William Penn Charter School

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.

Quick Stats (2024)

  • Top Ranked PA School
  • Grades: Prekindergarten-12
  • Enrollment: 947 students
  • Acceptance rate: 31%
  • Average class size: 15 students
  • Application Deadline: Dec. 14 / rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

Top Rankings

William Penn Charter School ranks among the top 20% of private schools in Pennsylvania for:

Category
Attribute
Sports offered
School History
School Resources

School Overview

Student Body

Total Students
947 students
Student Body Type
Co-ed
% Students of Color
9%
State avg.: 26%
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
75%
Average Class Size
15 students
Number of AP Courses
14 courses
List of Courses Offered
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
Matriculation DataMatric. Data
Classroom Dress Code
Casual
jeans or khaki pants, polo shirt

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
Dec. 14 / rolling
Tuition Notes
The tuition ranges from $23,500 for PreK to $38,650 for upper school.
% on Financial Aid
40%
Acceptance Rate
31%
National avg.: 85%
Admissions Director
Karen Hallowell
Admissions Associate
Jennifer Cubbin
Endowment Size
$85 million

Sports

Source: Verified school update

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the acceptance rate of William Penn Charter School?
The acceptance rate of William Penn Charter School is 31%, which is lower than the national average of 86%. William Penn Charter School's acceptance rate is ranked among the top private schools in Pennsylvania with low acceptance rates.
What sports does William Penn Charter School offer?
William Penn Charter School offers 18 interscholastic sports: Baseball, Basketball, Crew, Cross Country, Diving, Field Hockey, Football, Golf, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Squash, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, Water Polo, Winter Track and Wrestling. William Penn Charter School is ranked as one of the top 20% of private schools in Pennsylvania for most sports offered.
What is William Penn Charter School's ranking?
William Penn Charter School ranks among the top 20% of private schools in Pennsylvania for: Lowest average acceptance rates, Largest student body, Most sports offered, Oldest founding date and Largest endowments.
When is the application deadline for William Penn Charter School?
The application deadline for William Penn Charter School is Dec. 14 / rolling (applications are due on Dec. 14 but additional applications are reviewed year-round as space permits ).

School Reviews

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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.
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Quick Stats (2024)

  • Top Ranked PA School
  • Grades: Prekindergarten-12
  • Enrollment: 947 students
  • Acceptance rate: 31%
  • Average class size: 15 students
  • Application Deadline: Dec. 14 / rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

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The average private school tuition in Philadelphia, PA is $8,595 for elementary schools and $15,444 for high schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
The average acceptance rate in Philadelphia, PA is 71% (read more about average acceptance rates across the country).

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