Was founded in 1998 with a vision to bring to South Philadelphia a college prep school that had been lacking in the area. The Public tuition free schools in the area were South Philadelphia High School and Furness. Of course, there were parochial schools that charged tuition, but they were not considered college preparatory schools. There were also special admissions schools like GAMP (for music) and CAPA (art). In order to find a true college prep school, you would have to travel out of South Philadelphia for Central, Girls High, and St. Joe’s Prep etc.
At the time, the idea of a Charter Model was not to emulate public education but to innovate and experiment so that public education could learn what worked best and how they could improve and better serve their students. The public school system was not, at the time, working well for parents or students as was evidenced by a twenty-year decline in the tax base. Public schools
were suffering either due to a lack of challenge or growing violence or both. As a result, parents who stayed in the city were sending their children to parochial and private schools regardless of whether they could afford it.
With The Preparatory Charter School of Mathematics, Science, Technology and Careers, students from all over Philadelphia could find both a safe and challenging place to learn. Each child had the opportunity to thrive in a system that pushed them to reach his or potential through a rigorous curriculum, challenging athletics, and career development opportunities. The theory was that the higher you set the bar, the higher each child would reach.
Today, The Preparatory Charter School of Mathematics, Science, Technology and Careers continues to thrive. Our graduating classes average approximately 95% acceptance into college and each year our number of freshman applicants increases. It is our vision to continue promoting a safe and challenging place for students to learn and to prosper as professionals.
Is a tuition-free, college preparatory schooling option for Philadelphia students in grades nine through twelve. Our mission is to promote a nurturing and challenging atmosphere where students will achieve high academic standards and develop essential career skills. We offer full support for English Language Learners,(ELL/ESL) and special education populations.
Will provide a nurturing and challenging atmosphere in which students in grades nine through twelve will acquire the knowledge and experience they need to prepare them to become productive members of society. The Prep Charter High School will simultaneously help its students achieve high academic standards and develop essential career skills while giving them extensive experiences in service to their community. In this way, the Preparatory Charter High School will also serve to strengthen the Philadelphia community by deepening the commitment between the community and its young people.