‹ All Listings

William Penn Charter School

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 47-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 $9.5 million financial aid budget.

A Friends school for boys and girls, grades pre-K to 12. Campus on 47 acres in Philadelphia’s East Falls neighborhood, makerspaces, math & writing centers, state-of-the-art performing arts center and athletic facilities. Quaker principles and practice guide our school; with excellence as our standard, we challenge students in a vigorous program of academics, arts and athletics. We inspire students to be thinkers, collaborators, innovators and leaders. Points of Pride: 240 students perform in 17 musical ensembles, 71 sports teams in grades 6-12, 95% of Class of 2019 report attending one of their top-choice colleges
• Coed Friends school that grounds vigorous academics, arts and athletics in Quaker values
• 47-acre campus
• Makerspaces, math & writing centers
• State-of-the art performing arts center
• Completing $75M capital campaign; new Athletics and Wellness Center in 2021


3000 W. School House Lane, Philadelphia, PA 19144 United States
Phone Number: 215-844-3460
Category: Independent School
School Contact: Sharon Sexton, Director of Marketing Communications
School E-mail: ssexton@penncharter.com
Listing updated: 2011-2012
Open House Dates: Saturday, October 5, 2019: Lower School at 10:00 am, Middle & Upper School at 2:30 pm
Tuesday, November 5, 2019 at 8:30 am: Pre-K to 12
Tuesday, April 21, 2020 at 8:30 am: Pre-K to 12

Additional Information

School State: PA
School County: Camden
Gender: Coed
Religious affiliation: Quaker
Grades of School: K-8, 9-12
Enrollment: Sharon Sexton, Director of Marketing Communications
Students per teacher: 7:1 (15 lower school, 16 upper school)
Tuition: $23,500-$38,650
Financial aid offered?: Yes
College prep: # of AP/Honors/IB courses offered: 17 AP
Cum. SAT scores (math / reading / writing): R: 655, M: 665
World languages taught and year in which instruction begins: Chinese-6; French-6; Latin-6; Spanish-K
Extracurricular Activities: Sports, Instrumental music, Vocal music, Visual arts, Robotics/technology, Academic/literary clubs, Community service, Honor society
School climate (what are you known for?): Academic rigor, Athletic prowess, Unique curriculum, Warm community
Some special needs accommodated: Yes
Summer program?: Yes
In school survey: Yes
Which Survey?: High School Private
HS Short Description: A coed school that grounds vigorous academics, arts & athletics in Quaker values. Math & writing centers; state-of-the-art performing arts center. Teams in 17 sports.
Additional Information: 1:1 Chromebooks grades 3-5, 1:1 MacBooks grades 6-12