William Penn Charter School

3000 W School House Lane
Philadelphia, PA 19144-0191
Tel: (215)844-3460
Grades: PK-12 | 947 students
William Penn Charter School, established in 1689 by William Penn, is the oldest Quaker School in the world.
Penn Charter has combined a rich heritage of Quaker values with academic rigor and excellence.
A college-preparatory day school educating boys and girls from Pre-Kindergarten through 12th grade, the school is located on a 44-acre campus in the East Falls section of Philadelphia.
Penn Charter's philosophy is centered on the Quaker belief that there is "that of God in every person." Respect for others and appreciation for the unique values of each individual are woven into the very fabric of the institution.
We strive to be a richly diverse school community racially, religiously, economically, ethnically and socially.
To that end, the school offers a need-based financial aid program.
Beyond the fundamental goal of promoting academic achievement and intellectual distinction, Penn Charter offers abundant opportunities to discover and develop artistic and athletic abilities.

School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc. Friends Council on Education (FCE)
Alternative School Network
Institute for Independent Education
Religious Affiliation Friends
Grades Offered Grades Prekindergarten-12

Student Body

Total Students 947 students
Student Body Type Co-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 22%
Students by Grade William Penn Charter School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers 108 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio 9:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size 15 students
Number of AP Courses 14 courses
Advanced Courses AB Calculus, Art History, BC Calculus, Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, French Language, Latin Literature-Catullus/Ovid, Physics C, Spanish Language, Statistics, U.S. Government & Politics, U.S. History, World History,
Average SAT score 1760
Classroom Dress Code Casual
(jeans or khaki pants, polo shirt)

Finances and Admission

Admission Deadline Dec. 15 / rolling
Tuition Notes The tuition ranges from $16,500 for PreK to $26,100 for upper school.
% on Financial Aid
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions Director Stephen A. Bonnie
Admissions Associate Patricia E. Cunningham


Total Sports Offered 19 sports
Sports Baseball, Basketball, Crew, Cross Country, Diving, Field Hockey, Football, Golf, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Squash, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, Ultimate Frisbee, Water Polo, Winter Track, WrestlingBaseballBasketball,
CrewCross Country,
DivingField Hockey,
Track and FieldUltimate Frisbee,
Water PoloWinter Track,

Nearby Private Schools:

The nearest high school is Pennsylvania School For The Deaf (1 miles away)
The nearest elementary school is Eagle's Nest Christian Academy (0.5 miles away)
The nearest preschool is Queen Lane Montessori School (0.6 miles away)
All Schools High Schools Elementary Schools Preschools Public Schools
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  • School Location Miles Grades Students
  • Philadelphia
    Grades: KG-8 | 36 students
    0.5 miles
    501 W King St
    Philadelphia, PA 19144
  • Philadelphia
    Grades: PK-K | 29 students
    0.6 miles
    433 W Queen Ln
    Philadelphia, PA 19144
  • Philadelphia
    Grades: NS-K | 40 students
    0.8 miles
    6110 Wissahickon Avenue
    Philadelphia, PA 19144
  • Philadelphia
    Grades: PK-8 | 182 students
    0.8 miles
    3636 Stanton St
    Philadelphia, PA 19129
  • Philadelphia
    Grades: PK-8 | 276 students
    1 miles
    5511 Greene St
    Philadelphia, PA 19144

School Reviews

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 by Student/Alumni, 03/16/12

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The average private school tuition in Philadelphia, PA is $6,289 for elementary schools and $12,064 for high schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
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