WHAT WE DO
With the right supports, every school can be a college prep school. Through PEF’s Philadelphia Postsecondary Success Program (PPSP) we work to realize that vision. Our expert team consults with principals and school leaders on strategies designed to enhance the college-going culture in their schools.
PEF’s consulting work in Philadelphia high schools includes coordinating and aligning services that support college preparation, contributing to school-wide college readiness cultures, and involving students and parents in planning for college beginning in the ninth grade.
Since the Program’s inception in 2008 with support from the Citi Foundation, our continued work has been made possible with the support of Chubb and, most recently, The Gates Foundation.
7 PPSP Fellows
Educators from colleges and high schools with a special interest in aligning teaching and learning at the secondary and postsecondary levels
75% of seniors
across PPSP District schools applied to at least one college and at least one scholarship in the ’18-’19 year
Identified through PPSP’s postsecondary asset mapping as critical grade where early college awareness activities increase high school retention and college enrollment
What We Offer
Key aspects of our model include:
The Postsecondary Success Asset Map
Measures the depth and breadth of existing college supports and services.
Ninth Grade Orientations
Introduces students and parents to local colleges and universities, the college application process, and the essentials of college financial planning.
Resource Partner Teams
Brings together school staff and community partners to plan whole-school; college-readiness activities; share college access and readiness data; identify gaps in access; and ensure equitable distribution of resources using the College Readiness Indicator System.
A process during which local high school and college instructional leaders observe each other’s classrooms and work collaboratively to improve the alignment of instruction between secondary and postsecondary education.
An Annual Spring Institute
Provides a forum for high school and college faculty to build on what was learned from the Instructional Rounds, share data, and develop action steps that support a student’s ability to be successful in a postsecondary setting.
Who We Serve
Philadelphia public high school principals, educators, and counselors who commit to join forces to optimize their students’ college readiness
GET IN TOUCH
Rick Moses, Director
Philadelphia Postsecondary Success Program
215-665-1400, ext. 3340
“In 2013, the school I proudly lead was slated for closure. Four years later, we were lauded as one of the School District of Philadelphia’s most successful high school turnarounds. The key to our success was a sense of urgency, a collective fire to prove that we deserved to remain open, a dedicated staff organized around a common goal, and our long-standing and committed partnership with the Philadelphia Education Fund.”
Richard Gordon, Principal
Paul Robeson High School for Human Services