FRIENDS SELECT SCHOOL

Go back
17TH ST & BENJAMIN FRANKLIN PKWY
PHILADELPHIA, PA 19103
Phone: 215-561-5900
School Information
  • GreatSchools Rating: 0
  • Educational Climate: Above Average
  • Technology Measure: Medium-low
  • Type: Private
  • Grades: Preschool - 12th Grade
  • District:
  • Students/Teacher: 9:1
  • Students/Grade: 39.6
  • Number Students: 555
  • Number Teachers: 105
  • Instructional Expense/Pupil: N/A
  • Poverty Level: NOT REPORTED
  • Principal: Terry Kessel
  • CHARTER SCHOOL
  • GIFTED AND TALENTED PROGRAMS
  • ESL
  • SPECIAL EDUCATION
  • ADVANCED PLACEMENT
  • BEFORE AND AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMS
  • ALTERNATIVE PROGRAMS
  • YEAR ROUND CLASSES
  • VOC-TECH
  • ADULT EDUCATION
  • NCLB SCHOOL
  • BLUE RIBBON SCHOOL
  • COALITION OF ESSENTIAL SCHOOLS
  • AYP SCHOOL
  • INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE
  • MAGNET SCHOOL
School Ratings & Reviews

School Ratings (41 ratings)
Maximum Rating: 5




    School Reviews (31 Reviews)
    Page 2 of 7
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2013-05-25
    "As a lower school parent, I have been so disappointed in the lower school administration, especially the head of the lower school. He is arrogant and does not look out for the students' best interest. I'm sure there are great teachers and great administrators in this school but do you want pay 18$k to find out the school is just 'meh'? All I say is DO YOUR RESEARCH on this school and the lower school administrator before sending your child (and lots of money) here. There are way better (academically, socially, and administratively) schools in the area for your money."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2013-03-06
    "Why can't someone state their opinion without someone else criticizing and invalidating their concerns? Experience at a school is personal. We have been happy at times and unhappy at other times. But agree with the negative reviews about the lower school administration. They are probably nice to some parents, but we have heard too many disturbing stories. There is so much potential, but we have never seen "amazing" at this school - other than a few talented teachers. New leadership would mean everything. Leaders who better understand how to balance the needs of 3 groups - students, parents, and teachers. This group of administrators falls short."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2013-02-12
    "So interesting that the 3 negative reviews in the past year were within 3 days of each other! One angry family leaves 3 reviews and creates a false impression of a wonderful school. FSS is amazing, please go check it out to see if it is a good fit for your family. It has been wonderful for my kids, one of whom has a learning disability and has received incredible support."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2013-02-11
    "I am the parent of 2 lower schoolers, one who suffers with ADHD. The school has been exceptional for my child. He is not an easy child, and they have accomodated him and nurtured him at every chance possible. His teachers have been wonderful. When I read the negative reviews, I think that either a) it is someone with an agenda, b)it is someone who will not be happy anywhere or c) a parent unwilling to admit their child is not perfect. Is Friends Select perfrect? No, but it is pretty darned close. The head of the lower school is AMAZING. He is smart, sincere, and a great leader. He has been incredibly impressive in all of my interactions with him. Teachers humiliating students would never, ever be tolerated at FSS! The school is full of smart , advanced children from high achieveing families. Despite this, there is very little competition as it is actively discouraged. In short, I am thrilled I send my 2 kids here. They are very different kids with different abilities, both of whom are thriving at FSS."
    Other Review | Rating:
    Posted 2013-01-28
