Mission & Vision Statement

Philadelphia Charters for Excellence (PCE), an alliance of Philadelphia public charter schools, believes that all parents deserve a choice of quality public school options for their children. PCE is committed to providing the highest quality education to our students while adhering to the highest standards of fiscal management and public school governance.


Philadelphia Charters for Excellence's mission is to represent, support, and connect charter schools that commit to transparency and high standards of academic performance, fiscal management, and public governance. We believe in accountability for all public schools: traditional district and charter.

We accomplish our mission by:

  • Creating standards of academic performance, fiscal management, and public governance to which all members adhere.
  • Supporting charter schools to meet PCE's standards by sharing innovations and best practices. We are committed to the continuous improvement of our schools.
  • Representing high quality charter schools in public policy discussions. This includes advocating the expansion of quality charter schools and the application of accountability standards consistently across all schools.


Academic Excellence Standards

PCE schools are mission-driven and strive to create an atmosphere of learning that supports all children, regardless of their circumstance or ability. We believe in common quality standards across district and charter schools. All of our member schools are dedicated to maximizing and publicly sharing the following data for all students and their families:

·         Standardized test scores
·         Academic growth - measured by change in students' individual test scores over time
·         Student retention
·         Student safety
·         Parent satisfaction
·         Graduation rate (High School)
·         College placement program (High School)
·         Average daily attendance

PCE schools aspire to perform as well or better on these metrics than traditional district schools.


Governance Standards

PCE member schools are committed to transparent and responsible decision-making and governance. All members pledge to:
·         Comply with the Conflicts of Interest Policy under the Public Official and Employee Ethics Act and the Pennsylvania Nonprofit Act;
·         Ensure that the CEO and Principal receive an annual evaluation from their Board of Trustees;
·         Ensure that the CEO and Principal are accountable to the Board of Trustees and to the school’s families;
·         Follow the requirement of the Sunshine Law in which discussions & decisions are made in public and with ample information on the location and time of meetings; and
·         Provide the opportunity for public comment at each board meeting.


Fiscal Responsibility Standards

PCE recognizes that charter schools have a fiduciary responsibility to the taxpayers and the whole community. PCE members therefore pledge to:
·         Be transparent when reporting financials including monthly financial statements and an annual 3rd party audit. Regular financial statements including a balance sheet and income statement will be available to all stakeholders.
·         Ensure the prohibition of any form of pecuniary gain by the Board of Trustees or school administrators as a result of decisions made by or for the school.
·         Disclose and require Board approval of all related-party transactions, including hiring of relatives, granting of contracted work to relatives, executive compensation and the ownership/leasing of properties.


Barrier Free Enrollment

PCE members are committed to a student application, lottery and enrollment process that is open to everyone, fair, and easily accessible. This process includes:
·         Readily available applications that require no academic, behavioral or special needs information,
·         An application, lottery and enrollment notification timeline that is clear and implemented consistently
·         A lottery process that is conducted fairly, openly, and in accordance with the charter school law.