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What would it mean to work at the edge of what you already know? To step out beyond the safe answers and the talents that have always come naturally? To pursue ideas with real depth?

At Penn Charter it might mean collaborating with wheelchair-bound students to design, develop and patent a beach wheelchair. You could find yourself applying music theory to arrange your own trio of a cappella pieces, or you might suddenly see the logic of quantum mechanics, when, at first, every concept had eluded you.

Penn Charter's Upper School curriculum is a vigorous college preparatory program rooted in the breadth of the arts and sciences as well as new fields of inquiry and skills such as environmental issues, global awareness, commitment to community and technology.

In Upper School, students continue to see how ideas overlap across disciplines and how one area of study can inform another: Greek literature becomes more meaningful when seen through an archaeological lens. Pythagorean theory explains the emotional effects of music. The personal narrative can be told in the language of trigonometry. A multitude of leadership opportunities, sports, arts and other academic enrichment activities also allows students to stretch beyond their natural talents and inclinations.

It is a curriculum designed to be as effective as it is engaging.

Upper School eNews

US Life, the division director's blog, is a valuable insight into the Upper School experience inside and outside the classroom.

Upper School Library

The Gummere Library serves the Upper School community.

Student Online Publication

PC Literary Blog features art, literature and media by Penn Charter students.

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Course of Study

For a list of academic offerings for 2014-2015, view the Upper School Course of Study.


  • September, 2014
    • 09-02 Registration for all students in grade 9 (MR) 8:30 AM
    • 09-02 Registration for all students in grade 10-12 (MR) 9:30 AM
    • 09-02 Orientation for new Lower School students in grades 1-5 (TL) 3:30 PM
    • 09-02 Middle School Welcome Night (BC) 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
    • 09-03 Lower School classes begin for grades 1-5, 8:10am
    • 09-03 Lower School Drop and Stop (CC) 8:15 AM
    • 09-03 Middle School orientation, registration and block party 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
    • 09-03 Student Council and Community Council Leadership training (GL) 10:00 AM
    • 09-04 All-school special dress day
    • 09-04 Middle and Upper School classes begin, 8:10am
    • 09-04 Special schedule
    • 09-04 All-School Assembly (GAC) 8:45 AM

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