Philadelphia Free School

Enrollment Lottery FAQ

Q: What is the Philly Free School Lottery?

The Lottery is an opportunity for new, eligible students to enroll at the Philly Free School (PFS) and pay ZERO tuition for up to four (4) years.

Q: Why is the Philly Free School offering Lottery-based admissions slots?

PFS created the lottery system in response to the educational crisis in Philadelphia. As schools in both the public and private systems close their doors, families face increasingly difficult enrollment choices.  PFS seeks to increase educational options for Philadelphians by allowing families to access our unique tuition-based school at no cost.

Q: Who is supporting this initiative?

PFS is pursuing the involvement of a number of community partners who share our commitment to providing powerful educational options for Philadelphia youth. Individuals or organizations are welcome to support the endeavor singly, or in collaboration. PFS will leverage each gift to build more support for the program. If you would like to partner with us, please write to

Q: Who is eligible to participate in the Lottery?

Students between the ages of 7-16 who are currently enrolled in Philadelphia School District Schools are eligible to enter the Lottery system. Families must attend an Open House/Lottery Information Session before they may apply.  For selected students to take advantage of a Lottery slot, their families must also satisfy the requirements of the regular admissions process.

Q: How do I apply to the Lottery?

After attending the Open House/Lottery Information Session on April 25th, families must complete an Enrollment Application and clearly state on it that they are interested in a Lottery slot. Applications must be received by noon on June 1.

Q: When will winners be chosen?

Winners will be chosen from the pool of eligible candidates by early July.

Q: How can I get more information?

Contact the school at or 215-218-9586. Applications can be mailed to 2001 Christian St, Philadelphia, PA, 19146.


2001 Christian Street, Philadelphia, PA 19146                        215.218.9586