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Welcome to the Charter Schools Office

The Charter Schools Office (CSO) helps families make informed decisions about their charter school choices. The CSO also monitors performance and promotes high standards in Philadelphia’s charter schools while preserving charter school autonomy and protecting the rights of students and families.

During the 2017–18 school year, 84 brick-and-mortar charter schools in Philadelphia serve approximately 70,000 students. Click below for information about each charter school.

For Cyber Charter Schools, contact the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s Charter Schools Office here.


The work and staff of the Charter Schools Office.


Initiatives to bring quality education to all children in Philadelphia.


Profiles of Philadelphia’s charter schools.

Parent Portal

Resources and materials for parents and guardians.

New Charter Schools

How to apply as a new charter school operator.

Annual Evaluation

Ongoing reviews of academic, organizational, and financial performance.


Changes to charters, and how to make them.


The process to renew a charter.

Our Mission

To assist the School Reform Commission and The School District of Philadelphia in meeting their legislative obligations under Act 22 of 1997 and to promote accountability by exercising oversight for educationally sound and fiscally responsible charter schools as a means of improving academic achievement and strengthening school choice options in the School District.

Our Vision

To create a service-oriented environment that enables the School District to support charter schools while ensuring their accountability.

Last modified: October 1, 2018