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2017-18 Charter School Applications

2017-18 Charter School Applications

Enrolling in Philadelphia Charter Schools – Quick Facts and Information

Dear Parents, Guardians and Students:

The following document provides information on the enrollment process for charter schools in the City of Philadelphia. Charter schools are public schools that are supported by local, state and federal taxpayers. All Philadelphia charter schools (except the cyber charter schools) are authorized by the School District of Philadelphia.

Anyone who lives in the state of Pennsylvania is eligible to enroll in charter schools. Charter schools located within Philadelphia must give students living in Philadelphia first preference. The law provides protections to ensure that charter enrollment processes are equitable and non-discriminatory. Charter schools must admit students without consideration of the student’s intellectual ability, athletic ability, test or placement scores, special education status, or ability to speak English.

Every year, each charter school in Philadelphia creates an application for new students and announces a deadline to receive applications for available seats in the upcoming year. Many Philadelphia charter schools also participate in the “common application” – participating charter schools will accept either the common application or their school-specific application. While each school is permitted to establish its own timeline, most charter schools in Philadelphia announce application deadlines in January, February and March.

If the school receives more applications than the number of seats available in a particular grade, it must offer its spaces through a random selection process. Charter schools lotteries are conducted at random, but can also use certain preferences required or allowed by charter law:

1. All Philadelphia charter schools must offer a first preference to residents of the city of Philadelphia;

2. Some charter schools are required to provide a preference to students who reside in a certain neighborhood (sometimes these are called “catchment areas”);

3. Some charter schools to provide a preference to students who previously attended another school (sometimes these are called “feeder patterns”);

4. Some charter schools offer a preference to siblings of students currently enrolled in the charter school;

5. Some charter schools offer a preference to children of parents/guardians who actively participated in the development of the charter school; and

6. One Philadelphia charter school, Youthbuild Philadelphia Charter School, has special preferences for its program for overage students.

If a child is selected in the charter school lottery, the school will contact parents/guardians with directions on how to enroll their child in the school. Charter schools may only request the following five documents to confirm enrollment of your child*:

1. Proof of the child’s age (cannot limit to birth certificate)

2. Immunizations required by law

3. Proof of residency

4. Parent Registration Statement (a statement about previous suspensions or expulsions involving drugs, alcohol, weapons, and infliction or violence on school property)

5. Home Language Survey

*Note: a charter school may request additional information, but not providing additional information cannot be a cause for denial of enrollment. In addition, a charter school cannot request for enrollment or residency proof a social security number or card, a student or parent visa, or the reason a student does not live with the natural parents.

The best way to get more information on a charter school’s application timeline and enrollment requirements is to contact the school directly. You can find a directory of Philadelphia charter schools here.

For the charter schools that also participate in the Philadelphia Charter School Common Application – you can find instructions for that application at Great Philly Schools.

If you have any questions about charter school enrollment or have concerns about the policy or practice of a current Philadelphia charter school, please contact the School District of Philadelphia’s Charter Schools Office at 215-400- 4090.

 

Charter School

Grades

App Deadline

Ad Prima Charter School

K-8

3/1/2017

Alliance for Progress Charter School

K-8

3/17/2017

Antonia Pantoja Community Charter School

K-8

2/28/2017

Belmont Elementary Charter School*

1-8

Rolling Admissions

Boys Latin of Philadelphia Charter School

6-12

11/14/2016

Charter High School for Architecture and Design

9-12

 

Christopher Columbus Charter School

K-8

1/31/17

Community Academy Charter School

K-12

1/27/2017

Delaware Valley Charter High School (Pending Nonrewal)

