Announcing the Workshop School's New Principal: Ayanna Walker

What you learn should matter

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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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Notes from the Workshop

Occasional publications and reflection from Workshop staff and students.

Shifting to skills-focused graduation requirements

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...

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Creating Space

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...

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Diversity, equity, and nextgen learning

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...

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The work is the work.

Learn more about how we make the work real at the Workshop School.

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 that 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

The School District of Philadelphia, an equal opportunity employer, will not discriminate in employment or education programs or activities, based on race, color, religion, age, national origin, ancestry, physical handicap, gender, sexual orientation, union membership, or limited English proficiency. This policy of non-discrimination extends to all other legally protected classifications. Publication of this policy in this document is in accordance with state and federal laws, including Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and Sections 503 and 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

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