Only 64% of Philadelphia 9th graders earn their high school diploma within 6 years. Philadelphia’s low graduation rate contributes to the region’s cycle of poverty.

At YouthBuild Philly, students can return to school to pursue a high school diploma. We offer small, engaging classes in Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies, all taught by highly-qualified teachers.

YouthBuild is not a GED or credit recovery program; all students spend a year earning their diploma. The classes enhance students’ academic skills, self-confidence, and critical thinking. Students are assessed based on their participation and their demonstration of the academic competencies taught in class.


Special Education

We welcome all learners at our school and are committed to their success. It is the policy of YouthBuild Philadelphia Charter School that all students with disabilities, regardless of the severity of their disability, who are in need of special education and related services, are identified, located, and evaluated. YouthBuild Philadelphia offers special education support to any student in need. The school implements academic, inclusion and support classes.


Preparation for College and Postsecondary Success

We prepare and encourage students to continue their education after YouthBuild.

As students prove their readiness for the next step, they have the option of enrolling part-time at a local college. We currently offer dual-enrollment at Community College of Philadelphia.  

We also have college partnerships with Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology and Peirce College.