The Philadelphia School was founded in 1972 by a group of parents who wanted to nurture the natural curiosity of children. They set out to create a professionally run school that

  • set high academic standards
  • celebrated joyful learning
  • fostered creativity and innovation
  • used the rich resources of the city of Philadelphia in meaningful ways
  • provided direct and frequent experiences in the natural world
  • responded to new developments in education
  • respected  and educated the whole child

And they succeeded. Today, more than four decades later, our founders' vision of a City Country Classroom endures. We have grown from 14 children to 465 and from rented rooms in Rodeph Shalom Synagogue on Broad Street to our own three-building campus on S. 25th Street.

Despite this growth, our founders – some of whom are grandparents of current students! - recognize the school they started.  So much of who and what we do today – our values, our passion for teaching and learning, our respect for childhood, our celebration of creativity, multiple perspectives, and innovation – harkens back to the dreams of our founders.

For a fun trip back in time to the school's early years, take a look at our First Ten Years.