“To educate all students in methods that encourage creativity, support problem solving, and produce life-long learners. We believe that how one learns is as important as what one learns. At Inquiry Charter School, we believe that all students, teachers, and community members are learners.”

  • K-5

    Grades Served

  • January 27, 2020

    Application Deadline

  • Citywide

    Enrollment Type

Academic Highlights

English/Language Arts
We use Readers and Writers Workshop for literacy instruction. This differentiated approach allows children to choose their own books that are on their level to practice and improve their reading skills. This method is both more engaging and more impactful.

The science curriculum is thematic. Each grade has a life science focus and ventures to Fairmount Park for weekly 90 minute science lessons. These lessons are student driven and inquiry based.

Character Education
Our values are curiosity, generosity, and growth. They are celebrated at a weekly school wide meeting. Additionally, we use the Responsive Classroom approach to teaching which emphasizes academic, social, and emotional growth in a strong school community.

Physical Education/Health
Our school values a healthy and active lifestyle. Meals are nutritious. Students have a weekly gym class in addition to 30 minutes of recess in grades 2nd- 4th and 60 minutes in K4 – 1st grade each day.

Course Offerings

Art, Chinese, Environmental Science, Music, Physical Education

Extracurricular Activities

Academic Enrichment, After School Program, Aftercare, Arts & Crafts, Homework Support, Orchestra, STEM Enrichment


  • 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
  • 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.
    2016-2017 | 2015-2016


  • 1998

    Initial Charter

  • 2002

    Charter Renewed

  • 2007

    Charter Renewed

  • 2012

    Charter Renewed

  • 2014

    Charter Amendment: Name Change

  • 2017

    Charter Renewal Recommended

  • 2022

    Next Renewal Review