About our School

Welcome to Alliance for Progress, a mission-driven, award-winning, K-8 charter school, rooted in North Philadelphia. Founded in 1998, AFPCS offers enhanced educational opportunities to children in surrounding neighborhoods and beyond. Our mission is to ensure the achievement and success of every student through a technologically rich and individualized learning environment.

Please browse our site to learn more or contact us at 215-232-4892.

Learn more about our history here. 

Message from Leadership





Alliance for Progress Charter School (AFPCS) is a community–based K-8 school in the heart of North Philadelphia, just a few blocks from Temple University.  It was founded in 1998 by the Women's Christian Alliance, a social service agency serving the North Philadelphia community for more than 90 years.  The vision of AFPCS is to empower children to develop knowledge, skills, attitudes, behaviors and technological competence that will make them lifetime learners and achievers in a technologically oriented world.

Board of Directors

Alliance for Progress Charter School is governed by the AFPCS Board of Directors. The Board of Directors welcomes any positive parent feedback as well as any concerns that may arise. If you would like to share any information of feedback with the Board of Directors , you can reach them by any of the following methods:

  1. Leave a message for the Board of Directors:  215-232-4892
  2. Attend a Board Meeting (see dates below). If you would like to address a specific topic at a board meeting, please email admissions@afpcs.org the topic in advance to ensure that all appropriate parties are present to respond to your feedback. 
  3. Email to discuss your issue with a board member (emails provided below).

Larry Griffin, President – Send Email to lgriffin@afpcs.org
Dr. Valerie Dorsey Allen, Vice President – Send Email to vallen@afpcs.org
Karen Trawick, Secretary – Send Email to ktrawick@afpcs.org
Dr. Jayminn Sanford-Deshields – Send Email to jsanford-deshields@afpcs.org
Archbishop Dr. Mary F. Palmer – Send Email to mfloyd-palmer@afpcs.org
Felicia Parker-Cox – Send Email to fparker-cox@afpcs.org
James Caldwell – Send Email to jcaldwell@afpcs.org


Board Meeting Dates for the
2023 - 2024 School Year

All meetings are held via Zoom on Tuesdays from 6:00pm to 8:00pm. Zoom information is below.

Board of Trustees' Personal Meeting Room

Meeting ID- 863 018 3252
Passcode- 619610

Invite Link- https://us02web.zoom.us/j/8630183252?pwd=U05OTUFEVFdObDYwc1ZhRXVoaDlWdz09

  • July 18th
  • August 15th
  • September 19th
  • October 17th  
  • November 28th* (4th Tuesday instead of 3rd due to the holiday)
  • December 14th
  • January 16th
  • February 20th
  • March 19th
  • April 16th
  • May 21st
  • June 18th

Click on a link below to see the approved agenda or minutes from that particular meeting: