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Profile

A college preparatory, coed, Quaker day school serving grades pre-kindergarten through 12th grade.

Location

17th St. & Benjamin Franklin Parkway, at the center of Philadelphia's museum, business, and government districts. An adjacent campus building is located across the street at 1700 Race Street (Friends Select @ 1700).

History

Traces its roots to the founding of the nation's first Friends school in 1689, and has existed in its current form since 1833 and at its present location since 1885.

Faculty

Ninety faculty members. The student-faculty ratio is 10:1.There are 136 faculty and staff employed at the school.

College Preparation

Typically 100% of graduates enter four-year colleges and universities, including some of the nation's most prestigious institutions.

Facilities

The main campus building includes a roof-top field with eight tennis courts and a field hockey playing field; a 25-yard swimming pool; full gymnasium, weight room and wrestling room; playground exclusively for lower and after-school students; easy access to reserved fields in nearby Fairmount Park; three science labs, two libraries, two computer labs, computer laptop carts, a dance studio, and a main stage theater. Friends Select @ 1700 includes four art studios and several academic classrooms.

Sports

Girls' Sports--basketball, field hockey, soccer, softball, crew, swimming
Boys' Sports--baseball, basketball, soccer, crew, swimming
Coed Sports-- cross country, tennis, MS swimming, squash

Accreditation and Affiliations

National Association of Independent Schools, Pennsylvania Association of Independent Schools, Association of Delaware Valley Independent Schools, Friends Council on Education, Center City Residents Association, Society Hill Neighbors Association, North Broad Community Coalition, Parkway Council Foundation.

Students

570, drawn from close to 80 zip codes, approximately 73 percent from the city of Philadelphia (64 percent from Center City) and the remainder from suburban Pennsylvania and New Jersey; 38% are students of color (African American, Asian, Latino and other); 8% are Quaker; 9% are international students.

Governance

Overseen by a board of 21 trustees appointed by Central Philadelphia Monthly Meeting (Race Street) and Monthly Meeting of Friends of Philadelphia (Arch Street).

Admission

Welcomes applications from qualified students with a range of backgrounds, interests, talents, and experiences, and admits applicants without regard to religion, gender, race, sexual orientation, nationality, or ethnic background.