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.

Quick Stats (2021)

  • Top Ranked PA School
  • Grades: Nursery/Preschool-8
  • Students: 474 students
  • Average class size: 10 students
  • Application Deadline: Dec. 1 / Jan. 1

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School Overview

Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades Nursery/Preschool-8
Year Founded

Student Body

Total Students
474 students
Student Body Type
% Students of Color
State avg.: 25%
Students by Grade
The Philadelphia School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
60 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size
10 students

Finances and Admission

Admission Deadline
Dec. 1 / Jan. 1
Admissions Director
Alison Fritz, Director of Admissions Early Childhood
Admissions Associate
Brian Johnson, Dir 1st - 7th

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Quick Stats (2021)

  • Top Ranked PA School
  • Grades: Nursery/Preschool-8
  • Students: 474 students
  • Average class size: 10 students
  • Application Deadline: Dec. 1 / Jan. 1

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Did You Know?

The average private school tuition in Philadelphia, PA is $8,306 for elementary schools and $12,514 for high schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
The average acceptance rate in Philadelphia, PA is 67% (read more about average acceptance rates across the country).

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