Friends' Central Upper School

Friends' Central Upper School's challenging and innovative program includes lively and rigorous classes, athletic, artistic, and performance opportunities. The Friends’ Central classroom emphasizes advanced levels of critical and conceptual thinking, and independent projects that require significant student research. Students also have academic-based travel opportunities to places such as France, Spain, Greece, Japan and Peru. The adoption of 1:1 technology in the fall of 2014 combines our long history of academic excellence together with our commitment to innovation and preparation for a rapidly changing world.

Leadership skills, global awareness, and self discipline are developed throughout the curriculum and in extracurricular activities such as Model United Nations, STEAM, Debate, Mock Trial, athletics, drama, and numerous other clubs and activities. The Upper School program includes a required community service component with Upper School students and faculty spending five full days a year at agencies and organizations throughout the greater Philadelphia region.



Art Hall

Art joined Friends’ Central School as the Upper School Principal in July 2014. After earning Bachelor’s degrees in Political Science and History while at UCLA, Art began his career in education at Harvard-Westlake, in Los Angeles, CA. In his twelve years at Greenhill School, in Dallas, TX, Art served as Dean of Students in their Upper School, and spent his last two years there as the Director of Equity and Inclusion, all while continuing to teach various elective courses. While in Dallas, Art earned a Master’s of Education degree from Southern Methodist University. Both of Art’s children attend Friends’ Central’s Lower School.


Academics at FCS

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