News & Announcements

The Italian Market as Our Spanish Classroom

Recently I traveled with a group of upper school students from my Spanish 3 class to meet with members of the Latino community in the Italian Market. For over two hours, we wandered along 9th Street, visiting Los Amigos Mexican Culinary Foods, Tortilleria San Roman, South Philly Barbacoa, and Ricoleta Paletas y Helados—all of which became our extended classroom as students participated in a full cultural immersion that was conducted exclusively in Spanish.

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Our Commitment to Staying in the City

The year 2019 is significant for Friends Select School as it will mark our building’s 50th anniversary. It’s an important occasion for us to reflect upon the conversations, deliberations, consultation, and decision of our Friends Select leaders in the 1960s to solidify our current location at 17th and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Their careful planning enabled us to remain in the city and of the city.

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Alumni Stories

Andrea Kremer '76

Andrea Kremer is one of the most accomplished and widely respected sports journalists in the industry. She was named one of the 10 greatest female sportscasters of all time and among the best of all sportscasters. She is also a two-time Emmy award winner. 

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Evan McDougall '00

After graduating from Goucher College with a BA in theatre and minoring in art, Evan McDougall , has been working in the Baltimore/ Washington D.C. theatre scene as a carpenter, welder, and machinist. He has led and helped crews realize designers’ visions for 5 or 6 shows each season at Imagination Stage and more currently as the Resident Carpenter at Everyman Theatre. He remains grateful to FSS for his early exposure to the arts that has led him down this path in life.

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John Chin '83

John Chin ’83 is the executive director of Philadelphia Chinatown Development Corporation (PCDC), a non-profit committed to the preservation and growth of Chinatown. Chinatown has always been a special place for Chin. He recalls that at his interview for the position in 2000, he said, “I want Philadelphia to know that Chinatown is a gem.” 

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