In late February, as news of the COVID-19 pandemic traveled as quickly as the virus itself, Michael Gary and Friends Select’s administration began discussing how the pandemic could affect Friends Select’s community. Once Philadelphia’s first cases were reported, the school had already established a transition plan to a distance learning model.
Friends Select School is excited to announce that we are currently expanding our campus with the purchase of the building located at 1520 Race Street, and we are simultaneously undergoing a major transformation of the first floor of our main building located at 17th Street and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.
It feels as if we’ve experienced two pandemics at once. The sense of isolation and uncertainty from the mandated quarantine during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic paired with the frustration and pain caused by continued racial injustices have been challenging to handle at the same time. Friends Select’s long-standing promise to extend our values beyond the school community fills me with hope that together, we will come out of these experiences stronger than before.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, John Chin ’83 P’15, ’18 of Philadelphia’s Chinatown, Mike Fitts ’71 of Tulane University, and Wendell Pritchett ’84 of University of Pennsylvania all had a profound impact on their respective communities.
Friends Select School Calendar for the 2021-2022 school year.
Recently, Friends Select middle school dean Dan Capecchi asked faculty to share what they have been studying with regards to Black history—African, African American, or the African diaspora—in preparation for an upcoming Black History Month assembly led by upper school religious studies and history teacher Malik Mubashshir.
Friends Select is proud to present our Winter Concert Showcase.
On January 30, Friends Select is hosting a free virtual information session for anyone interested in teaching at our school and learning more about teaching in independent schools. During this online symposium, you will discover what it’s like to teach in an independent school environment and have the opportunity to meet educators within the Friends Select community.
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