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K-8
Private
Philadelphia, PA
Students enrolled: 65

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6525 Germantown Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19119

(215) 438-3623
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October 01, 2014
We did not choose this school for it governance style, Town Meetings or Co-oping. We picked this school because it was the Best Choice for our daughter. It has small class sizes about 10 students a "grade." If I wanted to come into the classroom for the day, I can. It is a community that works together to educate its children. No, it is not perfect, but no community is. Within this community, teachers know all the students personalities and interests. They work as a team to bring out the potential of each student and helps students reach additional goals. Our daughter has opened up, made friends across the grades, is growing to positively interact with a diverse community. Project Learn actively incorporates best practices; but, more importantly they live it.

- submitted by a parent
September 18, 2014
I am sad to say that after a year at PLS, I would not recommend this school, unless you are enjoy monthly endless meetings, having the same discussions over and over again, and spending four Sundays a year cleaning the bathrooms (yes, in addition to the fun of paying $15,000 a year you also get to do 4 cleaning shifts!). As with many institutions that feel that "everyone is in charge," the reality is that no one is in charge. The communication at this school is appalling. And although they seem to believe that decisions are made by the "PLS community," the truth is that a handful of people are the ones who really make decisions. They also seem surprised that more people aren't interested in the school, but they will not change their 40 hour a year co-op requirement. That's just not realistic for families with parents who work full time. I will say that the teachers are generally great, though. But trust me, it isn't worth the aggravation.

- submitted by a parent
March 03, 2012
Prepare to be disillusioned. Project Learn School does not have a principal. It has an administrative committee that makes decisions about what issues to bring before the parent community for them to vote on. If this sounds cumbersome, time consuming and stressful, that is because it is! I chose PLS because I hoped for involvement in my children's school. However, this place just spins in circles with no leadership and no ability to make important decisions. Read your contract carefully. It is important to note that if the school makes a mistake on its budget (prepared by a parent) and runs out of money mid-year, they have the right to bill an extra tuition payment to each family to make up for the shortfall. They have done this in many recent years so be prepared to pay more than you think. The school environment is warm and friendly but many families have left in recent years due to concerns about academic quality. I agree with the child centered philosophy of the school, however, children still need academic preparation (i.e. cover the appropriate coursework) in order to be prepared to participate with their peers from other schools in high school.

- submitted by a parent
March 31, 2011
This is a wonderful school, with dedicated, creative teachers and a strong curriculum. There are so many wonderful "extras" that compliment the educational program. Kids are encouraged to work independently, and learn for the sake of learning. I can't imagine sending my kids to any other school.

- submitted by a parent
March 05, 2011
The art program at Project Learn is excellent. However, sadly, this is where the excellence ends. Although they advertise that the teachers are certified, the majority are not. Also, they brand themselves as a "humanistic" school. At one point, I believe they may have been, however this does not seem to be the case currently. Because of their Humanistic message however, they attract many children who are different learners. They involve the families, take their money, but fail to provide the proper education for these children. They are doing a great disservice to many children and their families, but without their revenue, the whole school would financially fail. As far as the cooperative aspect of this school, there is nothing cooperative about it. A few families dominate, resulting in the minority choosing the school's direction. This school lacks follow through, needed leadership, or resources to teach the majority of it's students. If you are to visit, please note, the physical appearance of this school greatly reflects the school itself, i.e. disorganized. I feel very sorry for the few decent teachers and families that remain. Buyer beware!

- submitted by a parent
December 15, 2010
PL is the best out there! My daughter attended PL and it was a wonderful part of her educational journal. We loved this school so much that we still support the work that they do almost ten years later. BRAVO PL!!!

- submitted by a parent
October 13, 2010
This is a wonderful school. I've watched my shy girl blossom into a confident and happy child who loves school, loves reading, and has made really strong friendships. The school provides the right environment for her to feel secure in her own abilities where she can "just be herself." I highly recommend this school to any parent who is looking for small classroom sizes (12 to 16 kids per class!), individual attention, great art, high standards, and a love of learning and teaching!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 13, 2010
We have been part of the Project Learn (PL) community since 1997. I love the co-oping and governance structures - parents can get involved in their child's education in a deep and meaningful way, both by using their individual skills, and as part of the Town Meeting which makes all major decisions for the school. Both of our kids looked forward to going to school every day while at PL. Our oldest went to Central for high school, loved it, and graduated in the top 10, then got a scholarship to the Honors College at U. of Md. The staff and community at PL are wonderful, and the kids learn skills about taking responsibility for their own learning and looking out for themselves using social skills and creative problem solving.

- submitted by a parent
October 10, 2010
Project Learn School is the best elementary independent school in the Philadelphia area because it teaches to the student not the test.

- submitted by a parent
October 09, 2010
Children are whole people there. They develop their minds and their social selves there seamlessly. They graduate whole people, not just test scores.

