2018-19 Charter School Deadlines

  • Philadelphia Performing Arts Charter

*NOTE: Are you still looking for a school for your child for the 2017-18 school year? Check out our list of schools with open seats.

Public charter schools have their own applications and enrollment practices.

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Read these articles to learn how to apply to charter elementary/middle schools and charter high schools

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Applying

Once you’ve decided which charter schools you want to apply to, the next step is to fill out a short application. With nearly 100 charter schools in our city, managing when and how to apply can become a difficult task.

GreatPhillySchools wants to make the process easier by providing you with a convenient tool for viewing deadlines and applying to schools of your choice. The following is a list of charter schools, their application deadlines and links to apply. 

The Philadelphia Charter School Standard Application

Over 80 charter schools in Philadelphia have agreed to participate in the 2018-19 Philadelphia Charter School Standard Application. Parents can complete the application, make copies, and submit to participating schools directly. Participating schools may also have an alternate application listed below, but they will accept either application. Learn more about the Standard Application.

 

CHARTER SCHOOL

APPLICATION DEADLINE

LOTTERY DATE

LINKS

21st Century Cyber Charter School

Applications accepted on a rolling basis. To be considered for the start of the school year, all paperwork must be submitted by late August.

N/A

Application

ACT Academy Cyber Charter School

Applications accepted on a rolling basis

N/A

Application

Agora Cyber Charter School

Applications accepted on a rolling basis.

N/A

Application

Ad Prima Charter School - Overbrook*

Application due March 1, 2018
 

April 4, 2018

Application

Ad Prima Charter School - Frankford*

Application due March 1, 2018

April 4, 2018

Application

Alliance for Progress Charter School*

Application due March 23, 2018
 

Late April

Application

ASPIRA Antonia Pantoja Community Charter School*

Application are due March 1, 2018

Parents will be notified of lottery selection on the second week of March.

Application

ASPIRA Bilingual Cyber Charter School

Application due mid-August. Please call school for more details.

N/A

Application

ASPIRA Eugenio Maria de Hostos Charter School*

Application due March 1, 2018

Parents will be notified of lottery selection on the third week of March. 

Application

ASPIRA John B. Stetson Charter School*

Applications accepted on a rolling basis and are based on the neighborhood catchment area.

N/A

Application

ASPIRA Olney Charter High School*

Applications accepted on a rolling basis and are based on the neighborhood catchment area.

N/A

Application

Belmont Charter High School*

Applications are due January 31, 2018

February 14, 2018

Application

Belmont Academy Charter School*

Applications are due January 31, 2018

February 14, 2018

Application

Belmont Charter School*

Applications are due January 31, 2018

February 14, 2018

Application

Boys' Latin of Philadelphia (Middle and High School Campuses)*

Application is due January 31, 2018

February 14, 2018

Application

Charter High School for Architecture & Design*

Application is due January 15, 2018

TBD

Application

Christopher Columbus Charter School

Applications are due January 31, 2018 for kindergarten and May 1, 2018 for grades 1-8

February 15, 2018 for kindergarten and June 29, 2018 for grades 1-8

Application

Community Academy of Philadelphia (CAP)*

Application due January 31, 2018

February 14, 2018

Application

Deep Roots Charter School

Application is due April 1, 2018

Early April

Application

Discovery Charter School

Application is due March 31, 2018

TBD

Application

Eastern University Academy Charter School

Application is due January 31, 2018

TBD

Application

Esperanza Academy Charter Elementary School*

Application is due November 22, 2017

TBD Application

Esperanza Academy Charter High School*

Application is due November 22, 2017

TBD

Application

Esperanza Academy Charter Middle School*

Application is due November 22, 2017

TBD

Application

First Philadelphia Preparatory Charter School for Literacy

Application is due January 5, 2018 for grades 9-12 and February 2, 2018 for grades K-8

 

February 8, 2018 for grades 9-12 and March 8, 2018 for grades K-8

Application

Folk Arts - Cultural Treasures Charter School

Application is due February 9, 2018

February 23, 2018

Application

Franklin Towne Charter Elementary School

Application is due November 30, 2017

January 2018

Application

Franklin Towne Charter High School

Application is due November 24, 2017 

January 2018

Application

Freire Charter High School*

Application is due January 26, 2018

February 21, 2018

Application

Freire Charter Middle School*

Application is due January 26, 2018

February 21, 2018

Application

Global Leadership Academy Charter School

Applications are always accepted

 

