“The Russell Byers Charter School provides students roots, a safe, stimulating environment with a rigorous academic education grounded in Expeditionary Learning. Our students take responsibility for their learning to become powerful communicators, creative problem solvers and compassionate, engaged citizens. Russell Byers students develop wings to succeed in selective schools and embrace a love for learning.”

  • K-7

    Grades Served

  • January 27, 2020

    Application Deadline

  • Citywide

    Enrollment Type

Academic Highlights

Early Learning
Early learning at RBCS begins with a full-day kindergarten for four-year-olds, one of the few public schools in Philadelphia to do so. As a result, our students are prepared for kindergarten, and socially, emotionally, and intellectually ready to make the most of an RBCS education.

Expeditionary Learning
Expeditionary Learning is an innovative teaching approach based on the guiding principles of the famed outdoor educational program, Outward Bound. EL emphasizes high achievement through hands-on learning, character growth, team work and community service.

The Whole Child
We take joy seriously. Our students learn to explore and embrace new skills. Music, Art, Spanish, Digital Media Literacy, and Physical Education are essential to a well-rounded education and are integrated into the curriculum.

Community Partnerships
RBCS takes full advantage of Philadelphia’s urban resources, using the city as an extension of the classroom. Through these rich partnerships, RBCS offers exciting programs that support our students’ learning experience both in the classroom and in the community.

Course Offerings

Art, Character Development, Choir/Choral Music, Computer, Creative Drawing/Painting, Cultural Arts, Digital Media, Drawing and Painting, Environmental Science, Expeditionary Learning, Fitness, Instrumental Music, Integrated Matematics, Keyboarding, Media Literacy, Music, Painting, Personal Development, Physical Education, Reading, Researching My Community, STEM, Technology, Visual Arts, Writer’s Workshop

Extracurricular Activities

After School Program, Aftercare, Art Club, Ballroom Dancing, Baseball, Basketball, Big Brothers, Big Sisters, Chess Club, Choir, Coding Club, Cooking Club, Homework Support, Latin Dance, Martial Arts, Math Club, Reading Olympics, Science Club, Softball, Spelling Bee Club, Student Council/Government, Theater Club, Violin Club, Visual Arts, Yearbook, Young Playwrights


  • 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 | 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
  • 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


  • 2000

    Initial Charter

  • 2005

    Charter Renewed

  • 2010

    Charter Renewed

  • 2015

    Charter Renewed

  • 2017

    Charter Amendment: Enrollment Increase, New Grades, Temporary Location Added

  • 2020

    Next Renewal Review