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Real Life. Real Learning.

At the Philly Free School, students ages 4-19 explore freely, think critically, and work collaboratively, across ages, to govern themselves and their school. Through self-initiated activities, students learn the delicate balance between individual freedom and community responsibility. Along the way, they develop the internal resources to navigate, assess, and utilize the information and tools needed to thrive in modern society.

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School News and Events

PFS's 2017 end of year fundraising drive has begun, so we are inviting you to Be Part of Something Bigger! Watch the student-made film showing life at PFS, and support us in making democratic education accessible to more young people!


It started with zombies. The daughter of a longtime friend had made a zombie movie, an ambitious project for anyone, let alone a teenager with only limited equipment...

Why Our Families Choose PFS

«We wanted you to have your own uniqueness. We wanted a school where what you say matters.»

— Amy Wan, Parent of a current student