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  • Sun, 05 May 2024

    Michael Gary Speaks Spring 2023

    I am so proud of what we have accomplished together since we launched our strategic plan, Advance Friends Select.

  • Sun, 05 May 2024

    Giving Back: Lon and Bonnie Greenberg GP’25, ’27

    Former Friends Select grandparents and longtime supporters of the school, Lon and Bonnie Greenberg GP’25, ’27 recently made a significant contribution to create an endowment fund for SummerSessions, a facet of the Advance Friends Select: Transformation Campaign.

  • Tue, 30 Apr 2024

    Upper School Writer Program Thrives

    To enrich the educational experience of upper school students and celebrate Philadelphia’s vibrant arts and culture, Friends Select School established the upper school Visiting Writer Program in 2019 with support from the John M. Dallam ’49 Endowed Fund. Each year, a distinguished Philadelphia-based writer is invited to engage with students and share their expertise, insight, and literary talent.

  • Tue, 30 Apr 2024

    Successfully Navigating the College Application Process as a Student-Athlete

    For students interested in pursuing a collegiate athletic career, the college search and application process add layers of complexity. Balancing academic and athletic commitments requires foresight, careful planning, and a strategic approach.

  • Tue, 30 Apr 2024

    Students Participate in the Mayor’s African American Historic Statue Advisory Committee

    Two Friends Select students had the privilege to serve on former Mayor Jim Kenney’s African American Historic Statue Advisory Committee convened by the Office of Arts, Culture, and the Creative Economy (OACCE).

  • Tue, 30 Apr 2024

    Students Lead Voter Registration Drive at Shackamaxon Powwow

    Friends Select upper school students facilitated a voter registration drive last September at the Shackamaxon Powwow at Penn Treaty Park. Hosted annually by the Native American House Alliance (NAHA)—a nonprofit organization that supports family, housing, and employment services to the local Native American community—the Shackamaxon Powwow honors Lenape culture and heritage.

  • Tue, 30 Apr 2024

    Michael Gary Speaks Spring 2024

    Watching and reading the news about boards of education at various levels throughout the United States purposefully censoring books and altering curricula to fit their political ideology, I am grateful to be an educator at Friends Select School.

  • Tue, 30 Apr 2024

    From the Archives: Creating A Friends Select Docuseries

    Friends Select School history was recently made with the production of our nine-part documentary series. Through archival footage, as well as interviews with alumni, faculty, and staff, A Friends Select Docuseries was meticulously crafted to honor pivotal moments in our school’s history and legacy.

  • Tue, 30 Apr 2024

    ESF Becomes Friends Select’s New Summer Camp Partner

    Friends Select School is embarking on a new partnership with ESF Camps & Experiences this summer. ESF will bring to Friends Select a premier collection of camps featuring over 60 fun-filled enrichment and character-building activities for students of all ages.

  • Tue, 30 Apr 2024

    Dedicated Alumni Return as Coaches

    Familiar faces that once walked Friends Select’s hallways as students are now on the sidelines at athletic games and practices, shaping the next generation of Falcons. A surge in the number of alumni coaches in recent years highlights the school’s commitment to alumni outreach and brings invaluable benefits to current student-athletes.

  • Tue, 30 Apr 2024

    Above Board: Doing Hard Things...Together

    Sometimes, as clerk of Friends Select’s board of trustees, I get caught in the trap of thinking I have to figure something out on my own. But when I remember that this is a false narrative and I reach out to a fellow board member or ask a committee or the whole board to bring their wisdom and experience to the table, I get re-energized and together we create a solution to the problem at hand.

  • Thu, 23 Nov 2023

    Giving Back: Jim Wong ’73

    In deciding where to donate money among the numerous and various academic institutions that have been a part of our family’s life, an overriding factor has been where it can make the most impact and difference.

  • Tue, 14 Nov 2023

    Varsity Boys Basketball Team Dominates

    With an impressive final overall record, a captain who reached the 1,000-point milestone, and a win against a Friends Schools League (FSL) powerhouse, the Friends Select varsity boys basketball team had a storybook 2022–23 season.

