City Lab

City Lab includes a range of experiential, exploratory courses. These courses will be primarily 1-2 week explorations. Topics include art, cooking, languages, digital storytelling, 3D modeling and printing, and more.

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Animation with Scratch

Teacher: Mary Beth Hertz 
Dates: June 22 - June 24; 9:00 a.m. -  12:00 p.m.
Prerequisite: For students in Pre-K to 2nd grade

Learn how to create a scene and animate it in Scratch, a block-based programming app. Participants will learn the basics of computational thinking and stretch their digital creativity.

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Art Classes for Rising Third, Fourth, and Fifth Graders

Teacher: Dan Deslaurier
Prerequisite: Students will be rising third, fourth, or fifth graders during the coming 2022-23 school year. 

Choose your favorite from four different weekly sessions, or try all four! 

Lower School Art Classes SummerSessions


Session 1: My Summer Sketchbook  
Date: June 20 - 24, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Cost: $275

Student artists will learn a variety of decorating techniques and create painted papers with which they can mix, match, and trade with each other to design their own hand-stitched sketchbook. We’ll take our books out onto the Benjamin Franklin Parkway to enjoy our own sketching adventures!

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Art Explorations (for new PreK/K students)

Teacher: Amy Danford
Dates: August 16 - August 18; 10:00 a.m. -  11:30 a.m. OR 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Prerequisite: For students entering Pre-K or K

Are you a new Friends Select family with a child starting PreK or Kindergarten? Does your child love art? Do they have jitters about starting a new school? If so, these workshops are created specifically with your child in mind. We’ll explore a myriad of different art materials, get our hands messy, read stories, and make new friends before we jump into the new school year!

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Beats with Brad - FULL

Teacher: Brad Koegel
Dates: June 20 to July 2, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Prerequisite: For students in 3rd through 5th grade. 

Beats aren't just for hit-makers! Join Tr. Brad in exploring the world of digital music this summer. Students will learn to use a Digital Audio Workstation, a foundation for how music is made and assembled today, by creating their own audio "sketches." We'll be both in and out of the studio, working directly with digital instruments and computer software while also venturing into the city to capture and remix its sounds. By the end of the course, students will have an audio portfolio, a culminating project, and a basis of skills and resources they can continue to develop. Whether students want to learn how to make beats, record and mix their own guitar playing, or make a podcast, this is the place to be!


Field Hockey Camp

Teacher: Mariko Cummings
Dates: June 20 - June 24; 4:30 -  6:00 p.m.
Prerequisite: For students in 2nd through 9th grade

Friends Select field hockey camp will run from June 20 through June 24. The camp will be run by varsity coach Mariko Cummings. The Falcons field hockey team is coming off of an exciting season that ended with a playoff berth in the Friends Schools League. Camp will be 1.5 hours per day and participants will learn the fundamentals of the game through extensive drills and skill work.

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Friends Select School of Wizardry - FULL

Teacher: Steph Demko
Dates: July 25th - July 29th 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Cost: $50 (for tickets to the Harry Potter Exhibit at the Franklin Institute), FSS STUDENTS ONLY
Prerequisite: For students in 2nd through 6th grade

Are you a young wizard living among muggles? Spend a magical week exploring the wizarding world of Harry Potter. At Harry Potter Camp, the Sorting Hat will assign campers to houses and the week will be filled with wand-making, Quidditch, a variety of wizard treats, Harry Potter trivia, a Sorcerer’s Stone challenge, a Horcrux scavenger hunt, and much more. 


Podcasting 101: Telling Stories Through Audio

Teacher: Maria Poccia
Dates: June 20-  June 24 (9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.)
Prerequisite: For students in middle school

This course will extend students' interest in social media and enhance their communication skills using multimedia resources. Students will work collaboratively using google docs, explore sound editing, creating a podcast logo, and produce a podcast on subjects of interest to them. By the end of the week-long session, students will have produced a podcast and have uploaded them to a Google Site for their friends and family to listen to.

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Public Speaking

Teacher: Maurice Williams
Dates: July 11th - July 15th 9:00 am - 10:00 am
Prerequisite: For students in 3rd through 7th grade

Participants will develop the confidence and skills to speak publicly with power and authority over one’s own opinion. Beyond making presentations and public addresses, participants will, without conviction, be able to advocate for themselves and understand that their voice has power. WIth the right practice, tools, and guidance, there is a public speaker in everyone.

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Softball Camp

Teacher: Bill Klose
Dates: June 27 - July 1; 4:30 -  6:00 p.m.
Prerequisite: For students in 2nd through 9th grade

Friends Select softball camp will run from June 27 through July 1 on the turf field at FSS. The camp will be run by varsity head coach Bill Klose. The Falcons softball team has made the FSL playoffs for 13 consecutive years and played in the league championship in five of the last seven years, winning three times! This year’s team advanced to the state final four. Camp will be 1.5 hours per day and participants will learn fundamentals of hitting and fielding while remembering that this game is fun.

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Urban Photography

Teacher: Bryan Skelly
Dates: July 18 - July 22; 9:00 a.m. -  1:00 p.m.
Prerequisite: For middle school students

Using smart phones or other devices, I would like to explore the various settings in Philadelphia.  I'd like to work with students to create a visual narrative of the city. Students should pack a lunch for this course. We will discuss photography, editing, and filtering images to tell a story.

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Urban Walking

Teacher: Bryan Skelly and Erik Hermans
Dates: June 20-  June 24 (9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.)
Prerequisite: For students in middle school

During this week-long class, we will walk to different areas of the city. We will discuss public art, writing in journals, sketch, and converse with each other. The hope will be to put down technology and enjoy green spaces in the city. There will be a general theme of urban planning -- ways to make the city most enjoyable.

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Webcomics Workshop

Teacher: Luisa Levine
Dates: July 5 to July 15, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Monday to Thursday
Prerequisite: For students in grades 7 and up

Students will creatively depict a narrative arc through digital and traditional drawing and mixed digital media, learn technical processes of digitizing and uploading work to the web, and begin building a website. By the end of this seven-day course, participants will exhibit a body of work in an online portfolio that they can continue to build independently and use for years to come.

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