This year, Friends Select School inaugurated its school-wide service focus on the issue of homelessness.
The overall goal of the Excellence in Teaching and Learning committee is to develop a comprehensive and contemporary teaching master plan. Already it has been instrumental in the process of hiring a Director of Equity and Inclusion and a Director of City Curriculum. These two senior administrators work with students and parents, faculty and staff, promoting cross-cultural competency and connecting the Friends Select community with the larger community of Philadelphia and our society. In addition, this committee has facilitated other committees such as City Curriculum, Student Voice and Agency, Professional Development and Ongoing Discovery, Quakerism, Wellness, Visual and Performing Arts and Athletics, and Equity and Inclusion, which reflect the school’s core principles.
This committee continues to implement a strategic plan that:
• Ensures best practice through ongoing discovery and professional development.
•Enhances cross-cultural competency and experience.
•Defines the role of athletics and the visual and performing arts in the program.
•Provides structures and leadership opportunities that elevate the student voice and agency for change.
•Sustains a strong commitment to Quaker values, social justice, and a culture of inclusion and respect.
•Leverages external partnerships to meet teaching and learning goals.
Friends Select School recently completed its first Quaker self-study and Membership Renewal Process (MRP) to affirm its Quaker identity.
Katelynn (Kate) Young ’19 and Emmett Orts ’15 are former Friends Select student athletes who have continued to demonstrate their athletic skills at the college level.
Last fall, Friends Select began offering speed and strength training in partnership with Brandon Bing, NFL Super Bowl champion, founder of Probing Elite Fitness and Performance, and specialist in speed development, strength, and conditioning.