Hands On, Minds On
We offer an intellectually powerful program that is beautifully designed and exquisitely implemented.
Friends School Haverford’s curriculum is a rich blend of language arts, math, science, social studies, art, music, technology, health, and physical education. Art, music, science, computer, Spanish, and physical education are
each taught by a specialist in the field. In addition to classroom and coordinate teachers, the School’s Learning Resource Team plans enrichment and support for students. The LRT includes a learning specialist, psychologist,
and reading specialist. The technology coordinator and Extended Day Program Director also support the curriculum in various ways.
“Hands on, minds on” is at the heart of our program. An intellectually vigorous community, your child and his or her interests are profoundly known.
“Hands on, minds on” is the difference between a fifth grade teacher beginning a lesson on space exploration by saying, “Constellations are patterns of stars so distant from Earth that they serve as fixed points of reference for the purpose of navigation.” And saying, “In six weeks we will be launching our simulated spacecraft on its journey to Mars! Once we are out in space how will we know where we are?” The latter produces joyous, determined engagement in problem solving that leads to an investigation of how GPS works and how astronauts navigated when they flew to the moon. When navigators for the simulated mission to Mars point at the posters they made showing in white painted dots on black paper and tell you the names of the 12 constellations that encircle the Earth, they also tell you enthusiastically why fixed points of reference are a vital component of celestial navigation.
Your child’s school day is a series of moments like the one described – engaging, tailored to her or his age, important individually, naturally connected across, and a fundamental element of a framework for understanding the world that we convey to students.
Please explore the wealth of information available on this site. To learn more, we encourage you to come visit during an open house, or call to schedule a private tour: 610-642-2334.