SSL Certificate


LS technology

The use of computers, software, audio and visual equipment is integrated into the Lower School curriculum in meaningful ways, allowing students to gain not only essential technological skills but also an appreciation of technology as a powerful learning tool and a rich medium for expression. Over time, students gain an increasing level of technological competency in keyboarding, research, publishing and design. In all grades, technology becomes a real tool in students’ work in multiple disciplines, including art, math, writing and social studies.

Beginning in fourth grade, students receive their own Chromebook computer to further their development as 21st century learners.

Spiritual and Social-Emotional Growth

In our Lower School, we create (intentionally) a vibrant, caring school community where children are nurtured and encouraged to grow in all respects – spiritually, emotionally, intellectually and physically. When challenges arise, children are encouraged to respond in a conscientious and compassionate manner, and to learn from the variety of community voices. Drawing upon our Quaker philosophy, children learn to resolve conflicts by using “I” messages to describe their feelings, as well as becoming acquainted with peace-building practices, such as mindful reflection, active listening and community dialogue. Each classroom meets weekly for community-building classes led by the Lower School counselor. Our "friendship groups" are an engaging way for students to become better friends, better problem-solvers and more effective community members. 

We also draw upon materials and techniques from the Responsive Classroom, a social curriculum established by the Northeast Foundation for Children and designed to teach children to care about themselves and each other. Students share in developing classroom rules and the logical consequences for breaking those rules. The Responsive Classroom seeks to teach cooperation, assertion, responsibility, empathy and self-control.

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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