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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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At a free school, every student and staff member has an equal say in any decision that shapes the school community and their lives within it. At PFS, that means that students’ votes outnumber staff ten to one. In short, the kids run the school. This requires adults at Philly Free School to practice two types of trust. First, we must trust students to collaborate in self-governance. Second, self-directed education requires that we must trust each child to know what is best for them in their individual learning process.


​For our final episode of the Inside PFS podcast for the 2018-19 school year, we offer you a fun and insult ridden conversation between Tori, Maddy, and sometimes Luke. 'Sometimes Luke' because Tori and Maddy only seemed to want Luke in the conversation as a whipping boy. It's a lovely end to this year of conversations Inside Philly Free School. Tori and Maddy discuss the development of the school since its opening, sticking with the announcement committee project they started for the entire school year, and much more. Enjoy!

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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