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The Philadelphia School

Private | PK-8 | 430 students

Our school is best known for its innovative, progressive educational philosophy.

 

Living in Philadelphia

Situated in an inner city neighborhood. The median home value is $260,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $970.

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4 stars

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2014:
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2013:
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2012:
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2011:
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Posted 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.


Posted February 7, 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


Posted February 5, 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


Posted February 5, 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


Posted February 4, 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


Posted 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


Posted October 9, 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted May 17, 2011

Super teachers. Great, supportive environment for kids. Head of school is great. Gym teachers are great.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted November 21, 2005

A very warm touchy feely school with great academics.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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.
—Submitted by a parent


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 66% 71%
Black 12% 15%
Hispanic 12% 9%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 10% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 2%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Art teacher(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Gardening teacher(s)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Nurse(s)
Reading specialist(s)
School psychologist
Foreign languages spoken by school staff American sign language
Chinese (Mandarin)
Italian
Spanish
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Awards

Community service awards received in the past 3 years
  • Top Local Private Schools
  • Philadelphia Magnet Schools
  • Top Boarding Schools

Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Garden/Greenhouse
Clubs
  • Math club
  • Science club

Arts & music

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Arts (all)
Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Chamber music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing and written arts
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Computer animation
  • Graphics
Clubs
  • Arts and crafts
  • Drama club
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Foreign languages
Foreign languages taught
  • Latin
  • Spanish
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • American sign language
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • Italian
  • Spanish
Clubs
  • Foreign language club: Mandarin

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Access to sports fields
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
Clubs
  • Martial arts (judo, tae kwon do, karate, etc)
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 8:15 am
School end time
  • 3:20 am
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 7:30 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 6:00 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Ms. Justine Hoffman
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • 4 years old
Gender
  • Coed
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Nonsectarian
Associations
  • NAIS

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Multi-aged
  • Outdoor / Farm-based
  • Progressive
  • Project-based
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

Don't understand these terms?
  • Arts (all)
  • Environmental
  • Foreign languages
  • Global
  • Social justice
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages taught
  • Latin
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • None

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • School psychologist
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • American sign language
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • Italian
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • High school counseling
Transportation options
  • Passes/tokens for public transportation
  • School shares bus/van with other schools
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Track
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Chamber music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing arts
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Computer animation
  • Graphics

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Arts and crafts
  • Book/reading club
  • Chess club
  • Community service
  • Drama club
  • Foreign language club: Mandarin
  • Martial arts (judo, tae kwon do, karate, etc)
  • Math club
  • Science club
  • Student council/government
  • Yearbook
School leaders can update this information here.

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School culture

Dress Code
  • Dress code
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize cultural events
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer in the classroom
School leaders can update this information here.

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What are your chances?


2 out of 10students were accepted for the 2013-2014 school year.


Students accepted for the 2013-2014 school year
111
Applications received for the 2013-2014 school year
527

What does it cost?

Tuition range for the 2014-2015 school year
$19000 - $20000
Vouchers accepted
No
Financial aid offered
Yes.
School-based aid
Outside scholarships
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2501 Lombard St
Philadelphia, PA 19146
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Phone: (215) 545-5323

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