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Welcome to Our School

Dear West Oak Lane Charter School Community, Staff, and Families,
As we celebrate our 20th anniversary, we have much to be proud of and to reflect upon!   For 20 years West Oak Lane Charter School, families, WOLCS Board of Trustees, and administration have supported our students in achieving at high levels.  For the past 12 years, I have been truly honored to serve as your CEO and I know the best is yet to come.
This celebration reflects all that we have accomplished as a collective group of individuals committed to children.  The achievements of our children and the many exciting accolades we have received affirms our success in facilitating learning for every child and their ability to feel valued, included, and nurtured. 
As we work to ensure ongoing growth for West Oak Lane Charter School, we must remember that growth requires change.  We must also recognize that with change there are often challenges.  As we continue adjusting to changes in the education landscape, we must prepare ourselves for more hard-hitting challenges, while at the same time, learn to embrace those changes and the opportunities they present for future improvement in the quality of our educational program.  Changes make us better; challenges make us stronger. 
To our former students, you have been nurtured and taught by the best – your teachers and your parents.  Continue to use your talents and the ones you discover along your journey to improve our community and our world.  We are all tremendously proud of you and your accomplishments! 
To our parents, we can’t thank you enough for entrusting us to provide a nurturing and quality educational experience for your children.  Your contribution to their academic career at WOLCS provide a sound partnership for ensuring their current and future success. 
Whatever comes our way in the next 20 years, I am confident West Oak Lane Charter School will continue to empower children to be lifelong learners, critical thinkers, and contributing members of the 21st Century and beyond.

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Annual Scholarship Fundraiser

Dear WOLCS Family,
On May 22, West Oak Lane Charter School (WOLCS) will host its Annual Scholarship Fundraiser at Belmont Mansion. This event celebrates and seeks to deepen partnerships that enable our school to create exceptional learning experiences for WOLCS Alumni. This WOLCS fundraiser will bring together a diverse constituent group including community leaders, affiliated universities, board members, corporate and foundation sponsors, and other close friends.
This year, we will also honor the legacy of Sharmain Matlock-Turner, WOLCS Co-Founder and Board Chair. For 20 years, she has selflessly given of her time, talent and treasure to WOLCS. Sharmain's unwavering commitment to cultivating our students through academic enrichment, technology and innovation has positioned our school as a leader in education, for which she is more than deserving of this honor. Join us in celebrating the woman who has strengthened our foundation and propelled us to unimaginable heights. 
Dr. Debbera Peoples- Lee
Annual Scholarship Fundraiser
Wednesday, May 22, 2019
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Belmont Mansion
2000 Belmont Mansion Drive
Philadelphia, PA 19131
A formal invitation to include RSVP information to follow.



Our vision encompasses success for students, recruitment and retention of staff and engagement of families and institutions in the community.
- WOLCS provides a superior education for students in grades K-8, and is recognized as an employer of choice among public school teachers and paraprofessionals in Philadelphia.
- Students attending WOLCS feel safe, supported, and challenged.  They graduate thoroughly prepared to excel in the high school of their choosing -  proficient in reading and language arts, mathematics, and science; competent in the use of technology; civic-minded and confident; articulate and capable of thinking independently, critically, and creatively.

- Parents and guardians feel empowered and motivated to assist their children to excel at WOLCS, and community based organizations, businesses, and other stakeholders are committed to and invest in innovative programs and the school's continued viability and success.
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Scholars' Club
The West Oak Lane Charter School Scholars’ Club is in its fourth year of existence. This prestigious program is designed to offer enhanced academic and social opportunities to challenge and enrich our most talented fourth through eighth grade students. 
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 Athletic opportunities are available to students in the 5th – 8th grades who are passing all academic subject areas. Before students are allowed to try-out for any athletic opportunity, the Permission Packet must be signed by the student’s parent/guardian and a Sports Physical Form must be completed by the student’s doctor. The required forms can be obtained from Mr. Cicchetti or by clicking on "Permission Packet" or "Sports Physical Form" links below.

News & Announcements

A Visit from Philadelphia Zoo on Wheels

The Philadelphia Zoo on Wheels presented to some of our after-school children today. They learned about the rainforest and some of the animals who live there.

2017-18 Fundraising Campaign

WEST OAK LANE CHARTER SCHOOL has just kicked off its fundraising campaign and would love your support. We are raising funds for special programs and materials that are not in our budget and we need your help. The Cherrydale fundraiser started on September 13, 2017 and ends on October 2, 2017. Please support WOLCS by clicking on the link Cherrydale.com/FRWOLPP and setup your child’s account using School Code: FRWOLPP. Thank you, Families Being Involved
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WOLCS & Amazon Smile

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