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Why We’re Celebrating

This year marks the 50th anniversary of our decision as a school to remain in Center City. Celebrating our commitment to stay in the city is very important to me. My predecessors deserve a tremendous amount of credit for their decision. They had a tough choice to make—remain in the city during a very turbulent time in Philadelphia’s history, or move out to the suburbs for more space. Fortunately for all of us, the leaders at Friends Select School made the right choice. I tip my hat to them for recognizing the strengths and value of a city classroom. They remained true to our mission as a Quaker school, and true to Philadelphia as well.

I, like many of our families, was attracted to Friends Select because of its city location. Our wonderful families are also committed to the city and living sustainably—as demonstrated by all of our commuters who walk, bicycle, and take public transportation. Most importantly, Friends Select families are excited to raise their children in this world-class city. Teachers and staff appreciate all that we offer and the energy that buzzes throughout the halls. 

As an educator, I made it clear when I took on the job that making teaching tangible is a hallmark of my beliefs, and, given our location, we should be the best at doing that. This is embedded throughout our strategic plan, Advance Friends Select. We are continuously deepening and expanding our partnerships and really allowing the city to be our classroom. We have also hired a director of city curriculum and a director of equity and inclusion. Both of these directors are instrumental in helping strengthen and celebrate our sense of community.

When I was trying to think of a unique way to bring together Friends Select families and alumni in order to celebrate this special anniversary, I learned that we used to host the Spring Fair years ago. I was so excited to bring it back. My colleagues and I thought it would be the perfect way to honor our commitment to stay in the city. We thank you for helping us celebrate this remarkable place and community.