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Preview PC's Upper School

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

upper School Curriculum

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?

Our vigorous college preparatory program is 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.


Click the image above to read about how our Upper School Computer Science curriculum is working to create a more inclusive field.

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    Fast Facts

    302

    Students in Upper School, ninth through twelfth grade. 

    1689

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

    16

    Average class size in Upper School.

    1:1

    1:1 laptop program in grades 9-12, supported by a full-time US technology coordinator. 

    More Upper School Fast Facts

    • US Student:Teacher Ratio: 7:1
    • 39% identify as students of color
    • 43% students receive financial aid
    • Geographic diversity: US students hail from 47 ZIP codes across 4 counties and 86% 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. 

    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.

    Community

    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 metropolitan Philadelphia.

    Building Community

    Building community among our students, between teachers and students, and between parents and teachers is a hallmark of Penn Charter.

    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.

    Student Community

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

    PC/GA Day

    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

    Image of five covers of Penn Charter Magazine

    Parent Newsletter

    Upper School Newsletter


    Stories & Voices from Our Community
     


     

    Lower School curriculum

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

    Middle School curriculum

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