Learning for the real world.

To be successful beyond high school, students need two things: a strong foundation of skills needed in any walk of life, and real-world experiences to develop and hone those skills. Hover over the images below to learn more about our approach to project-based learning, student exhibitions, internships, college courses, automotive training, and entrepreneurship.

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Creating Space

Posted by on Jul 13, 2018 in General | No Comments

Like most people I know, I’m deep into the World Cup right now. There’s so much I love about soccer, but my favorite thing is that games often turn on where the ball isn’t. You can actually watch green space shift and move around the pitch as a match unfolds. When a team is struggling, the […]

Diversity, equity, and nextgen learning

Posted by on Apr 19, 2018 in General | No Comments

Philadelphia, where our school is located, has the dubious distinction of being on two top-ten lists you don’t want to be on: it is one of the most racially segregated cities in the nation and one of its most economically divided. And it has plenty of company: New York, Detroit, Cleveland and Milwaukee are all […]

Speak, John, Speak: Feeling the Power of Exhibitions at the Workshop School

Posted by on Jan 22, 2018 in General | No Comments

By Michael Clapper, Workshop School co-founder Like many progressive schools, the students at the Workshop School, a non-selective high school in the School District of Philadelphia, present their work at the conclusion of each quarter.  By the time their sophomore year ends, they’ve presented eight times. Sophomore year finishes with the Gateway project, where they declare […]

The work is the work.

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What they're saying

What our friends and supporters say about the Workshop School.

“It gives these young people not only the academic support that they need, but also the hands on experience, which keeps them interested in school.”

– Michael Nutter, former Mayor, City of Philadelphia

“Take the team from the Workshop School in West Philadelphia…The young people now are able to learn by doing, so math, science, all gets incorporated into the task of actually making something. Which students tells me makes the subject matter than much more interesting.”

– President Barack Obama

“I would take [a congressional delegation] to an inquiry-based school that’s open to all children: the Workshop School. I would take them to the Workshop School because I’m pretty sure they would be amazed at the problems that children are working to solve. Or create solutions for. And the type of children that they serve. They’re not a special admit. They take on all children, any children that are interested in that kind of school, and the children are doing incredible stuff.”

– Dr. William Hite, Superintendent, School District of Philadelphia