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Thank you for your interest in applying for a new charter in Philadelphia. All brick-and-mortar charter schools in Philadelphia are authorized by the School Reform Commission (SRC) of the School District of Philadelphia.  Each academic year represents a new cycle for new charter applications. Per the Charter School Law, the new charter application cycle has a fixed application date of November 15 of the year prior to the year in which a charter applicant seeks to open the new charter school.

The 2017-18 application cycle for new charter schools in Philadelphia is underway.  Please use the links below to access the new charter application materials for the 2017-18 cycle:

Notice of Charter Application Hearings – January 2018

Notice of Charter Application Hearings – December 18, 2017

2017-18 New Charter Application Instructions

2017-18 New Charter Application – Informational Webinar Presentation

Appendix V: Budget Template

For charter schools seeking to open in the 2018–19 school year, the deadline for submitting all applications and supporting materials Charter Schools Office (CSO) was November 15, 2017.  Applications are no longer being accepted.


  • The CSO held three informational meetings for prospective applicants via webinar after the release of the application instructions in September 2017.
  • Letters of intent were due by October 16, 2017.
  • Completed applications and supporting materials were due to the CSO by November 15, 2017.
  • Within 45 days of the application deadline, the SRC will hold a public hearing to review all charter applications.
  • Within 75 days of the first public hearing, the SRC will determine whether to grant or deny each new charter.

Application Requirements

The CSO updates new charter application materials each academic year. Applicant teams seeking to open a new charter school in Philadelphia are encouraged to review both the Charter School Law and prior year’s application guidance and evaluation reports for submitted new charter applications prior to submitting a new charter application. (Please note: The CSO does not review or provide feedback on draft applications.) Once an application is submitted by the due date, it is considered final and will be reviewed as submitted.

2017-18 Applicants

Proposed School NameContact NameProposed LocationGrades Served Year 1Grades Served at ScaleYear 1 EnrollmentYear 2 EnrollmentYear 3 EnrollmentYear 4 EnrollmentYear 5 Enrollment
Antonia Pantoja Preparatory Charter SchoolKathryn McKinley4322 N. 5th St
Philadelphia, PA 19140
K-8 (2018-19)K-8425550675800925
APM Community Charter SchoolDonald Price405 E. Roosevelt Blvd
Philadelphia, PA 19120
K-4 (2018-19)K-8312390468546624
C.B. Community High School, Philadelphia*
Eugenio Maria de Hostos Preparatory Charter SchoolKathryn McKinley6301 N. 2nd St
Philadelphia, PA 19126
K-8 (2018-19)K-8750850850850850
Franklin Towne Charter Middle SchoolPatrick Field 5301 Tacony St
Philadelphia, PA 19137
6-8 (2019-20)6-8450450450450450
Laurus Academy Charter*
Learning Curve Charter School*
MaST Community Charter School*
MaST Community Charter School IIIJohn Swoyer1 Crown Way
Philadelphia, PA 19154
K-4 (2018-19)K-1210001200160020002400
Mastery Charter Elementary SchoolWyneshia Foxworth900 W. Jefferson St
Philadelphia, PA 19122
K-2 (2019-20)K-8175336504588672
Pennsylvania Institute Academy Charter SchoolRonald RavenellNo proposed location as of 12/18/17.9 (2019-20)9-1280160240320320
Philadelphia Hebrew Public Charter SchoolJon Rosenberg3300 Henry Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19129
K-1 (2019-20)K-8156234312390468
Qor Charter SchoolJessica Hasben4290 Penn St
Philadelphia, PA 19124
K-1 (2018-19)K-472120168216312

Last modified: January 4, 2018