Phone: 215-218-9586
Frequently Asked Questions
Is the Free School really free?

Yes, kids are free to direct their own day. No, we are not tuition free. Tuition for 2016-2017 is a sliding scale from $1,800-$12,600 for the year, with a discount available for siblings. Beyond this, we have scholarships and programs that assist families for whom the lower end of the scale is burdensome.

Where is the school located?

PFS is at 2001 Christian St. in the Graduate Hospital neighborhood of Philadelphia, just 5 minutes from Rittenhouse Square.

How can I get to PFS?

Students come to PFS from all over the region! Many of our families carpool or ride public transit. Some students walk or ride their bikes to school. SEPTA lines run very near the school -- more info at www.septa.org. Students who live in Philadelphia more than 1.5 miles away from the school may receive free weekly transpasses for their SEPTA commuting.

Does the school provide breakfast or lunch?

PFS does not provide meals. Most students bring packed lunches or go off campus to get lunch at one of the local shops in the neighborhood. The school provides a mini-fridge, electric kettle, toaster oven, and microwave available for student use. For lunch ideas, check out our Pinterest!

What are the school hours?

School is open 9AM-4PM, Monday through Friday. Drop off as early as 8:30 for no additional charge. Extended care before school starting at 8:15, and after school until 6:30pm, is available for an additional fee. 

How do I apply for financial aid?

At PFS, we are committed to making the school accessible to those who wish to enroll, regardless of ability to pay. Our school uses an independent third party called FACTS to determine the need for tuition assistance. Click here to apply to FACTS to determine what your expected family contribution would be for tuition.

Can my child enroll and thrive at PFS if s/he has learning differences, special needs, and/or behavior issues at school?

Most children can thrive at PFS. Students often find that the learning differences and behavior issues they experience in other environments do not manifest themselves in a Free School environment. We are happy to work with any outside entity which provides support to children with special needs to provide services to them at PFS. Please reach out to us if you have specific concerns.

How are parents involved at school?

Parents serve a vital role in supporting students as they learn to direct their own education. We ask that all parents join a committee to help with the smooth running of the school. Committees do things like plan events, manage our social media presence, and do outreach for the school. Additionally, parents are involved in school governance as voting members of our School Assembly, which meets twice a year to decide broad policy, like tuition and calendar.

What is the current enrollment at PFS?

Since we enroll students year-round, we are always growing. As of Summer 2016, we have about 60 students.

Join us at our next Open House on Wednesday, September 21st at 6:00 PM.