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Overall
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Philadelphia Academy Charter School (HS)
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Math
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Science
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School Incidents
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Reading
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Attendance
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College Bound
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School Details

  • School TypePublic Charter Citywide
  • Grade Levels9-12
  • Waiting List Size1000+
  • Enrollment452
  • PrincipalMs. Megan Simmons
  • Phone Number215-673-3990
  • SEPTA RoutesBus (1, 14, 67)
  • Address 1700 Tomlinson Road
    Philadelphia, PA 19116
  • NeighborhoodBustleton
  • Fax215-673-3341
  • Application DeadlineJanuary 1st, 2019
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Mission

The mission of the Philadelphia Academy Charter School is to prepare students to achieve the highest level of their potential, academically, socially and morally. Our aim is to create lifelong learners who exercise self-discipline and self-motivation...

The mission of the Philadelphia Academy Charter School is to prepare students to achieve the highest level of their potential, academically, socially and morally. Our aim is to create lifelong learners who exercise self-discipline and self-motivation and attain a high level of human fulfillment. Central to our vision is the notion that we help our students to recognize that their fulfillment is rooted in the care and respect they show to themselves and to others, both within and outside of the school setting. To those ends, we ensure that the school’s faculty and staff are consummate professionals, dedicated to the needs of students and parents. Our certified faculty and staff are required to maintain high expectations and provide creative, rigorous instruction, utilizing state-of-the-art educational tools. At the same time, our faculty and staff commit themselves to modeling for our students a love of learning and a deep level of caring and respect for our students and the members of our community.

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Points of Pride

1. Parental involvement 2. Committed faculty and staff (low/no turnover) 3. State of the art Biotechnology Laboratory and upper level Science elective classes 4. One-to-one Chromebook initiative 5. Robust AP program

1. Parental involvement 2. Committed faculty and staff (low/no turnover) 3. State of the art Biotechnology Laboratory and upper level Science elective classes 4. One-to-one Chromebook initiative 5. Robust AP program

Admissions Policy

We are a lottery-based school. Our application cycle opens annually on October 1st and ends on January 1st.

We are a lottery-based school. Our application cycle opens annually on October 1st and ends on January 1st.

Safety & Culture

Secure buildings and school grounds. Ongoing safety drills. Safe Schools consultant worked with leadership team and presented to staff to ensure best practices. Positive behavior support. Enforced code of conduct.

Secure buildings and school grounds. Ongoing safety drills. Safe Schools consultant worked with leadership team and presented to staff to ensure best practices. Positive behavior support. Enforced code of conduct.

Accreditations & Honors

Charter renewal in 2003, 2008, 2013, and 2018. Cited for excellence by Pennsylvania Department of Education for service to students with special needs (2008, 2010, 2013). Cited for excellence in National Honor Society (2012)

Charter renewal in 2003, 2008, 2013, and 2018. Cited for excellence by Pennsylvania Department of Education for service to students with special needs (2008, 2010, 2013). Cited for excellence in National Honor Society (2012)

School Details & Data

Demographics

Black 7.6%
White 80.3%
Hispanic 7.2%
Asian 2.9%
Other 1.9%

Female & Male Students

Female Students 51%
Male Students 49.1%

Special Education

Special Ed 20.9%

Economically Disadvantaged

Students who are economically disadvantaged 32%

English Language Learners

English Language Learner 0.2%

Students Per Grade

9th Grade Students
127
10th Grade Students
120
11th Grade Students
115
12th Grade Students
90
Total Students
452

School Incidents

Incidents Per 100 Students
0.6

Academics

College Rate

College Rate 67%

AP Class Offerings

  • Biology,
  • Calculus AB,
  • English Literature,
  • Politics,
  • US History,
  • AP Class Other

Activities & Programs

Career & Technical Education (CTE) Programs

  • Computer Systems,
  • Computer Technology,
  • Food,
  • Baking

Arts Programs

  • Instrumental,
  • Theater,
  • Visual Arts,
  • Choir,
  • Other Instrumental,
  • Dance,
  • School Plays,
  • School Musicals,
  • Theater Group,
  • Poetry,
  • Literature,
  • Film,
  • Jazz

Sports Programs

  • Basketball,
  • Soccer,
  • Baseball,
  • Softball,
  • Girls Basketball,
  • Bowling,
  • Golf,
  • Girls Golf,
  • Girls Soccer,
  • Sports Other

Other Sports

A comprehensive middle school sports program that includes boys and girls basketball, boys and girls soccer,boys baseball, girls softball and flag football. The high school participates in the PIAA for Men's and Women's Soccer, Men's and...

A comprehensive middle school sports program that includes boys and girls basketball, boys and girls soccer,boys baseball, girls softball and flag football. The high school participates in the PIAA for Men's and Women's Soccer, Men's and Women's Basketball, Golf, Softball, and Baseball.

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Other Activities

Comprehensive academic tutoring, School newspaper, media arts, drama, SAT preparation, cheer leading, swimming, National Honor Society, community service, full weight room, Salsa dancing, summer programs for academic review, Extended School Year,...

Comprehensive academic tutoring, School newspaper, media arts, drama, SAT preparation, cheer leading, swimming, National Honor Society, community service, full weight room, Salsa dancing, summer programs for academic review, Extended School Year, summer camp and summer enrichment classes, annual art gallery, annual transition dinner, home and school fund raising dinners, home and school fund raising book fairs

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Electives

Robotics, Ecology, Art, Music, Music Technology, General Technology, Media Arts, Culinary, and Digital Photography are offered at the High School. Art, Music, Dance, Technology, PE/Health and Library are offered at the grade school.

Robotics, Ecology, Art, Music, Music Technology, General Technology, Media Arts, Culinary, and Digital Photography are offered at the High School. Art, Music, Dance, Technology, PE/Health and Library are offered at the grade school.

Language Programs

  • French,
  • Spanish,
  • Latin,
  • Additional Languages

Parent Programs

  • Parents Home and School Association,
  • Parents School Advisory,
  • Parents Classroom Volunteers

Parent Involvement

Parent Advisory Council, volunteering in classrooms and lunchroom, chaperoning school trips, assisting in athletic events, assisting with home and school fund raisers

Parent Advisory Council, volunteering in classrooms and lunchroom, chaperoning school trips, assisting in athletic events, assisting with home and school fund raisers

Before and After Care

  • Before Care,
  • After Care,
  • Extended Day,
  • Extended Programming

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