In 2018, Act 158 was signed into law by the governor, outlining state graduation requirements that go into effect for students in the Class of 2023 and beyond. To graduate from high school, students must meet all local graduation requirements related to credits and coursework along with the state requirements outlined in Act 158. In Philadelphia, those requirements include earning a total of 23.5 credits, in the appropriate courses and successfully completing a Service Learning Project.
Students must also meet one of Pennsylvania’s five pathways outlined below to earn a diploma and demonstrate career and/or college readiness. More information regarding Pennsylvania’s state graduation requirements can be found at www.philasd.org/gradreq.
Administrators, school counselors, and other members of the school’s team will be working closely with each student to review and help students decide which pathway is best to meet this state-wide graduation requirement.
Please don’t hesitate to call the school and make an appointment to speak with your child’s counselor if you have questions about Act 158 and/or your student’s pathway to graduation. A separate correspondence will be sent to the parents of current seniors, juniors, and sophomores, informing them of the students’ current status relative to the graduation requirement and recommended pathways.
The School District’s Offices of Family Engagement and Postsecondary Readiness will host the following information sessions in the upcoming weeks, in order to help students and families have a better understanding of the PA state requirements. Registration for the following events will be sent
For students graduating in 2023 and beyond, five pathways exist for meeting state high school graduation requirements:
PI: Keystone Proficiency
PII: Keystone Composite
PIII: Career and Technical Education (CTE) Concentrator
PIV: Alternative Assessment