Diversity and Inclusion
"A school community that honors difference, Penn Charter seeks to be a place where diversity is understood, represented and valued.
Our curriculum embraces a plurality of cultures and celebrates an array of voices, instilling in us a deeper understanding and empathy for individuals in this community and the world."
In 1689, William Penn founded this school so that all of the citizens in his new colony could be educated. His unique vision was to create a school of "arts and sciences" and to open the school not only to the wealthy but to students of limited means as well. Penn's school was one of the first to teach students of all religions and races, one of the first to educate girls and to offer financial aid. Those values of access and equality are present today in how we teach and operate our school.
The Quaker testimonies of Simplicity, Peace, Integrity, Community, Equality and Stewardship are the foundation of our school and how we approach diversity. The work of Diversity and Inclusion is woven through the academics, arts and athletics programs in each school division. Our administration, faculty and staff are committed to making Penn Charter a welcome an inclusive environment for our students and their families.
A Multifaceted Understanding of Diversity
Penn Charter seeks to build a community representing diversity in race, religion, ethnicity, socioeconomic background, gender, sexual orientation — as well as learning style, geographic area and opinion.
For example, in the 2014-2015 academic year, 38 percent of our students receive some amount of need-based financial aid. Penn Charter families reside in 105 zip codes in metropolitan Philadelphia. The graphics below represent other aspects of the school's diversity.
PC Student Ethnic Distribution
PC Faculty of Color
The Big 8
The "Big 8" Core Social Identifiers as defined by the National Association of Independent Schools:
Age: the amount of time during which a person has lived
Ability: the quality or state of being physically or mentally able, competence in doing
Ethnicity: affiliation with a group that shares a national, cultural and/or linguistic heritage
Gender: the state of being male/masculine or female/feminine
Race: a category of people that share distinctive physical traits, a group that is socially defined
Religion: an institutionalized or personal belief system and practices relating to a God or Gods
Sexual Orientation: sexual attraction toward people of the same, opposite or both sexes
Socioeconomic Status: social standing based on income or position in society
Director of Diversity and Inclusion
Penn Charter provides many opportunities to allow the entire community to get involved with issues of equity and inclusion. We are committed to supporting a Friends environment of seeing that of God in everyone through our curriculum, professional devlopment opportunities, Distinguished Speakers and community and alumni involvement.
Diversity is a shared responsibility and experience in each of Penn Charter's three school divisions, where students and adults are given safe spaces to share their stories and explore cultural differences.
The school's committment to equality and inclusion makes this a stimulating environment, and I am honored to be given the task of helping to steer our community toward a deeper understanding in cultural competency and social identity.
Imana Legette, Director of Diversity and Inclusion