To improve the quality, clarity, transparency, and consistency of its authorizing process, the School Reform Commission implemented the Authorizing Quality Initiative (AQI) in 2012.

The initiative, which developed standards for both new and existing charters, is guided by three principles:

  • High accountability for charter schools
  • Upholding of charter autonomy
  • Protection of student rights and the public interest

In 2014, as part of the AQI, the Charter Schools Office (CSO) created the Charter School Performance Framework, which provides the basis for Annual Charter Evaluations and Renewal Recommendation Reports.

In 2018, the CSO released an updated Charter School Performance Framework, based on charter sector feedback, research, and national standards for charter authorizing.

Annual Charter Evaluations

Annual Charter Evaluations (ACE) were developed in 2016 to provide interim school evaluations for years between initial charter approval and first charter renewal as well as between charter renewals thereafter. These reports are produced annually by the CSO for all charter schools (except those up for renewal that receive a Renewal Recommendation Report) and provide information on the three main areas of the Charter School Performance Framework: academic success, organizational compliance and viability, and financial health and sustainability. The ACE also provides student-subgroup information to assess a charter school’s academic performance by grade level, gender, race/ethnicity, and historically underserved categories. The 2017 ACE template has been translated into Albanian, Arabic, Spanish, ChineseKhmer, Russian, and Vietnamese. A version in French is being translated.

The Charter Schools Office (CSO) issues Notices of Concern and Deficiency 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.

Business rules for academic calculations align with the District Performance Office’s business rules (viewed here) with supplemental rules outlined here.

2017 ACEs are found below; 2015 and 2016 ACEs are found on school-specific pages. 

Ad Prima Charter School
Alliance For Progress Charter School
Aspira Charter School at Olney
Aspira Charter School at Stetson
Belmont Charter School
Boys Latin of Philadelphia Charter School
Community Academy of Philadelphia Charter School
Eastern University Academy Charter School
Esperanza Academy Charter School
First Philadelphia Preparatory Charter School
Folk Arts-Cultural Treasures Charter School
Franklin Towne Charter Elementary School
Franklin Towne Charter High School
Frederick Douglass Mastery Charter School
General David B. Birney Charter School
Global Leadership Academy at Huey
Global Leadership Academy Charter School
Green Woods Charter School
Harambee Institute of Science and Technology Charter School
Independence Charter School
Independence Charter School West
Inquiry Charter School
Keystone Academy Charter School
Khepera Charter School
KIPP Philadelphia Charter School
KIPP West Philadelphia Charter School
KIPP West Philadelphia Preparatory Charter School
Laboratory Charter School of Communication and Languages
Mariana Bracetti Academy Charter School
MaST Community Charter School II
Mastery Charter School at Cleveland
Mastery Charter School at Clymer
Mastery Charter School at Gratz
Mastery Charter School at Harrity
Mastery Charter School at Lenfest Campus
Mastery Charter School at Mann
Mastery Charter School at Pickett Campus
Mastery Charter School at Shoemaker Campus
Mastery Charter School at Smedley
Mastery Charter School at Thomas Campus
Mastery Charter School at Wister
Memphis Street Academy Charter School at J.P. Jones
Multicultural Academy Charter School
New Foundations Charter School
Northwood Academy Charter School
People for People Charter School
Philadelphia Electrical and Technology Charter School
Philadelphia Montessori Charter School
Philadelphia Performing Arts – A String Theory Charter School
Preparatory Charter School of Mathematics, Science, Technology and Careers
Richard Allen Preparatory Charter School
Russell Byers Charter School
Sankofa Freedom Academy Charter School
Southwest Leadership Academy Charter School
Tacony Academy Charter School
TECH Freire Charter School
The Philadelphia Charter School for Arts and Sciences
Universal Charter School at Audenried
Universal Charter School at Bluford
Universal Charter School at Creighton
Universal Charter School at Daroff
Universal Charter School at Vare
West Oak Lane Charter School
West Philadelphia Achievement Charter School
Wissahickon Charter School
YouthBuild Philadelphia Charter School