Preview PC's Middle School

We place students in developmentally appropriate yet challenging situations where being uncomfortable is expected and celebrated as an opportunity for growth.

Middle School Curriculum

Fostering intellectual, physical and emotional growth through an age-appropriate curriculum and a facility designed to support our learners.

Our curriculum, taught by a faculty devoted to teaching ages 11-14, reflects a department-based program enhanced by cross-cultural themes and projects with true intellectual weight. Students begin immediately to undertake tasks calling for more personal organization, study skills, critical thinking, and independent and group work.

Middle School Stories

Click the image above to read about the sixth grade Food Insecurity Project, which combines classroom learning with public purpose work and community partnerships.

Fast Facts


Students in Middle School, sixth through eighth grade. 


William Penn founded his school in 1689 to educate citizens for the new world.


Average class size in Middle School.


1:1 laptop program in grades 6-8, supported by a full-time MS technology coordinator. 

More Middle School Fast Facts

  • MS Student:Teacher Ratio: 7:1
  • 34% identify as students of color
  • 33% students receive need-based financial aid
  • Geographic diversity: MS students hail from 57 ZIP codes across 7 counties and 75% are Philadelphia residents.
  • Transportation: There are many ways to arrive at Penn Charter, including school bus, private bus or shuttle, public bus, train, and car. 
Exterior of Penn Charter's Middle School building

Life at Penn Charter

Quaker Values

Quaker Education

Quaker values are at the heart of everything we do and expect of our students, including what is taught, how it is taught, students' behavior and their relationships with each another.


Parent Community

Penn Charter's Parent Community works to support our school and help make the overall experience engaging, enriching and meaningful for the entire family.


History and Tradition

Historical Overview

Founded in 1689 by William Penn and members of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers), Penn Charter is the oldest continuously operating Friends school in the world.

Service in the Center for Public Purpose

The Center for Public Purpose (CfPP) engages Penn Charter students in community-based work addressing some of the most pressing social issues in the metropolitan Philadelphia.

Student Community

From all-school traditions to academic projects, our oldest and youngest learners learn from — and have fun with! — each other.

Color Day

Established in 1892, Color Day is an annual gathering of the PC community for a friendly festival competition between two teams, Blue and Yellow, representing Penn Charter’s school colors.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Penn Charter seeks to build a community representing diversity in race, religion, ethnicity, socioeconomic background, gender, sexual orientation — as well as learning style, opinion and hometown.

Building Community

At Penn Charter, building community among our students, between teachers and students, and between parents and teachers is a hallmark of Middle School.



PC/GA Day is an annual competition between Penn Charter and Germantown Academy in 10 varsity sports. The gridiron competition is the oldest continuous high school football rivalry in the United States.

PC Publications

a screenshot of 5 covers of publications by Penn Charter.

Parent Newsletter

Middle School Newsletter

Stories & Voices from Our Community


PC Student Ambassadors Blog

lower School curriculum

A program of cognitive and character development rooted in a rich knowledge of how young children learn best.

Upper School curriculum

Every student can charter their own unique path through this dynamic educational experience built upon a foundational student-teacher relationship.