- submitted by a parent
no rating March 18, 2010
Project Learn School makes learning a truly joyful endeavor. The teachers here really love the kids and love teaching. They work very hard to make learning a hands-on experience whenever possible. Kids get choices and in that way become responsible for their own education. Both of my kids love this school and are thriving. I love the community-- working together with other parents and teachers to make PLS a wonderful place for all of our kids.

- submitted by a parent
March 17, 2010
We are so happy to have our daughter at Project Learn School. After searching far and wide for exactly the right environment - open, child-centered, non-competitive - when we walked into PLS we knew that this was it. PLS teaches kids to think and explore and our daughter loves to learn. She wants to come to school on the weekend! We have no doubt that she, like the majority of PLS grads, will go on to the high school and college of her choice and blossom into the thoughtful, compassionate leader she is meant to become.

- submitted by a parent
March 11, 2010
Project Learn cannot seem to follow through. There are some good ideas and some very nice people but the quality and rigor of the actual curriculum is only mediocre. It is important for children to be in an environment that is friendly but with such a limited group of children and constant turnover of teachers, it's often difficult for everyone to have a place. The school loses many children each year because of this but does not want to accept responsibility. In addition, when students go on to high school, many of them struggle and find big gaps in what they are supposed to know. Project Learn is a lively place but lively does not make a great education.

- submitted by a parent
February 24, 2010
Project Learn School, (the ONLY cooperative school in Philadelphia), is one of this city's hidden treasures! Our daughter has been at PLS for two years and we could not be happier with her education and personal growth. Learning cooperatively, and often in mixed age groups, is simply a gift to all of the students. She feels safe with all of the teachers there and in fact, wrote in her journal last year (in Kindergarten), that 'all the teachers love me here.' In what other school would an 8th grader befriend a kindergartner? Our daughter cried at the 8th grade graduation because she was losing one of her 'best friends.' We expect to be a part of this school community for many years to come!

- submitted by a parent
January 09, 2010
My family has been a part of the Project Learn school community for over 9 years. It has been a great place for both my kids - each very different in learning styles and strengths. Yes it is a bit of a challenge to figure out how to work cooperatively with a range of parents, teachers and administrators - but it is a gift for my children to have the opportunity to see that making a learning community is an ongoing effort that is important to a diverse group of staff and parents. The teaching staff is on average excellent - though it takes a few years for new teachers to really understand the PL way. The small Jr. High is a very nice way for teens to have an extended family experience with their peers. Spend a morning visiting - you'll see!

- submitted by a parent
October 12, 2009
Project Learn has missed the mark. It has some fabulous teachers and some with very little training or experience. Because enrollment has seriously declined in the past few years, my daughter has fewere and fewer friends in her group. The people are nice but the expectations for academics are low. There is also a high turnover of teachers.

- submitted by a parent
February 27, 2009
This has been a fabulous school for my son. He knows everyone in the building and really feels like he's part of something special. He's proud of his school and is happy to go there every day. The teachers are very invested in their students -- not just their learning but also their social and emotional development, which is so important. As a family, we couldn't be happier with Project Learn.

- submitted by a parent
February 26, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
no rating February 26, 2009
One of the best aspects of PL School is the student diversity. Children from all backgrounds attend and get along well together. The teachers at the school are also really stellar and committed to each child. Showing this level of dedication to each child is made easier with the small teacher-student ratio. Overall, I've been really pleased with the school, teachers, children and parents.

- submitted by a parent
February 25, 2009
Our family loves this school. It provides us with a wonderful, involved and conscientious community. My children have thrived because of the kind, nurturing and stimulating environment that the teachers, parents and other students provide. As a parent, I feel very fortunate to have found this school for every school pales in comparison.

- submitted by a parent
February 24, 2009
Project Learn is the best place on earth. It is the only place I know where children come and learn and thirve and are treated with respect and care. It is a nurtuting community that provides an outstanding academic program while building confidence and independence. My son is in second grade and my daughter will start next year. I am so thankful that we have found such an amazing place for them to be educated.

- submitted by a parent
February 24, 2009
Project Learn is the perfect school for my offbeat and introverted son, and a very good school for my gregarious daughter. My son encountered bullying at another private school and was failing. He's now reading above grade level and is doing well in all his subjects and is actively engaged in the process of learning. The excellent, dedicated teachers and warm, nurturing community of students, parents, and staff make school a place where he's not afraid to be himself. Because of the mingling of grade levels for certain group activities, my kindergarten-aged daughter has friends all over the school, including her favorite junior high kids. The older kids tend to mentor the younger ones, rather than lord it over them. The art program is truly exceptional, and literacy, history, math and science are strong. Weaknesses are music and gym, and the lack of a foreign language for the junior high students.

