The Philadelphia School

  • The Philadelphia School educates children for a future that is impossible to know but not impossible to shape.
  • Learn here. Go anywhere. The Philadelphia School`s progressive approach to learning and teaching has deep thinking, innovation, and agency as its guiding values.
  • We encourage children to explore and push the boundaries of possibility to fulfill their intellectual, social, and civic potential.
  • We approach learning through inquiry, projects, and community. Core values and new research inform the school`s program and pedagogical practices.
  • Our interdisciplinary, theme-based approach prepares students to build a stronger and more inclusive school, community, and society for today and tomorrow. As an urban, preschool8th grade school, we address specifically how young students develop intellectually, creatively, emotionally, socially, and physically.
  • Through our commitment to diversity, we seek to nurture each student`s moral compass, sense of personal integrity, and respect for individuality.
  • Learning in the city, country, and classroom affirms our founders` goal of educating children to become responsible and active stewards of the urban and natural environments.

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School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
Association of Delaware Valley Independent Schools
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades Nursery/Preschool-8
Year Founded1972

Student Body

Total Students474 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
18%
State avg.: 23%
Students by Grade The Philadelphia School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers60 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio8:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
72%
Average Class Size10 students

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineDec. 1 / Jan. 1
Admissions DirectorAlison Fritz, Director of Admissions Early Childhood
Admissions AssociateBrian Johnson, Dir 1st - 7th
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  • School Location Miles Grades Students
  • Philadelphia
    Grades: PK-12 | 947 students
    5.2 miles
    3000 W School House Lane
    Philadelphia, PA 19144
    (215) 844-3460
    5.2 PK-12
    947
  • Philadelphia
    Grades: PK-12 | 600 students
    1 miles
    17th St & Benjamin Franklin
    Philadelphia, PA 19103
    (215) 561-5900
    1 PK-12
    600
  • Philadelphia
    Grades: PK-8 | 340 students
    6 miles
    5511 Greene St
    Philadelphia, PA 19144
    (215) 438-7000
    6 PK-8
    340
  • Philadelphia
    Grades: NS-12 | 1133 students
    8.2 miles
    500 W Willow Grove Avenue
    Philadelphia, PA 19118
    (215) 247-4700
    8.2 NS-12
    1133
  • Philadelphia
    Grades: PK-8
    6.9 miles
    1500 Orthodox Street
    Philadelphia, PA 19124
    (215) 533-5368
    6.9 PK-8
    n/a

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The average private school tuition in Philadelphia, PA is $7,702 for elementary schools and $12,354 for high schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
The average acceptance rate in Philadelphia, PA is 66% (read more about average acceptance rates across the country).