SDP’s Back-to-School Bus Tour is coming to a neighborhood near you! Get info, on-site services and a free backpack! Details HERE.

Still need a vaccine? Find COVID Vaccine events HERE and Back to School Immunization events HERE.
Join us at one of our fun Back-to-School Celebration Events HERE!
Stay up to date on Back-to-School info including bell schedules, transportation Fare Cards and more 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.”

Please read below for 3 Separate events at Roxborough to help students get ready for the new year!!

Open House for all families on August 19th from 5:30-7:30. Dinner will be served at the Open House!  Please RSVP/Register HERE.  You must register for this event in advance, Thanks.

Freshman Orientation!

Get to know your new school! Receive your student ID, get your roster, tour the building and learn about all that Roxborough has to offer.

When: August 26, 2021
Where: Roxborough High School 6498 Ridge Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19128 Time: 12:30 PM – 3PM


CLICK HERE for the Freshman Orientation Flyer!

10th grade, and new 11th or 12th students and parents Information sessions.

Receive your student ID, get your roster, tour the building and learn about all that Roxborough has to offer.

When: August 27, 2021
Where: Roxborough High School 6498 Ridge Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19128 Time: 12:30 PM – 3PM


CLICK HERE for the Back to School Flyer!

Remember to follow our Instagram @academiesatroxborough for reminders and announcements!

Roxborough has a new start time and end time for the 2021-2022 School Year. This year, school will begin at 7:30 AM and end at 2:34 PM each day.  Also, the first day of classes for students will be Tuesday, August 31st.

Please read the letter below for complete details:

Dear Parents/Family of Academies at Roxborough High School:

We hope this letter finds you well and that you are taking time to enjoy the summer months. The School District of Philadelphia is in the planning stages for a safe return to in-person learning for all students. The COVID-19 pandemic has affected our District, and the opportunities for our children, in many ways, but we are committed to doing everything we can to recover and improve student outcomes this year. One change we are making, as part of a larger strategy for improving outcomes for all students, is phasing in a standardized approach to daily start and end times.

This year, with the support of Transportation Services, all bus schedules will be aligned with one of three uniform bell times. Standardizing our bell times will help to reduce the amount of time students spend on buses, help ensure buses are on time more often, allow for consistent cleaning of high touch areas on buses between runs, and help the Office of Transportation Services overcome a significant reduction in staffing due to resignations and retirements over the last 18 months.

As a result, Roxborough has a new start time and end time for the 2021-2022 School Year. This year, school will begin at 7:30 AM and end at 2:34 PM each day. We are providing this information now so you can start to make any needed family arrangements ahead of time to ensure your child can attend school on time every day in alignment with this new schedule.

More information about our return to school in the fall, and opportunities for you to participate in school and District-level meetings and events, will be shared with you during the District’s Back-to-School campaign leading up to August 31st — the first day of school. In the meantime, I encourage you to visit the School District of Philadelphia website on a regular basis for the most up to date information:

Wishing you a safe and healthy summer.


Christopher L . Shaffer Christopher L. Shaffer, Ed.D., Principal

Congratulations Class of 2021!

Here is the link to an article published about your graduation! CLICK HERE

Also here is a link to a selection of Graduation Pictures CLICK HERE

This link contains our most up to date version of our 2021-22 school plan. This plan has been developed by our school planning committee with assistance from central office programmatic support team members. During the month of June, we are providing all members of our school community with the opportunity to review our school plan and to provide feedback. Please use this form to submit your feedback by June 30th.

Roxborough High School [6030] 2021-2022 School Plan CLICK HERE

We would love to hear your Feedback!  CLICK HERE

Summer reading lists are here!

These lists have been developed in coordination with the Free Library of Philadelphia.  Each list includes high-interest, grade appropriate books that support students in continuing to read and learn over the summer.  All books on the lists are available for check out at the Free Library of Philadelphia.


9-10 Summer Reading List 2021 CLICK HERE

11-12 Summer Reading List 2021 CLICK HERE

Check out the new Class of ’21 website for the M.A.C. Academy!  CLICK HERE for more information on the site and the link.

Are you interested in Summer Enrichment?

Parents can get more information and register using the links provided in the document below.

Students entering 9th and 10th grades

Students entering 10th, 11th and 12th grades

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.

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)

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

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

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

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

Interested in Playing Sports at RHS?? Click HERE

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

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.

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.

Pedro Rivera visiting Academies @ Roxborough Pedro Rivera with Administrators and students from Academies @ Roxborough Pedro Rivera in Biotech lab Academies @ Roxborough

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.