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Philadelphia Performing Arts: A String Theory Charter School (East & West Campuses)

PHONE: (215) 278-2460 SCHOOL TYPE: Public Charter Citywide GRADES: K-5 ENROLLMENT: 1093

Fast Facts

  • Principal

    Ms. Angela Puleio

  • Phone Number

    (215) 278-2460

  • Website

  • Neighborhood

    South Philadelphia

  • SEPTA Routes

    BSL (Oregon, Snyder), Bus (4)

  • Preschool/Daycare

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  • Application Deadline


  • Tuition

  • Uniform


  • Extended Day

    Before Care;After Care

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To educate each student according to age and development so that learning and growth are united;


To integrate the developing mind and body of the student through academics and the performing arts and sciences;


To ensure each student's excellence in core and academic skills;


To awaken and preserve the spirit of our students through the visual and digital arts, vocal arts, instrumental music, creative writing, classical ballet, foreign language and innovations in the field of science, all intertwined with technology; and


To nourish this spirit and curiosity so that students continue to flourish long after the end of formal training.

Points Of Pride

  • Recognized as a Top 10 Pennsylvania Charter Elementary School, 2021, U.S. News
  • Philadelphia Performing Arts is one of the only K-12 schools in the city of Philadelphia. Students remain enrolled through 12th grade once accepted and do not need to reapply each year.
  • Recognized as a High Academic Growth School on Great Philly Schools
  • The arts immersive curriculum offers every student in Kindergarten through 4th grade additional classes each week in classical ballet, vocal, violin, science lab, visual arts, creative writing, and French. In 5th Grade, students select 2 of these courses (including theatre and digital design) to focus on before selecting a major to pursue from 6th-12th grade.
  • Apple has chosen Philadelphia Performing Arts as one of only 12 schools around the world to be featured on the company's website. (View the video here)
  • Official sized swimming pool on location at the East Campus.

Admissions Policy

The admissions process is conducted through a lottery system. The lottery will take place on February 7, 2024 for the 2024-2025 school year.


The application deadline for the upcoming lottery is January 31, 2024.


Kindergarten applicants must be 5 years old by September 1, 2024 to be eligible to apply for the 2024-2025 school year.


East Campus: K and 1st grade

West Campus: 2nd to 5th grades

(See Vine Street Campus for 6th-12th grades.)


To read and view the admissions policies and guidelines click HERE.

Accreditations and Honors

  1. Philadelphia Performing Arts was awarded the largest Charter in the city of Philadelphia with 2500 students in Kindergarten-12th grade
  2. Philadelphia Performing Arts is an Apple Distinguished School, based on the school's integration of Apple technology into the students' learning experience.
  3. In 2004 and 2009, Performing Arts was the only charter in Philadelphia to be renewed without any recommendations.
  4. In September 2012, the school was awarded a $1.5 million grant from Philadelphia School Partnership for the purpose of duplicating the String Theory model.

Hours of Operation

Sun -
Mon7:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tues7:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wed7:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thur7:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Fri7:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Sat -

Extended Programming Details

Entrance Instructions

Grades K-1 are located in the East Campus building at 2407 South Broad Street. Grades 2-5 are located in the West Campus building at 2600 South Broad Street.