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Summer in the City: A SummerSessions Q&A with Director Desiree Harmon
Friends Select School

Friends Select’s SummerSessions program has flourished in the last 12 years to offer a wide range of courses that utilize the school’s location in Center City to offer in-depth, exploratory learning. Desiree Harmon, Friends Select’s middle school dean and director of SummerSessions, recently discussed how the program continues to evolve, and what parents and students can expect this year. SummerSessions classes run from June 10 through August 9, and registration is now available.

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Students’ Voices Help Shape Curricular and Programmatic Choices
Chris Singler, Upper School Director

Friends Select is delightfully different from other area schools in our authentic and deep belief that students are active participants in their own learning. This participatory stance takes many shapes: student government, student-run clubs, energetic participation in classes, and an overall welcoming stance to have students make sense of and shape their experience in high school. 

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The Space to Ideate and Create
Dave Younkin, Lower School Director

What do we do to help children arrive at wonderful ideas? One answer that keeps bubbling to the top is space. Give them space, and the kids will come up with ideas. Often, the space to generate ideas comes in the midst of boredom, those moments within our child’s day where there is no program, activity, or lesson to fill their time.

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A Lasting Friendship Creates $1 Million Endowment Fund for Friends Select
Friends Select School

In the spring of 2018, Herb Siegel ’46 honored his friend and classmate Andy Lucine ’46 with a generous challenge to the Friends Select School community: Herb would match, dollar-for-dollar, $500,000 in donations to support need-based scholarships for Friends Select students. By the end of the calendar year, the community delivered: a total of $508,305 in gifts was raised by alumni/ae, parents, former faculty, and trustees to establish The Andy Lucine ’46 Scholarship Fund, a $1 million endowed fund to support students.

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