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.

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School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.Friends Council on Education (FCE)
National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
Pennsylvania Association of Independent Schools (PAIS)
Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools
Religious AffiliationFriends
Grades OfferedGrades Prekindergarten-12
Year Founded1689

Student Body

Total Students947 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 22%
Students by Grade William Penn Charter School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers108 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio9:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size15 students
Number of AP Courses14 courses
List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses
Advanced CoursesAB 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. DataLink to Matriculation Data
Classroom Dress CodeCasual
(jeans or khaki pants, polo shirt)

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineDec. 14 / rolling
Tuition NotesThe tuition ranges from $23,500 for PreK to $38,650 for upper school.
% on Financial Aid
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions DirectorKaren Hallowell
Admissions AssociateJennifer Cubbin
Endowment Size$85 million


Total Sports Offered18 sports
SportsBaseball, Basketball, Crew, Cross Country, Diving, Field Hockey, Football, Golf, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Squash, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, Water Polo, Winter Track, WrestlingBaseballBasketball,
CrewCross Country,
DivingField Hockey,
Track and FieldWater Polo,
Winter TrackWrestling,

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  • Philadelphia
    Grades: K-12 | 906 students
    1.1 miles
    31 West Coulter Street
    Philadelphia, PA 19144
    1.1 K-12
  • Philadelphia
    Grades: PK-12 | 573 students
    4.7 miles
    17th St & Benjamin Franklin
    Philadelphia, PA 19103
    4.7 PK-12
  • Philadelphia
    Grades: PK-12 | 1101 students
    3 miles
    500 W Willow Grove Avenue
    Philadelphia, PA 19118
    3 PK-12
  • Philadelphia
    Grades: PK-8 | 100 students
    1.5 miles
    220 W Upsal St
    Philadelphia, PA 19119
    1.5 PK-8
  • Jenkintown
    Grades: PK-12 | 549 students
    6 miles
    575 Washington Ln
    Jenkintown, PA 19046
    6 PK-12

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.
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The average private school tuition in Philadelphia, PA is $7,431 for elementary schools and $12,170 for high schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
The average acceptance rate in Philadelphia, PA is 63% (read more about average acceptance rates across the country).