Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Renaissance School?
The School District of Philadelphia's Renaissance Schools Initiative is aimed at bringing transformative change to the city's lowest performing schools.  The District works with school communities to select education management organizations with proven track records of operating and supporting high-achieving schools to turnaround failing schools.  

Who can enroll?
Memphis Street Academy is a neighborhood school with priority being given to residents living in the Port Richmond community; however, all students residing in Philadelphia may apply.  

Is there a dress code?

Memphis Street Academy Charter School has a dress code that consists of a formal uniform with a blazer. The complete uniform policy can be viewed here.  
Is bus service available?
Only students with school bus accommodations are provided yellow bus service. All other students who live more than 1.5 miles from the school will receive transpasses.
What time does school begin and end?
8:00 am to 3:00 pm

What is the length of the school year?
The school year begins in September and ends in June.

Are both breakfast and lunch available to students?
Yes, both breakfast and lunch are available to all students. Subsidies are available based on financial need.

What is the Parent Involvement Policy for Memphis Street Academy Charter School?
Parent and Family involvement  is extremely important to the administrators and teachers at Memphis Street Academy.  Various opportunities are available for families to actively engage with the Memphis Street Academy community.  For more information, please contact Parent Liason and PTO president Michelle Santiago at 
Right To Know

As a public charter school, the records of Memphis Street Academy Charter School are subject to Pennsylvania’s Right-to-Know Law.  

To file an Open Records Request with Memphis Street Academy Charter School, please use the Pennsylvania Office of Open Records Standard Right-to-Know Request Form, a copy of which is available at:

Completed forms may be submitted via mail, fax, or email to Memphis Street Academy Charter School’s Open Records Officer:

Attn: Antoinette Powell

2950 Memphis Street

Philadelphia, PA 19134

F: 215-291-4754

Appeals of Right-to-Know Requests may be directed to the Office of Open Records via postal mail, e-mail, or fax:

Office of Open Records

333 Market Street, 16th Floor

Harrisburg, PA 17101-2234

F: 717-425-5343

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