Student Life
email page print page small type large type

LIFE AT PERK

A Personal Education

One of Perk’s most striking strengths is its intimate scale. This is a campus where nearly every student, teacher, and staff member knows nearly 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.



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. The upper school community, every morning, and the entire school community, every Friday morning, gathers in the Chapel for morning meeting. These meetings include everything from announcements of birthdays, gatherings, and sports, to programs, and presentations.

Sit-Down Meals


Twice a week, 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.
Afterschool program

Formal dinner follows on Monday and Thursday evenings at 6:30 p.m., with a buffet style dinner on Tuesday and Wednesday 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.

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, the Perk 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 navy khaki pants; no cargo pants 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:

Captains Club
Cum Laude Society
Honor Review Board
Student Senate
Student Diversity Leadership Committee
Writing Fellows
Vestry

Clubs:

Amnesty International
Bonsai and Origami
Chinese Language and Culture Club
Cooking Club
Current Events Roundtable
Film Club
Gay Straight Alliance
German Language and Culture Club
History Club
Horticulture Society
K’nex Club
Knitting Club
Math Club
Performing Arts Club
Perkiomenite
Photography & Social Media
Poetry Club
Reading Olympics
Spanish Language and Culture Club
Thespians
Video Editing
World Cultures Club

Activities:

College Counseling
Crafting
Fan Cave
Fitness
Meditation
Open Studio – Art
Open Studio – Music
Table Top Strategy Games
Webinars
Yoga


THE PERKIOMEN SCHOOL
    |     200 Seminary st
    |     pennsburg, pa 18073
    |     215.679.9511
    |     contact us
   
powered by finalsite