Workshop School

Updated Aug 30, 2021
221 South Hanson Street - Philadelphia PA - 19139
Type of autonomy arrangement: leadership goodwill
Basic Profile

Opened In



Grades 9-12




Select leaders
Determine learning program
Select colleagues
Determine professional development
Transfer or terminate colleagues
Determine whether to take, when to take, how much to count district/EMO/authorizer assessments
Determine tenure policy
Make formal arrangements with district/EMO/authorizer to allow multiple measures in determining school success (not only a mean proficiency score)
Evaluate colleagues
Set schedule
Set staff pattern
Determine teacher workday
Determine school budget
Set school-level policy
Determine compensation
Teacher Authority Is...
De Facto
Authority rests on the goodwill of the superintendent.

About the Learning Program

At the core of everything we do at the Workshop is project work. Projects must address a problem that is important to both the student and to society, and they must result in work that can be evaluated using real-world standards. While in the lower grades (9-10) teachers play a more prominent role in designing projects, by the time they reach the upper grades students largely design them on their own. When proposing projects, students must include a brief summary of the project, the problem it aims to solve, the core concepts they will need to learn in order to execute the project, the products or deliverables that will result from the work, and the academic standards and skill areas the project will address.

Read this profile of the Workshop School from Next Generation Learning Challenges, Teaching (and Learning) Humanity at Philadelphia’s Workshop School. Also check out this article on student agency from the Workshop School.