Site Selection

Site Selection

What does this mean?
All schools with open roles are hiring teachers and counselors for the 2024-2025 school year. Open positions will be posted during the last week of March 2024.

  • While eligibility applications for the 2024-2025 school year have opened, site selection for next school year WILL OPEN April 1, 2024.
  • You can apply to be designated as eligible, so when site selection opens for the 2024-2025 school year, you can participate in site selection ASAP.
  • To access the 2024-2025 eligibility applications, please click here or go to

How do I participate in Site Selection?
For external candidates, and current SDP employees who are not teachers/counselors can submit an application to find out if you are eligible to become a teacher/counselor in our District!

  • Application for eligibility can be found HERE.
  • If you are eligible, you will be notified via email by an Instructional Recruiter.
  • Once you are designated eligible, you will be able to apply to schools directly in your respective subject area via Taleo.

Current teachers/counselors participate in Site Selection based on the guidelines outlined in the PFT contract.

What is a demonstration teacher?
Demonstration Teachers are unique educators. They utilize the most current educational techniques and instructional media, which contribute to effective practices in their specific area(s). They are observed at times by personnel from within the School District of Philadelphia, as well as visitors from other areas and institutions, both national and international.

There are two Demonstration Schools (most teachers at these schools are Demonstration teachers):

  • John Hancock Demonstration Elementary School/Middle School
  • Julia R. Masterman Laboratory and Demonstration School

Demonstration teachers must have three years of teacher experience. Demonstration teacher application info is HERE

What is Early Access Site Selection? 
There are a group of 25 schools that participate in what we call Early Access Site Selection. These schools are able to hire between January and mid-March for the FOLLOWING school year.  To view the list of Early Access Site Selection schools, click here!

Site Selection Resources

Every individual seeking to become a teacher/counselor in our District will participate in Site Selection to secure their school placement.  In order to participate in Site Selection, you must be designated “eligible” by our Instructional Recruitment team.  If you have not yet been made eligible to participate in Site Selection, follow this link to submit your application today!

All schools select eligible candidates using our site selection form:

School Year 24-25 Site Selection Form.

For Acceleration Network schools, this Acceleration Network Acceptance form must be included in conjunction with the site selection form.

Request for Retention
Teachers/counselors on “special assignment” that wish to remain at their school in their role for the upcoming academic year may request to be retained.  Teacher Residents may also request to be retained at their school to become a teacher of record for the upcoming academic year.  In order for a retention request to be considered valid, it must be signed by both the employee and principal, and the principal must submit the retention request to their Talent Partner the day before Site Selection opens for their school.

Request for Retention form linked here!

Site Selection
Teachers/counselors who have two or more years of location seniority can voluntarily participate in Site Selection.  Teachers/counselors on “special assignment” who are not retained will participate in Site Selection as a forced transfer.

Schools outside of the Acceleration Learning Network should use this SITE SELECTION FORM for hires.
Acceleration Network schools should use this SITE SELECTION FORM.