Mission

“Franklin Towne Charter High School is a college preparation program willing to do whatever it takes to provide a warm and encouraging family-like atmosphere for all of our students.”

Academic Highlights

College Preparation
In accordance with our mission statement, Franklin Towne Charter High School’s primary focus is college readiness. As such, the school employs many tools to evaluate and track our student’s college preparation, college acceptance rates, college enrollment, and graduation rates. All of our students participate in a robust post-secondary planning program. Activities are offered at a school-wide and grade specific level. College presentations and/or fairs are regularly offered, and available to students at all grade levels. School-wide career presentations also provide students with necessary information in order to learn about the majors available to them on the post-secondary side. These programs keep college in the forefront of students minds and planning becomes an ongoing process. Programming such as this is offered on an almost weekly basis during the school year.

Advanced Placement and Dual Enrollment Opportunities
FTCHS currently offers eight Advanced Placement courses to students in grades 10-12 with two AP courses offered in each major subject. Additionally, the FTCHS Curriculum Committee is also exploring the addition of other AP offerings for the future. In addition to Advanced Placement courses, four dual enrollment classes are offered on site, by instructors from Holy Family University. These courses are available to our seniors, and allows our students to earn college credit while in high school. In addition to the on-site dual enrollment classes, FTCHS has also established relationships with Manor College and Community College of Philadelphia to allow our students the opportunity to explore off-site dual enrollment classes as well.

Family-like Fun
Established in 2009, the FTCHS Towne Mentors program is perhaps one of the most powerful programs that FTCHS has to offer. Through this program, FTCHS upperclassmen apply, interview and are selected to serve as mentors for our incoming 9th grade students. It is through this program that our 9th grade students are introduced to the daily operation of the Franklin Towne program and are offered the support and guidance that they need to ensure success. When incoming students can turn to other students for guidance, we are giving them more opportunity to build this strong foundation, and therefore positively impacting their future career and educational path. In addition to our Towne Mentors Program, FTCHS also has implemented the Josten’s Renaissance Program. Focusing solely on setting events and opportunities to recognize our students, staff and stakeholders, our Renaissance program ensures that the emotional aspects of daily school life, that is all too often neglected, has a voice and a presence.

Meeting the Needs of All Our Students
No matter the educational need of a student, FTCHS has the ability to provide them with a comprehensive program, and specially designed instruction may be provided in a regular classroom setting or in a pull-out support opportunity. For those students whose needs reach beyond the initial support level, FTCHS offers a continuum of appropriate educational placements. Our main objective is to provide individualized programming that will allow our staff to meet the needs of all our students. As such, FTCHS has been designated as a “Exceptional Charter School” by the National Association of Special Education Teachers for both the 2016-17 and 2017-18 school year.

Course Offerings

AP Biology, AP Calculus AB, AP Chemistry, AP English Language and Composition, AP English Literature and Composition, AP Statistics, AP United States History, AP World History, Anatomy and Physiology, Art, Woodshop, Creative Writing, Criminal Justice, Culinary Arts, Drama, Personal Finance, Forensic Science, French, Physical Education, Computer Science Programming, Psychology, Spanish, Video Production, Photography, Web Design, Computer Graphic Design

Extracurricular Activities

Baseball, Basketball, Best Buddies, Cheerleading, Cooking Club, Cross Country, Debate, Field Hockey, Flag Football, Historical Society, Lacrosse, National Honor Society, Photography Club, Science Club, Soccer, Softball, Student Council/Government, Towne Mentoring, Track and Field, Tutoring, Video Production, Volleyball, Woodshop, Wrestling, Yearbook

Reports

  • 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
  • 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. 
    2016-2017
  • 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

Timeline

  • 2000

    Initial Charter

  • 2004

    Charter Renewed

  • 2009

    Charter Renewed

  • 2014

    Charter Renewed

  • 2019

    Renewal Recommended