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. Click/tap 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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Shifting to skills-focused graduation requirements

Posted by on Jul 1, 2019 in General | No Comments

One of the most exciting, and scary, things we’re working on at the Workshop School in the School District of Philadelphia this summer is a pivot to new graduation requirements based on the NGLC MyWays framework. We’ve always believed that the broader set of competencies expressed by MyWays is critical and that we need to focus […]

Teaching community and knowing students

Posted by on Apr 3, 2019 in General | No Comments

A couple of weeks ago, I was at the SXSW EDU conference in Austin, Texas. One evening, friends invited me to join them at a brewery on the east side of town. It was unseasonably cold all week, but they had the heat lamps out so when I arrived everyone was sitting around a picnic […]

Mastering process in competency-based learning

Posted by on Jan 10, 2019 in General | No Comments

One of the tenets of mastery/competency-based learning is the idea that students’ progress is based on what they show that they know and can do. In the case of high schools, for example, you graduate when your work shows that you have mastered a set of content or skills that would constitute being college or […]

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“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