Classmates Arman Dezfuli-Arjomandi and Haydn Dufrene woke up one morning a few months ago and decided it would "fun to develop an app." After teaching themselves Objective C programming language over the summer, courtesy of iTunesU, they did just that. Beginning in December, in a manner of weeks the two students wrote the code, beta tested it with eight classmates, bought a development license, and submitted the app to Apple. After extensive testing, Apple approved it last week. Dezfuli-Arjomandi and Dufrene launched the Friends Select app (available as FS on the Apple store) at weekly devotions on February 1, to a rapt audience of upper schoolers. In just one day, 57 students already had downloaded the FS app. "This app is my life, " said one satisfied junior.
The Friends Select app enables upper school students to see their daily schedule, e-mail classroom teachers, add and monitor assignments and due dates, access the Online Learning Center and school calendar, even check SEPTA bus and train schedules, all at the touch of their fingertips on their mobile iPhone or iTouch. Wow! Life just got simpler in upper school.
On January 11, 21 students and their four teachers from the Gimnasio Fontana School in Colombia, South America, performed Colombian music and dance at Friends Select School. The performance was one in a series of internationally-themed Live@Lunch programs presented in the dining hall .