Satoia Wright’s dream is to offer quality education to Black and brown students from underserved communities. This summer, she’s getting there.
When I came to Friends Select School five years ago, I knew an exciting challenge lay ahead of me.
Maia Weintraub’s busy summer started with her graduation from Friends Select School. A lifer who attended Friends Select for 14 years, Maia will attend Princeton University this fall. But first she will travel to the Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan, as a member of the U.S. delegation for fencing.
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!
See videos and photos from this year's culminating events, including the class of 2021 graduation, the middle school moving up ceremony, and the lower school closing ceremony.
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.
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.