George Lucas Educational Foundation

Schools That Work

Philadelphia Performing Arts Charter School (A String Theory School)

Charter, Urban
Grades K-12
Philadelphia, PA
STEM

A School Rooted in Real-World Learning

A Philadelphia K–12 school focuses on arts and sciences to foster students’ passions and prepare them for college and careers.

James Baldwin
  • Inquiry-Based Learning

    Local Issues Make Science Learning Meaningful

    Students use scientific inquiry to investigate real-world issues facing their community.
  • Career and Technical Education

    Running a Business in School

    Students learn skills like maintaining inventory, marketing, and scheduling while working in a cafe as part of a business class.
  • Personal Learning Network

    60-Second Strategy: Stand-Up Meetings

    Having staff stand for meetings keeps them quick—15 minutes, max—and efficient.
  • Interest-Based Learning

    Nurturing Student Creativity and Passion

    At Philadelphia Performing Arts Charter School, real-world learning and majors in the arts and sciences encourage all students to flourish.