Your Community School in Center City

Lenfest is a citywide charter school serving over 580 students and their families in 7th through 12th grade. Students enjoy a strong sense of community and belonging in a safe environment, supported by caring and committed teachers and staff who return year after year. Along with a rigorous academic program, Lenfest students have opportunities for internships, athletics and a variety of after school programs in preparation for high school and postsecondary success.  Every student has a clear path after graduation-whether enrolling in a 4-year university or entering the workforce.





Our School

Lenfest offers an academically rigorous program designed to prepare all students for postsecondary success.

Students develop:

  • Critical thinking skills
  • Problem-solving skills
  • Content Knowledge
  • Independence
  • Leadership skills
  • Grit
  • Resilience

We offer:

  • Several Electives and Varied Courses
    • From introductory to college level
    • AP courses and additional options available for highly motivated students
  • Special Education Programming
    • We serve all students
    • Each students strengths and needs are considered
    • Partner with families each step of the way
  • College and Career Prep
    • Sophomores complete an 18-week internship
    • Seniors participate in college trips, a senior seminar course, get assistance with FAFSA form completion and receive support with the college application process
    • Students graduate prepared with a plan to enter college, the workforce or a pathway of their choice

Lenfest offers a variety of athletic activities and clubs. Lenfest participates as members of the PIAA (Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association) within the District XII Public League. Middle school teams play in a variety of leagues across the city.

Some examples include:

  • Art Club
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Chess Club
  • College and Career Readiness
  • Drill Team
  • Drum Line
  • Football
  • Gay Straight Alliance
  • Glee Club
  • Lacrosse
  • Mural Arts
  • Music
  • National Honor Society
  • Running Club
  • Soccer
  • Step Team
  • Student Council
  • Volleyball
  • Weightlifting
  • Yearbook


Any student living in Philadelphia is eligible to apply for the lottery at Lenfest Campus, however preference is given to current students at Smedley Elementary. The deadline to apply to be included in the lottery is January 27, 2020. If you apply after the deadline, you will be added to our waitlist. The lottery will be held on February 12, 2020.

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