Main Line Classical Academy
With a 1:6 faculty-to-student ratio, Main Line Classical Academy is small by design -- creating a warm and attentive learning experience to foster deep learning and character development.
Main Line Classical Academy
Main Line Classical Academy is both a Lower School (k-6) and Upper School (7-12) located in Bryn Mawr, PA. The school is built on a commitment to the classical liberal arts canon, emphasizing immersive foreign languages, rich literature and poetry analysis, experiential art and music, and an investigative STEM curriculum. With a 1:6 faculty-to-student ratio, Main Line Classical Academy is small by design -- creating a warm and attentive learning experience to foster deep learning and character development. Exceptional faculty accompanied by a unique curriculum guide students on a journey that is both rigorous and joyful.
Humanities Fall Fest and Open House for K and 1st Graders: October 2nd 3:00-5:00 pm
Two of our children are enrolled at Mainline Classical Academy (3rd and 6th grades). This is an absolutely remarkable institution. It is the school both my wife and I wish we could have attended as children.
The standards at the school are incredible high and the academic curriculum very diverse. As an example: our sixth grader is studying three foreign languages (Latin, French and Hebrew), Math at a very advanced level (his teacher up to the 6th grade was a Princeton PhD in mathematics), Physics, Computer Programming, History, English (reading Shakespeare and Dickens), Art and Judaic Studies.
Our third grader studies much of the same (with the exception of Latin and Computer Programming), but at an age-appropriate level. As an example, in science, his teacher devoted a section last year to local birds. Within weeks, our son had learned various bird species, their calls (through online apps) and migration patterns.
The school is INCREDIBLY warm. The kids absolutely love attending every day and return home with stories about their daily activities. The parent body is very warm and supporting as well. This is a school where the administration and faculty will always try to find a way to “yes” as opposed to “no” when conflicts or special situations arise.
For our family, the school was especially a good fit because of its (optional) Judaic Studies program (also offering Christian Studies for those of interest). The Judaic Studies curriculum (coupled with modern Hebrew classes) is very strong and well taught.
If you’re looking for a first-tier education for your children, this school should 100% be on your radar.
We are a new family in Main Line Classical Academy. We transferred our son from a top 5 Maryland private school for the exclusivity of MLCA. The former school had a well-known name, national ranking, huge facilities, and emerald sports fields. What was missing for us, and what we ultimately discovered at MLCA, was the individual approach to our child. Main Line Classical Academy offers a rigid curriculum that, quite frankly, is stellar, and we haven’t seen anything like that at the top private schools. We had a fantastic opportunity to meet all his teachers during the Back-to-School event, and to say that we were impressed is to say nothing. Every class is designed to deliver rather challenging material in a child-friendly, age-appropriate manner. For example, in the 1st-grade class, students studied maps, talked about Pelasgians, learned the letters of the Greek alphabet, and covered and read a couple of myths, and they did all this only in a few weeks of school. More to say, our child comes back home and talks about his school day. Another component is that the school is very child centric. They genuinely care about their students. Our son is all boy so he likes to have fun and move around. The school day offers plenty of recess opportunities that he loves. The school doesn’t provide sports, but the PE class is excellent!
Unparalleled rich and academic learning. There is no wasting time on trivial pursuits at this school except if it is not to play a stimulating and fun math game, identify birds in the woods at recess, play out the battle of Sparta on the playground and get lost in great works of poetry. Yes, in Kindergarten ! This is a school for young curious minds. It is a tight knit community of thoughtful parents and educators. Our family has been there for 6 years and our children have benefitted enormously.
“Can we practice french mommy?”
“Want to hear me recite a poem?”
“Do I have science lab today? I love science!”
“Will you come to school and watch me play violin?”
These are just a few quotes from my daughter during her first weeks at MLCA as a kindergartener. As a family, we feel so fortunate to have landed at a place that treasures knowledge both old and new, provides individualized attention, and nurtures the curious mind and spirit of the young student. Truly a gem.