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Most Philly public school students have college ambitions − but their level of preparation depends on which high school they attend

Education – The Conversation

Philadelphia’s public high schools vary in emphasis on academic and technical skills. Criteria-based schools, attended by 41% of students, focus on academics and college preparation. Open-access schools, attended by 59% of students, offer vocational programs alongside academics. The study found that 75% of criteria-based school graduates went to college, compared to 38% from open-access schools. Open-access schools face challenges in providing college advising due to high student-to-counselor ratios and budget cuts. Despite financial constraints, two-thirds of open-access school students aspire to college, creating a mismatch between ambitions and available support.

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