Summer Courses

This summer, four courses are being offered to Upper School students. All summer courses fulfill Penn Charter graduation requirements. Course grades will be included on a student’s transcript and calculated into the GPA of semester 1 in the 2017-2018 school year. Courses will not run if we do not reach a certain number of participants. 

Enrollment for these courses is separate from the 2017-2018 course planning process. Please contact the course instructor for more information about a specific course. To enroll in a course, print and complete the registration form listed below and return it to Rose Mary Cavalcante in the Upper School office.



This course, which focuses on Euclidean geometry, emphasizes, encourages and challenges students to discover geometric ideas through investigative activities and technology.  Topics include the foundations of geometry definitions, inductive and deductive reasoning, the nature and development of a mathematical system using axioms, proof and theorems, the close study of a wide variety of geometric figures, right triangle geometry, basic isometries, area and volume. A dynamic software package is used in this class. (This course is only open to Penn Charter students entering grade 10 who have earned credit for Algebra 1.) Registration form.

Cost: $1000
Meeting time: 8am-12pm weekdays, beginning Wednesday, June 14, through Friday, July 21, 2017

Class will not meet on Monday, July 3 or on Tuesday, July 4.



This course centers around the essential question: What Does It Mean to Be American? We will begin with the early colonial period in America. We will look particularly at William Penn and The Edict of Toleration and then move through major periods of immigration and religious diversity in America. We will learn about both historic and new religious communities and immigration debates in the United States. We will keep an eye to issues of national and personal identity as we examine the ongoing impact of cultural and religious pluralism. The course will involve a wide collection of materials from readings, activities, and many site visits and conversations with adherents in diverse traditions, but most particularly Hinduism, Buddhism and Islam. Part of the course will involve visits to both historic and recently formed religious places of worship in the Philadelphia region. (Open to all students who have successfully completed the Quaker Principles & Practice course at Penn Charter). Registration form.

Cost:  $500
Meeting time: 8:30am-12:30pm weekdays, beginning Wednesday, June 14 through Friday, June 30, 2017



This course is for students interested in the art, history and practice of costume design. Line, form, color, scale, texture, pattern, period costumes, functionality on stage, and the effects of stage lighting on fabric will be explored. Students will learn basic hand and machine sewing stitches and techniques, which can be applied to their daily lives. Students will research, design and build a costume for a character of her or his choice. No prior experience with fashion design, sewing or figure drawing is necessary – just a love of fashion and clothes from different periods and cultures with a passion to create art that is worn on stage. (Rising 10th, 11th, & 12th grades). Registration form.

Cost:  $500
Meeting time: 8:30am-12:30pm weekdays, beginning Wednesday, June 14, through Friday, June 30, 2017



This studio course will introduce participants to the fundamental techniques and practices of drawing from observation. Three-dimensional forms in space will serve as subjects to be translated onto the two-dimensional page. Line quality, figure-field relationships, composition, perspective, and visual language comprise the core concepts that will be addressed daily in the production part of class. Participants will develop and refine competencies with the perceptual skills necessary for creating effective observational drawings and the design skills necessary for the thoughtful investigation and expression of ideas. Visual language communication skills will be integrated and honed via studio participation, field work, class discussions and critiques. Portfolios will be maintained by all students. (Rising 10th, 11th, 12th grades). Registration form.

Cost: $500
Meeting time: 9am-12pm weekdays, Wednesday, July 5, through Wednesday, July 26, 2017

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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