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How Long Will it Take Me To Get to School?

Philadelphia’s high school selection process is a complex one for students and their families. Under normal circumstances, transportation to school is an important factor to consider. Average public transit times can vary widely by school in Philadelphia-from 16 to over 40 minutes. More than 3,400 students have public transit commutes of 50 minutes or longer each way. Long and complex commutes can directly influence attendance, academic achievement, engagement in school, and many health factors associated with sleep.

Public transportation to school is even more important during the COVID pandemic. As Philadelphia determines when and how to bring students back to school, this study can help guide families, students, the School District, City Council, and SEPTA with planning the safest public transit possible–especially for students with long commutes to out-of-catchment schools and commutes that involve multiple transfers.

Released as the second report in Research for Action’s “Back to School” series produced by our Philadelphia Education Research Consortium (PERC) initiative, this report uses high school student enrollment and residence data to estimate student commute times to all 52 traditional high schools in Philadelphia using public transportation. a {background-color: #d8d4de;padding: 10px 0 10px 16px;min-height: 62px; display:block} a.mapbutton {background-color: #fcb040;padding: 10px 16px 10px 16px;min-height: 62px}


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[su_column size=”1/3″ center=”no” class=””]A. Philip Randolph Career and Technical
Abraham Lincoln High School
Academy @ Palumbo
Arts Academy at Benjamin Rush
Benjamin Franklin High School
Building 21
Carver High School of Engineering and Science
Central High School
Constitution High School
Creative and Performing Arts High School
Frankford High School
Franklin Learning Center (FLC)
George Washington High School
Girard Area Music Program (GAMP)
Girls High School
High School of the Future
Horace Furnace High School
Hill-Freedman World Academy[/su_column]

[su_column size=”1/3″ center=”no” class=””]John Bartram High School
Jules E. Mastbaum High School
Julia E. Mastermind High School
Kensington Creative and Performing Arts (CAPA)
Kensington Health Sciences
Kensington High School
Lankenau High School
Martin Luther King High School
Motivation High School
Murrell Dobbins Career and Technical Education
Northeast High School
Overbrook High School
Parkway Center City Middle College
Parkway Northwest High School
Parkway West High School
Paul Robeson High School[/su_column]

[su_column size=”1/3″ center=”no” class=””]Penn Treaty High School
Philadelphia Military Academy
Roxborough High School
Samuel Fels High School
Science Leadership Academy
Science Leadership Academy – Beeber
South Philadelphia High School
Strawberry Mansion High School
Swenson Arts & Technology High School
The U School
Vaux Big Picture
Walter B. Saul High School
Thomas A. Edison High School
West Philadelphia High School
William L. Sayre High School
William W. Bodine High School
The Workshop School[/su_column] [/su_row]