March 12, 2014
Dear PMHS community,
It is my honor and privilege to announce that Philadelphia Mennonite High School (PMHS) will be merging next year with The City School! The process for reaching this decision included student focus groups, parent surveys and interviews, donor surveys, market research and a lot of prayer and discussion between the leadership of the two schools.
The City School, a leader in Christian education in Philadelphia, is a product of the merger between City Center Academy (high school) and Spruce Hill Christian Academy (k-8) almost seven years ago. Their name, The City School, was established last year when they underwent a branding and marketing campaign to identify the school as a k-12 system. Thus, the name of the school as a result of the merger with PMHS, will be The City School.
We have been neighbors and partners for many years, often taking time to freely share our best practices with each other, thereby benefiting both schools. Because we have had similar missions for so many years, it eventually became clear that we could meet the needs of our children and the city better as one united school.
Because of Jesus, we are committed to peacemaking in the city through excellent and accessible education. We are making important decisions to continue to strengthen our school, and to be bold in faith that the Lord is leading. Whenever things seem to change, we need to go forward well and we need to go forward together.
Please reach out to me if you have any questions or concerns about this merger. I have enclosed our agreed upon mission statement and five core commitments. I have also enclosed our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) that provides more detailed information as well as dates and locations for the local community dialogues we hope to have with you and other supporters. We thank you for your generosity and hope that your desire will be to continue supporting this great vision God has given us to train students’ minds, disciple their hearts and bring light to the city – one child at a time.
Dr. Barbara G. Moses