Founded by Sheryl Perzel and Paul Stadelberger, New Foundations Charter School opened in 2000. Twenty years later, New Foundations is a prominent fixture in Northeast Philadelphia, as a leader in academic excellence, social-emotional awareness, and community engagement.
The below History of NFCS highlights our roots, our journey, and our commitment to fulfilling the mission laid out by our founders.
The charter school application for New Foundations is approved by the School District of Philadelphia.
New Foundations Charter School opens its doors for the first time in northeast Philadelphia to 353 K-8 students and 21 faculty, staff and administrators on September 6th.
8001 Torresdale Ave - an old Super Fresh Supermarket - is purchased and quickly retrofitted and renovated. Enrollment increases to 410 students.
A new addition provides space for more classrooms, special education classroom, library, science laboratory, administrative offices, multipurpose room, and gym.
New Foundations students achieve the Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) standard, and exceed all of the goals set by the PA Department of Education and the No Child Left Behind Law (NCLB).
New Foundations students and teachers make AYP for the third consecutive year, and score 15-20 points above the NCLB standards.
A three-story addition allows for further growth in grades K-3, now with three classrooms each. Students succeed meeting AYP yet again, scoring 15-30 points above the NCLB standards.
NFCS receives the Service-Learning School of Success award from the Education Commission of the States.
Celebrating 10-years, NFCS welcomes 150 9th graders into the newly established high school! The total school population grows to nearly 800.
Students score 78.2% proficient or advanced in Reading and 91.3% proficient or advanced in Math - 15-30 points above standards.
High school students and staff find a home in their brand new, state-of-the-art facility at 4850 Rhawn Street.
Celebrating 10-years of partnership with the National Youth Leadership Council providing service projects and presentations at the annual National Service-Learning Conference.
NFCS promotes the first class of 12th grade graduates.
Student enrollment now exceeds 1450.
School founder and CEO, Paul Stadelberger, retires and welcomes Ron Brady as his successor. New Foundations engages with students, staff and community members to evaluate strengths and areas for growth, which produces a 5-year Strategic Plan detailing the goals and direction of the school for the future.
Every New Foundations student participates in a school-coordinated service-learning experience, impacting thousands of beneficiaries.
In the face of a global pandemic, New Foundations was one of the first schools in Philadelphia to quickly and efficiently transition students and staff from on campus learning to remote learning, maintaining their commitment to safety, academic rigor, community and social awareness.
This year marks 20 years of New Foundations providing students with the academic, social, and emotional foundations and skills necessary to be high achieving, socially competent stewards of their communities.