We’re training dynamic principals to lead the schools that Philadelphia students deserve.

Philadelphia Pathway to Leadership in Urban Schools (PhillyPLUS) is a two-year principal certification program that prepares accomplished educators to lead dramatic improvement in our schools—and raise achievement for our students.

About the Program
The PhillyPLUS Residency blends intensive summer trainings and a year of hands-on practice in a local school, with support from a mentor principal and leadership coach. Residents manage a team of teachers and students, and those who demonstrate success go on to lead their own school during their second year.

Meet a Resident
Our Residents are experienced educators with a strong track record in the classroom and a deep commitment to Philadelphia’s students. Residents have prior experience leading adults—as lead teachers, coaches, and department chairs—and are passionate about helping teachers do their best work.

How to Apply
Our application for the 2016-17 school year has closed. We will launch our application for the 2017-18 school year in October of 2016. If you're interested in being notified when our application launches, please add your name to our mailing list.

Introducing PhillyPLUS Turnaround
This specialized track of PhillyPLUS is designed to prepare experienced school leaders for the unique challenges of a school turnaround environment. After one year, PhillyPLUS Turnaround positions leaders to partner with families and communities to transform the lowest performing schools in Philadelphia.


I would recommend PLUS because of the ways it is different from traditional educational leadership programs.  The intensive summer program, coaching, support from residents in the cohort and extensive real-life training prepares future leaders to make a positive impact right away in even the most challenging schools. 

Kimberly Stokes, 2015-16 Cohort