Big News: Thanks to the generosity of Liz Widdicombe P’18,’22, a trustee, parent, and Quaker, all gifts and pledges to the Advance Friends Select: Transformation Campaign will be matched dollar-for-dollar, up to $100,000!
Friends Select's SummerSessions program offers an array of virtual and in-person courses that use the school’s Center City location to create in-depth, exploratory learning experiences for students of all ages, as well as professional development opportunities for educators.
Friends Select upper school students were interviewed by André Robert Lee recently for FOX29's "Our Race Reality" series!
When Ian Lockey started teaching Latin at FSS nearly nine years ago, he taught classics the way he was taught — promoting the texts and culture from ancient Greece and Rome. While the art, literature, architecture, and philosophies of these civilizations have long been taught in the West as the ideal and pinnacle of human thought, Ian became troubled by the overt exclusion of other civilizations and idolization of the Ancient Mediterranean, and he was not the only one raising red flags around the teachings of ‘classics.’
As a Quaker school, we stand for diversity, equity, and inclusion, and support the Jewish members of our community, the city, and beyond. Please join us in holding in the Light all those who are subjected to and affected by such antisemitism, and let us continue to support one another.
Recently, Friends Select middle school dean Dan Capecchi asked faculty to share what they have been studying with regards to Black history—African, African American, or the African diaspora—in preparation for an upcoming Black History Month assembly led by upper school religious studies and history teacher Malik Mubashshir.
Steve Lawrence ’81, Friends Select's national alumni board president, writes: "From day one, I was comfortable at Friends Select. I got along with my classmates and teachers. More importantly, the environment allowed me to adapt and evolve in a setting conducive to learning. But it was not my social life—far from it."
In the wake of the Black Lives Matter movement, Friends Select School has recommitted itself to seeking racial justice, teaching tolerance, and building an anti-racist community. Working with national alumni board president Steve Lawrence ’81 and director of equity and inclusion Toni Graves Williamson, Friends Select has been making concerted efforts to engage with and listen to Black alumni. Recently, Nyeema Caldwell ’20 and Cindy Harper Covington ’84 reflected on their experiences as Black students at Friends Select.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, John Chin ’83 P’15, ’18 of Philadelphia’s Chinatown, Mike Fitts ’71 of Tulane University, and Wendell Pritchett ’84 of University of Pennsylvania all had a profound impact on their respective communities.
Phoebe Hopkins ’08 is the owner of Play College Field Hockey, a consulting firm specializing in collegiate field hockey recruiting.
Dr. Susan Taylor ’75 sees patients at Penn Medicine, and she is the Vice Chair for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion for the Department of Dermatology and the Sandra Lazarus Professor of Dermatology at the Perelman School of Medicine of the University of Pennsylvania.