“Giving meaning to the lives of our children in the present while preparing them to become active citizens in a democratic society, the Folk Arts Cultural Treasures Charter School will provide children with an exemplary education that utilizes traditional arts and cultures found within their own and neighboring communities as the catalyst for critical inquiry and community engagement. The Folk Arts Cultural Treasures Charter School will provide children with an education which has high academic standards, is truly community based, incorporates and respects the lives of students and their families, engages students in understanding their own cultures and communities, and engages students in understanding their role as active participants in working for a just society. The Folk Arts Cultural Treasurers Charter School (FACTS) will be a kindergarten through eighth grade elementary school and will serve students of diverse racial, ethnic, linguistic and cultural backgrounds from the City of Philadelphia.”

  • K-8

    Grades Served

  • February 14, 2020

    Application Deadline

  • Citywide

    Enrollment Type

Academic Highlights

Folk Arts
We embody a unique vision of arts-based education centering specifically on folk arts. Folk artists work in our school as artists in residence. They work with teachers and students to teach their craft and to tie folk arts to the curriculum.

English Language Development (ELD)
We describe our ELD program as a flexible program model that is tailored to meet the individual needs of students. We accomplish this through a collaborative teaching model between ELD specialists and content teachers.

Singapore Math
In our math program, FACTS utilizes Singapore Math, the mathematics curriculum used by all schools in Singapore. We are one of a few schools on the east coast utilizing this program. In constructing the math program at FACTS, we looked around the world to find the best curriculum available.

Teacher’s College Reading and Writing Project
FACTS uses TCRWP as our literacy program to provide targeted instruction to students. Students engage in authentic reading and writing and are exposed to various genres. Students learn to be lifelong readers and writers using strategies gained in the Workshop Model.

Course Offerings

In addition to core academic subjects, all students participate in art, music, physical education/health, and Chinese language and culture. Folk Arts Education content and approaches are integrated throughout our curriculum. Visiting artists share their own cultural traditions with students (for example Chinese shadow puppetry, African dance, Liberian storytelling, and Mexican Day of the Dead traditions), and students use the tools of folk arts to explore their own and their neighbors’ communities and traditions. Students in Grades 3-8 can elect to study one of the following folk arts: African Diaspora Drumming, Chinese Opera, Indonesian Dance, Vietnamese Dan Tranh (zither), or Hung Gar Kung Fu/Lion Dance.

Extracurricular Activities

Tutoring, Delphi Dance, Basketball


  • 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.
    2019 | 2018 | 2017 | 2016 | 2015
  • 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.
    2016-20172015-2016 | 2014-2015 | 2013-2014


  • 2005

    Initial Charter

  • 2010

    Charter Renewed

  • 2015

    Charter Renewed

  • 2016

    Charter Amended: Enrollment Increase

  • 2017

    Charter Amended: Enrollment Increase, New Programming

  • 2020

    Renewal Recommended