March 20, 2018

Application

Global Leadership Academy Southwest at Huey

Application is due February 5, 2018

TBD Application

Green Woods Charter School

Applications due January 14, 2018

January 24, 2018

Application

Harambee Institute of Science and Technology Charter School

Application is due March 2, 2018

TBD

Application

Imhotep Institute Charter High School*

Application is due February 16, 2018

February 22, 2018

Application

Independence Charter School (ICS)

Application is due March 1, 2018

March 15, 2018

Application

Independence Charter School - West (ICSW)

Application is due January 31, 2018

March 1, 2018

Application

Inquiry Charter School*

Application is due March 10, 2018

March 15, 2018

Application

Keystone Academy Charter School

Application is due February 28, 2018

April 6, 2018

 

Application

KIPP DuBois Collegiate Academy*

Application is due March 1, 2018

Mid April

Application

KIPP North Philadelphia Elementary Academy*

Application is due March 1, 2018

Mid April  

KIPP Philadelphia Charter School*

Application is due March 1, 2018

Mid April

Application

KIPP Philadelphia Elementary Academy*

Application is due March 1, 2018

Mid April

Application

KIPP West Philadelphia Elementary Academy*

Application is due March 1, 2018

Mid April Application

KIPP West Philadelphia Preparatory Charter School*

Application is due March 1, 2017

Mid April

Application

Laboratory Charter School of Communication and Languages*

Application is due March 2, 2018

TBD

Application

Lindley Academy Charter School (formerly known as Birney Preparatory Academy Charter School)*

Applications accepted on a rolling basis.

N/A Application

Mariana Bracetti Academy Charter School*

Application is due March 1, 2018

March 8, 2018

 

Application

Maritime Academy Charter School (Middle and High School Campuses)*

Application is due March 1, 2018

TBD

Application

MaST Community Charter School*

Application is due January 31, 2018

February 27, 2018

Application

MaST Community Charter School II*

Application is due January 31, 2018

March 6, 2018

Application

Mastery Charter Prep Middle School

Families within the neighborhood catchment may register on a rolling basis; registration is first come, first served. Application is due March 1, 2018 for applicants from outside of the catchment zone.

March 9, 2018 for those outside of the catchment zone.

Application

Mastery Charter Schools: Clymer Elementary*

Families within the neighborhood catchment may register on a rolling basis; registration is first come, first served.

N/A

Application

Mastery Charter Schools: Francis D. Pastorius Elementary*

Families within the neighborhood catchment may register on a rolling basis; registration is first come, first served.

N/A

Application

Mastery Charter Schools: Frederick Douglass*

Families within the neighborhood catchment may register on a rolling basis; registration is first come, first served,

N/A

Application

Mastery Charter Schools: Gillespie Elementary*

Families within the neighborhood catchment may register on a rolling basis; registration is first come, first served.

N/A

Application

Mastery Charter Schools: Grover Cleveland Campus*

Families within the neighborhood catchment may register on a rolling basis; registration is first come, first served.

N/A

Application

 

Mastery Charter Schools: Hardy Williams Elementary*

Application deadline is March 1, 2018

March 9, 2018

Application

Mastery Charter Schools: Hardy Williams High*

Application deadline is March 1, 2018

March 9, 2018

Application

Mastery Charter Schools: Harrity Elementary*

Families within the neighborhood catchment may register on a rolling basis; registration is first come, first served.

N/A

Application

Mastery Charter Schools: John Wister*

Families within the neighborhood catchment may register on a rolling basis; registration is first come, first served.

N/A

Application

Mastery Charter Schools: Lenfest Campus*

Application deadline is March 1, 2018

March 9, 2018

Application

Mastery Charter Schools: Mann Elementary*

Families within the neighborhood catchment may register on a rolling basis; registration is first come, first served.

N/A

Application

Mastery Charter Schools: Pickett Campus*

Application deadline is March 1, 2018

March 9, 2018

Application

Mastery Charter Schools: Shoemaker Campus*

Application deadline is March 1, 2018

March 9, 2018

Application

Mastery Charter Schools: Simon Gratz High School*

Applications accepted on a rolling basis and are based on the neighborhood catchment area.  Students living in the catchment area are given priority, but any student within the city of Philadelphia can apply.
 

