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Governed by Pennsylvania Charter School Law, admission into Philadelphia Performing Arts is based on a Lottery that is conducted each year.


Grades K-4:  APPLY HERE (November 1, 2016 – January 27, 2017)    

Grades 5-12:  APPLY HERE (9:00 A.M., November 22, 2016 – January 27, 2017)


Grades K-4:  APPLY HERE (November 1, 2016 – January 27, 2017)

Grades 5-12:  APPLY HERE (9:00 A.M., November 22, 2016 – January 27, 2017)


Grades K-4:  Thursday, November 10, 2016, 2407 South Broad Street

Grades K-4 Session #1:  1:00 – 1:45 P.M.

Grades K-4 Session #2:  2:00 – 2:45 P.M.

Grades 5-12:  Monday, November 28, 2016, 1600 Vine Street

Grades 5-12 Session:  4:00 – 6:00 P.M.   


Lottery Date:  Wednesday, February 1, 2017, 10 A.M., 2407 South Broad Street


  • Kindergarten applicants MUST be five (5) years old by September 1, 2017.
  • All applicants must reside in Philadelphia, PA. If accepted, proof of residency is required.
  • Pennsylvania resident applicants living outside of Philadelphia who apply through the lottery process may be admitted only if enrollment for a particular grade is not capped following the admission of Philadelphia resident students.


  • To download the Charter School’s Admissions Policy & Procedures: CLICK HERE
  • Intent to Register Forms (Online or Paper Application) must be submitted by the lottery application deadline on January 27, 2017 in order to be entered into the lottery.
  • All applications received after the January 27, 2017 lottery deadline will be entered into the bottom of the waitlist on a first-­come, first-­serve basis.
  • Many grades are filled to capacity and will not have seats available for the 2017-­2018 school year. In the event that there are no seats available in any particular grade, a lottery will be conducted in order to generate a waitlist.
  • Waitlists remain valid for one (1) school year only and are based on the current school year applications.
  • If an applicant on the waitlist is not notified of acceptance, then he/she MUST reapply for next school year.


Definition of a Sibling: A sibling is defined as a brother or sister, by blood, marriage or adoption, living in the same household. Nieces, nephews, cousins or unrelated children, even if living in the same household as the applicant, are not considered to be siblings.

Sibling Preference in the Lottery:

  • Applicants must have a sibling, as defined above, who is currently enrolled in and attending Philadelphia Performing Arts: A String Theory Charter School for at least one (1) full academic year.
  • A Sibling Lottery will be held in the event that there are more siblings applying than seats available in any particular grade.
  • Siblings apply through the general application (Intent to Register).


  • All 5th-12th grade students take part in our Majors Program that enables students to cultivate knowledge and skill in an artistic or academic content area of study.
  • Students spend 90 minutes each day in their Major course and remain enrolled in their Major throughout their academic career at the school.



Middle School Applicants (Grades 5-8):

  • Applicants applying for the middle school (grades 5-8) select from the “Schools” of Majors.
  • The School of Major selected in the application will enter the applicant into the lottery for that Major School in the corresponding grade.
  • If accepted from the lottery, the student will be placed in one of the Majors within the selected School.
  • Schools of Majors and the Majors that fall within each school are the following:


School of Performing Arts

(1) String Orchestra          (2) Concert Band          (3) Classical Ballet          (4) Broadway Dance

(5) Musical Theatre          (6) Drama          (7) Vocal Music


School of Digital Design & Communication Arts

(1) Digital Design & Fine Arts               (2) Creative Writing


School of Science & Technology

(1) S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math)



High School Applicants (Grades 9-12):

  • Applicants applying for the high school (grades 9-12) select top THREE (3) choices for a Major.
  • The lottery takes into account the applicant’s top three (3) preferences for Majors when entering the applicant into the lottery drawing for the majors selected in the corresponding grade.
  • If accepted from the lottery, the student will be enrolled in the Major for which the lottery selected him / her.
  • High School Majors include the following:  String Orchestra, Concert Band, Classical Ballet, Broadway Dance, Vocal Music, Musical Theatre, Drama, Television & Broadcast Arts, Creative Writing, Fine Arts, 3-D Character Design & Animation, S.T.E.M. (Grade 9 ONLY), Life Sciences & Biotechnology (Grades 10-12 ONLY), Engineering & Robotics (Grades 10-12 ONLY)

Families may also apply in person at each campus’ main office. School personnel will assist families with applying through the online portal and any questions regarding the admissions and enrollment process.



EAST CAMPUS (K-1): 2407 S. Broad St Phila PA 19148

WEST CAMPUS (2-4): 2600 S. Broad St. Phlia PA 19145

VINE STREET CAMPUS (5-12): 1600 Vine ­St. Phila PA 19102



Paper Intent to Register Forms for the 2017-2018 school year (grades K-4) are available to download in the following languages:







If you need an application in a particular foreign language, please contact the school in person, by phone at (267) 428-2224, or via email at

Philadelphia Performing Arts: A String Theory Charter School is a tuition­-free public charter school open to all students of the City of Philadelphia. We are committed to educational equality and will not discriminate on the basis of race, ancestry, color, religion, disabilities, gender or any other legally protected classification.