Our Classroom is Everywhere.
Learn here. Go anywhere.
In The Country
Each week in the spring and fall, all TPS students spend time in our “country classroom,” providing them the space to explore and learn from nature.
In The Classroom
Our progressive approach encourages children to explore their academic, social, and civic potential through inquiry, projects and thematic learning.
In The City
Philadelphia is more than our location and the name of our school; it is an extension of our classrooms, a topic of study, and an inspiration for civic engagement.
Whether in our garden space, our bright, airy classrooms, the neighborhood, or sites further afield, our early childhood students’ learning is driven by their own questions and interests and characterized by exploration and collaborative discovery.
Primary (1st and 2nd) classrooms are vertically grouped to support the wide developmental range that characterizes this stage of learning, and to intentionally build our children’s capacity to both lead and follow. Third graders reassemble as a single grade, consolidate their skills, and begin to employ all they’ve learned to better understand the wider world around them.
A rotating, thematic study provides a focus for learning, giving purpose and meaning to the educational experience. Junior Unit students dive deep into the study of ancient civilizations through essential questions such as, “How is power kept, gained, and resisted?”
Middle schoolers serve as leaders in our community. From overnight camping trips to mini-courses to student government elections, middle school at TPS is marked by many experiences that provide students the skills to navigate new challenges and help them develop self-advocacy, clarity, and compassion.
Strong bonds, partnerships and idea sharing are at the heart of the TPS experience where deep connections and lifelong friendships develop among our students, parents, faculty, staff and alumni. Everyone who walks through the doors at TPS contributes in so many ways showing their care of our school and one another. At TPS, we’re in this together.