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How to Apply to Middle and Upper School

Applying to Penn Charter is a straightforward process, and the following information will help guide you through the steps.

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Applicants for September 2020

At this time, there are waiting lists for the Middle and Upper Schools and financial aid is no longer available. Before submitting an application, please contact the Admissions Office at admissions@penncharter.com in order to determine the feasibility of submitting an application at this time. 

Applicants for September 2021

Penn Charter will begin accepting applications for grades 6 through 9 after July 1, 2020, at which time the updated timetable and application materials will be made available.

Basic elements of the admission process: 

Application
Submit the application for admission online and look for an email acknowledging its receipt. The deadline to complete an application for first-round consideration is in early December. Applications completed subsequently will be considered for any remaining spaces on a rolling basis.

If you plan to apply for financial aid, we strongly recommend completing your child's application in the first round.

Campus Visit
We will contact you by email following receipt of your application about arranging a parent meeting to discuss your child and the Penn Charter program and a student interview and a shadow day for your child. We encourage you to attend an Open House to learn about the school; a tour on the day of your parent meeting can be arranged as well. Campus visits will begin after Oct. 1.

Recommendations
It is important that the teacher recommendations not be completed by your child’s teachers no earlier than Nov. 1. 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. Instructions for submitting teacher recommendations.

Transcript Release Form
After your child's school's first marking period, the official transcript should be sent to Penn Charter. The official transcript includes grades from the past year and the first marking period of the current year as well as any testing records. Please download and print this form and give the signed form to the current school, requesting that the school send the records directly to Penn Charter.

Admissions Testing
As soon as possible, reserve a test date for the SSAT (Secondary School Admissions Test), or the ISEE (Independent School Entrance Exam). You may register online or request registration materials from the Admissions Office. Complete the ISEE or SSAT registration form, listing Penn Charter as a score recipient. Our school codes are listed below. The test may be taken at any test site.
 

Test Website Penn Charter Code
SSAT www.ssat.org 8218
ISEE www.iseetest.org 393560

 

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Middle School Life

Sanctuary
After classes end, Middle School students work on projects or homework in this after-care program for grades 6-8.

Lunch
Healthy, varied lunch options include pasta and saute stations, made-to-order sandwiches and salads, grab-and-go fresh fruit and vegetables, plusĀ 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.

Athletics
Middle School offers a full slate of scholastic athletics.