The Charter High School for Architecture + Design is a learning community committed to an innovative program integrating the design process with the mastery of a strong liberal arts education. The school offers each student the opportunity for success and the preparation for life-long learning and responsible citizenship.  CHAD is a thoughtful academic environment that engenders love of learning, intellectual curiosity, and new ways of seeing, and prepares students for higher education.

Save my Charter

from the Head of School

We need our community, especially parents, to be aware of proposed state legislation and projected reductions in our local school district that could be seriously harmful to CHAD.

If this goes through, it would result in a 24% cut in funding for charter schools over the next three to six years.

Please become informed and contact your elected representatives!

Peter Kountz, PhD

School Profile

CHAD is a four year, tuition-free, public independent school:

  • 585 students — grades nine through twelve
  • Founded by American Institute of Architects, Philadelphia Chapter
  • Located a half-block from Independence Hall in historic Center City
  • Graduation requirements that exceed state standards