Middle School Curriculum

The Middle School curriculum consists of required courses that develop important skills through a progression of content. While providing academic building blocks for future study, the Middle School curriculum is equally concerned with meeting the social, emotional, and physiological needs of pre-adolescents. These needs are addressed by the Middle School advising system as well.The academic year is divided into trimesters of approximately 12 weeks.The school operates on a rotating system of blue and yellow weeks so that a given subject occurs at different times each week. Middle School classes meet for 40 or 60 minutes, providing opportunities for a range of teaching approaches. Students receive reports from teachers at various times during each trimester.

Middle School students are helped to become:
• Effective communicators
• Independent learners
• Creative problem solvers
• Critical thinkers
• Engaged readers
• Technologically skilled
• Aesthetically confident
• Spiritually aware

Middle School Learning Support

The integrated learning support team in Middle School includes a learning specialist, counselor, nurses as well as a Writing Center and Math Center.


Academic Program

Sixth Grade

Language Arts
Culture, Civilization and Change
Environmental Science
Foreign Language (one language per quarter)
Visual Arts
General Music
Physical Education/Health

Seventh Grade

World Geography
Science: The Living Environment
Foreign Language: French, Latin, Chinese or Spanish
QUADS* (Quakerism, art, design and service learning)
Physical Education*
Band and/or Chorus (elective)

Eighth Grade

Algebra 1
Science: The Physical Environment
Foreign Language: French, Latin, Chinese or Spanish
Choices* (Health)
Physical Education*
Visual Arts*
Band and/or Chorus (elective)

* Indicates “special” classes that meet for one quarter.

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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