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Philadelphia Family Parent-to-Parent School Directory (with Fall 2018 Open House Dates)

Get to know local schools from their families, faculty, and staff.

Abington Friends School

Coed, Quaker, grades preschool to 12 / Jenkintown
215-886-4350 | AbingtonFriends.net


Open Houses:
Saturday, October 20, 2018
Tuesday, November 6, 2018 (Vote and Visit)
Tuesday, February 6, 2019


“Through the sharing of experiences, our students are actively learning—something we value and encourage at Abington Friends. They are understanding possibilities, connecting to opportunities and making an impact on the world.”
—Rosanne Mistretta, Director, The Center for Experiential Learning at AFS


As seen in Philadelphia Family magazine:

Find out how Abington Friends School is connecting its students with professionals to create an active learning environment.


The Agnes Irwin School

Girls, Non-sectarian | Pre-K to 12 | Rosemont
610-525-8400 | agnesirwin.org


Open Houses:
Tuesday, October 23, 6:00 pm (All School)
Monday, October 29, 7:00 pm (Athletic)
Touring Tuesdays (see agnesirwin.org/openhouse for dates)


“We wanted our daughters to be in an academic environment that allows them to be independent thinkers and encourages them to take risks. Agnes Irwin focuses on the whole child and provides a collaborative learning environment for our daughters to find their gifts and a sense of place. The school offers an exemplary curriculum with a focus on STEM, an extensive arts program, small class-size, one-on-one college counseling and all-season athletics. The community creates an environment where everyone is invested in the success of every girl.”
—Richard & Tien-Yueh, Wayne


AIM Academy

Coed, Independent, For students with
language-based learning differences,
grades 1 – 12 / Conshohocken
215-483-2461 aimpa.org


Open Houses:
Friday, October 5, 9:00 – 11:00 am | Friday, November 9, 9:00 – 11:00 am
Sunday, December 16, 11:00 – 1:00 pm


“The information just sticks. There is a specialness to it. They are given their own costumes and a character to identify with that helps them encompass and personalize the learning.”
—Jill Sides, Bryn Mawr


As seen in Philadelphia Family magazine:

AIM students are exceeding national fluency norms for average rate of improvement, not simply compared to peers with learning differences, but as compared to all students nationally.

The Baldwin School

Girls, Independent, grades pre-K – 12
Bryn Mawr | 610-525-2700 | baldwinschool.org


Open Houses:
Thursday, October 11, 8:30 – 11:00 am (Middle and Upper School)
Thursday, October 25, 8:30 – 11:00 am (Lower School)
Thursday, November 1, 8:30 – 11:00 am (Middle and Upper School)


“Baldwin has given my daughters so much. It has made them learners instead of memorizers. It has made them ask why and how…and it has done all this in the most welcoming and warm environment. Both of my daughters found their home away from home; a school that challenges them to stretch their minds, to not be afraid to raise their hands and voice their opinions and to think on a more global scale. Baldwin has imbued my daughters with the self-assurance to do whatever they choose in life and I am certain that because of Baldwin they will make a difference.”
—Claudia Baldassano P ’18, ‘23, Bryn Mawr


As seen in the Philly Family Community:

The Deitz Family from The Baldwin School

Learn more about this Philadelphia family's experience at the all-girls school in Bryn Mawr.


Coed, Public,
grades Kindergarten to 12 / Cyber
844-590-2864 | ccaeducate.me


Open Houses:
Thursday, October 11 at 6:30 PM
Monday, October 29 at 6:30 PM
Thursday, November 1 at 6:30 PM


“I need my kids to be in an environment where they can actually focus on their education. That’s paramount to me. We’re able to connect with the teachers at CCA and we have more access to them. You have a better support system. Your children get an opportunity to advocate for themselves. If you don’t understand something, you can reach out to the teacher and voice your concerns. I’m thankful for CCA and I’m an advocate. The school does what it says it’s going to do for the families that they serve.”
—Tunisia Garnett of Philadelphia, CCA parent


As seen in the Philly Family Community:

The Deitz Family from The Baldwin School

Learn more about this Philadelphia family's experience at the all-girls school in Bryn Mawr.

