About

Academic Program

Center City’s academic program is designed to prepare students for high school, college, and career! Our curriculum and instructional practices are aligned to the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and Mathematics, the Next Generation Science Standards as well as a comprehensive Social Studies program which was designed using the Common Core ELA standards and the College, Career and Civic Life (C3) Framework.

Additionally, we believe in providing the most comprehensive education possible while maintaining the integrity of a small school program. Our students not only participate in the core academic programs of English Language Arts (ELA), Social Studies, Mathematics, and Science, they also engage in Physical Education and Health Education. Other enrichment offerings vary from campus-to-campus, but include visual art, music, dance, Spanish, and drama as a regular part of a student’s schedule.

Using Every Minute of the Day WELL

All Center City PCS students receive daily instruction in reading, writing, mathematics, science, and social studies and engage in weekly physical/health education. Enrichment offerings vary by campus and include music, dance, drama, art, and Spanish. With a longer and more rounded academic day, students are provided with a wealth of opportunities to learn and grow.

Knowing EVERY Child’s Strengths and Areas of Need

Students who need additional support in core content areas are assigned to interventions to improve basic skills if they are struggling and more challenging work if they are advancing through material quickly. Inclusion specialists, English as a Second Language teachers, and interventionists work with children who need extra help in meeting grade-level standards.

Through their own professional learning, Center City educators continuously reflect on the best ways to address the needs of every child in every classroom.

21st Century Learners and Leaders

To prepare our students to serve and lead others in the 21st century, Center City PCS provides students with access to computer labs, Chromebooks, and other technology resources and tools. Students are able to use many of Center City PCS’s supplemental programs both in school and at home. The yearly Capstone Project provides all students, beginning in Pre-Kindergarten, the opportunity to execute a service project, research report, and presentation on an important global issue.

Honoring Academics and Achievement

Center City PCS hosts annual events that require discipline, preparation, and study, including campus-based and system-wide celebrations of learning, musicals, science fairs, art shows, and music and dance performances.


For more detailed information about the curriculum, see our Curriculum

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