“General David B. Birney Charter School was founded on the simple principles that a first-rate education is the birthright of every individual, all children can learn, and every child will be challenged to reach his or her full potential. The overarching goals of Birney are to: demonstrate the heights of academic achievement that public school students can routinely attain when the advantages of the charter school governance are coupled with ambitious new academic standards.”

  • K-8

    Grades Served

  • January 27, 2020

    Application Deadline

  • Neighborhood

    Enrollment Type

Academic Highlights

Field Trips and Events
A series of field trips and events are planned with the intention of helping Birney scholars prepare themselves for the future.

Intervention Programming
Scholars are engaged in intervention and enrichment programs which meet them at their level and lead to continued academic success.

Expressive Arts
Our scholars are exposed to various projects that allow them to develop an understanding of the arts and to express themselves creatively.

Course Offerings

ELA, Math, Social Studies, Science, Art, STEM, Physical Education, Music, Intervention Class, Technology

Extracurricular Activities

Aftercare, Baseball, Basketball, Boy Scouts, Cheer (Co-Ed), Choir, Flag Football, Girl Scouts, Kindergarten Club, Level Up Drama Club, Lindley Reporters Media Club, National Honor Society, Roaring Bookworms Club, Soccer, Softball, Student Council/Government, Talent Show, Track, Yearbook, Vetri Cooking 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.
    2019 | 2018 | 2017 | 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.
    2018: Pending | 2017: Resolved
  • 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 | 2017 | 2016 | 2015 | 2014
  • Future Ready PA Index
    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


  • 2011

    Initial Charter

  • 2017

    Charter Renewal Recommended

  • 2017

    Charter Amendment: Name Change

  • 2022

    Next Renewal Review