Mission

“Wissahickon Charter School’s mission is to provide a community of learning with an environmental focus that stimulates the child’s intellectual, social, and character development.”

  • K-8

    Grades Served

  • January 28, 2019

    Application Deadline

  • Citywide

    Enrollment Type

Academic Highlights

Math
In every grade students complete a daily grapple problem that helps students to learn the computational skills required of mathematicians, and to develop the flexibility of mind to apply the skills and grapple with mathematical thinking in real world situations.

English/Language Arts
WCS uses the Teachers College Reading and Writing Workshop curriculum. Students receive individualized mini-lessons that springboard them into self-directed independent reading/writing activities. Teachers frequently reassess students, recalibrating instruction and assignments to their current reading/writing level in a responsive, data-informed approach.

Science
WCS’ environmental focus brings the classroom outside. We offer students a variety of environmental trips such as day hikes, farm trips, canoeing and backpacking to build students’ competence and confidence in nature.

Character Education
All of our grades support students in building social and emotional skills through our homeroom program and school-wide culture approaches (Responsive Classroom & Developmental Designs). In addition, middle school includes a yearlong course focused on building independence in learning habits.

Course Offerings

Computer, Environmental Science, Library Studies, Physical Education, Visual Arts

Extracurricular Activities

After School Program, Basketball, Choir, Earth Keepers, Honey Helpers, Music, My Daughter’s Kitchen, Poise Girls Club, Recorder Club, Running Club, Spanish Club, Step Team, Student Council/Government, Students Run Philly Style, Wrestling, Yoga Club

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.
    2017 Status: 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
  • 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.
    2016-2017 | 2015-2016 | 2014-2015 | 2013-2014

Timeline

  • 2002

    Initial charter

  • 2007

    Charter renewed

  • 2012

    Charter renewed

  • 2017

    Charter renewed

  • 2022

    Next Renewal Review