SummerSessions at FSS

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students in summer camp

The mission of the Friends Select SummerSessions program is to provide a unique summer program that is inspired by our Center City location. With knowledgeable faculty and outside experts as instructors, SummerSessions seeks to provide an experience that will engage, challenge, and enrich students within and outside of the Friends Select community.


City Academy
-- "Traditional" classes held primarily at school for remedial support, advancement, or exposure. These can be anywhere from 1-6 weeks long.
  • Geometry
  • Algebra Readiness
  • PreCalculus


City Lab -- Experiential, exploratory courses held primarily in the city. These will be primarily 1-2 week explorations.
  • Characters in the City and the City as a Character
  • Summer College Session
  • City Sketch 1 & 2
  • Made in the City of Philadelphia
  • Art and Contemporary Culture in the City
  • Service in the City
  • Wellness in the City
  • Athletics

City Institute
-- Teacher to teacher professional development around using the city/the environment to enhance classroom learning.
  • Humanities in the City: Using local resources to enrich the humanities classroom

Contact Us

Desiree Harmon

Middle School Dean, Summer Session Director