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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.


Available November 1, 2017 – January 28, 2018 (Lottery Deadline)




Grades K-4

Date: Thursday, November 9, 2017

Time: 12:30 P.M. – 2:30 P.M.

Location: East Campus (2407 South Broad Street)


Grades 5-12

Date: Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Time: 4:30 P.M. – 6:00 P.M.

Location: Vine Street Campus (1600 Vine Street)

2018-2019 LOTTERY (Grades K-12)

Date: Thursday, February 1, 2018

Time: 10:00 A.M.

Location: East Campus (2407 S. Broad Street)


  • Kindergarten applicants MUST be five (5) years old on or before September 1, 2018.
  • All lottery applicants must reside in Philadelphia, PA. If accepted, proof of residency is required.


  • 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 28, 2018 in order to be entered into the lottery.
  • All applications received after the January 28, 2018 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 2018-­2019 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.
  • In accordance with the Charter School Law, Philadelphia Performing Arts gives first preference to students residing in Philadelphia, who are subject to the student cap imposed by the School Reform Commission on the number of Philadelphia residents who may enroll in the Charter School.


  • Pennsylvania resident applicants living outside of Philadelphia are welcome to apply, but their names will be placed on separate waitlists from the lottery waitlists for Philadelphia resident applicants.
  • Applicants who reside outside of Philadelphia may only be considered for admission once the school reaches the student cap imposed by the School Reform Commission upon the number of Philadelphia residents who can be enrolled at the school.
  • Should any vacancies arise in the grade to which applicants outside of Philadelphia have applied, such open seat(s) may be offered to applicants from the non-Philadelphia waitlist, on a first come, first served basis, so long as the total enrollment of Philadelphia residents remains capped.
  • A seat vacated by a Philadelphia resident will be filled by a lottery waitlisted applicant from Philadelphia.


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:

  • In order for an applicant to qualify for sibling preference in the admissions process, he/she 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.
  • Sibling preference will not apply unless the sibling is a Philadelphia resident, and the currently enrolled student is in a grade lower than 12th grade for the 2017-2018 school 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.
  • For information about the Majors courses offered, see CURRICULUM AND CULTURE.



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 with answering 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. Phila PA 19145

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



Paper Intent to Register Forms for the 2018-2019 school year 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. 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.


For inquiries regarding the Admissions Process, please email