Simon Gratz High School, named for the noted Philadelphia civic leader, legislator, educator and philanthropist, has been servicing the Tioga-Nicetown community of Philadelphia since 1927. The beautiful Gothic architecture of our comprehensive, academic high school stands as a monument to education, supporting the proposition that all children can learn at high levels and should be educated to their fullest potential. Not only is Simon Gratz renowned for it's fine sports programs and graduates who have become professional athletes, political and civic leaders and professionals in their fields, but also as a school of Career Academies. Our motto is "Educating the children of today for the opportunities of tomorrow." Each Career Academy is committed to educating students in areas of their interest, each holds the philosophy that to educate students in an academy setting develops strong personal relationships and bonds. School-to-Career is a component of each academy, as well as Service Learning, Advanced placement and college preparatory courses of study. Simon Gratz is a school committed to developing programs that promote success. Toward that end, the school community has moved to a block schedule of classes, a two semester school year, mid-year promotiom, and a full after school academic program. The schedule provides students and teachers more instructional time in each class and a curriculum that is more challenging. Our Vision: 1.Develop strategies for using our resources, i.e.. SGHSAA, and our individual unique talents to enrich the lives of the students at S.G.H.S. and to assist in providing opportunities and hope for their futures. 2.Develop an ever growing association of former Simon Gratz students utilizing their various professions and talents, integrating enjoyable social activities with meaningful projects that will make an impact on the world through SGHSAA.'s involvement with S.G.H.S..