Welcome New Families!

Dear New Families,

We hope that you and your children have been transitioning well into TPS.  We created this webpage specifically with you in mind to provide you resources to learn more about our program and philosophy.  Additionally, we’ve included links to logistical information. We hope you find this useful.


TPS Quick Guides - This is the place for current information for parents at TPS.
Billing - Answers to questions regarding tuition and billing. 
Blog - Keep up to date on all things TPS.
Coming and Going - Everything you need to know about dropping off and picking up students at TPS.
Communications - How to contact TPS and how TPS will be contacting you.
Calendar - What is happening at TPS.
Directory - A list of helpful TPS phone numbers in one place. 
Email Archives - Archives of emails sent by TPS.
FAQs - Answers to other frequently asked questions about TPS.
Glossary - Wondering about all of those acronyms?  Here's a guide to TPS Terminology

Learn More About TPS

TPS has a rich history when it comes to educating children. Please take the time to learn more about the ideas behind our academic program by reviewing the following materials. 


TPS has a strong and fundamental commitment to be an inclusive and respectful community that embraces, honors, and supports differences. Our school's diversity statement is not only a guiding document but a force that drives our teaching, decision making, and resource allocation as well. 


TPS is a progressive school and that philosophy informs how we approach teaching and learning. This animated video about the Changing Education Paradigms narrated by Sir Ken Robinson does a wonderful job of describing why this approach is so powerful. Robinson is a world-renowned advisor on education and th 


Growth Mindset is an approach to teaching and learning that is based on the work of Stanford professor, Carol Dweck. Her work inspires us to believe that intelligence can be developed in all children. Neuroscience demonstrates that the brain can grow new connections through use, much like a muscle can be strengthened through exercise. You will see our teachers encouraging students to work hard, enjoy challenges, persist in the face of setbacks, take risks, learn from mistakes, and find inspiration from others. 


Student success relies on a blend of good relationships, social skills, and engagement with learning, Developmental Designs comprehensive practices integrate social and academic learning. Teaching and learning are weakened by misbehavior, lack of a safe, inclusive community, and student apathy. The practices in the Developmental Designs approach are designed to meet adolescent needs by addressing these key elements of effective teaching.

Read more about Developmental Designs
Watch a video on the Developmental Designs approach



Environmental education has been integral to The Philadelphia School since its founding in 1972. Our goal is to teach children to deepen their understanding of scientific ideas and methods over time by engaging in practices that scientists and engineers actually use. Additionally, our "country classroom" program provides students with opportunities to explore other academic disciplines through a different lens. 

Learn more about the Outdoor Classroom at TPS


We use the Project Approach throughout the year to engage students in rich investigations that build upon their innate curiosity about the world. Our young researchers collaborate to ask questions,  solve problems, and think critically. They look beyond their classrooms into the neighborhood, the city, and the country. 

Read more from
Project examples from preschool through kindergarten


At TPS we believe that play is a valued component of early childhood education. Play is a significant mode for learning; through play children learn how to navigate and make sense of their social worlds as they actively engage with people, objects and representations.

Read more from Erika Christakis and Nicholas Christakis
Watch a video on the importance of play from Rowan University


Responsive Classroom practices are at the core of our social and emotional learning program. It helps us teach students how to be effective communicators, classroom members, and problem solvers. Responsive Classroom is a research- and evidence-based approach to education that is associated with greater teacher effectiveness, higher student achievement, and improved school climate.

Read more about Responsive Classroom principles and practices
Watch a video about what makes up a Responsive Classroom