None of our work would be possible without the creativity, energy, and commitment of our teachers, support staff, and partners. Thank you!

The Workshop School is built on a shared leadership model in which decisions are made collaboratively and all staff are integral to the design process. Michael Clapper, a Co-Founder of the Workshop, serves as the school’s “Player-coach,” providing guidance and support to staff while modeling the Workshop’s instructional approach. In addition to running his own advisory, Michael is responsible for rostering, testing, recruitment and hiring. Simon Hauger, another Co-Founder, is the school’s Principal. In addition to his administrative responsibilities, he finds time to teach mathematics, co-teach during project time, and lead the EVX Team, which designs and builds alternative energy vehicles. Simon also represents the Workshop to a wide range of audiences, including most recently at the inaugural White House Maker Faire. A third Co-Founder, Matthew Riggan, serves as Executive Director of the school’s nonprofit (501c3) partner. He directs research and development, represents the Workshop in local and national discussions of high school innovation, designs and develops systems to support the school’s instructional model, and supports teaching staff during both project and seminar time. Aiden Downey, also a Co-Founder, is based in Atlanta, where he is on the faculty at Emory University. Finally, Ann Cohen chairs the board of the school’s non-profit arm, coordinates communications and partnerships, and supports students in making the transition to college and careers.


  1. Jorge L. Cardenas
    August 13, 2014

    Dear Workshop School,
    I want to congratulate you on a fantastic mission. I am interested to know if you allow visits as I am truly curious about your program, philosophy and curricula.

  2. bill liddell, eagleacademy, egg harbor twp. , nj.j.
    September 4, 2014

    Would like to possibly set up a visit..609-338-9319,.. thank you, bill liddell

  3. Alijah Sheppard-McRae
    October 6, 2015

    My name is Alijah Sheppard-McRae and I’m 14 years old in the 9th grade currently attending Boys’ Latin Charter School of Philadelphia. I just wanted to know if your school had anymore available spots because I really want to come to Workshop. I like your school because I want to be a carpenter and I like to do hands on type activities. So hopefully you have some available spots so I can get transferred to your school. Thank You !


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