What You’ll Learn at YESPhilly

Getting your high school diploma on an accelerated schedule

At YESPhilly, you can get your high school diploma on an accelerated schedule, at about twice the pace you can get credits at a non-accelerated high school. We do this by offering high-quality intensive and integrated coursework that requires your full participation and may require coursework during the summer.

We offer all core subjects, including English, Math, Social Studies, and Science. We also offer labs in foreign language, math and science electives, and remedial math and reading.

There are lots of opportunities to create art, engage in social justice, and participate in physical education and wellness programming that goes toward your Arts & Humanities, Physical Education, Health, Elective, and World Language credit.

Achieving your school district credit requirements

The school district requires you to get 23.5 credits to graduate, in the following breakdown:

  • 4.0 credits of English
  • 4.0 credits of Math
  • 4.0 credits of Social Studies (including African American history)
  • 3.0 credits of Science (including biology, chemistry, and physical sciences)
  • 3.0 credits of Electives
  • 2.0 credits of Arts & Humanities
  • 2.0 credits of World Language
  • 1.0 credits of Physical Education
  • 0.5 credits of Health

You can earn one half of a credit in each core subject plus one elective each trimester, with additional opportunities to get elective credits in social service projects, independent art and subject area projects, and organizational partnerships with arts organizations, colleges, and other postsecondary partners.

Integrated learning with the Summit Learning Platform

YESPhilly is an early partner of Summit Learning, a blended learning platform that integrates different elements of each subject into project-based learning. Summit gives us access to high-quality teaching materials that make our students competitive with other high schools across the country.

In one trimester, you might learn algebra, geometry, and trigonometry together in a math course while designing a sports stadium or designing a book of mazes and puzzles. In another, you might learn grammar, expository writing, and literature analysis while creating a comic book series in English class. You might learn about cell biology and chemistry to explore how cell phone trash contributes to a toxic environment. And in social studies, you might make a social media page to learn more about African American history.

Your daily schedule

You start your day with us at 9:00 a.m., when you will participate in a group circle and set the stage for the day’s learning. You will take five classes, until 3 p.m., and then have an opportunity to take part in after school activities like Driver’s Education, cooking, media and technology, and spoken word.