The City School

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ONE CHILD AT A TIME - The City School is a Pre-K to Grade 12 Christian school in the heart of Philadelphia. We believe an excellent education should be accessible for families in the city.

Contact information

Mailing address:
The City School
4115 Baltimore Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19104


Phone: 215-382-7839

Email: [email protected]

Organization details

EIN: 232073123

CEO/President: Joel Gaines

Chairman: J. Richard Thomas

Board size: 12

Founder: James Petty / Paul Miller

Ruling year: 1979

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 06/30

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 2011


Our rigorous college-preparatory program prepares students for success in their lifelong pursuit of learning. We instill a genuine love of learning in our students.

Mission statement

The City School's mission is to train students' minds, disciple their hearts and bring light to the city-one child at a time. Since 1978, our commitment to this mission has guided us as we prepare students to thrive in school, in college, at home, and in all of life.

Statement of faith

At The City School, education is grounded in our Christian faith which flows from the conviction that the Bible is the inspired and authoritative word of God, the only infallible rule of faith and practice. We therefore affirm the following:

That there is only one sovereign God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The full deity-and-humanity of our Lord Jesus Christ, his virgin birth, sinless life, and proclamation of the kingdom through word and deed, leading to his atoning death in which he was made to be sin and through which believers are reconciled to God; his bodily resurrection, ascension to the right hand of God the Father and personal return in power and glory. That all humanity has sinned-rebelled against God-and fallen short of the glory of God, resulting in spiritual and physical death. That a person is justified and reconciled with God by grace alone through faith alone in the Lord Jesus Christ alone. That unless a person is spiritually reborn by the Holy Spirit he or she will not enter the kingdom of heaven. The present ministry of the Holy Spirit, whose indwelling enables the Christian to walk by the Spirit, demonstrate the fruit of the Spirit, and follow Jesus through self-denial and cross-bearing. The continuing ministry of the Spirit to create the church, God's holy nation, and empower her to carry on the work that Jesus began while on earth, making disciples and bearing witness to the hope of the gospel. The spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ and his church. The will of God, revealed in the Bible, is for shalom-peace, reconciliation, and harmony between God, humanity, and creation-realized through faith in and obedience to Jesus Christ, who is the true source of peace and reconciliation. The fulfillment of God's kingdom when Jesus returns in glory to judge the living and the dead, ending the struggles of this age and bringing God's final victory in a new heaven and a new earth.

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: K-12 Schools/Academies

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating442 of 111235 of 49
Fund acquisition rating51 of 111315 of 49
Resource allocation rating813 of 111339 of 49
Asset utilization rating615 of 111233 of 49

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$156,687$109,142$164,933$53,757$84,656
Short-term investments$1,117,166$754,306$913,417$694,895$736,687
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$1,831,035$2,460,003$2,588,872$1,633,113$1,661,728
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$9,655,519$10,062,491$10,292,849$10,684,822$10,806,367
Other long-term assets$216,129$47,972$111,049$86,191$11,054
Total long-term assets$9,871,648$10,110,463$10,403,898$10,771,013$10,817,421
Total assets$11,702,683$12,570,466$12,992,770$12,404,126$12,479,149
Payables and accrued expenses$469,415$520,421$476,614$535,397$643,560
Other current liabilities$59,035$68,956$80,197$80,585$92,245
Total current liabilities$528,450$589,377$556,811$615,982$735,805
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$123,633$52,495$66,320$66,320$6,000
Total long-term liabilities$8,970,610$9,399,472$9,913,297$9,913,297$9,903,500
Total liabilities$9,499,060$9,988,849$10,470,108$10,529,279$10,639,305
Net assets20232022202120202019
Without donor restrictions$1,036,106$1,450,844$1,580,551$1,148,312$978,144
With donor restrictions$1,167,517$1,130,773$942,111$726,535$861,700
Net assets$2,203,623$2,581,617$2,522,662$1,874,847$1,839,844
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$2,231,888$2,380,036$2,490,606$2,702,914$2,249,974
Program service revenue$2,382,789$2,312,036$2,027,400$2,025,298$1,981,442
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$4,604$16,768$11,801$12,202$8,554
Other revenue$246,924$184,908$119,325$122,101$76,178
Total other revenue$2,634,317$2,513,712$2,158,526$2,159,601$2,066,174
Total revenue$4,866,205$4,893,748$4,649,132$4,862,515$4,316,148
Program services$4,193,285$3,718,047$3,376,431$3,844,699$3,696,127
Management and general$888,598$721,282$582,426$650,692$854,471
Total expenses$5,326,772$4,695,429$4,246,174$4,820,022$4,838,334
Change in net assets20232022202120202019
Surplus (deficit)($460,567)$198,319$402,958$42,493($522,186)
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets($460,567)$198,319$402,958$42,493($522,186)


Joel R Gaineshead of school$137,516
Danielle JeffriesDir of Finance$93,581

Compensation data as of: 6/30/2023

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Program accomplishments

For the past 10 years, 100% of our high school graduates have been accepted into a college of their choice. Recent graduates have been accepted to schools like Brown University, Wheaton College, University of Pennsylvania, Savannah College of Art and Design, The Royal Academy of Music, and Oberlin College. Our College Guidance Counselor works closely with students to ensure they find a school where they will continue to thrive in their lifelong pursuit of learning.