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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 Board of Education 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 Special SRC Meeting – February 2018

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 NameStatusEvaluation ReportContact NameProposed LocationGrades Served Year 1Grades Served at ScaleYear 1 EnrollmentYear 5 Enrollment
Antonia Pantoja Preparatory Charter SchoolDeniedEvaluation ReportKathryn McKinley4322 N. 5th St
Philadelphia, PA 19140
K-8 (2018-19)K-8425925
APM Community Charter SchoolDenied**Evaluation ReportDonald Price405 E. Roosevelt Blvd
Philadelphia, PA 19120
K-4 (2018-19)K-8312624
C.B. Community High School, Philadelphia*WithdrawnNA
Eugenio Maria de Hostos Preparatory Charter SchoolDeniedEvaluation ReportKathryn McKinley6301 N. 2nd St
Philadelphia, PA 19120
K-8 (2018-19)K-8750850
Franklin Towne Charter Middle SchoolDenied**Original Evaluation ReportPatrick Field 5301 Tacony St
Philadelphia, PA 19137
6-8 (2019-20)6-8450450
Laurus Academy Charter* WithdrawnNA
Learning Curve Charter School*WithdrawnNA
MaST Community Charter School*WithdrawnNA
MaST Community Charter School IIIApprovedEvaluation ReportJohn Swoyer1 Crown Way
Philadelphia, PA 19154
K-4 (2018-19)K-1210002400
Mastery Charter Elementary SchoolDeniedEvaluation ReportWyneshia Foxworth900 W. Jefferson St
Philadelphia, PA 19122
K-2 (2019-20)K-8175672
Pennsylvania Institute Academy Charter School*WithdrawnNARonald RavenellNo proposed location as of 12/18/17.9 (2019-20)9-1280320
Philadelphia Hebrew Public Charter SchoolDenied**Original Evaluation ReportJon Rosenberg3300 Henry Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19129
K-1 (2019-20)K-8156468
Qor Charter School*WithdrawnNAJessica Hasben4290 Penn St
Philadelphia, PA 19124
K-1 (2018-19)K-472312

*Withdrawn prior to SRC action.

**Applications were denied in February 2018 but have since been revised and resubmitted.  See below.

Revised New Charter Applications

Proposed School:  Franklin Towne Charter Middle School
Resubmission Date:  March 9, 2018

Proposed School:  Philadelphia Hebrew Public Charter School
Resubmission Date:  April 2, 2018

Proposed School:  APM Community Charter School
Resubmission Date:  April 9, 2018

Last modified: July 1, 2018