Middle School

Middle School is a unique time in the life of a young person, a time of tremendous intellectual, physical and emotional growth. Penn Charter’s Middle School program brings three key elements together:

  • an age-appropriate and rigorous curriculum.
  • a faculty devoted to teaching guiding, and mentoring, 11, 12, 13 and 14 year-olds through these challenging years
  • a facility designed specifically to support our curriculum and learners

Students are challenged to engage in learning how to better themselves as learners, artists, athletes, thinkers, leaders and community members. With particular focus on developing each students ability to advocate for themselves and others, intellectual curiosity, organizational and communication skills, and capacity to manage transitions and adversity, our team of teachers and administrators strive to create a learning community in which students feel connected, safe and challenged.

Our curriculum reflects a department-based program enhanced by cross-curricular themes and projects with true intellectual weight. These hallmark projects foster important habits of mind such as healthy risk-taking in the sixth grade Food Insecurity project, teamwork in the seventh grade downtown Philadelphia project, self-reflection in the eighth grade memoir project. Students also select enrichment activities from choices such as Middle School Play and Stage Crew, Art Club, Robotics and Engineering in our Idea Lab, Jazz Band and our creative writing club.

Eighth graders depart Middle School with a deeper awareness of their own abilities and interests, fully prepared for the demands of Upper School.

MS Life

Remember to visit MS Life, the division director's electronic newsletter about what's happening in arts, academics and athletics in the Middle School.

Middle School Library

The Gummere Library serves the Middle School community.

Penn Charter

A Friends School for Girls and Boys, Pre-K to 12

3000 West School House Lane Philadelphia, PA 19144 215.844.3460
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