How Far? Campaign Success

Educating Students to Live Lives that Make a Difference

We can do even more than prepare our students to thrive in the 21st century. We can prepare our graduates to make a difference.

Former Head of School Darryl J. Ford unveiled the new Strategic Vision in March 2012 and, in May 2016, presented a four-year progress report on work administrators and teachers have done to implement that vision.

“This work is still unfolding as we continue to reinvent classic,” Ford said. A school with a history of excellence is, by definition, Ford said, forward-thinking. “We are looking into the future and recognizing that we can’t know what our students will encounter … we want them to be prepared, agile and ready to make a difference."
Working together, we have been able to accomplish more than we once imagined possible.

Our plan for Penn Charter's future is organized around six goals, each with a set of strategies.

Prefer it in print? View and/or download the 24-page publication that explains the six goals of the Strategic Vision, the strategies to support those goals, and the themes and issues that inspired the Strategic Vision.

Strategic Vision

A New Lower School

Our campus transformation is driven by plans for a new lower school designed especially for the way we teach.

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The superior facilities of the William A. Graham IV OPC '58 Athletics & Wellness Center – opened in Sept 2021 – support physical education, health, sports and training.

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Campus Master Plan

Our campus transformation will preserve existing buildings, repurpose vacant spaces, open new spaces for outdoor learning, and build on the ecology of these 47 acres.

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Transformation Is Happening!

June 2022

The design process for Penn Charter's fabulous new lower school involved faculty and administrators working with architects over several years to imagine a new space for innovative teaching and exciting learning. View the renderings of the new building. 

Graham Athletics & Wellness Center Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

September 2021

The Class of 2022 joined William A. Graham IV OPC '58 in front of the Graham Athletics & Wellness Center — the Graham for short — for a ceremonial ribbon-cutting marking the official opening of the new building. Cheers from students and teachers rose into the clear blue sky as they thanked Bill Graham for his gift that made the building possible. In a brief video message shown to students Friday morning, Frances Graham, his wife, predicted that students will enjoy the building so much they won't want to leave it.

Space: Graham Athletics & Wellness Center Groundbreaking Ceremony

October 2019

On a beautiful October morning, the PC community celebrated the next phase of its campus transformation with a ceremonial groundbreaking for the William A. Graham IV OPC '58 Athletics & Wellness Center. Highlights from the day included a virtual tour of the building, our students "passing the shovel" and Bill Graham talking about his own Penn Charter experience.

Spaces: Ceremonial Opening of Palaia Field

April 2019

The PC community celebrated former coaches Palaia, Brown and Mellor, and their players, in a ceremony prior to the first game on the new Ralph F. Palaia Field. The day marked a milestone: completion of the first of three projects in a campus transformation. Details.

Spaces: Baseball Field Groundbreaking

November 2018

In November, members of the PC community gathered for a ceremonial groundbreaking on the site of the new baseball facility, the linchpin in Penn Charter's campus transformation.

Spaces: Maguire Stadium Field Dedicated
Fall 2015

Maguire Stadium Field Dedicated

Maguire Field advances Penn Charter's Strategic Vision to develop space and facilities that support excellence in every aspect of the Penn Charter program.

Spaces: Fast New Track!
Fall 2015

PC completes installation of a new eight-lane track with premium surface and announces new coaching structure.

Spaces: Where Ideas Come to Life


IdeaLabs, first for Middle School and Upper School, and then for Lower School, provide space and tools for students to create, collaborate and innovate through project-based learning.

Student and coaches working out in a gym

Fall 2014

New Center, New Fitness Program

Penn Charter's strength and conditioning program provides students with access to state-of-the-art training facilities and expert fitness instruction.

Overseers Approve Strategic Vision

January 2013

Overseers Approve Strategic Vision

"Educating Students to Live Lives that Make a Difference" is the overarching goal of Strategic Vision for the future of Penn Charter.

The Beginning: A Strategic Plan

The Beginning: A Strategic Plan

Penn Charter engages in intensive effort to develop a new strategic plan; OPCs, parents, students and faculty involved.


Your Gift’s Impact

The Graham Effect

The William A. Graham IV OPC ’58 Athletics & Wellness Center is a vibrant 88,000-square-foot facility that amplifies athletics and wellness.

White man in bowtie gesticulates as he conducts a choir out of frame

The Roberts family gives Joe Fitzmartin the surprise of a lifetime. 

Ripple Effects

Penn Charter's tax-credit program facilitates impactful giving.

Stewarding the PC Community

Penn Charter acted quickly to develop a plan to keep our community whole during the covid-19 pandemic.

Closer Than Ever

Penn Charter’s singular investment of time, resources and attention to the How Far? campaign is paying off.

Strength in Numbers

Over the life of the transformative How Far? campaign, the Penn Charter Annual Fund has risen to meet and even exceed expectations.

A Hub for Hands-On Learning

The Somers Science Room in PC's new Lower School will be a space for curiosity and hands-on learning.

Impact In Your Lifetime

James M. Arrison III OPC ’60 joins the Pinehurst Society with a gift that provides multiple benefits.

Banding Together

This year, two OPC classes announced major collaborative gifts to the How Far? campaign that will directly support Penn Charter’s campus transformation. 

portrait of Dr. Joseph Shipon, wearing a dark suit and bowtie.

Jacob A. Shipon's three children and eight grandchildren name the new athletic training space in his memory.