The MPFS Admissions Office remains open and continues to accept applications for the 2020-21 school year.
With the stay-at-home orders issued by Governor Wolf to stop the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus), MPFS moved to Distance Learning and virtual teaching on March 17th. Click here to view our COVID-19 Resources page.
As an independent school, the faculty and administrative staff at MPFS are allowed the flexibility to craft an outstanding distance learning program and had the ability to do test-runs before the stay-at-home order was put into place. Additionally, each family has been equipped with Chromebooks for their students to ensure that all MPFS students, regardless of finances, are able to successfully participate in distance learning.
As a Quaker school, MPFS teaches the Quaker testimony of Stewardship, which empowers students of all ages to be stewards of our local community and the larger world. While the current situation is unsettling, the MPFS community is proud to be doing our part to help flatten the curve and contain COVID-19 (coronavirus) to protect our vulnerable friends, neighbors, and the general public.
MPFS is sensitive to the fact that working parents are struggling to juggle the demands of full-time work with the added responsibility of full-time parenting and education. To best accommodate families during this time, the Distance Learning schedule is broken up by division and creates blocks for time spent with classroom teachers, a break for lunch and physical activities, and time spent with special teachers. This schedule balances the importance of student community with video check-ins and time spent working independently. We work hard to provide a meaningful balance. We are aware attending live zoom chats can sometimes be challenging as family life continues to happen around our students. We are mindful of this and enter this new time with much flexibility and understanding
Lower school students begin the day with a morning check-in on Google Hangouts or Zoom and then begin a review of their assignments and tasks for the day. The afternoon is blocked off for lunch, physical activities organized by Athletic Director Ryan Dunne, independent work, or downtime. Finally, students join their virtual classroom again for an end-of-the-day check-in and goodbyes! Click here to view Lower School Distance Learning Schedule
Middle school students begin the morning with Advisory in their virtual classroom which gives students a chance to say good morning, see each others' faces, share any news and "be" together. Students then rotate through their various core subjects, as well as specials, as a class. The afternoon is blocked off for lunch, physical activity, independent work, and office hours with their teachers. Middle school students end the day with another period of Advisory. Click here to view the Middle School Distance Learning Schedule.
Our full-time School Counselor, Teacher Laura Taylor, continues to collaborate with teachers, meet with whole classes, small groups, and individuals virtually. This work is vital to sustaining and nurturing the social and emotional well being of our students during these challenging time.
For questions regarding our Distance Learning program, please contact Director of Admissions & Program Angela DiMaria. We have instituted a new application process to provide our prospective families with a virtual and interactive alternative to our Admissions process. Learn more about our Virtual Admissions Process here. We encourage interested families to RSVP to our Virtual Admissions Open House!