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School Details

  • School TypePrivate Independent
  • Grade LevelsPreK-8
  • Enrollment421
  • PrincipalMs. Lisa Sun
  • Phone Number215-545-5323
  • SEPTA RoutesBus (7,40), RR (University City)
  • Address 2501 Lombard Street
    Philadelphia, PA 19146
  • NeighborhoodNewbold
  • Tuition$20,500 - $24,900 (~$24% of families receive financial aid)
  • Application DeadlineJanuary 1st, 2018
  • Apply Now

Mission

The Philadelphia School is a coeducational, nonsectarian independent school educating children from preschool through 8th grade. Its mission, as a progressive school and vibrant learning community, is to educate the character and intellect of...

The Philadelphia School is a coeducational, nonsectarian independent school educating children from preschool through 8th grade. Its mission, as a progressive school and vibrant learning community, is to educate the character and intellect of children. We want our students to become engaged citizens who are critical thinkers, creative problem solvers and lifelong learners.

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Points of Pride

1. TPS has an 8:1 student-teacher ratio. The school has extraordinary faculty, with 72% of teachers having advanced degrees. 2. TPS has a diverse student body: 33% of the student population are students of color. 3. TPS is situated in an urban...

1. TPS has an 8:1 student-teacher ratio. The school has extraordinary faculty, with 72% of teachers having advanced degrees. 2. TPS has a diverse student body: 33% of the student population are students of color. 3. TPS is situated in an urban setting and has a country classroom at the Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education. 4. TPS offers a variety of opportunities for students. Students participate in a Spanish program from preschool through 8th grade. The school has a rich multimedia visual arts program and a robust vocal and instrumental music program, including a cappella, percussion and string ensembles.

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Admissions Policy

Interested families must submit an application (available on the school website or the Apply Now link below). The admissions office will then schedule a parent/guardian meeting. The application process also includes submission of school records and...

Interested families must submit an application (available on the school website or the Apply Now link below). The admissions office will then schedule a parent/guardian meeting. The application process also includes submission of school records and teacher recommendations, as well as a student visit or attendance at a play day.

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Safety & Culture

The Philadelphia School’s progressive approach to learning addresses developmental issues: how a child grows intellectually, creatively, emotionally, socially, morally and physically. New research about child development, teaching and learning is...

The Philadelphia School’s progressive approach to learning addresses developmental issues: how a child grows intellectually, creatively, emotionally, socially, morally and physically. New research about child development, teaching and learning is regularly incorporated into the curriculum. Our diverse community of learners fosters critical thinking, love of learning and enthusiasm for meaningful work. We seek to nurture each student’s sense of personal integrity, care for others and respect for individuality. Through our commitment to learning in the city, country and classroom, we affirm our founders’ goal of educating students to be thoughtful, responsible and active stewards of the urban and natural environments. The Philadelphia School’s vigorous, theme-based academic program prepares students for a lifetime of learning and community involvement.

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Accreditations & Honors

NAIS, PAIS

NAIS, PAIS

School Details & Data

Demographics

Black 10.8%
White 63.4%
Hispanic 2.6%
Asian 6%
Other 17.2%

Female & Male Students

Female Students 53.7%
Male Students 46.3%

Students Per Grade

Kindergarten Students
50
1st Grade Students
54
2nd Grade Students
45
3rd Grade Students
51
4th Grade Students
47
5th Grade Students
51
6th Grade Students
43
7th Grade Students
52
8th Grade Students
28
Total Students
421

Academics

AP Class Offerings

  • AP Class Other

Activities & Programs

Arts Programs

  • Other

Sports Programs

  • Basketball,
  • Soccer,
  • Track and Field,
  • Tennis,
  • Wrestling,
  • Girls Basketball,
  • Girls Volleyball,
  • Sports Other

Other Sports

In addition to our Middle School interscholastic sports, our after school program offers several sports-related clubs, including karate, running, soccer, basketball, and "boot camp."

In addition to our Middle School interscholastic sports, our after school program offers several sports-related clubs, including karate, running, soccer, basketball, and "boot camp."

Other Activities

The school has a strong after school chess program. Our chess players have won numerous individual and team state and national tournaments.

The school has a strong after school chess program. Our chess players have won numerous individual and team state and national tournaments.

Electives

Mini-courses are offered on a large variety of topics to students in grades 6-8.

Mini-courses are offered on a large variety of topics to students in grades 6-8.

Language Programs

  • Spanish,
  • Latin

Parent Programs

  • Parents Home and School Association,
  • Parents Classroom Volunteers

Parent Involvement

Every TPS parent is a member of The Philadelphia School Parent Association. Many parents choose to be part of the life of the school by sitting on committees that support various initiatives, by helping out with school-wide events, or by serving as...

Every TPS parent is a member of The Philadelphia School Parent Association. Many parents choose to be part of the life of the school by sitting on committees that support various initiatives, by helping out with school-wide events, or by serving as guest lecturers in the classroom. The parent association plays an important role in identifying and organizing topics for parent education initiatives, which take place at least once or twice monthly.

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Before and After Care

  • Before Care,
  • After Care,
  • Extended Programming

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