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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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​Continuing with our project to record and publish conversations with all the students aging out or receiving a diploma this year, we caught up with Laadah. Alone time and solitude are some of the unique luxuries at PFS and Laadah has taken full advantage of them here and we discuss what that has meant to her. We also discuss the subtle and not so subtle differences of being a black person in Philadelphia public schools and PFS, spirituality, and what it's been like having younger sisters at school. Enjoy!


We are excited to offer our first podcast composed entirely of student voices. This episode is a conversation between three young men who are all current PFS diploma candidates. This is a fun and profound episode. Preyton, Noah, and Ian discuss a wide range of topics including race dynamics at Philly Free School and in the world, the differences they see between democratic-free school students and their conventional school peers, the role of older students, Garfield, and more. Enjoy! DISCLAIMER: This podcast contains some profane language. Those of us involved with producing this episode have chosen to publish it unedited. We believe it is valuable and beautiful to hear the way this group of friends speaks openly with each other. Applying a filter would muddle their voices. Listener discretion is advised.

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