Mission

“Keystone Academy Charter School aims to provide Philadelphia students with a rigorous academic program using a concentrated science and mathematics curriculum that employs the use of integrated technology. The mission of the charter school is to embrace strategies that support its elementary science program. These approaches can be divided into four major areas: 1) science curriculum development; 2) staff development and empowerment; 3) assessment development; and 4) materials and resource management and coordination. .”

  • K-8

    Grades Served

  • February 28, 2019

    Application Deadline

  • Citywide

    Enrollment Type

Academic Highlights

Infusion of Technology into Curruiculum
All classrooms are outfitted with Smart Boards and student laptops. Students have access to a computer lab and mobile laptop stations. Online components are utilized across the curriculum.

The Idea Box
The Idea Box was established as a makerspace for all students. Instruction in this domain provides students with an opportunity to research, plan, design and create projects related to themes of study.

The Arts
KACS offers students a well rounded education which includes weekly instruction in art and music. Instrumental music has been enhanced to incorporate instruction in ukulele and recorder; art instruction employs the use of a wide variety of media.

Service Learning
KACS prides itself on the ongoing community service efforts of the students and school staff. These activities are being linked to the educational program creating opportunities for service learning.

Course Offerings

Reading, Writing, Math, Science, Social Studies, Handwriting, Grammar, Spelling, Vocabulary, Language Arts Enrichment, Art, Music, P.E., Computers and The Idea Box.

Extracurricular Activities

National Junior Honor Society, School Musical, Book Club, Chess, Art, School Store, Intramural Sports, Glee Club and Dance.

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.
    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 | 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 | 2013-2014

Timeline

  • 2007

    Initial Charter

  • 2012

    Charter Renewed

  • 2017

    Charter Amendment: Changed Location

  • 2017

    Charter Renewal Recommended

  • 2022

    Next Renewal Review