In November, middle school students and their teachers dedicated a full day of cross-curricular learning to explore Philadelphia’s vast resources, from public artworks and outdoor spaces to museums and institutions.
The three committees that are leading the implementation of Friends Select’s strategic plan—Excellence in Teaching and Learning, Financial Sustainability and Endowment Growth and Use of Space—are all focused on developing a comprehensive plan to form, engage, and evaluate partnerships. Progress has already been made with the overarching goal of developing such partnerships, including the hiring of the Director of Equity and Inclusion and a Director of City Curriculum.
This committee continues to implement a strategic plan that:
•Grows mission-based opportunities with businesses, government, arts, cultural, and educational institutions that enrich and support the educational program.
•Strengthens cross-cultural connections and reach through academic programming and international experiences.
•Cultivates and effectively manages and promotes meaningful projects, internships, and leadership experiences for students.
•Leverages reciprocal partnerships to enhance educational, financial, and facility goals.
The artwork, titled Gender Equality, was created by local artist and Drexel University professor Barbara Smolen, in partnership with the Global Philadelphia Association and Mural Arts Philadelphia campaign to raise awareness about the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
This March, two new exhibitions in Philadelphia showcase art by Friends Select’s students, faculty, and alumni.
On November 22, the entire middle school spent the day across the city exploring Philadelphia's murals, museums, and numerous outdoor spaces and gardens. This was a chance for students to experience firsthand the city's diverse resources in cross-curricular ways.