Visiting PSCS: What to Expect

Visitors are encouraged to interact with students and staff and to participate in school activities.

We ask all guests to arrive on visitation days promptly at 8:45 a.m. Guests will join members of the staff for a brief overview of the school philosophy and a summary of the day’s schedule.

At 9 a.m., everyone will join the circle for “check-in,” the all-school meeting that starts our day. There, a student—we never know which one—will seize the moment and declare, “Check-in has started. Announcements?” Staff and students have the opportunity to share news, information, or reminders to the rest of the community.

The check-in leader will then offer space for appreciations. Inspired by the work of the Positive Psychology movement growing out of the University of Pennsylvania, this practice is designed to elevate everyone’s consciousness of the good things that are happening in their lives. It’s a short, simple, and incredibly powerful ritual.

After that, visitors will have the opportunity to explore the school at their own pace, opening doors and observing and participating in activities that interest them. During this time, staff and students will be happy to answer any questions you might have about how the school works.

While we prefer that guests come on the scheduled visitation days (Thursdays staring in October, 2016), we are sometimes able to accommodate visits at other times. If you would like to come to PSCS on a visitation day, or to schedule a visit at another time, please call or email the Admissions Office.

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