Goal 5: Space

Develop and repurpose space to serve the changing needs of the Penn Charter Program and mission.


A 21st century curriculum will require a reconsideration of the Penn Charter campus.

The Strategic Vision calls for a state-of-the-art Lower School. And beyond that?

We are blessed with a 47-acre, green campus in one of the largest cities in the country. The campus offers obvious advantages, including acres of playing fields, and hidden treasures such as the wetlands on the Strawbridge campus. We will develop and repurpose space to fit the needs of a dynamic new curriculum.

And we will:

  • Develop a facilities plan that supports our educational program and is fully integrated with the implementation plan for our Strategic Vision.
  • Create an environmental plan that fosters environmental stewardship and develops systems and processes to ensure all decisions are evaluated in light of their environmental impact, with consideration of affordable and sustainable alternatives.
  • Expand educational opportunities beyond the is 44-acre campus to include off-site learning with academic, cultural and corporate institutions in metropolitan Philadelphia.

    Spaces Update and Architectural Drawings

Implementation Examples

Lower School

The Strategic Vision called for the construction of a state-of-the-art Lower School. Between 2013 and 2017, the planning for that new facility progressed through a visioning stage, the master plan for the campus, and the quiet phase of a capital campaign. The planned location and the architectural drawings for the new Lower School were shared on Oct. 20, 2017, at the public opening of the capital campaign that will fund the Lower School, among other priorities.

Campus Master Plan

We have completed a campus master plan that supports both the Strategic Vision and the needs of our educational program.

The plan includes a new state-of-the art Lower School and more efficiently utilizes PC’s 47-acre campus.

Composting and Garden Beds

To help make recycling and composting easier for our students, we redesigned and clearly labeled the dining hall dish area to promote these habits.

Plans are being made for summer construction of raised garden beds at Timmons House to enhance learning about environmental science, botany and environmental sustainability by growing herbs and vegetables that will be tended by our students and used in the dining hall.


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.

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.

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.




Prefer it in print? View and download this 24-page publication that explains the six goals of the Strategic Vision, the strategies to support those goals, and the themes and issues that inspired the Strategic Vision.

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