How to Apply to Upper School
Use the guide, below, to help you move smoothly through the admissions process.
Applicants for September 2022
At this time, there are waiting lists for most Upper School grades and financial aid is limited. Before submitting an application, please contact the Admissions Office at firstname.lastname@example.org in order to determine the feasibility of submitting an application at this time.
Apply online for the 2022-2023 School Year
As of December 1, we entered into rolling admissions, which means that the Admissions Committee will read applications once all steps in the process are completed.
Online application forms will be available beginning September 1. The deadline to submit a complete application with all of its components for first-round consideration is December 1. Applications completed after December 1 will be considered for any remaining spaces on a rolling basis. The greatest availability of spaces for new students in the Upper School is in the first round. If you plan to apply for financial aid, we strongly recommend completing your child's application, including the financial aid application, before December 1.
Elements of the admission process:
A complete application must include all of the following elements to be considered.
Beginning September 1, online application forms will be processed and acknowledged. Submit the application for admission online and look for an email within 1-2 business days acknowledging its receipt. This email will contain further instructions for completing the rest of the application. The online application form is the first step in the application process.
If you plan to apply for financial aid, we strongly recommend completing your child's application in the first round and including your financial information with that application. Instructions on submitting financial information for financial aid can be found here.
As part of the admissions process, applicants are required to submit a graded writing sample from their school. Please choose a sample of academic writing that has been completed within the last year from English/Language Arts or Social Studies. This can be of any length, preferably one page or more. Please email this graded writing sample to Jen Cubbin at email@example.com.
Campus Visit - Connect with Us Virtually
We are sorry that, due to Covid restrictions, we will not be able to invite prospective students to have in-class visits this fall. However, Penn Charter will be offering tours of the campus (by appointment) to applicant families beginning October 1. (Should Covid conditions worsen in the region, these plans may change.) Please be aware that all visitors will be required to provide proof of vaccination upon arrival.
Meanwhile, we encourage you to explore the PC website and attend a virtual information session to learn more about the school.
Once you have submitted the online application, please contact Jen Cubbin via email, firstname.lastname@example.org, to arrange a parent meeting to discuss your child and the Penn Charter program as well a student interview.
When possible, we ask that teacher recommendations be completed by your child's teacher after October 15, which is when the online forms become available. 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.
Personal Recommendations (optional): Families also have the option to submit an additional recommendation from a non-family member who knows the child and can speak to their character.
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.
As soon as possible, reserve a test date for the SSAT (Secondary School Admissions Test), or the ISEE (Independent School Entrance Exam). 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.