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A Personal Education

One of Perk’s greatest strengths is its intimate scale. Perk is a campus where every student, teacher, and staff member knows everyone else. At Perk, you will be understood and appreciated—in class and beyond, not just as a student, but as a complete person. As you move through your personal journey here, you will be surrounded by mentors, guides, and friends. You will be part of classes, dorms, teams, and a school community that all have the feeling of family.

(Check out the first Purple and Gold Games of the year! )

To kick off the year, Purple and Gold Games are held the evening of orientation. All of Perkiomen is divided up into dorm teams, and the teams compete against each other in races, relays, tug-of-war, and more. Games are held throughout the year with teams earning points throughout until finally one team earns the winning title in the spring.

Motto: Solvitur Vivendo


While the literal translation of The Perkiomen School motto is "it is solved by doing," the interpretation of the Latin is closer to "experience is the best teacher" or "we learn through experience." Colloquial usage might even allow for "the learning is in the doing." However one interprets our motto, the fact remains that experience is the best teacher and the Perkiomen mission and philosophy embrace hard working, inquisitive, ethical, and independent learners.

Chapel


Perkiomen welcomes students and faculty of all faiths. Every morning, the Upper School community gathers in the Chapel for morning meeting, while the Middle School community gathers in the Nallo Center. The entire community gathers together in the Chapel on Fridays. These meetings include everything from announcements of birthdays, gatherings, and sports, to programs and presentations.

Formal Dinner


Every Monday, students eat family style dinner with a faculty member and fellow students. Every month seating changes for everyone. This promotes a deeper sense of community and allows the students the chance to get to know one another.

Daily Schedule

7 – 7:40 a.m.Breakfast in Parents Hall
7:45 a.m. Room inspection
8: 00 a.m. Morning Meeting in the Mesnier Chapel in Kriebel Hall
8:15 a.m. – 2:40 p.m.Classes - six rotating classes and lunch
2:45 – 3:15 p.m.Conference period for extra help and activity/club meetings
3:15 – 5:15 p.m.
After school program

Formal Dinner follows on Monday at 6 p.m., with a buffet style dinner on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 6 -7 p.m.

Weekends


Weekends offer something for everyone! Trips are frequent, including malls, movies, skiing, rock climbing, college fairs, shows, amusement parks, and college visits. New York City and Philadelphia are in easy reach for everything from Broadway plays to pro sporting events. And weekends almost always include outings to the regional shopping capital of King of Prussia or the Philadelphia Premium Outlets as well as trips to Walmart, a popular destination for all the essential supplies of boarding school life.

Meals on the weekend begin at 10:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.

Cum Laude Society


In 2010, The Perkiomen School was granted a membership charter for the Cum Laude Society. This honor is due to the hard work and scholarly achievement of our students, and the teachers who help them grow into powerful learners. The Perkiomen School chapter of the Cum Laude Society will recognize juniors and seniors who have reached the highest levels of academic achievement amoung their peers.

H-Day


H periods are scheduled into our academic day in order to accommodate our various school-wide goals and activities. H periods are a time for events such as student advisory, Community Chapel, and LCA (Leadership, Clubs, and Activities). During advisory, students meet with their faculty advisor to discuss issues surrounding academics, campus events, issues in today’s world, as well as topics focusing on students’ day to day life. Once a month, Perkiomen gathers as a community in Chapel to participate in presentations by students and faculty focusing on themes such as Building Community, Integrity and Honor, and Leadership. H period is also a time when student leadership organizations, clubs, and activities can meet and work together. Whether participating in Student Senate, Knitting Club, or discussing current sports events in the club FanCave, this time slot enables all of the LCA events to meet on a regular basis.

Dress Code


Monday is a formal dress day at Perk. The dress code for both boys and girls: a navy blue blazer, navy blue, gray, black, or khaki pants (no cargo pants or jeans are permitted), a dress shirt, dress shoes or casual shoes, and dark dress socks. In addition, boys need to wear a school tie and girls also have the option of wearing a solid color skirt instead of khakis if they choose. Tuesday through Friday dress is a little more casual. Slacks, Perkiomen School polos, dress or casual shoes, and socks need to be worn. In addition, Bermuda-style shorts can be worn in the months of September and May.

Clubs & Activities


Leadership Organizations:

  • Cum Laude Society
  • Honor Review Board
  • Middle School Student Senate
  • Presentation Station
  • Proctors
  • Purple Key Club
  • Upper School Student Senate
  • Writing Fellows

Clubs:

  • Art Club
  • B’nspired
  • Culinary Cuisine Club
  • 3-D Proto-typing
  • Diversity Club
  • Farm Club
  • Frisbee Club
  • Gay Straight Alliance
  • International Club
  • Investment Club
  • K’nex Club
  • Knitting Club
  • Magic Club
  • Ma jiang Club
  • Math Club
  • Middle School Reading Olympics
  • Model Club
  • Nintendo Club
  • Performing Arts Club
  • Photography Club
  • Poetry Club
  • Thespians
  • Upper School Reading Olympics
  • World Language and Culture Club

Activities:

  • Board Games
  • Card Playing
  • College Counseling
  • Dominos
  • Fan Cave
  • Godon / Go Stop
  • Mandal Coloring
  • Meditation
  • Open Music Studio
  • Table Top Strategy Games
  • Yoga
  • Yo-yo

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