Academic Village

Closer Than Ever. 

Penn Charter's singular investment of time, resources and attention to the How Far? campaign is paying off. 

The Academic Village will unite all three divisions in a vibrant, pedestrian-friendly learning community. It will foster inquiry, provoke insight and stoke curiosity in every learner. 

The connected campus will help evolve our educational program and advance the professional practice of teachers, and will provide spaces that foster innovation, collaboration and creativity.


The Academic Village

a simple map of Penn Charter campus showing future lower school
Our vision for campus transformation combines the three divisions in a vibrant Academic Village — a vibrant learning community. We are not done until we achieve that.Darryl J. Ford Hon. 1689 Head of School
We are so close to realizing our vision of a campus transformation. Christine angelakis P '11. '13, '18Trustee and Co-Chair of How Far?

In this final year of the How Far? campaign, Penn Charter needs to raise cash for buildings. The campaign has met fundraising goals for curricular innovation, the Annual Fund, financial aid, teacher support and bequests. So the two major capital projects—the Graham and the lower school—are the fundraising priorities.

“These capital projects secure the future of our school,” Reinhold said. “We need more gifts.”

Penn Charter’s 2013 Strategic Vision identified the need for a lower school facility that supports innovative teaching and what neuroscience has taught us about the way children learn. Imagining how that new facility could fit into PC’s campus launched a visionary master plan to transform the campus to meet the needs of the school far into the 21st century.

The plan realigns athletics facilities on the eastern side of campus, from the scoreboard on Maguire Field across School House Lane to the Strawbridge Campus. On the other side, the plan calls for the Lower, Middle and Upper Schools to unite in a green, pedestrian-oriented Academic Village.

“Our vision for a campus transformation combines the three divisions in a vibrant Academic Village—a vibrant learning community,” said Head of School Darryl J. Ford. “We are not done until we achieve that.”

Creating the Academic Village

How Far Can We See? We Will Do This

Penn Charter’s Overseers reached consensus in October on a plan to propel Penn Charter forward with a campus transformation that will shape the school for decades.