“The mission of the Ad Prima Charter School is to educate the entire child by providing programs to children that will enable them to become exemplary citizens distinguishable by their excellence in academic performance, social mores worthy of emulation, contagious positive attitude, noticeable high self-esteem, inclination to peaceful conflict resolution, effective communication skills, and commitment to community, brotherhood, and leadership by good example.”

  • K-8

    Grades Served

  • January 27, 2020

    Application Deadline

  • Citywide

    Enrollment Type

Academic Highlights

Ad Prima Signatures
The Ad Prima signatures are a series of skill building exercises that include oral and written reports, projects and daily drills designed to maximize the students reading, and writing and math literacy.

Weekly Goal Sheets
Goal Sheets provide parents with an overview of the weekly expectations for the Ad Prima Student. They outline classroom objectives, homework, tests, and projects. Goal Sheets ensure the lines of communication between teachers and parents are always open.

Parent Partnership Meetings
Parent Partnership meetings are designed to improve student success and academic achievement by providing parents with the opportunity to meet with the teacher on a monthly basis. Each monthly meeting has a primary theme relative to the curriculum, which will provide support to parents in helping their children to succeed in school.

Ad Prima recognizes the importance of STEM Education (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) by providing students with a hands-on approach to learning in order to become deep, innovative thinkers. We allow our students to become critical thinkers through the use of chromebooks, presentations, and educational videos. The students have the ability to work collaboratively to find a solution to a problem they are presented with, whether they use classroom materials to look up background information or use the school chromebooks to provide a rational solution. Students are also provided an interactive approach to learning science and math through the use of Eureka Math and Science Fusion. Ad Prima also acknowledges the need for females to be more involved in engineering career fields and offer a TechGirlz Workshop, which teaches our students an array of topics from creating a blog/website to creating your own video game.

Course Offerings

Ad Prima Charter School offers students in grades K-8, English/Language Art, Math, Science, Social Studies, Spanish, Music, Art and Physical Education.

Extracurricular Activities

Ad Prima School offers Tennis lessons through the Legacy Youth Tennis Organization and Chess lesson through the Delaware Valley Chess Club.


  • Annual Charter Evaluation (ACE)
    Developed annually by the Charter Schools Office (CSO) for all Philadelphia brick-and-mortar charter schools (except those up for renewal), these reports provide information on three main areas of charter school performance: academic success, organizational compliance and viability, and financial health and sustainability.
    2017 | 2016 | 2015
  • Notices
    Notices of Deficiency are issued to schools regarding significant instances of non-compliance or poor performance that may affect student well-being or access. Notices of Deficiency clarify actions schools must take in order to resolve the deficiency.
    2016 Status: Unresolved| 2017 Status: Unresolved
  • Annual Independent Financial Audits
    Financial audits are produced annually by independent auditors for all charter schools in Pennsylvania. All charter schools are required to have an independent financial audit completed every year.
    2018 | 20172016 | 2015 | 2014
  • School Performance Profile (SPP)
    Developed annually by the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE), these reports provide an overview of student academic performance in every Pennsylvania public school, including traditional District schools, charter schools, cyber charter schools, and career and technology centers. 
  • School Progress Report (SPR)
    Developed annually by the School District of Philadelphia (SDP) for all traditional District and charter schools in the city, these reports provide information on schools’ achievement, progress, climate, and, for high schools, college and career readiness.
    2016-2017 | 2015-2016 | 2014-2015 | 2013-2014


  • 2004

    Initial charter

  • 2009

    Charter Renewed

  • 2014

    Charter Renewed

  • 2019

    Renewal Recommended