Progressive Education

  • Values based

    The Quaker testimonies of simplicity, peace, integrity, community, equality and stewardship are artfully woven throughout our day. We emphasize kindness, honesty, cooperation, resilience, and empathy – the “Frankford-friendly” values that stay with our students into adulthood. In class and on the playground, teachers direct students in the use of peaceful conflict resolution. We care deeply about being a school in which every member of the community makes a personal commitment to joyful learning and the improvement of themselves and the world.

  • Student centered

    Students learn best when they are actively engaging their brains in a challenge. Teachers designs lessons in which students have choices to let their innate curiosity drive their learning. Students feel like they are in the driver’s seat of their own learning and a teacher plays a role as a facilitator or a coach toward skill development and understanding.

  • Inquiry driven

    Curriculum is framed around authentic questions with which people in the real world grapple. Authentic questions provoke curiosity and invite students into challenging debates that prepare them for life beyond Frankford Friends. Using truly essential questions ask students to employ their minds to solve real problems and prepare them to be active problem-solvers.

  • Process oriented

    Students have successfully learned something when they can go through a process when their teacher is no longer supporting them. By teaching in a process-oriented way, teachers prepare students to transfer their skills to new and unfamiliar contexts.