There are more families that want to stay in the city and educate their children than there are spots in good schools. Have you heard about the "stroller revolution" in Philadelphia?
Why “Classical” Education?
If we are going to start from scratch, we need a solid core. The Classical approach provides that as well as a depth that is rare in education these days.
Classical Education – Boring or Fun?
We like to sing. We like to dance. We like to write. We like to read great stories. We like to paint. We like to explore.
This Classical Education thing sounds intense. Can my child handle it? Do I want them to handle it?
In many failing schools, there is enormous pressure to meet benchmarks and pass tests while there is simultaneously a lack of coherent content in the curriculum. We plan to do the opposite – lots of deep, rich historically based content in fun kid-sized bites. No pressure. The methodology actually releases the pressure. Rigor is applied appropriately.
Will my child get recess?
In a climate where many schools have cut recess, we see free play for children as necessary for proper intellectual growth. Play is a part of our plan!
Will my child have instruction in art or music?
The arts are not negotiable. Imagination is a way of knowing and the arts make us distinctively human. Cultivating the arts is part of a robust Biblical worldview and thus a priority in our school. Likewise, the Classical approach tends to have disciplines overlap for greater meaning and enrichment. The arts are not add-ons.
Will my child need testing prior to entering PCS?
There is no test to enter Kindergarten, but a year of preschool is recommended to be ready for our content-rich Kindergarten. Any student entering a grade above Kindergarten will be tested to determine appropriate grade level.
Why teach Latin so young?
About the time compulsory Latin was removed from mainstream education is about the same time reading, writing and vocabulary began to dip. Latin trains the mind, helps students better master their own language and add romance languages with great ease. Classical education is forward thinking – in order for Latin to help students when they reach high school, they need to start in elementary school.
Where do you fit on the educational spectrum in this city?
We think a clear, in depth curriculum is important – after all, we learn things we never would have known from inspiring teachers who engage good material. But we don't live and die by test scores and we think keeping children in a desk all day is not the best use of their time. We respect children as image bearers of God and guide them along gently – helping each child reach their fullest potential.
When will PCS begin accepting applications for the 2017-2018 school year?
October 3, 2016
What is Early Admissions?
Early Admissions is for families who know they want to send their child to PCS the following school year.
What is the timeline for Early Admissions?
Applications are due by October 28, 2016 to be included in the Early Admissions process. Acceptance letters will be sent beginning on November 22, 2016. If your child is accepted through Early Admissions, then you will be expected to pay a 10% deposit two weeks after you receive your acceptance email to hold your child’s seat.
What is Regular Admissions?
Regular Admissions is for families who are not yet sure if Philadelphia Classical School is the school for their child.
What is the timeline for Regular Admissions?
Applications are due by January 31, 2017. Acceptance letters will be sent out between February 28, 2017 and March 14, 2017. If your child is accepted to Philadelphia Classical School, then you will be expected to pay a 10% deposit two weeks after you receive your acceptance email to hold your child’s seat.
What does a completed application include?
Online application, $60 non-refundable application fee, teacher recommendation, birth certificate, financial aid(if applicable), and school records release(if applicable).
I’ve submitted my child’s application, now what?
You will receive an email from PCS to schedule a Family Interview/Child Evaluation on one of the days PCS has set aside for interviews.
What can I expect at the Family Interview/Child Evaluation?
The PCS Head of School will meet with the child’s parent(s)/guardian(s) to get to know a little more about your family and your child. During this time your child will meet with one of our teachers for the student evaluation. The student does not need to prepare for this and it is conducted as an interactive conversation between the teacher and student.
Who needs to fill out the Teacher Recommendation form?
If your child is entering Kindergarten or First Grade, then the form should be filled out by a teacher or an adult who has supervised the child for a considerable amount of time. If your child is entering 2nd grade or higher then please have a previous teacher fill out the form.
What is PCS’s yearly tuition?
$12,400 per year
Should I apply for financial aid/sliding scale tuition?
Households with an annual income of less than $155,000 are eligible for PCS Financial Aid at this time. Applying for financial aid does not guarantee that financial assistance will be awarded.