About Us

Kensington Health Sciences Academy is a high school that is located in the Kensington neighborhood of Philadelphia. We are proud of the four majors we have at our school: Health Related Technology, Dental Assisting, Pharmacy Technology, and Global Leadership. We have 450 students, 30 teachers, and 3 counselors. We have three AP classes (AP Government, AP English Literature and Composition, and AP Art), 19 clubs, 15 sports, and a celebration of some sort almost every week. We also have an incredible college resource center called 12Plus.

KHSA is a community school. A community school is a school that believes in the power of working with the resources that already exist in the community. We are one of 12 community schools in the city of Philadelphia, named by Mayor Jim Kenney. Our community school coordinator, Mr. Barry Williams, works very hard to make sure our school to bring partners and resources to our school that provide students with incredible learning opportunities.

In the summer of 2017, the staff came together to rewrite our mission and define our values, which are written below.


The mission of Kensington Health Sciences Academy is to prepare every student academically and holistically to be responsible, caring community members, ready for college or career upon graduation.

We strive to accomplish this by building our community together, learning through inquiry, valuing integrity, and celebrating learning.


We are members of the community, which we build, protect, and heal together. We value diversity, and we respect ourselves and one another by making healthy and kind choices. EVERY person is a member of our community, and it must be safe for everyone.

We are personally responsible to give our best selves, and we encourage others to give their best. We support each other, hold one another accountable, and we do not give up on one another.

We believe we are always able to learn more if we work hard. We learn through questioning, and we value dialogue. We strive to communicate clearly. We support one another as we look for our passions, and recognize even though we may not be passionate about each learning moment, each learning moment will move us forward.

We acknowledge our growth. We take time to celebrate and appreciate individuals, our community, and the joy of learning.