Goal 1: Quakerism

Deepen our identity and actions as a Friends school — and our students' understanding of Quaker values — to prepare our graduates to live lives that make a difference.

Strategies

The centrality of "that of God" in each person and of Meeting for Worship will continue to ground our community and relationships, just as reflection and the habit of silence will continue to nurture learning and spiritual well-being. Quaker practice can guide us to plan for a healthy balance for students, teachers and staff in the school schedule and curriculum.

We will integrate service learning into the curriculum, pre-K to 12, and, as a private school with a public mission, create a Center for Public Purpose, a place where our students and the wider community can advance issues of equity, social justice and peace.

And we will:

  • Model and teach integrity, truth-telling, conflict resolution and ethical choices.
  • Achieve a diversity of people, including an increased presence of Quakers.
  • Prioritize environmental stewardship in the daily life of the school and in long-range decisions about building and remodeling projects.
  • Seek opportunities for collaborations that enhance global competency through a commitment to Philadelphia and the world.

Implementation Examples

Center for Public Purpose

As a private school with a public mission, and building on our Service Learning program, in 2013 we created a Center for Public Purpose to advance issues of equity, social justice and peace.

Friends Lobbying in DC

A cross-divisional group of students took their learning beyond the walls of the classroom and Capitol Hill to lobby Congress about mass incarceration.

Sparkmakers

The Center for Public Purpose takes PC students to neighborhood schools to teach STEAM, reinforcing their learning outside the classroom and deepening what it means to live lives that make a difference.

Middle School Advisory

Students and Director of Middle School Wilson Felter explain the goals and impact of the new Middle School Advisory curriculum.

Teaching & Learning Center

The TLC promotes excellence in teaching by providing faculty with accessible and meaningful professional development on our own campus.
Our plan for Penn Charter's future is organized around six goals, each with a set of strategies.


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