The Charter Schools Office (CSO), on behalf of the Board of Education (Board), conducts a comprehensive review of each charter school seeking renewal, and then presents a formal evaluation and renewal report (ACE-R) to the Board.

The comprehensive review and recommendation are based on the Charter School Performance Framework and consider evidence of outcomes-based performance during the current charter term. The CSO’s Charter School Performance Framework incorporates three domains:

  • Academic Success
  • Organizational Compliance and Viability
  • Financial Health and Sustainability

This same Framework guides the CSO’s ongoing monitoring, evaluation, and assessment work. Each Philadelphia brick-and-mortar charter school not in the renewal cohort receives an annual evaluation of its performance against this Framework in the Annual Charter Evaluation.

The Charter School Law primarily allows for renewal of a charter for a period of five years. In limited circumstances, charter schools in Philadelphia may be renewed for one year to allow for evaluation of additional academic performance information.

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

Application and Timeline

Charter schools eligible for renewal in the 2022-23 academic year will follow the timeline below:

  • May 2022 – CSO releases Renewal Application
  • July 20212- Renewal Applications due
  • May 2022 – Spring 2023 – CSO analysis of schools against Charter School Performance Framework
  • Spring 2022 – CSO finalizes and publishes reports

Current charter schools pending nonrenewal/revocation include:

John B. Stetson Charter School
SRC Approved Notice of Nonrenewal on December 14, 2017
Location: 3200 B Street
Grades Served: 5-8; See this link for 2022-23 status updates

Laboratory Charter School of Communication and Languages
Board of Education Approved Notice of Nonrenewal on June 23, 2022
Location: 926 Sedgley Avenue
Grades Served: K-8

Olney Charter High School
SRC Approved Notice of Nonrenewal on December 14, 2017
Location: 100 West Duncannon Avenue
Grades Served: 9-12; See this link for 2022-23 status updates

Southwest Leadership Academy Charter School
Board of Education Approved Notice of Nonrenewal on June 23, 2022
Location: 7101 Paschall Avenue
Grades Served: K-8

Universal Bluford Charter School
Board of Education Approved Notice of Nonrenewal on April 30, 2020
Location: 5720 Media Street
Grades Served: K-6

Universal Daroff Charter School
Board of Education Approved Notice of Nonrenewal on April 30, 2020
Location: 5630 Vine Street
Grades Served: K-8