kindergarten open house
open house

  Tuesday March 6th is a district-wide Kindergarten Open House date for the School District of Philadelphia.  Schools around the city will welcome prospective families in to visit the kindergarten classrooms, meet the teachers, and find out more about the schools.  Please call your school for specific times when tours and programs might be available on Tuesday.  Any […]

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Project P.L.A.Y. School… Reggio-Inspired!
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My son attended Project P.L.A.Y School P.L.A.Y. School for almost three years, and he and our whole family absolutely loved it. When we moved to Elkins Park, we asked new neighbors for pre-school recommendations, and Project P.L.A.Y. School came highly recommended by a good friend. When my son and I first visited Project P.L.A.Y. School (Partners in Learning […]

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lawn signs: beauty or blight?
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This debate cropped up recently on the usually peaceful Mt. Airy Parents Network (MAPN) over the last few weeks.  One commenter lamented that the season was upon us when all sorts of school lawn signs would clutter our neighborhoods.  This comment started a firestorm of both sincere and snarky replies.  I’ve been a member of […]

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speaking of schools- voluntary transfer- apply NOW!
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Every student resident of Philadelphia has a neighborhood public school determined by attendance boundaries.  Students may enroll in those schools after providing proof of residency, but there are other public school options that some city residents might want to consider.   One of these options is to apply for the School District of Philadelphia’s Voluntary Transfer […]

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building community at Greene Street Friends School

 Written by: GSFS parent, Debbie Woodward Over the years, when I have talked to people about Greene Street Friends School, I find myself coming back to one characteristic over and over again: the community. In various ways and at various scales, Greene Street fosters a strong community between students, faculty, staff and parents. Greene Street […]

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schools- the danger of a single story
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Much sooner than I am ready for, backpacks will be donned and kids will be heading back to school.  Here in the NW, that means a variety of things: from Catholic to Quaker, from progressive to traditional, Montessori and Waldorf, public, private, and charter, Single-sex and co-educational.  Not only do our surrounding schools have their […]

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School Decisions?

If you live and raise kids in the GAP area, you’re likely to grapple with school decisions.  Whether you’re deciding between your neighborhood public school, a charter school, thinking of applying to an out-of-catchment school, or going with an independent school… it’s nice to have choices, but it can get overwhelming pretty quickly.  This Thursday […]

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New Private School option for 2011-2012

Opening in Sept, 2011, The Philadelphia Free School will be the only Sudbury model, democratic free school in the Delaware Valley. Serving children ages 4-19, it will create a space that rejects grades, bells and conformity, and centers instead, on curiosity, trust, and self reliance.   Students will direct their own learning based upon their interests and passions […]

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School District of Philadelphia PreK and Kindergarten Registration Open!

The first day of school for Pre-K, Kindergarten, Head Start, and Bright Futures may not be until September 16, but registration for the 2011-2012 school year is open NOW! To register for kindergarten, your child must be 5 years old on or before September 1, 2011. The School District does not test for early admission […]

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Race to Nowhere… Local Documentary Screenings

Last year, the poignant documentary, The Prep School Negro, was making the rounds in screenings in many of the local private schools.  This year, the documentary everyone is talking about is “The Race to Nowhere”.  And for good reason. Here’s the summary: A concerned mother turned filmmaker aims her camera at the high-stakes, high-pressure culture that has […]

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Last Week to apply for Voluntary Transfer in Philadelphia Public Schools

Quick reminder: The deadline to apply for Voluntary Transfer for the 2011-2012 school year is this Friday, October 29.  If you are hoping to have your child attend a school that lies outside your residential school’s attendance boundaries, the VTP allows you to apply to those schools for the upcoming school year.  Options for transfer […]

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‘Tis the Season for Fall School Open Houses!

Fall Open Houses  John S. Jenks Elementary School Kindergarten Tea for Prospective Parents Thursday October 7, 2010 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm Location: 135 West Gravers Lane in Chestnut Hill City State Zip: Philadelphia, 19118 Email: haviva.goldman@gmail.com  Open House November 9th, 2010, 6:00 – 7:30PM Location: J.S. Jenks School, Please enter on Southampton, off Germantown Ave. […]

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School Additions and Reader Question…

This post will be short and sweet.  Thanks to some reader feedback, we’ve added several new schools to the open house list: Jenks, Greenwoods Charter, Crefeld, and Our Mother of Consolation.  If you know of more schools to add, please send them our way… the more the merrier! Also, there was a question from a […]

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speaking of schools- voluntary transfer: apply NOW!

Every student resident of Philadelphia has a neighborhood public school determined by attendance boundaries.  Students may enroll in those schools after providing proof of residency, but there are other public school options that some city residents might want to consider. One of these options is to apply for the School District of Philadelphia’s Voluntary Transfer […]

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