Applying to Lower School

Applying to Penn Charter is a simple and straightforward process, and the following information will help guide you through the steps. Online applications are easy, environmentally friendly and economical.

Submit the application for admission online and look for an email acknowledging its receipt the next business morning. 

Campus Visit
Children applying to pre-kindergarten, kindergarten and first grade are scheduled for a Saturday morning Play Day at Penn Charter. Applicants for 2nd through 5th grades visit for two consecutive school days in their current grade and take reading and math assessments during their visit.

It is important that the teacher recommendations not be completed by your child’s teacher until late October at the earliest. We believe that teachers should be given time to work with your child during the current school year in order to provide us with appropriate feedback about your child’s abilities. Parents download and print the appropriate recommendation form–either PK - 1st grade or 2nd - 5th grade–and give it to their child's teacher to complete and submit directly to Penn Charter. 

Release for School Records Form
For applicants to 1st through 5th grades, this form should be completed and signed by the parent/guardian and sent to the current school after the end of the first grading period. The official transcript should include grades from the past year and the first marking period of the current year. Please have the school send the records directly to Penn Charter.

Admissions Testing
Applicants to pre-kindergarten submit no testing. Applicants to Kindergarten through fifth grade submit the results of the Wechsler Intelligence test, either the WPPSI for younger applicants or the WISC for older elementary students. Penn Charter maintains a list of psychologists who do this work for families.

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After-School Program
Penn Charter's After-School Program provides a safe and nurturing environment that meets the needs of our Lower School students and families during after-school hours, from 2:50 p.m. to 5:50 p.m.

Early Drop-Off
Families may drop off their Lower School children beginning at 7:30 a.m., free of charge. Faculty members provide care indoor or outdoor, depending on the weather.

Full-Day Child Care
Penn Charter offers age-appropriate full-day child care for Lower School students on non-instructional days. These full-day child care days are made available for the convenience of parents. Details.

We offer a free, optional Enrichment Program to fourth and fifth grade students during the fall, winter and spring trimesters, typically held three days a week. Activities may include sports such as soccer, squash and basketball, and activities like drawing, bell choir, eco art and yoga. 

Healthy, varied lunch options include pasta and saute stations, made-to-order sandwiches and salads, grab-and-go fresh fruit and vegetables, plus fresh-baked muffins and Starbucks coffee cake. Parents have a contract lunch option for Lower School students. Students may also pay with cash or bring a lunch.

Parent Community
Learn more about how Penn Charter parents are involved in the school and their child's education.

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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