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 curriculum
  • a faculty devoted to teaching 11, 12, 13 and 14 year-olds through these challenging years
  • a facility designed specifically to support our curriculum and learners

Students begin immediately to undertake tasks calling for more personal organization, study skills, critical thinking, and independent and group work.

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 Shakespeare project, empathy in the seventh grade immigration project, self-reflection in the eighth grade memoir project. Students also select enrichment activities from choices such as Middle School Play and Stage Crew, Video Yearbook, Jazz Band and Writings on the Wall, the online literary magazine.

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

Penn Charter offers a Middle School learning specialist to aid students in understanding their individual learning styles.

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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