The Rising Sun Chair was crafted by John Folwell (circa 1779) and is curated in the collection of Independence Hall in Philadelphia, PA. The chair has a number of iconographic carvings. Cornucopias flank the sun, often used to symbolize abundance and fertility, in a nod to rebirth, or possibly recognizing the state’s agricultural abundance, wheat rises up the back splat to the crest rail. George Washington used this chair for nearly three months of the Federal Convention’s continuous sessions. James Madison reported Benjamin Franklin saying I have often looked at that behind the president without being able to tell whether it was rising or setting. But now I know that it is a rising sun.
Philadelphia Academy Charter School was founded in 1999 and serves a Kindergarten through 8th grade student body. Our population of students encompasses all levels of learners, and PACS is continually evolving to address the needs of each of our students through data driven instruction and on-going communication between students, parents, teachers, and administration. Our teachers are committed to challenging students daily to work toward their highest level of potential.
In addition, PACS strives to stay on top of the rapidly expanding world of technology. Students are engaged in learning via interactive whiteboards, two computer labs as well as laptop carts and iPad carts for each community. Our expectation is for all students to challenge themselves to reach higher levels, and academic rigor is our foundation for learning.