At a Glance

Rennu Teli-Johnson | E-mail

Phone: 215-400-7930
Fax: 215-400-7931

Student Enrollment: 400

5900 Baltimore Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19143

SEPTA Routes:
34 Trolley and 46, G, 409 and 102 Buses

Mission & Approach to Learning

Motivation High School is a magnet public high school with a private school philosophy that promotes reflection, transparency, and accountability. It provides a college and career preparatory education that teaches scholars twenty-first century skills and character building. Our scholars communicate effectively, seek information, construct their own knowledge, utilize analytical methods and develop responsible citizenship. Through collaboration, we will prepare our scholars for competitive college and career pathways by engaging them in the study of world language and culture, literature, sciences, mathematics, social sciences, humanities, communications, digital awareness and application, problem-solving and global awareness.

Points of Pride

  • Maintains daily attendance at 93% with 81.6% of scholars attending 95% or more.
  • Offers Arabic and Spanish as a World Language
  • Has a diverse population with high respect towards each other
  • Dual enrollment with Harrisburg University
  • International activities and study of global issues
  • Involved in Wellness, Healthy eating, Fitness Program
  • Provides a ”Summer Orientation Program” for incoming scholars
  • Enrichment programs such as photography, yoga, cooking, DOVE and SIMBA
  • 88% of graduates attend college
  • Active Home and School Association
  • Active School Advisory Council
  • All scholars perform a minimum of fifteen hours of community service per year and there is participation in a variety of civic engagement actives that support our school wide theme “Success Through Accepting Responsibility!”

What We Offer

Courses & Program Highlights

  • Seven Advanced Placement Courses
  • Special Courses: Financial Literacy, Forensics, Anatomy and Physiology, Statistics, Drama, Photography, Theater, Music Percussion

Extracurricular Activities

  • Bully Prevention Program
  • Friday Enrichment Program
  • Health and Wellness Council
  • Martial Arts
  • National Honor Society
  • Peer Mediation Program
  • School Advisory Council
  • SIMBA (Safe in My Brothers’ Arms) – a male initiative and DOVE (Daughters of Virtuous Elegance) – a female initiative
  • Student Government Association
  • Yoga
  • Youth court program

Sports Teams

  • Basketball—Varsity Girls
  • Basketball—Varsity Boys
  • Softball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross Country—Boys and Girls
  • Track—Indoor & Outdoor—Boys & Girls


  • ACE Program – Architecture, Construction and Engineering and internships at different locations
  • Drexel University’s Eat Right Program
  • Dual Enrollment with CCP and Harrisburg University
  • Faith-based organizations serve as partners as well as Home and School Association
  • Impact Program
  • International Rotary Association— Interact Club
  • Partnership Program with Temple University
  • Philadelphia Futures
  • PASH program
  • U Penn Law Program
  • Upward Bound Programs at University of Penn, Drexel, and Harcum

Admission Criteria

  • Grades: As, Bs, and Cs
  • Attendance: 90%
  • Standardized Test: 50th Percentile in ELA or
    50th Percentile in Math