Deadline extended! You have until Monday April 19 to participate.

We want your input, to help inform how the District will invest $1.2 billion in federal COVID relief funding! Take the Budget Engagement Survey HERE.

4/12 New Update: Hybrid Learning Plan, Phase III Rollout Update HERE. Phase III Schools HERE.
View school Air Balance Reports HERE. P-EBT Card update HERE.
DEADLINE Tuesday April 13 for students in grades 3-5 and students with complex needs in grades 6-8 opting in to hybrid learning. Check emails, and learn more HERE.

NEW: Summer 2021 Academic Programming Announced! Learn more HERE.

NEW: COVID-19 Dashboard provides the latest information on confirmed positive cases in our schools. View HERE.

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Academies @ Roxborough
Principal Dr. Christopher Shaffer

Our Mission

“The Academies at Roxborough High School develop strong college and career competencies that empower students to compete in our global society.”

Hybrid Learning Plan Phase III Rollout Announcements

For Phase III, students in the following groups will be able to opt into the hybrid learning model, beginning the week of Monday, May 10, 2021:

  • all students in grades 6-9 who have not yet returned, and
  • students with complex needs in grades 10-12.

The Phase III Learning Model Selection Survey will open on Tuesday, April 20th, and close on Tuesday, April 27th.

Please read through the following resources to familiarize yourself with the plans

Additional information is available on the school district website and all links can be found in the yellow band at the top the page.

Dr. ChristopherShaffer Principal Roxborough HS

Academies @ Roxborough High School is Happy to Announce Dr. Christopher Shaffer as our new Principal

April 13, 2021

Dear Roxborough Families –

I am writing to share an exciting update. We have identified the next principal for Roxborough High School!

Dr. Chris Shaffer was recently offered the position by Superintendent Hite and Dr. Shaffer has accepted. Dr. Chris Shaffer has been serving as the Acting Principal since August 2020. In that role, Dr. Shaffer has been able to learn about what makes Roxborough unique and special, lead during this unprecedented school year, and work with the staff to begin planning for the return of students.

Beyond leading Roxborough as the acting principal this year, Dr. Shaffer went through an extensive selection process. This process included input from students, parents and staff, interviews with network staff, principal performance tasks with other leaders in the school district, an interview with the school community, and interviews with senior central office staff. Through that rigorous process, it was clear that Dr. Shaffer was the right leader for Roxborough High School.

As shared previously, Dr. Shaffer has been in education for 25 years and has a track record of successes. Dr. Shaffer was most recently the Deputy Chief, Office of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment within the School District of Philadelphia, a position he held for six years, where he worked closely with community organizations, universities, non-profits, teachers, school leaders, and others to improve student achievement while also providing more opportunities for students. Prior to working in the SDP, Dr. Shaffer held the positions of high school teacher, counselor, assistant principal, and principal. Dr. Shaffer is eager to welcome back our Roxborough students and families to in-person instruction once health and safety guidelines permit.

If you have any questions about the search, please don’t hesitate to reach out to our Family and Community Engagement Liaison Ms. Victoria Trower. Ms. Trower can be reached at (215) 400-5865 and

Over the next two months, there will be opportunities for parents to meet Principal Shaffer. The two opportunities are Thursday, April 15 from 5-6 PM and Friday April 16 from 11AM-12PM. Both events will take place on zoom. The zoom link is

Sincerely, Ryan Scallon

Assistant Superintendent

P-EBT Card logoPlease make sure you receive & are able to activate your P-EBT Card:

  • Check that Roxborough has your current mailing address
  • Check that Roxborough has your child’s correct date of birth

You can check by logging into the parent portal or by looking at your child’s latest report card, or speaking to any of their teachers.

CLICK HERE for complete information, FAQs and Contacts at Roxborough HS for further assistance.

Interested in joining RHS Track & Field???

Track practice has started, practice is today 3:15 at the RHS track.  Any interested track athletes need a physical and should complete this interest form. CLICK HERE

What is your Path at the Academies @ Roxborough?

What are your interests?
Do you like science, business, the arts, working with your hands?
Could your hobbies lead to a career?

Pathway Video Link (CLICK HERE)

What can I do during the Intervention Period at the end of the day??

