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High School

A typical high school schedule consists of five academic blocks, one extended majors class, one lunch period, and one advisory / mentoring period.

High school courses typically fall into one of four categories:

  • College Prep — for average students who will be college and career ready at the conclusion of grade twelve;
  • Honors — for students who are able to pursue in-depth study and who are willing to spend extra time outside of class working independently to complete require additional reading and writing assignments;
  • Advanced Placement — utilizing College Board Advanced Placement curriculum, receive college credit on the completion of a mandatory exam;
  • College courses — begins in tenth grade.

High School Course Offerings

The curriculum at Philadelphia Performing Arts is aligned with the Pennsylvania’s Standards Aligned System (SAS),, and the Pennsylvania Common Core Standards,

Vine Street Campus
High School (Grades 9-12)
Emily Walkiewicz
Head of School

High School Graduation Requirements

Major: 8 credits

English: 4 credits

Social Studies: 3 credits

Math: 3 credits

Science: 3 credits

Additional Math/Science: 1 credit

French: 2 credits

Health/PE: 1 credit

College Partnerships

College programs exist for students beginning in tenth grade, and qualifying students are able to attend local universities for one course per term, in addition to the regular in-school program. Various schools, such as Drexel University and University of Pennsylvania, offer programs for high school students. Visit our College Corner page to learn more.