Health AND Physical Education

Physical education allows children to work on social skills, maximize their own physical fitness, and have fun. In addition, an activity-based sequential health education program designed to develop personal and social competence in Lower School students focuses on topics such as good nutrition, self-esteem, coping skills, drug awareness, decision making, problem solving, and relationship skills. Children are helped to acquire attitudes and practices that increase their potential for good health in the years ahead.

Color Day, a tradition since 1892, is part of the physical education curriculum. Read more.

Spiritual and Social-Emotional Growth

In our Lower School, we create (intentionally) a vibrant, caring school community where children are nurtured and encouraged to grow in all respects – spiritually, emotionally, intellectually and physically. When challenges arise, children are encouraged to respond in a conscientious and compassionate manner, and to learn from the variety of community voices. Drawing upon our Quaker philosophy, children learn to resolve conflicts by using “I” messages to describe their feelings, as well as becoming acquainted with peace-building practices, such as mindful reflection, active listening and community dialogue. Each classroom meets weekly for community-building classes led by the Lower School counselor. Our "friendship groups" are an engaging way for students to become better friends, better problem-solvers and more effective community members. 

We also draw upon materials and techniques from the Responsive Classroom, a social curriculum established by the Northeast Foundation for Children and designed to teach children to care about themselves and each other. Students share in developing classroom rules and the logical consequences for breaking those rules. The Responsive Classroom seeks to teach cooperation, assertion, responsibility, empathy and self-control.

Penn Charter

A Friends School for Girls and Boys, Pre-K to 12

3000 West School House Lane Philadelphia, PA 19144 215.844.3460
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