social justice

Post-Election Reflections

By Justine Hoffman, Head of School

                                         “Come as you are and we will learn from one another.”

While The Philadelphia School takes a nonpartisan stance when it comes to electoral politics, the school stands firm in its commitment to its long-held values of social justice, diversity, and respectful civil discourse and activism.

Reactions to Tuesday’s election results have been passionate across the nation, and they have been no different here at The Philadelphia School.

Students had the opportunity to share their feelings on Wednesday at their morning meetings. Their reaction was varied, but it is clear that many children are fearful of the rhetoric about people of color, Muslims, immigrants, and women that has prevailed throughout the campaign. 

Audrey Huntington '03 Goes to Camp

School nurse Sara Forgione and TPS alumna Audrey Huntington '03 just got back from camp! Here is what Sara had to say about it:

"Audrey and I are back to Philadelphia after a little more than a week at Camp Sojourner: Girls' Leadership Camp in the Poconos. This was Audrey's second year as a counselor there and my fifth year as the camp nurse.  The camp is truly amazing; it brings about 75 girls from Philadelphia together to sleep-away camp where they learn about teamwork, leadership skills, and social justice; commune with nature; express themselves creatively and collaboratively; and build a community that lasts year-round back in Philadelphia. Here's the link to information about supporting Camp Sojourner:"

TPS loves to highlight the good works of alumni and staff!



Rap and Social Justice

The 7th grade had a visit and workshop yesterday from artists/musicians/educators City Love, composed of TPS teacher Brian Jordan and Dwight Dunston. They performed some of their own music, introduced hip hop as a way of communicating and telling stories, and guided groups of students in composing short raps or songs about various social justice issues connected to the values students identified in class earlier in the week.

It was a fun and powerful workshop, and we look forward to seeing how students may incorporate hip hop into their individual spoken word pieces.