March 9, 2018 for non-residents

Application

Mastery Charter Schools: Smedley Elementary*

Families within the neighborhood catchment may register on a rolling basis; registration is first come, first served.

N/A

Application

Mastery Charter Schools: Thomas Campus*

Application deadline is March 1, 2018

March 9, 2018

Application

Mastery Charter Schools: Thomas Elementary*

Application deadline is March 1, 2018

March 9, 2018

Application

Mathematics, Civics, and Sciences Charter School of Philadelphia, Inc.

Applications accepted year-round and on a rolling basis.

May 31, 2018

Application

Memphis Street Academy Charter School*

Applications accepted on a rolling basis.

N/A

Application

Multi-Cultural Academy Charter School*

January 31, 2018

February 6, 2018

Application

New Foundations Charter School (K-8 and High School Campuses)*

Application is due February 2, 2018

February 28, 2018

Application

Northwood Academy Charter School*

Application is due February 16, 2018 at 3:00 pm

March 6, 2018

Application

Pan American Academy Charter School*

Application is due March 1, 2018

April 3, 2018

Application

People for People Charter School*

Application is due March 1, 2018

TBD

Application

Philadelphia Academy Charter School

Application is due January 1, 2018

TBD

 

Application

Philadelphia Electrical & Technology Charter High School*

Application is due January 31, 2018

February 1, 2018

Application

Philadelphia Montessori Charter School*

Application is due January 31, 2018

February 28, 2018

Application

Preparatory Charter School of Mathematics, Science, Technology, and Careers*

Application is due March 15, 2018 for incoming 9th grade students. Upper grade applications are accepted without limit and are accepted based on availability. 

TBD

Application

Richard Allen Preparatory Charter School*

Application is due March 1, 2018

TBD

 

Application

Russell Byers Charter School*

Application is due March 1, 2018

TBD

Application

Sankofa Freedom Academy Charter School*

Application is due January 31, 2018

TBD

Application

Southwest Leadership Academy Charter School*

Application is due March 16, 2018

TBD

Online application is not available. Call the school at 215-729-1939 for more details.

String Theory Charter School for the Arts & Sciences (Edmunds Campus)

Application is due January 28, 2018

Interested applicants must reside in the catchment area and submit a current report card, birth certificate and two proofs of address.

N/A

Application

String Theory Charter School: Philadelphia Performing Arts (East & West Campuses)

Application is due January 28, 2018

February 1, 2018

Application

String Theory Charter School: Philadelphia Performing Arts (Vine Street Campus)

Application is due January 28, 2018

February 1, 2018

Application

Tacony Academy Charter School*

Application is due February 2, 2018

TBD

Application

TECH Freire Charter High School*

Application is due January 26, 2018

February 22, 2018

Application

Universal Alcorn Charter School*

Applications accepted on a rolling basis. Child must live within the neighborhood boundaries to be considered for admission.  

N/A

Application

Universal Audenried Charter School*

Applications accepted on a rolling basis. Child must live within the neighborhood boundaries to be considered for admission.  

N/A

Application

Universal Bluford Charter School*

Applications accepted on a rolling basis. Child must live within the neighborhood boundaries to be considered for admission.  

N/A

Application

Universal Creighton Charter School*

Applications accepted on a rolling basis. Child must live within the neighborhood boundaries to be considered for admission.  

N/A

Application

Universal Daroff Charter School*

Applications accepted on a rolling basis. Child must live within the neighborhood boundaries to be considered for admission.  

N/A

Application

Universal Institute Charter School*

Application is due March 1, 2018

TBD

Application

Universal Vare Charter School*

Applications accepted on a rolling basis. Child must live within the neighborhood boundaries to be considered for admission.  

N/A

Application

West Oak Lane Charter School

Application is due April 4, 2018

April 25, 2018

Application

West Philadelphia Achievement Charter Elementary School

Application is due April 1, 2018

TBD

Application

Wissahickon Charter School Awbury Campus*

Application is due March 1, 2018

March 28, 2018

Application

Wissahickon Charter School Fernhill Campus*

Application is due March 1, 2018

March 27, 2018

Application

Young Scholars Charter School*

Application is due January 31, 2018

February 28, 2018

Application

YouthBuild Philadelphia Charter School 

Application due August 31, 2018.


Note: YouthBuild is an alternative school for former dropouts age 18-24. Contact the school for more information.

N/A

Application

*Accepts the Philadelphia Charter School Standard Application

More Information

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