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A+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Diversity
    A
  3. Teachers
    A
  4. College Prep
    A+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    A+
  6. Sports
    B+
Address
3000 W School House Ln
Philadelphia, PA 19144
Telephone
(215) 844-3460

Applying

Application Deadline
December 7
Application Fee
$30
Interview Required
Yes
Required/Recommended Tests
ISEE, SSAT

Tuition

Yearly Tuition
$37,560
Tuition is for the highest grade offered and may have changed for the current school year. For more information, please contact the school.
Received Financial Aid
41%
Average Financial Aid
From William Penn Charter School

Educating Students to Live Lives that Make a Difference. Penn Charter integrates the power of arts and athletics into a vigorous academic experience, pre-K to grade 12. This educational program, combined with Quaker values, fosters creativity and resiliency.

"These are students who will take on the world," said Head of School Darryl J. Ford. "They are capable of wrestling with great ideas, resolving impossible problems, discovering the undiscovered."

Explore our website to learn about our 47-acre campus with outstanding facilities, stellar teachers, and an educational program with a national reputation for excellence.

William Penn Charter School Rankings

Niche ranks nearly 100,000 schools and districts based on statistics and millions of opinions from students and parents.

Academics

Average Graduation Rate
100%
Average SAT
1300
102 responses
Average ACT
29
55 responses

Culture & Safety

Poll
91%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.11 responses
Poll
73%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.11 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 29 responses
Report
  • PC/GA Day
    34%
  • Color day
    28%
  • Spirit week
    14%
  • Friends Multicultural Day
    10%
  • Winter concert
    7%
  • Friends' Meeting
    3%
  • Pep rallies
    3%

    Students

    Diversity
    A
    Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
    Students
    952
    100%
    of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.13 responses
    77%
    of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.13 responses
    92%
    of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.13 responses

    Teachers

    Student-Teacher Ratio
    7:1
    National
    17:1
    Poll
    80%
    of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.15 responses
    Poll
    93%
    of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.15 responses
    Poll
    80%
    of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.15 responses

    Clubs & Activities

    Clubs & Activities
    A+
    Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
    Girls Athletic Participation
    Very High
    Boys Athletic Participation
    Very High
    89%
    of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.9 responses
    67%
    of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.9 responses
    78%
    of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.9 responses
    Living in the Area
    A-
    Overall Niche Grade
    How are grades calculated?
    1. Cost of Living
      B-
    2. Good for Families
      B
    3. Housing
      C+
    Area Feel
    Urban
    Median Household Income
    $65,003
    National
    $55,322
    Median Rent
    $1,245
    National
    $949
    Median Home Value
    $220,030
    National
    $184,700

    William Penn Charter School Reviews

    96 reviews
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    Between my own PC experience, and from personally knowing many graduates of comparable college preparatory schools, there's not a better educational experience to be had in SE PA. If I had to name 1 out of many positive features, it'd be the multi-axial approach that PC takes to the definition of "education." Of course, academics are top-notch, but an A+ in Calculus, Language, or History is not ALL that PC teaches a young person. In addition, the elements of service, athletics, arts, diversity, all anchored in a rock solid moral foundation....make PC a place that will shape a student forever. Final draft: Recommended!
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    I came to Penn Charter from a snobby, conservative school in Delaware. Moving was extremely liberating, and the difference in the culture of the school was immediately apparent. The core Quaker values have certainly seeped into the student body. People are very accepting of each other and not afraid to speak their mind, and the student's voice has a lot of power. I have participated in protests and movements organized by students and supported by teachers, and have created several groups and initiatives myself. Social groups are less defined and more fluid. The teachers are the best part -- I know every single one, babysit their kids, and they're always there for the students to talk to. As grade vice president, I can assert that social politics are more about one's ability to get along with many different people and much less about gender, class, popularity, race, etc.
    Great school with a lot of resources! Teachers are very helpful, and help create a beneficial learning environment. PC also has a strong focus on diversity, perhaps more than any other school in the Inter-Academic League.