Crefeld School

Coed, Public,
grades Kindergarten to 12 / Cyber
844-590-2864 | crefeld.org


Open Houses:
Friday, December 14 at 8:45am – 10:15am
Friday, February 22 at 8:45am – 10:15am
Saturday, April 27 at 10am – 12pm


“School is a place of learning not just basic knowledge but also how to be a responsible and active citizen. Like other schools, Crefeld teaches math, science, art, history, and English. But it also teaches so much more. The school empowers students to make a difference in their community and to make their voices heard. I am so happy that I went to a place that not only prepared me for college, but also for life.”
—Ari, Class of 2016

Delaware County Christian School

Coed, Christian, grades Pre-K – 12
Newtown Square & Devon
610-353-6522 | dccs.org


Open Houses:
Tuesday, November 6 (Upper School)
Thursday, November 15 (Lower School)
Tuesday, January 29 (Lower School)


“Our kids have benefited from being in an environment where the faculty are dedicated to educating and developing the whole person — mind, body, and spirit.”
—Wendy DeWall, Newtown Square


As seen in Philadelphia Family magazine:

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.


Friends’ Central School

Coed, Quaker, grades nursery – 12 / Wynnewood
610-642-7575 (Lower School, Old Gulph Road)
610-649-7440 (Middle and Upper School, City Avenue )


Open Houses:
Saturday, September 22, 9:30 am (Early Childhood Open House)
Monday, October 8, 9:30 am (All-School Fall Open House)
Wednesday, November 7, Lower: 9 am, Middle & Upper: 8:30 am (Parent Info Session)


“The Friends Community “makes it a point to get to know the whole family.” When they visit, “everyone knows Phinneas” and when they attend events such as the pumpkin festival or the pajama movie night, their younger children feel right at home too.”
—Charisma and Joseph, Germantown


As seen in Philadelphia Family magazine:

Learn how this family found just the right mix of academic rigor and diversity for their son Phinneas.


Friends School Haverford

Coed, Quaker
grades nursery – 8 / Haverford
610-642-2334 | friendshaverford.org


Open Houses:
Wednesday, October 3
Saturday, October 20
Wednesday, November 7


“When we found Friends School Haverford we were immediately impressed by their kind, caring, and professional approach. We knew it was the place for Macy and our family.”
—Ginny and Nicole Perrine-Wilson, Haverford


As seen in Philadelphia Family magazine:

Friends School Haverford is teaching its students to embrace, accept and value differences.


Germantown Academy

Coed, Nonsectarian day school,
grades PreK – 12 / Fort Washington
215-646-3300 | germantownacademy.net


Open Houses:
Thursday, October 4
Thursday, November 1
Friday, November 30


“There is no one size fits all approach to learning at GA, and the kids feel it! From visionary leadership to engaged teachers who are passionate about igniting young minds, GA radiates a dynamic energy throughout its campus. An authentic dedication to the natural world sets GA apart and outdoor learning spaces compliment a program that balances traditional classroom learning with a “get muddy, be creative, collaborate in the dirt hands on approach” that kids love. The emphasis on collaboration, entrepreneurship and global citizenship, prepares children to meet the challenges of today’s changing world. My boys are becoming confident, curious, creative and most important caring people and they are excited about the opportunities ahead of them.”
—Allison D., Chestnut Hill


As seen in the Philly Family community:

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.



Girard College

Coed, weekday residential,
grades 1 to 12 / Philadelphia
215-787-2600 | girardcollege.edu


Open Houses:
Tuesday, September 25 | Tuesday, October 9
Tuesday, October 23


“You can go to school, you can get the education – great – but if you don’t have the discipline to go with it, I feel like part of the puzzle is missing.”
—Shynita Price, West Philadelphia

As seen in Philadelphia Family magazine:

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.

The Grayson School

Coed, grades Pre-K – 10 in 2018-19,
grades 11 – 12 for 2019-20 / Broomall
484-428-3241 | thegraysonschool.org


Open Houses:
Wednesday, October 3 (Pre-K Open House)
Wednesday, October 10 (Upper School Open House)
Saturday, October 27 (Open House/Admissions Event and National Association for Gifted Children Speaker)


“The weight of raising a gifted child is enormous, but since our son started at The Grayson School, that weight has lifted. We know he is being challenged in ways he never would have if we had chosen a different path.”
—Melissa Repko


As seen in Philadelphia Family magazine:

If you've been searching for a school for your gifted learner, learn why The Grayson School could be the right fit.


