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Friends Select School

Friends Select School

Type: Day
Gender: Coed
1651 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, PA

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Friends Select School is a coed, college preparatory, Quaker day school serving 600 students in grades pre-K through 12. The school, which traces its roots to 1689, is located on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, in the cultural heart of Center City Philadelphia. At every age, students visit museums, attend cultural events, participate in community service, and experience the finest educational resources Philadelphia has to offer.

Awards or Certifications:

Friends Select is accredited by the Pennsylvania Association of Independent Schools (PAIS) and is affiliated with the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), Association of Delaware Valley Independent Schools (ADVIS), the Friends Council on Education (FCE), and Center City Independent Schools (CCIS).

What is your teaching or educational philosophy?

The aim of education is preparation for the whole of life: the vigorous development of intellectual and physical capacities and those of the spirit. Our teaching is structured around these key beliefs—that both direct experience and the young person's developmental needs are central in the learning process, and that learning should be placed at the service of society. Under caring oversight, our students gain the knowledge, the skills, and the character that will enable them to live full lives.

What is your mission statement?

Friends Select School believes in the Quaker values of respect for all, simplicity, the peaceful resolution of conflict, and a constant search for truth. In the words of George Fox, we seek to teach our students to "walk cheerfully over the world, answering that of God in everyone." We work to achieve balance between the needs of individuals and our community, in an atmosphere of cooperation and concern for the betterment of all. We value the rich diversity of our urban setting and the opportunities and challenges it provides for the education of our students.




Located on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Friends Select School is in the city and of the city. To check out Friends Select’s newly transformed Parkway Building and upper school STEAM Building, contact admission@friends-select.org Quaker, Philadelphia, Philly, Performing Arts, Visual Arts, Athletics, Day School, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, STEAM, pre-K through 12