Friends of Penn Treaty School is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to improving the
quality of student's educational and personal opportunities at Penn Treaty School, a 6-12 public school located in Fishtown, Philadelphia.
We are a network of volunteers, administrators, parents and students who have a common
goal of providing instruction, supplies, resources, and support to the school where the Philadelphia
public school system is only able to provide partial funding or no funding at all.
Our vision is for Penn Treaty School to be a shining example of what is possible when a community rallies
behind a school, its staff and students.
EQUALITY VS. EQUITY
Equality is providing the same resources to all.
Equity is providing the same outcome.
Often times people will ignore equity for the more blanket approach of equality. At Friends of Penn Treaty, we recognize that the building and its population face different challenges than other schools and the general provisions of resources may not be enough to tackle its unique opportunities.
We feel it is the responsibility of a community to provide additional support to the school's specific needs and use the funds to fill the gaps and enhance the overall school experience where general funding does not. Part of our goal is to tailor the funding and experience to meet the needs of the students and staff in ways that go beyond traditional fundraising. We also aim to use a data-driven approach to identify these specific needs and measure their success and impact.