- submitted by a parent
February 24, 2009
After an exhaustive search of area public and private schools, our family chose Project Learn for several reasons: It is diverse economically, racially, and culturally; progressive in its thematic and mixed age teaching; and because I felt my child's creativity and individuality would be honored and supported there. My child feels safe at Project Learn - she knows who the other teachers and children are, she feels comfortable in different rooms, and if there is a problem, it can be dealt with quickly and personally because of the size and values of the community. There are general and specific ways each member of the PL community is valued - mainly the participatory nature of Town Meetings, co-oping, and even student meetings to voice appreciations and discuss issues important to them. PL is a living, breathing democracy. Yes, the sometimes inefficient aspects of democracy, but most importantly the values and opportunities.

- submitted by a parent
no rating February 24, 2009
Learning is a joy and an adventure for my child at Project Learn. My fifth grader is inspired and challenged by her passionate, experienced, and dedicated teachers. She has many friends from the entire diverse school community. The school really does value creativity, community, and progressive learning. In addition to an in-depth academic experience, this wonderful small school provides her an amazing opportunity to explore her individual strengths and interests in a climate of cooperation, respect and support. All of the eighth grade graduating students go on to attend the schools of their choice, including the best magnet schools that the city has to offer. Thank you Project Learn!

- submitted by a parent
February 24, 2009
I love this humanistic school! I have a graduate from this school who has gone on and done well in public school. I have another one who will graduate this year and go on the the same public school and is feeling ready. And, I have a 3rd grader there now as well and he is learning in leaps and bounds. Because this is a cooperative school I know what happens in classrooms and have great relationships with their teachers. Like anything worthwhile its some work, but its so worth it!

- submitted by a parent
February 24, 2009
Project Learn is a community oriented school where children are nurtured holistically. My son is a second grader and has said he does not want to go to any other school. I highly recommend this school.

- submitted by a parent
February 24, 2009
This school is a one of a kind. The staff is intimately involved in the lives of the kids. Learning and teaching goes on by both students and teachers alike. Together, learning becomes fun through hands-on activities and innovative projects.

- submitted by a teacher
no rating February 24, 2009
I have two daughters who graduated from Project Learn School. They went on to a very large suburban high school and were quite successful. They went on to colleges and graduate schools. In each situation they expressed frustration when working in groups with other students. These other students who didn't know how to work together, who didn't know how to share work loads, who had never been to a school like PLS to learn these skills. Even today in my daughter's work places they are amazed at how very few of their colleagues have learned how to work collaboratively, cooperatively and in a humanistic way with one another. These are the skills they learned in their years at PLS. These are the skills that they have needed to be successful in the 'real' world.

- submitted by a teacher
May 10, 2008
My grandchild loves the school and is learning well.He was able to read fluently from the end of the first grade and is able to read all now.

- submitted by a community member
March 25, 2008
Project Learn - What a great school! I love this small, cooperative, school community. The school has fantastic teachers, supportive parents, a focus on social and emotional skills along with academics, and a philosophy that the school can encompass the entire city as a learning environment. Among other things, the school's progressive educational philosophy provides a great foundation for the future without boxing in kinds who learn best in non-traditional ways. The school's cooperative design means that all families are involved in the running of the school, either in the classroom or in a support role. Parents are welcome in the classroom anytime-- a sharp contrast to the attitude we encountered in the public schools.

- submitted by a parent
no rating March 08, 2008
We have had 2 children attend Project Learn over the past 9 years. Younger kids benefit from the small environment and parent involvement. Emphasis on group dynamic supports both social and academic development, a wonderful environment for middle school. Great art program and great cross-curriculum teaching. The small scale of the school means that the make up of a class (kids and families) affects the dynamic of the group. Tuition is a bargain but also means there are limits on facilities (phys ed uses the back yard and a local rec center, the annual play is held at a local theater). Having a child now in public school we are aware of the tremendous value of Project Learn's low-stress learning environment where kids learn without pressure. The majority of students graduating from the 8th grade go on to Philadelphia public magnet schools.

- submitted by a parent
September 11, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
March 05, 2005
Involved parents, involved communities and involved teachers is what makes PL such a wonderful school. Cooperation, not competitiveness is stress amongst the students which leads to a comfortable environment. The students benefit from small classes and excellent art instruction. The weakest points are foriegn language and physical education for the students.

- submitted by a parent
March 19, 2004
I am a former parent of a child who attended the school from K to second grade. I think the school is a wonderful place for kids. It is parent run. The teachers are of the highest quality. There is a great flexibility in learning. If you have a 6th grade kid who is able to do 7th grade math he or she attends math with 7th graders. I also like the mentoring program they have for kids new to the school. Every new child has an older buddy during the first year. They also have lots of non-competitive games and the kids seem to learn all the time.

- submitted by a parent
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Project Learn School
6525 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia, PA  19119
(215) 438-3623
Last modified Project Learn School is a Private school that serves grades K-8
Project Learn School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 34 reviews. Top