New Lower School

With $135 million in gifts from generous parents and caregivers, faculty and staff, OPCs and many other friends, our community’s commitment to a vibrant Penn Charter has taken us far. How far? We have now reached another milestone. We are making way for our new lower school. That’s How Far!

Beginning the week of July 17, 2023, preparations began to demolish the Dooney Field House, the site of the future new lower school.

This webpage is meant to help students, parents and caregivers, faculty and staff, and all other campus visitors understand how traffic, pedestrian egress and parking will be affected in the area surrounding the construction site as well as other areas of the school. The page will also provide progress updates and other emerging project information.

Should you have any questions or concerns, please email us at 

Note: All information on this page is subject to change; information on student drop-off and pick-up at each division during the 2023-24 school year will be available in by the end of August 2023.

We appreciate your patience and understanding during this momentous time in our school's long history.

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Construction Information

  • Construction hours will be 7 am to 3:30 pm.

  • Construction traffic will be kept to a minimum during drop-off and pick-up hours.

  • In adherence with school policies, contractors will have required clearances.

  • Contractors are expected to follow all campus guidelines and policies.

Aerial Site Map

Renderings (as of July 2023)

Construction Progress (as of September 1, 2023)

Dooney Field House demolition. August 2, 2023

August 9, 2023

August 9, 2023

August 9, 2023

August 10, 2023

August 10, 2023

August 17, 2023

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August 17, 2023

August 31, 2023

August 31, 2023

Blue Playground demolition. August 2, 2023.

August 10, 2023

August 31, 2023

About the New Lower School

Penn Charter's new lower school will reshape learning for our youngest learners and unite pre-K to 12 students in a vibrant academic community. The school will be designed to reflect PC's curriculum and what research tells us about the way children learn and grow. Through the school's ample learning and playing spaces, students will be provided with the knowledge and skills needed to thrive in a complex world.

Highlights of the New Lower School

  • 80,000-square feet of interior space for pre-K to 5 students
  • Outdoor learning and community spaces; all classrooms on the first floor will have classroom access to outdoor playgrounds 
  • Outdoor classrooms on second-floor rooftops
  • A library with more than 2,500 square feet of working space along with a glass classroom, an outside patio, and a reading nook

  • A "Friendship Hall" outside the library to offer a flexible space for student activities, displays of student work, parent/caregiver gatherings, and more

  • A health suite with ample space for student care and a dedicated bathroom

  • A "Discovery Room" for students to engage in active indoor play and projects

  • An "Activities Room" that includes a stage for performances and more, a large drop down screen and projector for assembly activities, and technology for classroom activities  

  • An Idea Lab

  • And more!