What does real-world application mean to you? Lately, this phrase has become a buzz-phrase in education, used freely to describe any lesson that mighty loosely resemble something practical and tangible. However, at the Workshop School real-world projects are literally “sink or swim.” On Thursday, October 30, 2015 the 10th grade students journeyed to the YMCA pool to test their life-size cardboard boats.…
Saturday morning. 10:30 A.M. Our award-winning playwright, Iayanna Jones, is viewing a stage artist’s conceptualization of what the set might look like. She’s watching five actors perform her play, The Nightmare that Never Goes Away. She’s sitting in front of the audience and hearing feedback and many, many compliments.
She’s not doing it alone.…
Heads up, prospective students and current families!
- The deadline for SDP High School Selection is fast approaching. If you are interested in attending the Workshop School, please check out our pages on HOW and WHY to apply. Visitors are welcome at Open Houses every Tuesday and Thursday morning from 9-12 through November 12.
I am from the sun glistening and the neighbors grilling,
From the stray cats and the raccoons too.
I am from my mother’s cooking and my father’s tunes,
From my grandma’s cookies and the cool cartoons.
I am from the shoes on the wires and the trash on the ground,
From the water company banging all around.…
I am from “Yo lemme borrow some sugar”,
from neighbors living on the next floor.
I am from kool-aid and chicken,
from banana pudding and s’mores.
I am from dark nights at the park,
from running from cats following me home.
I am from sharing a laundry room,
from inspections every month.…
The first principle of the Workshop School is “Community First.” We are striving to live up to this principle, and everything we do in school–from morning circle to group work–is geared towards fostering a collaborative, respectful, and caring environment. However, sometimes, it’s nice to get out of school to build community.…
The work never stops at the Workshop School – not even for summer vacation!
- This summer we hosted 17 student workers, funded through Philadelphia Youth Network’s WorkReady program. They spent their time working with Bevan Weissman, Workshop Industries Coordinator, and Meg Hayden, Upper House Coordinator, to turn the Fab Shop into a space where everyone can build and learn safely.
The Workshop School has started the 2015-2016 school year with many exciting projects. Staying true to the school principles, the curriculum continues to focus on real-world problems in real-world settings. Students spent September building bridges, sailing seas, and observing organizations through a variety of projects.
Ninth grade began the year studying the structure and design of bridges.…
I participated in my first Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) tournament today. Unfortunately I lost both of my matches. I’ve never had that much fun losing before.
About five months ago, Micah and I started taking Jiu Jitsu classes. Originally I thought I would do it for a month or two just to help Micah transition but quickly I became addicted.…
By Max Perez
This year the Workshop School has started a company called Workshop Industries. This is an after school program in West Philly to teach kids real life skills.
One of the many skills is entrepreneurship. A 9th grade student Victor Ginsburg said, “I joined Workshop Industries for the money.…