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Pre-K – Grade 5

Inquiry Charter School

At Inquiry, we believe that how children learn is as important as what they learn. Our methods encourage creativity, support problem solving, and produce life-long learners.


Our methods encourage creativity, support problem solving, and produce life-long learners.

We emphasize individual and exploratory learning through our outdoor classroom model for science, visits to such places as Fairmount Park and the Academy of Natural Sciences as well as unique on-campus experiences.

Inquiry Charter School ranked in the top 20% of all elementary schools in Philadelphia. The school is also designated as a model school in K-2 reading proficiency.* Inquiry serves students from across the city of Philadelphia. Interested families can apply online or contact us for an application and tour.

Leadership Team


Claire Cohen


Amy Sherman


A Day in the Life at Inquiry Charter School

Our methods encourage creativity, support problem solving, and produce life-long learners.

Mornings at Inquiry


Each day, every class has a morning meeting where we learn about each other and have fun preparing for the day ahead.


This also helps us to build strong relationships among friends and between each teacher and student.

In the Classroom


Instruction is tailored to meet the individual needs of the students. Children are instructed at their own level to encourage their individual growth.


Eureka Math², Fishtank Learning, Fundations are some of our curricular choices.

A Healthy Lifestyle


We believe that recess plays a super important role in student learning. Physical activity optimizes learning and creates creative, social and emotional growth for our students.


We offer healthy meal choices for breakfast, lunch and snack.

School Spirit


Every Friday, our whole school gathers to celebrate our school spirit and cultivate our values of curiosity, generosity and growth.


At Inquiry, each grade band has a specific scientific theme where their curriculum dives into a core area of interest for students.

Outdoor Classroom


We explore the pond at Fairmount Park as part of our environmental education focus. The pond is our outdoor classroom.


All classrooms have makerspace materials, including Lego robotics, 3D Printers and engineering building materials.

After School


Many of the students stay after school for extended learning and fun.


Programs include art, music, science, and sports.

Parents as Partners


At Inquiry Charter School, the school staff welcome parent communication and questions. We utilize a tool called Parent Square in order to keep families connected with the happenings during the school day.


Families are our partners, we work to break the wall between school and home by showcasing our student’s work for their families. Whether during or after school, we create opportunities for our families to build connections with each other, their children and our school staff.