychology, Spanish Language, Statistics, U.S. History

Dual Enrollment:
On-site dual enrollment program through Arcadia University

• Beat the Streets • Fearless Athletics • Fox Chase Cancer Center • Lantern Theater and Hawthorne Empowerment Coalition • Mazzoni Center • Moonstone Daycare • Phila. Gay Men’s Chorus • Philadelphia Dance Foundation • Philadelphia Young Playwrights • PRIME Financial Literacy for girls • Prime Movers Journalism at Temple University • SEED Program • University of Pennsylvania School of Law • Women of Tomorrow

Extracurricular Activities:
• Asian Culture Club • Chaotic Step Team • Chess Club • Community Service Club • Debate/Speech Club • Drama Club • Fiber Arts Club • Griffin Ambassadors • GSA • Jazz Band • Journalism • Math Team • Multicultural Club • Palumbo and Villanova Exchange • Poetry Club • Robotics • Rock Band • Student Government • Students Run Philly Style

Sports Teams:
• Badminton • Baseball • Basketball—Boys’ and Girls’ • Crew • Cross-Country • Football • Golf • Lacrosse—Boys’ and Girls’ • Soccer—Boys’ and Girls’ • Softball • Swimming • Track and Field—Boys’ and Girls’ • Volleyball—Boys’ and Girls’ • Wrestling