Darryl Ford, Head of School
Map3000 W. School House Lane
Phila., PA 19144
- Independent School
A co-ed Friends school that grounds vigorous academics, arts and athletics in Quaker values. 44-acre campus, math & writing centers and state-of-the-art performing arts center. K through grade 12.
Penn Charter integrates the power of arts and athletics into a rigorous, vigorous academic experience for boys and girls, pre-K to grade 12. This educational program, combined with the decision-making values of a Quaker education, cultivates strong, creative and resilient young people ready to embrace, and even create, new opportunities.
“These are students who will take on the world,” Head of School Darryl J. Ford recently told a gathering of parents. “They are capable of wrestling with great ideas, resolving impossible problems, discovering the undiscovered.”
The oldest Quaker school in the world, Penn Charter is supported by a global network of loyal and exceptionally accomplished alumni, including two university presidents, film producers and an NFL quarterback. The school’s endowment, one of the largest among independent schools, provides financial stability and supports a 44-acre campus with outstanding facilities; successful college counseling; stellar teachers and a college preparatory program with a national reputation for excellence.
Penn Charter has a longstanding commitment to innovation, collaboration and excellence in every aspect of our educational program: academic, artistic, athletic. We prepare students to thrive in the 21st century global community – and our Quaker values inspire us to prepare them to make a difference in the world.
William Penn, who established his school in 1689, believed that education should be available not only to the wealthy but to students of limited means. Today, Penn’s school supports this history of access with an $8 million financial aid budget.
Grades of School:
955 (292, Prek-5; 214, 6-8; 449, 9-12)
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Technology programs, what grade offered?:
1:1 Chromebooks grades 4-5, 1:1 MacBooks grades 6-12
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World languages taught and year in which instruction begins:
Chinese-6; French-6; Latin-6; Spanish-K
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