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The Philadelphia School

The Philadelphia School

Type: Day
Gender: Coed
2501 Lombard Street
Philadelphia, PA

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TPS opened its first classroom 50 years ago with a focus on progressive education. Today, as a preschool–8th grade school, we remain a leader in our founding educational philosophy. At TPS, students and teachers are partners in their learning, and this learning happens everywhere: in our city, in the country and in our center-city classrooms. Connecting lessons to the real world helps children understand how they fit into the big picture and learn to advocate for themselves and for others. Our graduates emerge as confident leaders with a true sense of self and the confidence to take on what’s next. We’ve always thought outside of the classroom; we’ll be doing the same for the next 50 years.


After School Programming, Art, Chess, Middle School Athletics, Music (Instruments and Vocal), Sports Club, Student Council, Summer Camp, Technology and Coding, Theatre Performances and Clubs

What is your teaching or educational philosophy?

Since our founding in 1972, The Philadelphia School has grown in size, complexity, and diversity. This growth has been rooted firmly in the progressive educational approach that inspired our founders: immersive learning, responsive pedagogy, and meaningful engagement with the world.

Today our school hums with vibrant activity. TPS students are dreamers, designers, builders, advocates, and questioners. They are not waiting around for life to begin. They co-create their education and their communities right here, right now — learning that agency does not begin with adulthood. In turn, adults in and out of the classroom guide students’ work with purpose and compassion, modeling the permanent place in life for curiosity and exuberant growth.

The future will find us deepening our commitments to experience-based learning and to equity, diversity, sustainability, and community. We want TPS to be a school without defaults. It will be a space defined and enhanced by the diversity within. Safe enough to be brave, the school we envision will be increasingly outward-facing, less container than catapult. TPS students pursue projects out in the world with partners from other schools, other life paths, and other generations. Wherever they are, they are absorbed in what they are doing. Hands on, hearts open.

What is your mission statement?

The Philadelphia School educates children for a future that is impossible to know but not impossible to shape. Learn here. Go anywhere.




Progressive Education, Social Justice, City Country Classroom, Outdoor Education, Preschool - 8th Grade