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GROWING THE NEXT GENERATION OF CREATIVE LEADERS

As a nonprofit education design and management organization, we are committed to bringing the arts to the children of Philadelphia.

Our first school opened in the Fall of 2000 with the goal of offering students an arts immersive curriculum that would allow them to thrive academically and artistically. After a successful twelve years of growth, String Theory Schools was created to bring the mission of our original charter to more students and their families in Philadelphia. Today, String Theory Schools operates two charter schools that offer students a comprehensive educational program that emphasizes equally academic and artistic excellence. We are passionate about honoring each student as an individual and educating all students so that they reach their highest potentials.

Our mission

To Inspire. To Be Inspired.

Philadelphia Performing Arts: Top 10 Pennsylvania Charter Elementary School

Philadelphia Performing Arts has the largest charter in Philadelphia and is one of the only K-12 schools in the city. We are also the only school with an arts-integrated curriculum designed for elementary school children.

Apple Distinguished School

Philadelphia Performing Arts, Vine Street Campus, is recognized by Apple as an Apple Distinguished School. 

Dedicated to the Arts and Innovation

We believe in the profound positive impact that exposure to the arts has on a child's creativity, confidence, self-discipline, and greater understanding of the world. Starting in Kindergarten, our students have seven additional arts classes woven into their daily schedules each week. Once a student enters fifth grade they begin their own artistic and academic journey in our unique Majors Program.

Philadelphia Performing Arts: Recognized as a Top Public High School

Our high school is located at our Vine Street Campus, a state-of-the-art 265,000-square-foot facility. This building promotes project-based learning and interdisciplinary instruction with a motion capture studio, a 200-seat theater, two ballet studios, four science labs, four music studios, two fine arts studios, an engineering and robotics lab, a culinary test kitchen, a recording studio, and a student-run cafe. Our middle school is also housed at Vine Street Campus.

Authentic Learrning Experiences

From performing at professional venues to working at our student-run coffee shop, Café Vine, to internships with our Incubator Fellows, our students have access to a variety of exciting real world experiences.

Learn more: Incubator Fellowship

Our School Community

We view each child as an individual learner with their own unique talents and strengths. As per the philosophy of String Theory Schools, we believe in providing all students with equal opportunities for learning, discovery, and development of their potentials. This philosophy creates a supportive environment where students can shine.

In the News

With Love To Ukraine

Honorary Consul of Ukraine in Philadelphia, Iryna Mazur, hosted a benefit concert at the Vine Street Campus on Thursday, October 13th to raise funds for the Ukrainian Federation of America. Concert choir, concert orchestra, ballet majors, and three students from Ukraine provided the performances that evening.

FOX29's Bob Kelly Visits String Theory Aviation Academy

Bob Kelly visited Philadelphia Performing Arts, Vine Street Campus to meet with high school students and learn about the new String Theory Aviation Academy. He interviewed students and course instructor, Brandon Tomasello, who shared with him their own flight experiences. Check out the clip to watch Bob take the school's flight simulator for a test flight!

Matthew Cramer on WHYY's Movers and Makers

Philadelphia Performing Arts high school student, Matthew Cramer, is the subject of this episode of WHYY's Movers and Makers series. Matthew and his family's incredible journey to discover a means of communication for Matthew is explored, as well as how his pathway in education changed drastically. Watch the episode to hear from Matthew himself on the power of communication.

Rasul Bey Receives City Council Citation

Arts and Sciences student Rasul Bey received an official City Council Citation and was sworn in as honorary Deputy Sheriff for the day at the annual Summer Community Day event! Rasul was recognized because of his extraordinary act of kindness collecting hundreds of toys for children in need during the holiday season. Thank you to Rasul and his mother, Latyia Johnson, for helping bring joy to our community during the pandemic!

Performance Spotlight

Spring Dance Performances

Philadelphia Performing Arts
The Classical Ballet Department and high school Contemporary Dance Department had their annual Spring Performances at our Vine Street Theatre.

The Adams Family

String Theory Players
From the Philadelphia Performing Arts archive: featured photos of a school favorite from 2018.

The Annual Spring Concert

Arts and Sciences
First through eighth grade students let their talents shine at the Annual Spring Concert! Special guests included A&S alumni who performed alongside current students in musical ensembles.

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