9-12

3/3/2017 

Discovery Charter School

K-8

3/31/2017

Eastern University Academy Charter School

7-12

1/31/2017

Esperanza Academy Charter School

6-12

11/23/2016

Eugenio Maria de Hostos Charter School

K-8

2/28/2017

First Philadelphia Charter School For Literacy

K-12

1/13/2017

Folk Arts-Cultural Treasures Charter School

K-8

2/10/2017

Franklin Towne Charter High School

9-12

11/15/2016

Franklin Towne Charter Elementary School

K-8

11/30/2016

Freire Charter School

5-12

1/31/2017

Global Leadership Academy Charter School

K-8

2/6/2017

Global Leadership Academy at HueyK-8Rolling Admissions

Green Woods Charter School

K-8

1/15/2017

Hardy Williams Academy Charter School

K-12

3/1/2017 

Imhotep Institute Charter High School

9-12

2/17/2016

Independence Charter School

K-8

2/9/2017

Independence West Charter SchoolK-3 2/9/2017

Inquiry Charter School

K-3
3/10/2017

Keystone Academy Charter School

K-8

2/28/2017

KIPP Dubois Collegiate Academy

9-12

3/1/2017

KIPP Philadelphia Charter School

K-8

3/1/2017

KIPP West Philadelphia Prep Charter

6-8

3/1/2017
KIPP West Philadelphia Charter SchoolK 3/1/2017

Khepera Charter School

K-8

2/1/2017

Laboratory Charter School

K-8

5/1/2017

MAST Community Charter School

K-12

1/31/2017

MAST II
K-3
1/31/2017

Mariana Bracetti Academy Charter School

K-4, 6-12

3/3/2017

Maritime Academy Charter School

2-12

2/17/2017

Mastery Charter HS (Lenfest)

7-12

3/1/2017

Mastery Charter School Pickett

6-12

3/1/2017

Mastery Charter School Shoemaker

7-12

3/1/2017

Mastery Charter School Thomas

K-12

3/1/2017

Mastery Charter School at Wister K-5Rolling Admissions 

Math Civics and Sciences Charter School

1-12

 

Multicultural Academy Charter School

9-12

1/9/2017

New Foundations Charter School

K-12

2/3/2017

Northwood Academy Charter School

K-8

2/17/2017

Pan American Academy Charter School

K-8

2/28/2017

People for People Charter School

K-10

3/30/2017

Philadelphia Academy Charter School

K-12

1/1/2017

Philadelphia Electrical & Tech Charter High School

9-12

1/31/2017

Philadelphia Harambee Institute Charter School

K-8

1/21/2017

Philadelphia Montessori Charter School

K-6

1/17/2017

Philadelphia Performing Arts Charter School

K-12

1/27/2017

Preparatory Charter School of Mathematics Science

9-12

3/15/2017

Richard Allen Preparatory Charter School

5-8

2/3/2017

Russell Byers Charter School

K-6

3/3/2017

Sankofa Freedom Academy Charter School

K-12

4/24/2017

Southwest Leadership Academy Charter School

K-8

3/24/2017

Tacony Academy Charter School

K-12

2/24/2017

TECH Freire
9-10
1/27/2017

Universal Institute Charter School

K-8

3/31/2017

West Oak Lane Charter School

K-8

4/3/2017

West Philadelphia Achievement CES

K-5

5/1/2017 

Wissahickon Charter School

K-8

2/28/2017

Young Scholars Charter School

6-8

3/7/2017

YouthBuild Philadelphia Charter School

12 7/31/2017

 

 

Renaissance Charter Schools

   

Birney Preparatory Academy

K-8

Rolling Admissions 

John B. Stetson Charter School (ASPIRA)

6-8

Rolling Admissions

Mastery Charter School Cleveland

K-8

Rolling Admissions

Mastery Charter School Pastorius

K-8

Rolling Admissions

Mastery Charter School Clymer

K-6

Rolling Admissions

     

Mastery Frederick Douglass Charter School

K-8

Rolling Admissions

Mastery Charter School Gratz

7-12

Rolling Admissions

Mastery Charter School Harrity

K-8

Rolling Admissions

Mastery Charter School Smedley

K-6

Rolling Admissions

Mastery Charter School Mann

K-6

Rolling Admissions

Memphis Street Academy Charter School @ JP Jones

6-8

Rolling Admissions

Olney Charter High School (ASPIRA)

9-12

Rolling Admissions

The Philadelphia Charter School for Arts and Science

K-8

Rolling Admissions

Universal Alcorn Charter School

K-8

Rolling Admissions

Universal Audenried Charter School

9-12

Rolling Admissions

Universal Bluford Charter School

K-6

Rolling Admissions

Universal Creighton Charter School

K-8

Rolling Admissions

Universal Daroff Charter School

K-8

Rolling Admissions

Universal Vare Charter School

5-8

Rolling Admissions

 

  
   
 

 

 *Schools with rolling admissions are neighborhood schools that accept all students residing in their catchment area on a first come, first served basis.