Here is the Support/Intervention Block Schedule (Click HERE).  There are various offerings (college & career, counseling, school nurse, STEP, clubs, and tutoring) provided to students during the support/intervention block by our Support Team.  Students also have the option to visit their teachers for extra help and or make up work.

Accessing Report Cards
The steppers linked below will help families in accessing this real-time grade information for their students.

K8 Campus Parent Stepper

MS/HS Campus Parent Stepper

Parents/Guardians who do not yet have a Parent & Family Portal can register for one by visiting the Office of Family and Community Engagement’s Parent & Family Portal website, linked here.

Here, you will find a stepper and a brief video that provides instructions on how to register, as well as other resources. If parents/guardians do not have a Parent & Family Portal they can still review their students’ grades by logging in with their student and following this stepper to review grades and access report cards..

K8 Student Portal Stepper
MS/HS Student Portal Stepper

New Schedule for Virtual Learning

Please watch the message from our Principal to learn about the changes to our schedule for Virtual Learning at the Academies @ Roxborough starting on Thursday, January 28. 2021.  Friday Half-day schedule will remain the same.

Principals Message – New Schedule

Virtual bell schedule starting january 28th 2021

Intervention and Support Block options for students

Remember to check your school selection results!!

Starting January 15, 2021 at 5:00 PM, you will be able review your child’s nominations and see which school(s) have accepted your student.

Please remember, you’re NOT DONE YET!  There very important remaining steps to complete!!!

Find out now, CLICK HERE.

Best Wishes for a safe and restful Winter Break from the Academies @ Roxborough!

Message from the Principal

Dear Roxborough Family,

After hearing from extended family members, it is with a heavy heart that we relay the passing of Roxborough senior Aaliyah Holmes. Aaliyah was a bright, kind, and loving classmate and friend to many. Her smile lit up the room. She was part of Roxborough’s Business, Technology, and Entrepreneurship Academy where she excelled in the classroom and had plans to become a writer someday. Aaliyah will be missed tremendously by her teachers, Roxborough staff, fellow classmates, and especially the Class of 2021.

Remote counseling and support services will continue to be available for all students, staff, and families throughout this very difficult time. We ask that members of our Roxborough family reach out to our support team for any assistance and support they may need by emailing any one of our support team members (,,  and  We also encourage you to speak with your child so that he or she may share with you any feelings they may be experiencing around this loss. Should you notice any unusual changes in your child’s behavior or mood, please call or text 1-833-PHL-HOPE (1-833-745-4673) for free support and information.

On behalf of everyone at the Academies @ Roxborough High School, we offer our sincerest condolences to members of the Boone and Holmes families.


Christopher Shaffer, Ed.D.

Check out our Honor Roll Students


Do you need Working Papers/Permit??? Click here for more information and Application.

Upload Pictures for the yearbook!! Students, Teachers and Parents, have pictures of the Class of 2021?  Pictures from the seniors first three years gladly accepted!  Please help to make the Class of 2021 yearbook memorable.

Click on the image below and enter Access Code Classof2021Community Upload

Are you a Parenting or Pregnant Teen?  Need Help?

The Philadelphia ELECT program provides a comprehensive network of education, health and support services designed to assist pregnant and parenting students in completing their education and preparing for success after high school/GED.

RHS Philadelphia ELECT program

Need some Help with your Classes??  Peer Tutoring is Available… Click HERE for more information.

Interested in Playing Sports at RHS?? Click HERE

New Food Distribution Schedule!  Students or Parents/Guardians can pick up one meal box per student on FRIDAYS from 9am -2 pm at the schools listed HERE

Interested in the Cycling Team or Choir?? Click HERE.

Student schedules for Distance Learning.  Students must log on to Student Portal and Google Classroom to be marked present and receive grades.

Here is  a STEPPER to Help you LOG IN to INFINITE CAMPUS to see your ROSTER.

Student Stepper To Access Roster

Parent Resources Information  2020-21

Freshman Orientation Video
Click HERE 

Academies @ Roxborough High School Virtual Graduation Class 0f 2020

The Graduation will air tomorrow June 10th at 10am

Here is the link you can share with anyone but it will not play until 10 am tomorrow!!  GRADUATION 2020

After the premiere you will be able to watch it anytime over and over,  hope you enjoy it as much as we enjoyed putting it together for you!!  Congratulations Class of 2020!!

