What you learn should matter

Welcome to The Workshop School

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.

Mastering process in competency-based learning

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...

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Teaching community and knowing students

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...

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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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