SSL Certificate

Middle School Curriculum

The Middle School curriculum consists of courses that develop important skills through a progression of content. While providing academic building blocks for future study, the Middle School curriculum is equally concerned with meeting the social, emotional, and physiological needs of pre-adolescents. Through a well developed and intentional advisory curriculum, our students are engaged in lessons and activities that promote their social and emotional wellness.  Advisories consist of 8-11 students, one teacher/advisor and the group meets once per week for 40 minutes. The academic year is divided into semesters with which there are quarters of approximately 8 weeks .The school operates on a rotating system of blue and yellow weeks so that a given subject occurs at different times each week. Middle School classes meet for 40 or 60 minutes, providing opportunities for a range of teaching approaches. Students and families receive reports at regular intervals during each semester.  Additionally, gradebooks are opened for parents at the middle and at the end of each quarterly marking period.

Middle School students are helped to become:
• Effective communicators
• Independent learners
• Creative problem solvers
• Critical thinkers
• Engaged readers
• Technologically skilled
• Aesthetically confident
• Spiritually aware

Middle School Learning Support

The integrated learning support team in Middle School includes a learning specialist, counselor, nurses as well as a Writing Center and Math Center.


Academic Program

Sixth Grade

Language Arts
Culture, Civilization and Change
Environmental Science
Foreign Language (one language per quarter)
Visual Arts
General Music
Physical Education/Health

Seventh Grade

World Geography
Science: The Living Environment
Foreign Language: French, Latin, Chinese or Spanish
QUADS* (Quakerism, art, design and service learning)
Physical Education*
Band and/or Chorus (elective)

Eighth Grade

Algebra 1
Science: The Physical Environment
Foreign Language: French, Latin, Chinese or Spanish
Choices* (Health)
Physical Education*
Visual Arts*
Band and/or Chorus (elective)

* Indicates “special” classes that meet for one quarter.

Penn Charter

A Friends School for Girls and Boys, Pre-K to 12

3000 West School House Lane Philadelphia, PA 19144 215.844.3460
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