Greene Towne Montessori School

Coed, Montessori, Toddler – K
Center City
215-563-63638 | gtms.org


Open Houses:
Wednesday, October 24, 6:30 pm
Tuesday, April 16, 6:30 pm


“In just 2 years, we have watched our son develop into a kind, well spoken, independent, and confident boy and we credit much of this to the positive influence and care at Greene Towne! Greene Towne Montessori has been a true gift to our family and many others.”
—Stacy Kennedy, GTMS parent of a 4-year-old boy


The Haverford School

Boys, grades Pre-K to 12 / Haverford
610-642-3020 | haverford.org


Open Houses:
Wednesday, October 3 (Look and Learn Sessions starting)
Wednesday, October 17 8:30 – 10:30 am (Middle / Upper School Open House)
Tuesday, October 23 9:00 – 10:30 am (Lower School Open House)


“Everyone that’s ever had a child knows that boys and girls are different, and the maturity is different. You see these young men at Haverford, and they’re just so mature, so polite, and so kind. Haverford teachers recognize that teaching to those differences makes the students better boys and better men.”
—Erin Elmore, Center City


As seen in Philadelphia Family magazine:

The first augmented reality mural is unveiled in Philadelphia.

In partnership with Mural Arts Philadelphia, students at The Haverford School and Shoemaker Mastery Charter School conceptualized and created a unique augmented reality mural in West Philadelphia.


Insight PA Cyber Charter School

Public, grades K – 11, adding 12 / Tuition-Free,
Public Charter School | 855-667-4536


Open Houses:
Please visit our calendar at PA.InsightSchools.net for a scheduled Information Session


Jack M. Barrack Hebrew Academy

Coed, Jewish, grades 6-12
610-922-2350 | jbha.org


Open Houses:
Friday, October 19, 9:30 am- 12:00 pm
Wednesday, December 12, 9:30 am- 12:00 pm
Wednesday, January 16, 9:30 am- 12:00 pm


“Barrack treats each student individually and with respect, while encouraging all students to see themselves as integral parts of a community grounded in Jewish values. The curriculum is intellectually rigorous, but Barrack’s innovative curriculum and resources provide students with the knowledge and skills they need to succeed. As a college professor, I can always pick out the Jewish Day School students on the first day of freshman year: they are confident, articulate, and not afraid to ask tough questions.”
—Emily Steiner, PhD


Malvern Preparatory School

Boys, Independent, Catholic,
grades 6 – 12 / Malvern
484-595-1100 malvernprep.org


Open Houses:
Thursday, October 11 (Preview Morning)
Sunday, October 28 (Open House and Entrance Exam)
Wednesday, November 7 (Preview Morning)


“The Center for Social Impact is a tangible, tactile of the commitment Malvern Prep is making towards serving the needs of others.”
—Ron Algeo ’86, Assistant Head of School for Student Leadership


As seen in Philadelphia Family magazine:

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.


Mi Casita

Coed, Preschool ages 3 months – 5,
Philadelphia’s first Spanish Immersion Preschool
and Project Based Learning Curriculum
Fairmount | 215-232-3222 | micasitapreschool.com/philadelphia


Open Houses:
Tuesday, November 13, 6:30 pm
Tuesday, February 5, 6:30 pm


“Three years ago, we chose Mi Casita for our oldest daughter because it offers a Spanish immersion program that would help us continue with the exposure to the language that she has at home. Soon after that, Mi Casita not only became the school our daughter attends but a second family. Our daughter has now graduated Pre-K and thanks to Mi Casita is entering Kindergarten being able to read and do math. Her Spanish is impeccable, and most importantly, she has learned the social skills that she’ll need to be a good member of the community and adjust easily to her new school.”
—Maria Clara Martinez


PA Cyber Charter School

Public, grades Kindergarten to 12 / Cyber
888-722-9237 | pacyber.org


Open Houses:
Online Open Houses available at this link: pacyber.org/session


“It’s about building opportunities for yourself and knowing how to better your education and what works for you as an individual learner and student.”
—Melanie Hulse, Class of 2018


As seen in Philadelphia Family magazine:

In the 2017-2018 academic year, more than 1300 Pennsylvania students chose to get their education from one of the most successful online public schools in the nation. Find out why.


The Philadelphia School

Coed, Non-sectarian,
grades preschool – 8 / Philadelphia
215-545-5323 | tpschool.org


Open Houses:
Thursday, October 11, 6:00 – 8:00 pm (Preschool)
Thursday, October 25 6:00 – 8:00 p m (Kindergarten)
Sunday, November 4, 12:00 – 2:00 pm (1st – 7th grade) & 3:00 – 5:00 pm (Focusing on Diversity)


“This school has taught me to love learning – to love the flow of information to my brain and the gasp when suddenly something makes so much more sense to me. Our teachers allow us to take the final steps toward understanding, to make our own music, and to find our own creative inspiration.”
—Natalia, TPS Class of 2016


