Friends Select is an independent school with 501 students
in grades pre-kindergarten through twelve. The school has three divisions,
Lower (pre-kindergarten through 4th), Middle (5th through 8th), and Upper
(grades 9 to 12). The Upper School has 185 students. Class size averages
at12 students. Friends Select is a college preparatory school, with generally
100% of the graduating class attending college. Located in the heart of
Philadelphia's downtown business and cultural districts, Friends Select
School traces its history to the founding of the first Friends school
in 1689. Friends Select has existed in its current form since 1833 and
has been at its present location since 1885.
20% of Friends Select's students are African American, 8% are Asian or Asian American, 4% are Hispanic and 3% other. This group equals 35% of the school's population. 9% of the students are Quaker. There is also a diversity of economic backgrounds, largely because of a wide-ranging financial aid program.
Courses in the Upper School science department include, 9th grade chemistry, 10-11th grade biology, 11-12th grade physics and advanced courses in all of these disciplines. Science courses meet for three 40-minute lecture periods and one 80-minute lab period per week. Students learn through lecture, participation in a variety of laboratory investigations, group projects and by conducting original math/science research which is presented to the school community at an annual Math/Science Symposium.
Adapted from www.friends-select.org on April 16, 2002