SOSNA is a dedicated partner with all the schools in the neighborhood.  The vitality of our local schools is as integral to the long-term vitality of this neighborhood as any one element of the urban fabric.  We encourage all neighbors to learn more about them, volunteer there, send your children there, and be robust community partners with them.

There are two K-8 public schools within the SOSNA borders, Chester A. Arthur and Edwin M. Stanton, and two charter schools, Independence Charter School and Universal Institute Charter School.

Chester A. Arthur
Located at the corner of 20th and Catharine Streets, Arthur’s catchment draws students from the Schuykill River on the west to 19th Street on the east and Bainbridge Street and Washington Avenue on the north and south. Arthur is a feeder school for Audenreid Senior High School at 3301 Tasker Street.

Edwin M. Stanton
Stanton is located at the corner of 17th and Christian Streets. The boundary lines for the catchment are drawn from Bainbridge on the north to Broad Street, south to Federal Street, west to Ellsworth, north to Christian, over to 19th and back up to Bainbridge. The Stanton catchment feeds into South Philadelphia High School, which is located at 2101 South Broad Street.

Universal Institute Charter School
The mission of the Universal Institute Charter School is to provide a School to Career academic program that emphasizes self-sufficiency, civic responsibility and problem solving through mathematics, language arts and the sciences. As with other charter schools admission is based on a lottery that takes place in February of each year.

Independence Charter School
Independence Charter School (ICS) has an enrollment of more than 730 students and is located at 16th and Lombard Streets. Students are admitted through a lottery system that takes place in the fall each year and the school does not charge tuition or any application fee. As a public school, ICS is open to all Pennsylvania students, with priority given to Philadelphia residents and siblings of current ICS students.

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