Specialties Friends Select School is the only PK-12 independent school, and the only Quaker school in Center City Philadelphia. Located on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, students of all ages venture beyond the walls of their classroom to explore the city through partnerships with museums and science institutes, internships, and community service. Quaker values such as simplicity, peaceful resolution of conflict, respect and inclusion are practiced in an atmosphere of integrity and warmth. A Friends Select education is notable for its continuity, which links curriculum from year to year, and for its strong focus on scholarly research, writing, and oral presentation. New this year: InterSession, a groundbreaking international studies immersion program for students in grades 9 through 12. This year’s focus is the Middle East. History Established in 1689 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 on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway since 1885. The school values the rich diversity of its urban setting and the opportunities and challenges it provides for the education of its students. Under the caring oversight of dedicated faculty and staff, Friends Select students gain the knowledge, skills and character that will help them to live full lives. Meet the Manager:
Rose H. Head of School Rose Hagan was appointed head of Friends Select School in July 1995. Under her leadership, the school has established numerous new academic and co-curricular programs, including Mandarin Chinese, ESL, crew, and International Studies, among other initiatives. Rose was a founding member and is currently the treasurer of the Parkway Council Foundation, a group consisting of the leaders of the institutions lining the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Rose also is a member of the board of trustees of the Friends Council on Education (FCE), and is the vice president of the board of trustees at the Envision Peace Museum. Rose earned a bachelor of arts in English from Temple University and a master of arts in English from Southern Illinois University. A Philadelphia native, Rose lives in Center City Philadelphia.