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A Message From the Head of School

It is my pleasure to welcome you to The Philadelphia School. I invite you to explore our website to learn about our 50-year history and the amazing things that happen at our school every day. You can learn a lot from these pages, but the best way to experience TPS is to visit us and see the magic in action. 

Come visit our classrooms. Experience the way that teachers build relationships with our students and prepare them for the challenges ahead. Get a first hand look at how TPS students (even our preschoolers) are partners in their learning journey and are advocates, not only for themselves, but for others.

Come experience our students exploring our great city. Philadelphia is more than our location. It is an extension of our classrooms, a topic of study, and an inspiration for civic engagement. 

Come see our students exploring the great outdoors. Every student in preschool through eighth grade spends a day a week in our outdoor classroom at parks and locations throughout Philadelphia. This intimate and personal connection to nature encourages our students to become environmental stewards and creates connections to concepts they learn in the classroom. 

Our school was founded by a group of parents who wanted to nurture the natural curiosity and intellect of children. They set out to create a professionally run school that set high academic standards, celebrates joyful learning, respects and educates the whole child, and fosters creativity and innovation.  Generations later, we are proud to continue that legacy, embracing the challenges and joys of becoming learners for life.

Welcome to TPS,

Lisa Sun
Head of School

Learn more about Lisa and TPS in this podcast here

Our Leadership Team

Anna Donnelly

Director of Grades 4th-8th

Jonathan Katzenbach

Director of Operations & Finance

Allison Kirshner Oz

Director of Learning Resources

Jeffrey Mordan

Director of Systems & Spaces

Katie Neff

Director of Admission & Enrollment Management

Christy Reardon

Director of Grades Preschool-3rd

Lisa Sun

Head of School

Megan Townsend

Director of Marketing and Communications