    "I went to high school here (public school for 1st-8th grade) and I am sad to read all of the bad reviews by lower school parents, especially those who say their children were humiliated for being "middle of the road" or having disabilities. I have ADD and multiple learning differences and FSS was a perfect fit for me. I thank FSS for challenging me (I did not get the best grades, and still went to my second choice school) to the fullest and emphasizing learning and personal growth rather than test scores and letter grades. I was VERY prepared for college and thank the wonderful teachers and administration for that."
    Page 2 of 7
    Community information and market data Powered by Onboard Informatics. Copyright ©2014 Onboard Informatics. Information is deemed reliable but not guaranteed. * Based on a 30-year fixed rate of 4.75% with 20% down. The estimated payment is offered for convenience and is not an offer of credit. Due to market fluctuations, interest rates are subject to change at any time and without notice. Interest rates are also subject to credit and property approval based on secondary market guidelines. The rates shown are based on average rates for our best qualified customers. Your individual rate may vary. Rates may differ for FHA, VA or jumbo loans.
    C21 Properties In this Area C21 Offices Serving this Area C21 Agents Serving this Area
    View Agents
    Jin Chen
    CENTURY 21 Target
    215.­218.0939
    612-36 Washington Avenue, Unit 1
    Philadelphia, PA 19147
    Yun Lu
    CENTURY 21 Target
    215.­218.0939
    612-36 Washington Avenue, Unit 1
    Philadelphia, PA 19147
    Pat Stevens
    CENTURY 21 Leibovitz, Realtors
    215.­634.0800
    330 East Girard Avenue
    Philadelphia, PA 19125
    William Kwasniewski
    CENTURY 21 Advantage Gold
    215.­465.1400
    2010 Oregon Avenue
    Philadelphia, PA 19145
    Don Sherman
    CENTURY 21 Advantage Gold
    215.­722.7170
    7104 Castor Avenue
    Philadelphia, PA 19149
    David Lombardo
    CENTURY 21 Advantage Gold
    215.­465.1400
    2010 Oregon Avenue
    Philadelphia, PA 19145
    Rick Cummings
    CENTURY 21 Advantage Gold
    215.­722.7170
    7104 Castor Avenue
    Philadelphia, PA 19149
    John Silvidio
    CENTURY 21 Advantage Gold
    215.­537.0200
    5267 Roosevelt Boulevard
    Philadelphia, PA 19124
    Ernest Coates
    CENTURY 21 Advantage Gold
    215.­722.7170
    7104 Castor Avenue
    Philadelphia, PA 19149
    Kevin Hanlon
    CENTURY 21 Advantage Gold
    215.­722.7170
    7104 Castor Avenue
    Philadelphia, PA 19149
    Patricia DiGregorio
    CENTURY 21 Forrester Real Estate
    215.­334.3333
    1608 East Passyunk Avenue
    Philadelphia, PA 19148
    Della Thompson
    CENTURY 21 Chapel Realty
    215.­473.7140
    6550 Lansdowne Avenue
    Philadelphia, PA 19151
    Tiffany Robinson
    CENTURY 21 Advantage Gold
    215.­465.1400
    2010 Oregon Avenue
    Philadelphia, PA 19145
    Danny Chen
    CENTURY 21 Target
    215.­218.0939
    612-36 Washington Avenue, Unit 1
    Philadelphia, PA 19147
    Adrienne Ward
    CENTURY 21 Chapel Realty
    215.­248.4444
    3224 West Cheltenham Avenue
    Philadelphia, PA 19150
    Owen Peters
    CENTURY 21 Chapel Realty
    215.­248.4444
    3224 West Cheltenham Avenue
    Philadelphia, PA 19150
    Jackie Singer
    CENTURY 21 Advantage Gold
    215.­722.7170
    7104 Castor Avenue
    Philadelphia, PA 19149
    Albert Perry III
    CENTURY 21 Advantage Gold
    215.­465.1400
    2010 Oregon Avenue
    Philadelphia, PA 19145
    Mary Primus
    CENTURY 21 Advantage Gold
    215.­465.1400
    2010 Oregon Avenue
    Philadelphia, PA 19145
    Maureen Laurito
    CENTURY 21 Advantage Gold
    215.­465.1400
    2010 Oregon Avenue
    Philadelphia, PA 19145
    Linda Cheng
    CENTURY 21 Target
    215.­218.0939
    612-36 Washington Avenue, Unit 1
    Philadelphia, PA 19147
    Malik Jordan
    CENTURY 21 Chapel Realty
    215.­473.7140
    6550 Lansdowne Avenue
    Philadelphia, PA 19151
    Linda Pietrzak
    CENTURY 21 Leibovitz, Realtors
    215.­634.0800
    330 East Girard Avenue
    Philadelphia, PA 19125
    Qing Hui Wang
    CENTURY 21 Advantage Gold
    215.­465.1400
    2010 Oregon Avenue
    Philadelphia, PA 19145