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Applying to Penn Charter

The common entry points at Penn Charter are pre-kindergarten, kindergarten, sixth, seventh and ninth grades, making these the best times to apply; new students are admitted to other grades if spaces are available.

As a school committed to diversity, Penn Charter welcomes students of every race, religion, socioeconomic status, ethnic background, gender, and sexual orientation. We encourage applications from current families as well as children of alumni and members of the Religious Society of Friends.

Apply online – it is an efficient process and more than 95 percent of our applicants chose that method last year. 

For your convenience, all of the supporting documents for the application process are available by download from the list below. If you would prefer paper copies of these materials, please contact the Admissions Office by email or by telephone at 215-844-3460, ext. 103.

  • Please note--the form packets will be available September 1, 2018 for the new admissions season
  • Lower School Admissions Packet (pre-K to 5)
  • Middle and Upper School Admissions Packet (grades 6 to 12)

Admissions Timeline for Entry in September 2018

June 2018 Update: 

At this time, many of our grades are full, so we invite you to call the Admissions Office at 215-844-3460, ext. 103, if you plan to submit an application for the 2018-19 school year. 

Admissions Timeline for Entry in September 2019

Please see the "Applying to..." web page for each division for more information.

  • First-round deadline to complete all steps in the admissions process:
    • Lower School (pre-K to grade 5): Dec. 14, 2018
    • Middle School (grades 6, 7 and 8): Dec. 14, 2018
    • grade 9: Dec. 7, 2018
    • grades 10 and 11: Feb. 4, 2018
  • Financial aid deadline for first-round consideration:
    • grade 9: Dec. 7, 2018
    • all other grades: Jan. 4, 2019
  • Second-round deadline to complete all steps in the admissions process:
    • Lower School (pre-K to grade 5): Feb. 4, 2019
    • Middle School (grades 6, 7 and 8): Feb. 4, 2019
    • grade 9: Jan. 22, 2019
    • grades 10 and 11: evaluated as applications are completed
  • Financial aid deadline for second-round consideration:
    • grade 9: Jan. 22, 2019
    • all other grades: Feb. 4, 2019
  • Applications completed after these deadlines are considered for any spaces that may still be available as they are completed.

Non-Discrimination Policy

Penn Charter admits students of any race, religion, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school.

Penn Charter does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, sexual orientation, gender, national or ethnic origin in administration or educational policies, admissions policies, financial aid programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.

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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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