At New Foundations, our students learn the skills they’ll need to make knowledgeable choices, while creating their own paths throughout their lives.
To encourage our students to be confident and socially-oriented citizens, we integrate the competencies and skills all New Foundations students must learn during their time with us.
At all grade levels, our curriculum intentionally incorporates service-learning, academic understanding, social awareness, and emotional well-being.
By leading with the outcomes we wish for our students, a working group of administrators, teachers, students and parents developed what is best for our students at every level. From this work, the Graduate Profile was born: New Foundations Charter School’s standard of academic understanding, civic engagement, & emotional wellbeing. The Graduate Profile is our compass - guiding all aspects of our work to ensure NFCS students secure a bright future.
The development of a strategic curriculum for New Foundations focuses on ensuring continuity of academic rigor and student growth throughout our K-12 programming.
Based on the outcomes outlined in our Graduate Profile, our K-12 curriculum articulates and implements a vision and system for teaching and learning that is intentionally interdisciplinary and is standards based. No matter the age, gender, race, or capability of a student, the academic experience is designed to be engaging, relevant, community driven, and centered around preparing students for a successful post secondary path.
During their high school career, students begin to hone in on the many possible paths after graduation and begin to discover what might be right for them. The variety of elective courses offered at New Foundations - such as Marine Biology and Introduction to Education - is one way in which students explore subjects they are interested in at deeper levels. Special programs, including Project Lead the Way, offer a hands-on approach to the STEAM fields. Additionally, our Dual Enrollment partnership with Holy Family University, Manor College, and the Community College of Philadelphia give eligible seniors the opportunity to not only earn credits for their college career, but to get a taste of what to expect in higher education. It is our privilege to support our students and families with the opportunities necessary for all to succeed.
“Whether it's teaching institutional and procedural content, how to intelligently and civilly engage with current events and controversial issues, or exploring the various methods of meaningful participation, the goal is to prepare students to be proactive members of democratic society and to make intelligent choices that better their own lives as well as their community.”
Megan Donnelly, High School Government & Economics Teacher
"Learning a second language gives students the opportunity to explore and connect beyond what they already know or think they know about a community and culture while enriching their lives along the way. Learning a second language gives students the opportunity to connect with more people, and helps them embrace new ideas and perspectives."
Mercedes Ureña Durán, High School Spanish Teacher & Language Department Head
“Regardless of what we are teaching, it is important to keep expectations high in the classroom and to also challenge students to reflect on their previously held beliefs so that they can grow as pupils as well as become more productive and active citizens in their communities and in their country.”
Dante Rufo, High School Social Studies Teacher
Cultivating a multidisciplinary framework for academic zeal.
Creating an environment to build lasting friendships and partnerships.
Developing character of citizenship, action and awareness.
Exploring interests through hands-on opportunities.