Goal 1: Quakerism

Deepen our identity and actions as a Friends school — and our students' understanding of Quaker values — to prepare our graduates to live lives that make a difference.

Strategies

The centrality of "that of God" in each person and of Meeting for Worship will continue to ground our community and relationships, just as reflection and the habit of silence will continue to nurture learning and spiritual well-being. Quaker practice can guide us to plan for a healthy balance for students, teachers and staff in the school schedule and curriculum.

We will integrate service learning into the curriculum, pre-K to 12, and, as a private school with a public mission, create a Center for Public Purpose, a place where our students and the wider community can advance issues of equity, social justice and peace.

AND WE WILL:

Model and teach integrity, truth-telling, conflict resolution and ethical choices.

Achieve a diversity of people, including an increased presence of Quakers.

Prioritize environmental stewardship in the daily life of the school and in long-range decisions about building and remodeling projects.

Seek opportunities for collaborations that enhance global competency through a commitment to Philadelphia and the world.

Implementation Examples

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Center for Public Purpose

As a private school with a public mission, and building on our Service Learning program, in 2013 we created a Center for Public Purpose to advance issues of equity, social justice and peace.

The centrality of "that of God" in each person and of Meeting for Worship will continue to ground our community and relationships, just as reflection and the habit of silence will continue to nurture learning and spiritual well-being. Quaker practice can guide us to plan for a healthy balance for students, teachers and staff in the school schedule and curriculum.

Videos


Quaker Self-Study

We recently completed a year-long Quaker Self-Study as part of the Membership Renewal Process for Friends Council on Education. Based on feedback from all of PC constituents, we see the emerging themes for future work to be Meeting for Worship, decision making and conflict resolution, and ongoing education about Quakerism for our community. (May 2016)

The centrality of "that of God" in each person and of Meeting for Worship will continue to ground our community and relationships, just as reflection and the habit of silence will continue to nurture learning and spiritual well-being. Quaker practice can guide us to plan for a healthy balance for students, teachers and staff in the school schedule and curriculum.

 

Global Connections

Students in all three divisions have opportunities for collaboration to enhance global competency. In the spring of 2016, Upper School students traveled to our sister school in China and to Cow House Art Studio in Ireland; Middle School students visited Costa Rica to learn more about environmental sustainability and build leadership skills. In the Lower School, fifth grade students participated in the Global Read Aloud and connected online with students in New OrleansCanadaFlorida, northern PennsylvaniaMassachusetts and more.

The centrality of "that of God" in each person and of Meeting for Worship will continue to ground our community and relationships, just as reflection and the habit of silence will continue to nurture learning and spiritual well-being. Quaker practice can guide us to plan for a healthy balance for students, teachers and staff in the school schedule and curriculum.

Hunger Games

To deepen our community understanding of and commitment to the Peace testimony, we invited John Hunter, creator of the World Peace Game, to visit PC in October 2014, and fourth grade teacher Maria-Odilia Romeu will have a sabbatical in spring 2017 to participate in a master class with John Hunter and bring the World Peace Game to our fourth grade in fall 2017.

The centrality of "that of God" in each person and of Meeting for Worship will continue to ground our community and relationships, just as reflection and the habit of silence will continue to nurture learning and spiritual well-being. Quaker practice can guide us to plan for a healthy balance for students, teachers and staff in the school schedule and curriculum.

 

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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