At The Philadelphia School, Student Council plays a significant role in school life. Not only does it offer leadership opportunities to its members, it also sponsors activities that promote mixed-aged collaboration and friendship. 

The executive committee, consisting of 6th, 7th, and 8th graders who meet weekly, plans several school-wide activities, runs the school store, leads monthly full council meetings (representatives from grades 1 through 8), and addresses student concerns. Three staff members serve as advisors to the council.

Primary Unit representatives share their ideas with a Student Council officer.

Primary Unit representatives share their ideas with a Student Council officer.

Recent activities have included

  • Helping Hands – This year-long community service initiative includes food, book, and other drives for local social service organizations. In 2017-18, Student Council raised over $3,000 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. In fall 2018 the council collected more than 2,500 gently used books in support of Tree House Books, a giving library and literacy center headquartered in North Philadelphia. 

  • Pumpkin Chunkin' – This pumpkin-smashing extravaganza is basically a composting event, encouraging families to bring their pumpkins to school and smash them in preparation for a trip to the composter!

  • Silly Hat, Hair, and Pajama Day – Students come to school wearing pajamas, sporting a silly hat, and fashioning their hair in a funny way.

  • Talent Show – This is an opportunity for 50+ acts to exuberantly show off their talents to the entire faculty and student body.

  • School Store - The Student Council treasurer runs the School Store several mornings a week before the school day starts.

  • School Store Hot Chocolate Sales – Proceeds go to support fund-raising initiatives.

  • Spring Fling – This evening of games, music, and refreshments is a fun event attended by our Middle School students.