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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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Every year at the Philly Free School we hold our “Mock Judicial Committee (JC) and Mediation,” event so parents have a better perspective about conflict resolution and rule enforcement at school, and can learn ways to support their children through this process. While I was compiling data to prepare for this year’s event I saw some interesting patterns: this year we’ve had fewer cases and shorter JC sessions. There also seems to be a less combative feel during JC proceedings.


This was a fun interview because it was the first one that was genuinely student driven. Tahj persisted in getting this episode recorded, and we are very glad he did! He describes his experience of conventional school as being 'separated', while Philly Free School is not. This episode is filled with these sorts of rich insights from Tahj as we discuss judicial committee, how the layout of the physical space affects things, and more. Enjoy!

Why Our Families Choose PFS

«The ability to communicate in a highly technological society is vital to survival.»

— Victoria Lambert, Parent of a current student