Our Mission

Friends of Chester Arthur (FoCA) is a volunteer-led 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that is committed to engaging our neighborhood public school—Chester A. Arthur, community partners and families to:

  • Facilitate involvement and engagement with the school;
  • Promote and celebrate the successes at Arthur;
  • Provide tools and resources for the school to improve educational opportunities for Arthur’s students and neighborhood children; and
  • Foster an engaging, safe and robust learning environment for Arthur’s students.

Our Vision

The Friends of Chester Arthur’s vision is to: 

  • Support Arthur as an anchor for our diverse community and a top choice for all families; and
  • Serve as a model for how to engage the community in supporting neighborhood public education across Philadelphia.

Our Core Values

  • Transparency and inclusion;
  • Responsibility in stewardship of funds;
  • Responsive support to school leadership, staff, students, and home/school needs;
  • Adaptability in our role as the needs of Arthur change; and
  • Mutual engagement between the community and school.

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Kindergarten Confidential (2015)

Picasso Arts Project at Arthur


Get Involved:

VOLUNTEER

We're always looking for people to tutor, volunteer, or help out with Chester Arthur-related activities.  

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CONTRIBUTE TO FoCA

We rely on people like you to fund programs like Arts @ Arthur, STEAM programs @Arthur, & the playground revitalization.

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News & Happenings:


Upcoming Events:

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