Primrose School

Coed, Infants to PreK and
After-School K- 5 / Philadelphia
215-485-6896 | primroseschools.com


Open Houses:
Private tours available -Call for an appointment


“As a mommy returning to work after a year of music and swim classes, story time, play dates, walkies, songs, books, exploring the outdoors, rocking in his nursery, solid foods, funny faces, toys, and endless snuggles and tickles and giggles, I have been beyond anxious about this transition. After interviewing 8 schools and not finding a good fit, our final tour was Primrose. All schools had a decent space, curriculum, and menu but were lacking a nurturing quality. I’m a tender and soft mommy and this element was what I needed and what Primrose offered. We can’t say enough good things about [our son’s] teachers; they have been so kind, helpful, and patient. I see it displayed every day by [our son’s teachers] and also by the administration addressing [him] by name.”
—Carrie S., Philadelphia


Quadrat Academy

Coed, Montessori, where learning is a lifestyle
Grades 6-12 / Philadelphia
267-997-7744 | quadratacademy.com


Open Houses:
Wednesday, September 26, 4:00 pm


“We design all programs and learning journeys to give students the opportunity to build their voices, passions, and an individual path,” said Tikhonov. “We seek
to develop entrepreneurs, critical thinkers and innovators — every one of our students will have a unique story.”
—Svetlana Tikhonov, Founder


As seen in Philadelphia Family magazine:

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


Society Hill Synagogue School

Ages 2 to 5 / Society Hill


Springside Chestnut Hill Academy

Independent, Project-based curriculum,
Boys / Girls grades Pre-K – 8,
Coed grades 9 – 12 / Chestnut Hill
215-247-7007 | sch.org


Open Houses:
Wednesday, October 3, 8:30 AM (Inside SCH for Lower School Boys (PK-5) and Lower School Girls (PK-4))
Thursday, October 4, 8:30 am (Middle and Upper Schools (Girls: 5-12, Boys 6-12))
Sunday, November 4, 2:00 pm (Fall Open House)


“There are a lot of great choices for schooling in our region. We did a lot of research and decided that SCH was the best choice … cutting-edge learning programs, competitive athletic teams with first-class facilities; caring, nurturing faculty and staff; a diverse student population. SCH Academy has exceeded our expectations and enriched our lives.”
—Jennifer and Stephen Dolente, Devon, PA


Stratford Friends

Coed, Quaker, K – 9 / Newtown Square
610-355-9580 | stratfordfriends.org


Open Houses:
Individualized Private Tours – call 610-886-4337 to schedule


The Student: “At Stratford Friends the teachers’ mission is to understand your disability and figure out how you learn best until you strongly understand the subject. I’ve grown close to so many of my teachers. I’ll always remember Stratford Friends as the place that helped me overcome my disabilities.”
The Parent: “Here’s the outcome of Guy’s seven years at Stratford Friends: he was accepted at Science Leadership Academy, Philadelphia’s most selective public high school. It’s safe to say that he couldn’t have done it without the skills and self-discipline he learned at Stratford Friends.”


As seen in the Philly Family Community:

This Quaker-based school, located in Newtown Square is giving kids who learn differently the tools they need for success.


William Penn Charter School

Coed, Quaker, grades Pre-K – 12 / Philadelphia
215-844-3460 x103 | penncharter.com

Open Houses:
Saturday, October 13 (grades pre-K to 5, 10:00 am; grades 6-12, 2:30 pm)
Tuesday, November 6 (grades pre-K to 12, 8:30 am)


“Watching my Lev carefully and delicately consider his country’s resources and needs and negotiate with other countries blew my mind. A 10-year-old’s ability to dig deep and analyze many world issues not only created a life skill, but also showed how Penn Charter prepares our children to tackle complex situations.”
—Lysa Puma, Philadelphia


As seen in Philadelphia Family magazine: 

How Penn Charter’s IdeaLabs are transforming the learning process.


Woodlynde School

Coed, Independent,
grades K – 12 / Strafford
610-687-9660 | woodlynde.org


Woodlynde School is a coed college prep school in the Philadelphia region for students in grades K-12 who learn differently.


Open Houses:
Tuesday, October 9
Tuesday, November 13
Tuesday, December 11


“The classrooms here are responsive—meaning the kids learn to respond to their own learning needs and the needs of those around them. A responsive setting leads students to realize when they are getting off task and what they have to do to get back on the path to completing the day’s goals.”
—Scott Purdy, Parent


As seen in Philadelphia Family magazine:

After putting their son Colin in the summer program at Woodlynde, find out why the Purdy's choose to have him continue on into the academic year.


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