Academy Awards

Here are the links to all the Academy Awards!!

Freshman Academy Awards

The Academy of Visual Arts Production (Web Design, Film and Video Production & Graphic Design)

The Academy of Health Sciences and Research (Biotechnology & Kinesiology)

The Academy of Business, Technology and Entrepreneurship (International Business, Business Applications & Business Finance)

Roxborough High School Social Justice Gallery Walk

In light of what happened to George Floyd and the response across the nation we want to provide you with an opportunity to take action. We recognize that you are grieving and mourning and have a number of feelings that you may be struggling to express.  Many people express their feelings through Art or the Creative Arts.  Roxborough would like to give you an opportunity to express your complex feelings and promote Social Justice through art, poems and social media posts. Get full details and guidelines HERE

Roxborough High School Social Justice Gallery Walk

Fund Our Schools
The economic recession resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic is significantly impacting the School District of Philadelphia (SDP). #fundourschools

The Social Work and Counseling Team would like you to know that we are doing what we can to ensure that our Roxborough families are safe, during this trying time.  While our ability to provide support has been limited to phone and email contact, we are still available to you. More Info in the Blog click HERE.

Philly HopeLine is a free helpline sponsored by Uplift Center for Grieving Children and the School District of Philadelphia. It is staffed by Masters’s level clinicians from Uplift, and is open to all School District of Philadelphia students & families. Service is available in both English and Spanish.

Hours of Operation:  Monday – Friday: 12 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Holidays, Saturdays, and Sundays: 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Call or Text 833-PHL-HOPE
(833-745-4673) or CLICK HERE

Project ELECT and COVID-19

If your children need Health Insurance, either because they never had it or because your benefits have changed during the COVID crisis, our partners at PCCY can help you apply.  Medical Benefits Help

Need working papers? CLICK HERE
Limited hours and times and increased safety protocols apply.


Celebrating Our Class of 2020 Senior Graduates!!

You may have seen our Senior Spotlights, thank you Mrs. A, on our Instagram,  HSA Instagram and web pages.  Missed them? see them here on Roxborough Home & School Parent Group Page.  Thank you Mrs. McHale.

Family Academy is Now Virtual!  We are here to help families and students be successful.
Learn more about our online FACT course offerings here.


Mrs. Thompson, Mr. Kerrigan, Mr. Rauscher, Ms. McFadden and Mrs. Jenkins at the NCAC conference.

Mrs. Thompson, Mr. Kerrigan, Mr. Rauscher, Ms. McFadden and Mrs. Jenkins at the NCAC conference. The Academies @ Roxborough High School was recognized at the NCAC’s (National Career Academy Coalition) 23rd conference held in Philadelphia.  Teachers from as far as Hawaii attended the conference and visited Roxborough HS.

Roxborough was also honored to be recognized for receiving National Model Status for their Academy of Health Sciences & Research and received the Jeffery N. Stein Award for best transition for an Urban High School to the Academy Model.

Roxborough was also honored with the Henk Koning Exemplary Partnership Award for Mr. Steve Rauscher our Academy of Health Sciences & Research partner for exemplifying a true working partnership.  Read more in the Blog.

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Academy of health sciences and research at Roxborough logoNCAC Announces that The Academy of Health Sciences and Research at Roxborough High School Has Achieved National Model Status!

Read more in our Blog.

Pedro A. Rivera Secretary of Education for Pennsylvania visited the Academies @ Roxborough on Friday, February 9, 2018.  Read more about his visit in our Blog.

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2017 Volunteers of the Year for the Roxborough YMCA

Students from the Academies @ Roxborough will be recognized at the Philadelphia Freedom Valley YMCA Annual Meeting alongside the other Volunteers from across our association on April 6, 2018.  Read more in our blog and check out the Video below.


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The School District of Philadelphia, an equal opportunity employer, will not discriminate in employment or education programs or activities, based on race, color, religion, age, national origin, ancestry, physical handicap, gender, sexual orientation, union membership, or limited English proficiency. This policy of non-discrimination extends to all other legally protected classifications. Publication of this policy in this document is in accordance with state and federal laws, including Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and Sections 503 and 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.