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Philadelphia, PA
Students enrolled: 430
Before care: Yes
After care: Yes

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2501 Lombard St
Philadelphia, PA 19146

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(215) 545-5323
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November 10, 2014
My children attended The Philadelphia School, and it was a wonderful foundation for all that came after - high school, college, and graduate school! Thank you.

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February 07, 2014
We have had kids at The Philadelphia School for 9 years and couldn't be happier. Our children are challenged to be their best selves, academically and socially. The teachers are extremely invested in every child, and we are continually impressed by how well everyone (administrators, teachers, staff) know our children. The progressive curriculum encourages children to think and learn in a way that is much deeper than memorizing facts. The homework is thoughtful and project-based - we never feel like they are wasting time just "doing." This school is a gem-I wish I'd had the opportunity to go here!

- submitted by a parent
February 05, 2014
We couldn't be happier with The Philadelphia School. The teachers nurture and challenge our kids. Teachers and administrators are responsive and collaborative when parents have questions. It's a warm and inclusive environment, and we feel so thankful for this resource in the city.

- submitted by a parent
February 05, 2014
We are in our 11th year at TPS and have three children there. We find it to be an exceptional place with innovative, project based learning, devoted and talented teachers and staff and a community of parents that are unique, fun and interesting. Perhaps the best evidence of the value of a TPS education is the fact that my daughter, now in 8th grade and applying to high schools, has been accepted to all the schools she applied to. In fact, many of the people we met during our high school visits commented on how much they like kids from TPS. They describe them as being articulate, enthusiastic learners and an asset to the high schools they attend.

- submitted by a parent
February 04, 2014
My children have been at TPS since preschool and this is currently our 7th year there. We love TPS, it is truly a home away from home. My kids feel safe, nurtured and part of a community. We chose TPS for it's progressive curriculum, environmental studies program (city kids explore and learn about nature weekly and have class outside in a beautiful, wooded , protected park on the outskirts of center city). The Spanish, Art, Music, Technology and PE programs help to round out the vibrant academics. TPS kids are talented writers, math geeks, book worms, critical thinkers, problem solvers, friendly, amazing kids. The teachers and staff are talented, intelligent, available, and truly know and care about your child. TPS also has an involved parent community. Monthly meetings, parent /support groups, committee work, volunteer efforts, or just spending time in your child's classroom. Parents are always welcome at the school.

- submitted by a parent
January 10, 2014
For the money we are spending, we would like to see what our child is actually learning via homework, sending art/classroom projects, reading/writing samples, etc. home each week. Grandpa laughs whenever he sees how my child comes home each day with an empty backpack ("What does he carry in there?" "Nothing, his lunchbox.") We get a brief summary written by the teacher each Friday online but it speaks to the entire class in a newsletter format. The school also focuses a lot on the social development of the child, which is great, but the minute they see your child not wanting to participate in a physical or sport themed game at recess, they sound an alarm and tell you there's a problem. Maybe some kids don't like baseball and would prefer to build with legos? I fail to see an issue, but it's a HUGE issue to the school. Academics might be better at a smaller school, but it makes it that much harder for a child with different interests to make good friends. I don't feel TPS really fosters the individual, they turn it into a problem and single you out if your child is not "cookie cutter." We are hoping to be at different school next year.

- submitted by a parent
October 09, 2013
Kids are not taught respect, humility, or kindness. Lots of bullying (psychological) which the school deals with very badly or not at all. Kind of a survival of the fittest attitude for social stuff. Academics of course really good though sometimes too unstructured, but social environment not good even at younger ages.

- submitted by a parent
June 24, 2013
This school initially seemed like a lovely place and the teachers are in fact quite good. However, it suffers from a huge degree of arrogance, smugness even. The super rich have a big influence -- parent get togethers aren't potlucks but $40.00 at the door per person events with fancy catering and booze (and those aren't school fund raiders). The school has brains but lacks heart and soul. Progressive teaching environment works well for middle of the road kids, but can feel chaotic or even boring for others. Better than some other center city options, but some humility and warmth would be nice.

- submitted by a parent
January 21, 2012
Excellent school. My son loves it! He has learned so much in only few weeks. The entire team is just so professional that I have not words. Each child is different and unique, the teachers confidently learns each student needs and guide them in the right direction. The thinking process is stimulated and creativity is #1. Overall we are confident that made the best choice for our son.

- submitted by a parent
May 17, 2011
Super teachers. Great, supportive environment for kids. Head of school is great. Gym teachers are great.

- submitted by a parent
August 20, 2010
My child has thrived at The Philadelphia School. It is a truly progressive education with outdoor classroom opportunities in the city. The teachers are so dedicated to providing the best for my child.

- submitted by a parent
October 31, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
March 17, 2008
my children love this school. they have learned so much in just a week there. the school gives a big amount of space and education.

- submitted by a parent
May 22, 2006
This is a fantastic school. 'Extracurricular' activities are part of the regular school day for all students. In addition to academic skills, students also learn critical thinking skills.

- submitted by a parent
May 16, 2006
Great school in a great location. Professional staff and well structured classrooms. Children are recruited to academicall well known high schools and colleges. Would definitely suggest visiting the school and taking a tour.

- submitted by a parent
February 16, 2006
While my children love the school, they are not challenged by the curriculum. The staff and administration are inflexible when dealing with gifted students, and resistant to criticism and change. The extracurricular activities are great, but for $15K per year we expect our children to be learning in the classroom.

- submitted by a parent
January 23, 2006
private, small (ratio 8 to 1) alternative school part of NAIC. There is such a love of learning. My son wants to go to school everyday. There are so many opportunities for hands-on learning and theme based projects. Home-work is a minimum. The school starts in pre-k and runs through 8th grade. After school music, chess, sports...check out TPschool.org

- submitted by a parent
November 21, 2005
A very warm touchy feely school with great academics.

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April 28, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
September 27, 2004
It is a wonderful and amazing school. If I was you I would apply there as soon as posible because spots fill up really quickly. My son and daughter both go there and they love it.

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February 21, 2004
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The Philadelphia School
2501 Lombard St, Philadelphia, PA  19146
(215) 545-5323
Last modified The Philadelphia School is a Private school that serves grades PK-8
The Philadelphia School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 21 reviews. Top