“It is a very grave mistake to think that the enjoyment of seeing and searching can be promoted by means of coercion and sense of duty.” - Albert Einstein

At the Philly Free School,

students ages 4-19 explore freely, think critically, and work collaboratively, across ages, to govern themselves and their school. Through self-initiated activities, students learn the delicate balance between individual freedom and community responsibility. Along the way, they develop the internal resources to navigate, assess, and utilize the information and tools needed to thrive in modern society.


What’s Happening

  • We are thrilled to announce the Third Annual Philly Free School Spring Fling!
    Join us for fantastic silent auction items, delicious food, beer and wine, raffles, and kids activities. This year we will be celebrating with the theme, “Orchestrating a Change” and the award-winning West Philadelphia Orchestra will be performing! Stay tuned on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and here on our website for sneak peeks as the date approaches.

    Tickets to this fundraiser are FREE, but there is a suggested $10 donation at the door. No attendee will be turned away for inability to pay. Guests must register here.

    Kid Zone: Our Kid Zone will be complete with a dance room, Pizza Central, arts and crafts, and a movie room, and our feature attraction, Matt Cadabra, providing a mind-blowing magic show! $5 admits your child for the duration of the event so that you can wine and dine with the grown-ups!

    Don’t forget to register here
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    Eventbrite - Third Annual Spring Fling: Orchestrating a Change

  • Many thanks to all the participants and volunteers to came out for International Table Top Games Day on April 5. We had a fabulous turnout and a great time was had by all!
  • Did you know you can support PFS by buying great merchandise, like phone cases, hoodies, water bottles, and more? Check it out here: Cafe Press
  • If you shop at Target, you can donate to the Philly Free School simply by choosing us in their Take Charge of Education program

For Families

  1. Enrollment is open YEAR ROUND. Learn more
  2. Tuition Payments: All families are asked to make payments through Facts Tuition Payment

PFS Blog

  • How Do They Know What They Don’t Know? by Joel Turske

  • Rink Room Revelry by Michelle Loucas

  • Three Elements of Kindness, a blog entry by Scott David Gray at the Sudbury Valley School

  • Philly Free School and the Exodus from Egypt by Rory Katz

  • Motivation by Joel Turske

  • Learning Through Fantasy Play by Michelle Loucas

  • What are They Doing? by Michelle Loucas


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