How PSP Helped Philadelphia Reimagine Education in 2020

The 2020 PSP Annual Report is now available

In 2020, Philadelphia faced an unprecedented educational crisis because of the COVID-19 pandemic. School buildings closed and the educational community scrambled to shift the traditional in-person learning system to an online format. As a valued resource and partner within the education sector, Philadelphia School Partnership (PSP) was able to engage donors to double efforts to support schools and families while also identifying new, innovative ways to help the community. Through collaboration with philanthropy, local government agencies, and schools, PSP was able to act swiftly to help launch the Jump-Start Philly Schools Fund and PHLConnectED, provide grants to Community Based Organizations, and shift the annual High School Fair—the largest in-person education event in the city—to a virtual fair experience.

The 2020 PSP Annual Report also highlights progress made in pursuit of our mission through expanding access to great schools, fostering community-level conversations about systemic inequities in school enrollment practices, and investing in seat creation at high-quality schools to meet the demand of families.

Our mission is to improve outcomes for low-income students and respond to the demand of families by expanding access to great schools. In pursuing our mission, we leverage our investments in three primary ways:

Investing in Great Schools

PSP accelerates the growth of high-performing schools in Philadelphia and creates the conditions for great schools to thrive.

Developing Skilled Urban Educators

PSP supports programs that prepare and develop teachers and leaders for the rigors of working in urban schools.


PSP provides Philadelphia families the information and tools needed to discover the best schools for their children.



PSP has invested in 70 schools of all types (public district, public charter, and private) across Philadelphia.



Since 2011, PSP has invested over $80 million in schools of all types to improve educational outcomes of children in Philadelphia



As a result of PSP’s investments, more than 30,000 students are enrolled in better schools


Annually, over 200,000 people learn about and apply to great schools through the free resources provided by GreatPhillySchools