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2018 Philadelphia Family Education Guide

If the prospect of finding the right school for your child sounds about as daunting as finishing a science fair project in two days flat, don’t worry. Our team spent the summer interviewing local families and educators around Philly to give you a personal look at the best private and independent schools, all without the mess of baking powder and vinegar. Scroll and click through this guide to learn about these amazing Delaware Valley independent schools. We’re pretty sure by the time you reach the end you’ll have some great contenders for your student in mind. Have questions or experiences to share? Leave a comment on any of the stories highlighted below and our team will put out a call in the community to get some more direct feedback. We also encourage you to visit these schools for an open house, there’s nothing quite like a personal tour to get to know a school’s community when you’re searching for the right fit.


Sarah Bond

Sarah Bond, Founder & CEO

Looking for first-hand experience on a school that’s not listed? Ask our Philly Family Community group on Facebook about them (we have over 5K members!) If you would like us to add YOUR school to our directory, please send this link to your school’s marketing team. We rely on the support of our partner schools and sponsors to bring you fresh content each week.

With individualized, one-on-one learning, middle and high school students at Fusion can make their own schedules and learn in the way that is best for their particular needs and interests.

“Once we visited, we were sold. We were just blown away by the warmth and kindness. It really felt like home.”

Using the power of the internet and innovation to overcome traditional boundaries of time and space, PA Cyber makes it possible to personalize the learning experience, connecting students and families with skilled and caring teachers.

How the City Curriculum is changing the shape—and place—of learning at St. Peter’s.

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This project-based, diverse educational environment explores urban surroundings, the natural world, and the limitlessness of children's potential.

Girard’s boarding school environment gives students more time to live in a community, grow relationships, and focus on Girard’s five core values: respect, responsibility, integrity, self-discipline, and compassion.


Understanding students' needs and goals is what drives the teachers and staff of Barrack Hebrew Academy.

Quadrat students will stand out for their ability to think critically and creatively.

This Spanish immersion preschool is a truly unique and enriching learning environment for the littlest Philadelphians.

Malvern Prep’s new Center for Social Impact, scheduled to open in the fall of 2019, will take the school for boys in 6th through 12th grades to a new level.

Shynita Price wanted her son, Jeremiah, to take a step up in his education. She found that at Girard College, a five-day residential program for boys and girls.

When this family moved to the King of Prussia area, they found the right fit for all four of their kids at DCCS. Find out why.

At Germantown Academy, we cultivate a growth mindset so our youngest students can build the knowledge, skills, work habits, and character traits to become creative problem-solvers, clear communicators, and successful collaborators.

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