At a Glance

The Philadelphia School is a nonsectarian, progressive independent school educating children from preschool through eighth grade.  Learn here. Go anywhere.

Head of School

Carlye Nelson-Major

Founding Year

1972

CAMPUS

  • Main Building (grades 1-8): 2501 Lombard Street
  • Ellen Schwartz & Jeremy Siegel Early Childhood Education Center: 2501 South Street
  • Country Classroom: The Schuylkill Center of Environmental Education: Roxborough

Enrollment

474

PERCENTAGE STUDENTS OF COLOR

36%

PERCENTAGE FACULTY/STAFF OF COLOR

27%

Student-Teacher Ratio

8:1

Faculty and Staff with Advanced Degrees 

72%

Languages Taught

  • Spanish (Preschool through 8th Grade)
  • Latin (8th Grade)

Interscholastic Sports

  • Basketball
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Track & Field
  • Volleyball

Financial aid budgeted (2017 - 2018)

$1.8 million, 24% of student body (additional financial aid is budgeted for extracurricular activities)

Hours

Preschool & Kindergarten
8:20 am - 3:15 pm
Friday 8:20 am - 3:00 pm

First through Eighth Grade
8:20 am - 3:20 pm
Friday 8:20 am - 3:00 pm

Before School Programming 

Early Risers: 7:30 - 8:00 am (when yard and garden open)

After School Programming

Monday - Thursday: 3:20 - 6:00 pm
Friday 3:00 - 6:00 pm

  • Over 80% of students participate
  • 5,000 individual music lessons offered annually
  • 40 clubs offered each term

TRANSPORTATION

  • TPS is easily accessible via SEPTA Bus (#40 and #7) and is within walking distance of University City Train Station.
  • The School District of Philadelphia provides bus service to children in grades 1-6 who are Philadelphia residents and live more than 1.5 miles from TPS.
  • Students in 7th and 8th grade receive free passes for SEPTA buses and subway.
  • Children who live outside Philadelphia may be eligible for bus service from the school district in which they reside.

Accreditation

Pennsylvania Association of Independent Schools  

Institutional Memberships

Association of Delaware Valley Independent Schools
Educational Records Bureau
National Association of Independent Schools
Pennsylvania Association of Independent Schools

Principal emerita

Sandra Dean, Ed. D.

MASCOT

Tiger

The Philadelphia School does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, national or ethnic origin, disability, or sexual orientation in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, financial aid programs, physical education program, or other school-sponsored programs and activities, or in the hiring and terms of employment of faculty and staff.