Putting the “A” in STEAM

The completion of the upper school STEAM Building signifies a historic chapter in the legacy of Friends Select School. With the addition of the sustainably renovated, historic brownstone adjacent to the Race Street Meetinghouse, the school has—for the first time—expanded its campus in Philadelphia.

Michael Gary Speaks

“Care before content” has driven our efforts to improve the mental health and wellbeing of our students, faculty, and staff through the Friends Select Wellness Program.

Above Board

The events of the past few years have toppled many of our long-held  beliefs and required us to find new ways of doing most things. Many of us are trying to figure out 
what traditions and routines we want to return to and which new ways are keepers, as we continue to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic together. 

Celebrating Abolitionist and Activist Anna Elizabeth Dickinson

Civil rights activist, orator, writer, and Friends Select alumna Anna Elizabeth Dickinson is now recognized with a Pennsylvania state historical marker near the southeast corner of Broad and Arch Streets. The commemoration of her work and connection to Philadelphia are a result of the combined efforts of the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC), Friends Select, and Amy Cohen ’82. 

Giving Back: Why Amy Cohen ’82 Put Friends Select in Her Will

A member of the Dick Hoffman Circle of Continued Gifts, Amy has given back to Friends Select consistently for over 25 years in a variety of ways. From her contributions to the Friends Select Fund, the school’s annual giving program, to her support of capital campaigns over the years, Amy’s appreciation for her alma mater has been evident in her consistent generosity.

From the Archives: Graduation Tradition

After a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic and limitations on in-person gatherings, the return of graduation at the Race Street Meetinghouse was celebrated with the class of 2022.

In Memoriam: Bob Harnwell

Bob Harnwell, long-standing Friends Select faculty member, passed away in March 2022. From 1963 to 1983, Bob served in a variety of roles, including math teacher, math department chair, and upper school director. In 2012, he was honored by the school and his former students with a Distinguished Teaching Award.