  • Tue, 14 Nov 2023

    Black History in the Philadelphia Landscape: A Q&A with Author Amy Cohen ’82

    Amy Cohen’s first book, Black History in the Philadelphia Landscape: Deep Roots,
Continuing Legacy, was recently published by Temple University Press.

  • Tue, 14 Nov 2023


    Read about the recipients of Friends Select's 2023 Distinguished Alumni Award, Athletic Hall of Fame, and Distinguished Teaching Award.

  • Fri, 10 Nov 2023

    From the Archives: Reflecting on Our Outdoor Spaces

    As I admired the marvelous designs of what we hope will become Friends Select’s new backlot playscape, I reflected on how the school has adapted its outdoor spaces over the years to accommodate a multitude of uses and interests from our community.

  • Fri, 10 Nov 2023

    From Jungle Gym to Outdoor Urban Playscape: Our Reimagined Backlot Takes Shape

    Friends Select School is reimagining the 16th Street entrance, backlot, and playground for its Parkway Building—an ambitious project that requires major philanthropic commitments from our community.

  • Fri, 10 Nov 2023

    Above Board: Leading without a Map

    Advance Friends Select, our strategic plan, has helped us navigate through unknown terrain and conflicting traffic reports for the past six years.

  • Sat, 04 Nov 2023

    Giving Back: Dick Hoffman

    Giving to Friends Select has been so meaningful during my tenure over the last six decades.

  • Fri, 27 Oct 2023

    The Growth of Our Big Sibs/Little Sibs Program

    The Big Sibs/Little Sibs program was piloted in a virtual format for less than 10 pairs of students at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. It now enrolls over 35 pairs of Black students, as well as other students of color in the school’s Latine and Asian communities.
  • Fri, 05 May 2023

    The Evolution of Friends Select’s After School Program

    For decades, the Friends Select After School Program (ASP) has created an engaging, extracurricular environment for students in lower and middle school while providing peace of mind for their families.

  • Fri, 05 May 2023

    Rising Enrollment at Historically Black Colleges and Universities

    Undergraduate enrollment in colleges and universities across the United States dropped during the COVID-19 pandemic, with a total two-year decline of 4.2% after 2020, according to the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center.

  • Fri, 05 May 2023

    New Transformation Talk Series: Gathering Local Thought Leaders to Elevate Civic Discourse

    Friends Select School hosted the first installment of its Transformation Talk series last September, titled “Building for the Future: How to Create Lasting Equitable and Accessible Learning Spaces.”

  • Fri, 05 May 2023

    From the Archives: School Traditions

    Most institutions cherish their traditions, and Friends Select School is no exception.

  • Fri, 05 May 2023

    Friends Select’s Distinguished Guests During the 2022-23 School Year

    Throughout the 2022-23 school year, numerous distinguished guests visited Friends Select School to share their expertise and experiences with our community.

  • Fri, 05 May 2023

    Friends Select Expands and Deepens Its Presence at NAIS People of Color Conference and Student Diversity Leadership Conference

    Friends Select faculty, staff, and upper school students traveled to San Antonio, TX, in December for the annual People of Color Conference (PoCC) and Student Diversity Leadership Conference (SDLC), hosted by the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS).

  • Fri, 05 May 2023

    An Outdoor Space for All Ages

    The next phase of the Advance Friends Select: Transformation Campaign is focusing on a redesign of the Parkway backlot, playground, and parking area.

  • Fri, 05 May 2023

    Above Board

    We must be faithful stewards of Friends Select’s resources to support our community, both as it is today and for future generations of students, faculty, and staff. While this certainly applies to budgeting responsibly, we also have to ask if we are being good environmental stewards. How are we implicated in the forces leading to climate change? 

  • Mon, 01 May 2023

    The Josie Whitlock Endowment Fund

    In a heartfelt tribute to her impact on the lives of many Friends Select students, a group of dedicated alumni has established the Josie Whitlock Endowment Fund. This fund will provide support that will exist in perpetuity to help upper school students with financial need for tuition or other costs associated with their Friends Select experience.


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