The School District of Philadelphia will remain closed indefinitely.
More about the closure, and other updates, in the letter from Dr. Hite HERE, provided in 10 languages.

March 31: The District recently announced their plan to provide a Chromebook to every student who needs one for learning at home. More information on the Chromebook Loaner Program can be found HERE. Internet info and resources are HERE.

Grab-and-go meal sites continue to operate for our students. Updated locations and times are HERE.

A second set of K-12 Learning Guides are available online, and at meal sites as of Monday March 30. More info is HERE.

We now have an email address ( and SDP Hotlines in 10 languages for Learning Guide support and general questions. More info HERE.

Answers to Frequently Asked Questions are being added regularly, HERE.

Please visit our Coronavirus Information Hub often for the most up-to-date information.

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Parkway West: A Community of Learners


Parkway West High School is proud of its history and legacy as one of the 20 Special Admission High Schools in the School District of Philadelphia (SDP). Also referred to as Magnet Schools, each of the SDP’s Special Admissions High Schools has its own admissions criteria based on factors related to academics, behavior, and attendance.

Students who attend Parkway West come from many different backgrounds and represent a range of diverse perspectives. Our students are critical and creative thinkers and problem solvers who are highly motivated and demonstrate relentless intellectual curiosity and a deep passion for learning and achievement. We welcome, with open arms, like­minded individuals to join our growing family.

Message from Dr. Kathleen McCladdie

Welcome and thank you for visiting Parkway West High School on the World Wide Web!

We cannot hide that Parkway West Pride and we are, and continue to be, proud of our history and legacy as one of the special admission high schools in the School District of Philadelphia, as well as a long-standing treasure in the University City corridor.  Through the partnership and efforts of our staff, families, and the community, Parkway West has been able to offer our students a robust set of core and encore courses that prepare them for college, career, and life, which is complemented by an array of co-curricular and extra-curricular activities and a successful athletic program.

We are excited to announce our new Early Childhood education CTE. The purpose of which is to introduce the students to the field of early childhood education through a newly designed curriculum beginning in the ninth grade. The students will also participate in summer internships to give them the opportunity to in the field. Our graduates will leave the program with a CDA, which comes with nine college credits.

As you navigate through our website, you will find general information about our vision, mission, and goals, as well as our academic, co-curricular, extra-curricular, and athletic programs and activities.  Additionally, we encourage you to visit our website regularly as school events and other things that may be of interest to you will be shared here. This website is a work in progress and as we strive to keep stakeholders from all of our school’s constituent groups abreast of the happenings and other key aspects of Parkway West, you can expect to see the site continuously expanding.

Thank you for taking the time to explore Parkway West High School – Home of the Hoyas!

Kathleen Y. McCladdie, Ed.D.
Principal, Parkway West High School