“The mission of the New Foundations Charter School is to provide students with the academic, social and emotional foundations and skills necessary to become high achieving, socially competent stewards of their communities. The founders of the New Foundations Charter School will ensure a commitment to lifelong learning and achievement of all our students by creating an atmosphere of caring that pervades every aspect of school life and promotes attachment to, and responsibility for, all members of our school community.”

  • K-12

    Grades Served

  • January 27, 2020

    Application Deadline

  • Citywide

    Enrollment Type

Academic Highlights

NFCS has incorporated Project Lead the Way in Kindergarten through 12th grade, one of a few districts in PA to have PLTW in K – 12. Our Robotics Team competed in the National Robotics competition in 2015, 2016, and 2018.

Service Learning
NFCS has a nationally recognized award winning Service Learning Program. Students have received grants and scholarships to programs and colleges because of their service learning experiences.

Post -Secondary Preparation
Our teachers and counselors focus on the next step after graduation, dedicating significant time to support student applications to post secondary opportunities. Our counselors support applications for college scholarships, and involve students in a variety of career development activities.

Course Offerings

Health, Physical Education, Algebra I, Algebra II, American Sign Language, Anatomy & Physiology, Biology, Chemistry, Choir, College Essay Writing, Computer Science Essentials (PLTW), Consumer Mathematics, Criminal Justice, Cybersecurity (PLTW), Earth and Space Science, English, Environmental Science, Figure Drawing, Forensics, French, Geometry, Government, Economics, History of Philadelphia, Introduction to American Minority, Introduction to Calculus, Introduction to Contemporary Music, Introduction to Engineering Design (PLTW), Introduction to Film Studies, Introduction to Music Theory, Introduction to Art, Introduction to Film Studies, Introduction to Music, Journalism, Keystone Prep Algebra, Keystone Prep Literature, Life Skills, Mandarin, Marine Biology, Modern Literature: Film and Music, Mythology, Physics, Pre-Calculus, Psychology, Public Speaking & Communications, Sculpture, Sociology, Songwriting, Spanish for Native Speakers, Spanish, Statistics, Technology Applications, US History, World Geography, World History, Honors Algebra, Honors Chemistry, Honors English, Honors Geometry, Honors Physics, Honors Pre-Calculus, Honors Spanish, AP Chemistry, AP Comparative Government and Politics, AP English Language and Composition, AP English Literature

Extracurricular Activities

Audio Visual Club, Volleyball, Tennis, Baseball, Basketball, Cheerleading, Choir, Cross Country, Dance, Debate, Drama, Flag Football, Gay Straight Alliance, Homework Support, Lacrosse, Model United Nations, Newspaper, Orchestra, Robotics, Soccer, Softball, Student Council/Government, Track and Field, Tutoring, Wrestling, Yearbook, Community Gardening, Rock Band, Science 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 | 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.
    2017: Resolved | 2016: 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 | 2017 | 2016 | 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.
    K-8: 2016-20172015-2016 | 2014-2015
    HS: 2016-20172015-2016 | 2014-2015


  • 2000

    Initial Charter

  • 2004

    Charter Renewed

  • 2009

    Charter Renewed

  • 2010

    Charter Amendment: Enrollment Increase

  • 2011

    Charter Amendment: Enrollment Increase and Grade Modification

  • 2012

    Charter Amendment: Enrollment Increase

  • 2014

    Charter Renewed

  • 2019

    Renewal Recommended