Antonia Pantoja Charter School

Antonia Pantoja Charter School • Opened in 2008 with full enrollment in all 9 grades; grades K-8; 700 students • Technology-rich learning environment • 95% student attendance; 98% student retention; 94% teacher retention • 3 consecutive years of achieving Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) • 2011 School Performance Index (SPI) score of 2 out of 10 (1 is the top score for exemplary performance)   2015-2016 First Days of School:
  • Students in grades 1-8: Monday, August 29, 2016 at 8:00 a.m.
  • Kindergarten girls: Tuesday, August 30, 2016 at 7:55 a.m. 
  • Kindergarten boys: Wednesday, August 31, 2016 at 7:55 a.m. **These times indicate the start of instructional time. Please see breakfast schedule.
  Sandra Gonzalez, School Principal Antonia Pantoja Charter School, School Principal     2016-2017 Letter from the Principal: Dear Families: Welcome to the 2016-2017 school year! We are looking forward to a productive partnership with you to ensure your child can achieve his/her highest potential.  As partners, we share the responsibility for our children’s success and we want you to know that we will do our very best to carry out our responsibilities. We ask that you guide and support your child’s learning by ensuring that he/she:
  1. Attends school every day and on time.
  2. Completes all homework assignments given by teachers.
  3. Reads daily at home to develop a love for reading and to improve literacy skills.
Please note the following information and expectations for a great and successful school year:
  • This letter is accompanied with a sticker with your child’s homeroom section. We ask all students to wear the sticker on the first day of school.
  • The first day of school is Monday, August 29, 2016 for all students in grades 1-8 at 8:00am. They will dismiss at Students are expected to report to school on time and in full uniform according to our school policy.
  • The first day of school for GIRLS in Kindergarten is Tuesday, August 30, 2016 at 7:55am.
  • The first day of school for BOYS in Kindergarten is Wednesday, August 31, 2016 at 7:55am.
  Please review the new breakfast schedule attached.  
  • Kindergarten students should bring supplies to school on September 1, 2016.
  • As a reminder, all students are expected to submit their summer task on September 5, 2016. This counts as your child’s first grade! Be sure to have it ready and on time.
  • Please submit your child/children’s health form by the first week of school. We encourage you to use the remainder of the summer vacation to get all physical and dental forms completed!
  • The $50 activity fee is now due! Please send all monies to the front office.
    In closing, please enjoy the remaining days of summer. We look forward to seeing many new and familiar faces at our Back to School activity on September 7, 2016 at 4pm.  This year we will be going GREEN and will not be sending home many reminders or flyers, therefore, feel free to visit our website at and our Facebook page Antonia Pantoja Charter School on a daily or minimally weekly basis. Sincerely, Ms. Gonzalez                                                              Mr. Garcia Principal                                                                       Assistant Principal   Carta del Director 2016-2017: Estimadas Familias: ¡Bienvenidos al año escolar 2016-2017!  Esperamos que nuestra colaboración sea productiva para así lograr que su niño/a desarrolle su mayor potencial.  Como colaboradores compartimos la responsabilidad del éxito de nuestros niños  y haremos nuestro mayor esfuerzo para cumplir con nuestras responsabilidades.  Les pedimos que guíen  y apoyen a su niño /a para que:
  1. Asista a la escuela todos los días y a tiempo.
  2. Complete todas sus tareas.
  3. Lea diariamente en su casa para que desarrolle amor por la lectura y que mejore sus destrezas de
Por favor note lo siguiente para que estén al tanto de nuestras expectativas para que tengamos un año exitoso:
  • En esta carta le incluimos una etiqueta adhesiva con la sección de su niño/a.  Péguelo sobre el uniforme el primer día de clases.
  • El primer día de clases para los grados 1 al 8 es el lunes, 29 de agosto.  Esperamos que los estudiantes lleguen a tiempo y con su uniforme completo, de acuerdo a las reglas de nuestra escuela.
  • El primer día de clases para las NIÑAS de Kindergarten es el martes, 30 de agosto, 2016.
  • El primer día de clases para los NIÑOS de Kindergarten es el miércoles, 31 de agosto, 2016.
  Favor de revisar el horario nuevo de desayuno.  
  • Los estudiantes de Kindergarten deberán traer sus materiales escolares el jueves, 31 de agosto.
  • Cada estudiante debe entregar su paquete de verano el 5 de septiembre.
  • Si no ha traído los formularios de exámenes físico y dental, por favor envíelos la primera semana de clases. Favor de usar el resto de las vacaciones para asegurarse de que los formularios de los exámenes físicos y dentales estén completos.
  • Ya debe haber pagado la cuota de actividades de $50.00 para este año escolar. Favor de hacer su pago a la oficina.
  ¡Disfruten de lo que queda del verano! Esperamos verlos a todos el 7 de septiembre a las 4pm para la actividad de padres “Regreso a la Escuela”. Favor de visitarnos diariamente o cada semana en el internet y en  Facebook Antonia Pantoja Charter School para información sobre lo que ocurre en la escuela. Atentamente, Sandra Gonzalez                                                                                      Luis Garcia Principal                                                                                                      Asistente de la Principal   Principal’s Bio After receiving a Bachelor’s Degree in Education from Chestnut Hill College, Sandra Gonzalez went on to teach at Eugenio Maria de Hostos Charter School for nine years — during which time she obtained a Master’s Degree from Gwynedd Mercy University. She served Antonia Pantoja Charter School as assistant principal from 2008 to 2010 before becoming school principal. She is also currently pursuing a Doctorate in Education from Holy Family University and raising a 5-year old daughter named Isabella. Enrollment Information Due to a high demand for enrollment and limited space, Pantoja uses a lottery system to randomly select eligible students for acceptance. All students living in Philadelphia are welcome to enter the online lottery from now until the end of February 2017. Parents are notified later in march as to their student’s application status.  Lottery for the 2017-2018 school year has closed   Daily Schedules – 2016-2017 School Year Pantoja Schedules-Pg1Pantoja Schedules-Pg2              

Click here to download the Pantoja Arts Department Newsletter – 8/30/16

  Click here to download the Pantoja Charter Professional Development Brochure for 2016  

School Documents and Public Information

Click here to view the list of Requested Documents for Enrollment for Antonia Pantoja Charter School

  Parent Involvement Policy School-Parent Compact  Equity Plan     2016-2017 School Supply List: Pantoja School Supply List – 2016-2017   From the ELL/ESL Department:  Click the links below to download Pantoja’s English as a Second Language Newsletter in English or Spanish!     Contact Info 4101 N. American Street Philadelphia, PA 19140 (p) 215.329.2733 (f) 215.329.2433