“Our mission is to teach disciplined learners and to empower them to grow and serve in their community, in college and beyond.”

  • K-4

    Grades Served

  • January 27, 2020

    Application Deadline

Academic Highlights

Instructional Focus
The focus of our DRCS community is college preparatory, preparing students for success at a selective institution. At DRCS, we accelerate student achievement by accelerating teacher skill growth. Compared to other schools, we focus more time and energy on supporting and building our teachers to guarantee that every classroom is a highly effective one. Classrooms will empower students to uncover their unique gifts and talents, and discover opportunities for impact & change.

Core Values

We are deeply rooted in our core values: practice, service, and purpose.

Practice: Each and every individual in our school community, from student to leadership, will engage in deliberate practice, and value this as the path to excellence.
Service: Our service-learning model will be discipline based; it will require students to have a presence in the community, and reflect on their experiences regularly.
Purpose: We want to empower our students to uncover their unique gifts and talents, and apply them towards an outward purpose about which they are passionate.

School Day & Year
We operate on an extended school day and school year.

Course Offerings

ELA Literacy, Visual Arts, Martial Arts, Math, Writing, Social Studies, Science

Extracurricular Activities

After School Programming


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.

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.

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.

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.


  • 2018

    Initial Charter