The most important criteria for admission are the family’s understanding of our educational philosophy and the ability of the students to take responsibility for themselves. Students are admitted to PFS without regard to previous academic or behavioral record.

Enrollment at PFS occurs year round. Follow these steps to enroll:

  1. Learn as much as you can about our educational philosophy. Information on this site is a good starting point. We also have a library of written and audio/visual material for loan or purchase. Contact us to make arrangements to pick items up.
  2. Attend an Open House. Open Houses include a tour and Q&A session. Children are welcome. After you have attended an Open House, a visit or trial period during the school day can be arranged. NOTE: We are currently offering individual virtual Q&A sessions in addition to Open Houses (schedule one here).
  3. Apply if you believe your student would be a good fit for PFS, read our Enrollment Procedures and submit an online enrollment application (below) or a paper copy, with a $50 fee. A separate Enrollment Application should be submitted for each child applying.

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Tuition for 2023-2024 is a sliding scale from $1,800-$16,200 for the year, with a discount available for siblings.   Beyond this, we have scholarships and programs that assist families for whom the lower end of the scale is burdensome. Average tuition is just over $4,000 per student. We are committed to making the school accessible to those who wish to enroll, regardless of ability to pay.

Our school uses an independent third party called FACTS to determine the need for tuition assistance. Click here to apply to FACTS to determine what your expected family contribution would be.

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Online Enrollment Application

PFS Online Enrollment Application 

If you submit an application through our online form, please submit the $50 application fee through our Paypal, Cash App: $PhillyFreeSchool, Venmo: @Philly-FreeSchool or via check to: 4950 Springfield Ave.  Philadelphia, PA 19143