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Penn Charter Band Celebrates 25th Year!

From just two music stands to a group of accomplished musicians with a big sound! 

In this video, current and former band directors tell the story of how, over 25 years, the Penn Charter band program evolved into Sixth Grade Band, Middle School Band, Upper School Symphonic Band, plus jazz bands in Middle and Upper School, a jazz quintet, a brass ensemble, a percussion ensemble and more.

Grammy Winner in the Classroom

A network of dynamic alumni – we call them OPCs, which stands for Old Penn Charter – support the school in myriad ways. Example: Grammy-winner Ray Benson OPC '69, frontman for renowned Texas swing band Asleep at the Wheel, provided a fantastic learning experience for students last week when he spent a day at Penn Charter playing for the Middle School, second graders learning country line dancing, and Upper School music students. Photos of Benson's day at school

In the Super Bowl Spotlight

Matt Ryan OPC '03, quarterback for the NFL's Atlanta Falcons, was in the national spotlight as he guided the Falcons to an NFC championship and into the Super Bowl. Because we know and love Matt we were interested that, in addition to his exceptional athleticism, he was recognized for his intelligence, leadership and demeanor. The spotlight shone on his school too, as in this article in the New York Times: Before Ryan's Ascent, a Quiet Grounding in the Quaker Way. Read more about Matt and Penn Charter in Sports Illustrated, ESPN, and more.

It was a special moment, and we celebrated with a very peppy pep rally! 


Penn Charter Parent Community

The Parent Community, our active parent organization, helps make the parent experience engaging, enriching and meaningful. This month the Parent Community hosted an evening presentation by Ken Ginsburg, a noted pediatrician and expert on adolescent development, in which Ginsburg discussed fostering resilience and preparing children and teens to thrive through both good and challenging times. 

The Parent Community also announced the line-up for Parent to Parent, a new teach-and-learn program where Penn Charter parents and caregivers share expertise and common interests. 

Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service

On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, more than 200 students, parents and teachers in all three divisions honored the work and legacy of the civil rights activist by serving nearby communities and organizations. Read more. To understand the work of our Center for Public Purpose and how service is embedded in our pre-K to 12 curriculum, follow the center on twitter @PCpublicpurpose.

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Diversity at PC

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PC Is Affordable

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

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