William Penn Charter School

3000 W School House Ln, Philadelphia, PA 19144

In 1701, a dozen years after the school's founding, William Penn granted the first of three charters that were to define the school's operation. The oldest Quaker school in the world is still conducted under his final charter of 1711. Richard Mott Jones, who served as headmaster from 1874 to 1916, brought the school a national reputation, largely due to his further development of the arts and athletic programs. Increasing enrollment resulted in Penn Charter's 1925 move from 8 S. 12th St. to its present Germantown location. In 1980, the overseers voted to admit girls into all grades for the first time. The cosmopolitan student body emphasizes self-government and community participation. The prekindergarten program emphasizes project-based learning and integrated arts instruction. Each lower school student (grades K-5) attends weekly Meeting for Worship, and a quarter-long course in grade 7 integrating Quakerism, art and service learning. Spanish instruction in the lower school is followed by a trimester each of French, Latin and Spanish in grade 6, the first in a four-year required sequence. Penn Charter's upper school curriculum, with its rotating schedule, trimester system and wide scope of elective courses, permits not only sound preparation for college, but also admission with advanced standing and opportunities for major units in art. Math and writing centers provide additional assistance with student assignments, and a comprehensive senior project is required of all graduates.

General Information

Academic OrientationCollege Preparatory
Grade RangeDay — Coed Grades PS (Age 4)-12
Coed, Boys, or GirlsCoed
Full Address3000 W School House Ln, Philadelphia, PA 19144
Year Established1689
Legal StatusNonprofit
Religious AffiliationReligious Society of Friends
AdministratorDarryl J. Ford
Applications DueDecember
Total Enrollment955
Day Students955
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