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The Philadelphia School553in Philadelphia, PA 19146
about The Philadelphia School:
Enrollment: 370 students
The Philadelphia School is a nonsectarian, independent Center City school, and serves boys and girls from preschool through eighth grade. Its mission is to educate the character and intellect of its students in a manner consistent with the principles of progressive philosophy. The school's educational program is interdisciplinary and theme-based, and a supportive academic environment fosters love of learning, critical thinking, intellectual inquiry, and creativity.
The Philadelphia School is divided into four units - Preschool, Primary Unit (grades K-2), Junior Unit (grades 3-5), and Middle School (grades 6-8) - with many opportunities for children of all ages to work and learn together. All students attend classes taught by specialists in art, Spanish, music and drama, and physical education.
The Philadelphia School's location in Center City means that many of the city's historical, educational, and cultural resources are within easy reach, and the school incorporates the urban environment into its curriculum. Students are not limited to a few special field trips each year; instead museums, historic sites, and other destinations often become "home base" for thematic studies.
Outdoor education is also an integral part of The Philadelphia School's program. K-8 students spend a day each week during the fall and spring at Shelly Ridge, a 125-acre nature center located in Upper Roxborough and owned by the Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania. Providing direct experience in nature, the environmental program is the the foundation of the school's award-winning science program.
The Philadelphia School offers a full array of after school activities and programs, including community service, music lessons, chess, drama club, interscholastic athletics, study hall, and extended child care.