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William Penn Charter School

Private | K-12 | 890 students

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Situated in an inner city neighborhood. The median home value is $78,500. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $840.

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Posted Tuesday, November 25, 2014

I, too, had an awful experience applying to this school. Although my child was accepted, I never received information from the financial aid committee regarding any assistance and it interfered with other schools that I applied to. Finally, after being relentless in requesting an answer, I was abruptly told there was no aid for my child's grade level which is a total contradiction to the school's website that states my child's grade level and new student status are great influences on recieving an award package or not. I either received a curt response (Mr. A. Brown) or no response (Mr. Ford). I then accepted what I was God's plan, that my child would not attend Penn Charter and based on my treatment, that was the best plan.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted March 26, 2014

Awful experience. The administration lied to me and my family repeatedly. They pretend that they have support for all students and support for students with ADHD or learning disabilities. They have little or no support. They lost my paperwork and the learning specialist said shed meet with me and never did. Don't come here, students hate it and the school is unbelievably arrogant.

Posted March 1, 2012

As a senior about to graduate, I look back on my 7 years at Penn Charter with mixed feelings. The challenging academics and vigorous requirements were always a struggle for me. Not only was it hard to keep up, but it was sometimes hard to understand why my friends at public schools didn't have hours of homework each night. However, looking back on the experience, I can see how much it has shaped me. Going through high school is difficult, but I gained tremendously important skills that give me a huge advantage over others my age. The constant testing and homework also teaches us maturity, and allowed us to blossom into hardworking adults. I know that the price is extremely high, and the work is difficult, but Penn Charter truly is a wonderful school. It offers something for everyone; if you wish to be involved, you can certainly do so. Sports are a large aspect of student life, but for those like myself who are not interested in sports, you may manage a team and spend more of your time in the brand-new 14-million dollar performing arts center. No school is perfect, and PC certainly has its faults, but overall, going here has shaped me into an adult equipped for the world.

Posted February 7, 2011

I, too, have four children, although not all of them received the full PC education. Coincidentally, I have two girls and two boys. Small world, isn't it? Well, anyway, I sent my oldest to GA, thinking it would be the right choice because of all I'd heard about it. I sent my second oldest to AFS, my third to Springside, and my youngest, to PC. The first couple of years my oldest was at GA, he deeply enjoyed it, but after that he got bored. The curriculum was simple and way too easy, so I started looking at other, more exciting and interesting schools. Since my youngest really loved PC, I sent him there. My older son immediately transitioned with ease. The same happened with my girls, and so they all ended up at PC. It's easier to have them all on the same schedule. They all ride the bus together and share some activities, but they also have time away from each other, which I think is a great thing. They all have their own friends and do their own things and they always look forward to school and doing their homework and seeing their friends. They love it and so do my husband and I.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted June 20, 2010

This is my son's first year at William Penn Charter School. He came from a smaller Friends School in NJ with about a total of 200 students from PreK thru 8th. He has grown both academically and socially. He joined their football and baseball and earned a seat in the Student Council. Overall, it has been a wonderful first year experience and his 11 year old brother will be attending their Middle School as a 6th grader this fall.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted November 4, 2009

Students at Penn Charter are taught to value people's differences in the realm of academics, athletics and the arts. The diverse community at PC operates on the basic Quaker principle that there is that of God in everyone. By stewarding each other and the environment, each parent, student and graduate helps to make our world better every day.
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Posted September 20, 2009

This is my daughter's second year there and she loves the school the work is challenging so she is never bored. And the teachers are fantastic.
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Posted September 12, 2009

I have two kids at PC and they're both thriving in / out of the classroom; they are excited to go to school, they appreciate the Quaker philosophy, and they have made wonderful friends with classmates from all over the Philadelphia region. The teachers are top notch and the student body is diverse.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted June 2, 2009

I am a first year parent at Penn Charter. My son came from a very small Quaker school and I was concerned about how his transition would be going into 8th grade - a tough time to join any school community. We have experienced nothing but delight with PC. Our son has thrived academically and socially, and is trying new sports/activities he had never had the opportunity to do before. Best of all, matriculating to 9th grade will be a smooth transition, since he has made it over the hurdles of changing schools this year. The teachers are all top notch - deeply committed to the kids and their paths of growth. The parent community is exceptionally diverse in all ways which is a welcome relief from the homogeneous nature of the suburban schools. We couldn't be happier with PC!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted May 11, 2009

i attend pc and I love it I never want to leave. mr.Nedielkova and miss.bateman are awsome
—Submitted by a student

Posted March 1, 2009

My child attended this school for four years ( K-3) and is not going back next year! We have been extremely dissappointed by the academics. She is below grade level in reading and math. They do not emphasize phonics or proper spelling. As a result of their experimental curriculum our child will have a hard time transitioning to another school at her grade level. Beware of the rampant classism at this school. It is filled with spoiled rich kids so the pressure on a scholarship child is immense. There is bullying that occurs there as well and the Quaker environment is much too tolerant and laid back to respond in a timely manner. Buyer beware!
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Posted October 2, 2008

This is my child's first year at Penn Charter, and so far she is really enjoying it. I have seen a transformation in my child for the better, she is coming out of her shell, playing sports joining organizations. She is also comfortable with her teachers and not afraid to ask for assistance if she needs it. I have been to several school activities and I have always felt welcomed. Penn Charter also does a good job of keeping the parent's involved.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted June 5, 2008

There is no doubt that I received an excellent education at PC. There are some teachers who have left an impact on me to this day and I fondly remember meeting for worship. But as a student who entered Penn Charter just for High School, I never felt like I was part of the club.

Posted March 26, 2008

I go to Penn Charter and i'm in 9th grade. I love it so much. I went to public school before high school and really struggled but once i got to Penn Charter i was able to bring my grades up. The classrooms are so small and you feel like everyone in the school is your friend. The sports are great and so are the clubs. At public school after school activities were for losers so no one ever did them but at Penn Charter everyone does and they all love it.
—Submitted by a student

Posted September 17, 2006

If an excellent education in an extraordinary environment and location is your goal, the William Penn Charter School is worth your serious consideration.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 17, 2004

I agree with Chelsea greatly. I attended Penn Charter also from K-12 Lifer. It was a great school. The teachers and principals helped me get through a lot of difficult stuff and they are there for all of their students no matter what.
—Submitted by a former student

Posted September 25, 2004

This school, in my opinion, is the best school in the country. I am only in 10th grade and its only my second year here, but it has been amazing. I love it.
—Submitted by a student

Posted April 22, 2004

I attended Penn Charter K-12. It is one of the finest institutions in the Philadelphia area, and I absolutely cherish the days spent there. Penn Charter prepared me for college better than I could have ever imagined. The education as well as the extracurriculars, and support and care from teachers was exemplary.
—Submitted by a former student

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3000 W School House Ln
Philadelphia, PA 19144
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