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Philadelphia Family Fall Education Guide

Your guide to the BEST schools, preschools, and enrichment programs in Philly and beyond!

Philadelphia Family is dedicated to Building Community and one of the ways we fulfill this mission is by elevating and promoting the stories and experiences from local parents. Scroll and click through our Education Guide to find out how your neighbors found the right fit for their children. Be sure to bookmark our Open House Calendar!


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Philadelphia Family Education Guide: Find the Right School Fit in Philly

Discover the Philly Family Community's Top Recommended High Schools to find the right fit for your student.

Discover the Philly Family Community's Top Recommended Middle Schools to find the right fit for your student.

Discover the Philly Family Community's Top Recommended Elementary and Lower Schools to find the right fit for your student.

Discover the Philly Family Community's Top Recommended Preschools and Kindergarten Programs to find the right fit for your student.

Philadelphia Family Education Education Guide: Stories

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The Pedemonti family shares their experience with this intellectually rich atmosphere that promotes a growth mindset, encourages lifelong learning, and more.

Public Schools in many changing neighborhoods of Philadelphia reflect their communities: diverse success stories which have shown steady improvement.

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A unique fifth grade curriculum that helps this age group transition from lower to middle school

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A Montgomery County family finds PA Cyber Charter School to be the ideal learning environment for their two sons.

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Discover Montessori learning with your infant or toddler in Center City Philadelphia.

Learn about educational options and what they mean!

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Kidology is dedicated to helping children reach their developmental milestones.

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Giving students the freedom to decide, encouraging independence and motivation

Find out what happens when families with a common goal come together to create their dream preschool at Clementine Montessori.

Curriculum, seminars, lessons in the humanities, and a stem program that includes lab-based inquiry and natural exploration lead to a very unique education.

How their Montessori approach fosters teen innovators

Discover how students at Friends' Central School are being guided to reach their full academic and social potential.

Learn about the time-tested and hands-on education your child can find at Gladwyne Montessori School

Aspen Grove School’s thoughtful, engaging, and effective approach to childhood learning

Creating life-long learners through fun and interactive play.

With locations in Philadelphia and Ardmore, Philadelphia Dance Academy is setting the stage for its students to have a lifelong appreciation of dance. 

A Philadelphia family finds a daycare that feels like home at Bright Horizons Center City.

Expand your child's strengths through learning in Philadelphia with these education and enrichment local businesses our Community LOVES.

Perelman Jewish Day School offers unparalleled advantages. From economics and engineering to philosophy and music theory, their students grow to view things from a very distinctive point of view.

Everything you need to know about your local public library!

Parents have a lot of choices when it comes to schools for their children. Learning about the different types of schools can help you discover the right fit for your child.

Learn more about the campus life, curriculum, and more at this Wynnewood area school with two campuses.

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Greene Towne Montessori’s five Lead Toddler Teachers led a parent education workshop titled Managing Difficult Behaviors: A Day in the Life of a Toddler, highlighting strategies for parents to handle difficult toddler behavior.

A local company provides much needed child development services in and around Philadelphia.

High-school sweethearts looked to their past when choosing Jewish day schools for their four daughters.

When a traditional brick-and-mortar school couldn’t meet the needs of the Costanzo family, they turned to the Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School and never looked back.

AIM Academy’s innovative spaces and programs support future ready skills.

Music Theatre Philly, one of Philadelphia’s most popular and award-winning training programs, is gearing up for an incredible Winter and Spring season with classes and events for children, ages 18 months to 18 years.

There are a ton of options for you when the kids are off from school, and they need a fun way to spend their day.

Enjoy outings with everyone in your family with the accessibility options provided by these Philadelphia attractions!

Friends’ Central School’s Nature Nursery offers an innovative, outdoor program full of organic opportunities for learning, child-led exploration, unstructured play, and lessons in friendship, sharing, and community.

MLCA's philosophy guides children on a journey that is both joyful and demanding, with the belief that what students learn matters and is not merely incidental to the acquisition of a set of skills.

Learning Through Exploration in an Environmentally Responsible Space

The Bare Family shares their love of Friends School Haverford, and why FSH was the perfect choice for their family.

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PA Cyber is unique in so many ways, including their ArtReach program- an in-person, hands-on art class where students can socialize and express themselves.

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St. Peter’s School is a joyful and inclusive community of engaged learners and dedicated teachers, nestled in the Historic Philadelphia neighborhood of Society Hill.

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

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Philadelphia Family Focused Guides

Whether you're moving from the city to the 'burbs or relocating from out of state, the Philly Family Community can help you find the resources you need!

Building community — our core mission — is about trust. We trust YOU, so each year we ask our Philly Family Community for their favorite businesses, people, and resources to recommend, based on their recent experiences. This Best for Families Guide celebrates the BEST local resources for parents raising their

If your child has a learning difference, is gifted, or has another need that you want to have supported, scroll and click through this guide to learn about some local resources for All Kinds of Kids in Philadelphia.

Philadelphia Family Education Partner Schools & Preschools

Philadelphia Family Members are local community builders like us who would like to be more connected with families in Philly. The Members below support the Philly Family Community and our Education Guide. Have you had a great experience with any of them? You can help other families benefit from your experience with an endorsement on their Profile Page! SHOW YOUR SUPPORT WITH A 5-STAR REVIEW.

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AIM Academy

    AIM's college prep curriculum for 1-12th grade students provides extraordinary educational opportunities to children with…

    Amigos Spanish Immersion Preschool | Best Preschool – 2023 LOVE Awards

      Amigos is a Spanish immersion preschool located in Old City, Philadelphia for students 1-5 years…

      Bright Horizons Early Education and Preschool

        Choosing a child care and early education center is a big decision.

        Clementine Montessori School

          Clementine offers a true Montessori toddler, preschool and kindergarten program for children from 18 months…

          Cupola Academy

            Cupola Academy (CA) is a secular, nonprofit educational organization that provides a supportive community-base for homeschooling families.

            Fishtown Montessori

              Founded in 2017 by a lifelong educator and certified teacher and principal, Fishtown Montessori provides…

              Friends’ Central School

                Friends’ Central School is a Quaker, co-educational, college-preparatory day school for students in nursery through…

                Fusion Academy

                  Fusion Academy is a private school in Cherry Hill, Ardmore and Malvern, where classes are…

                  Gladwyne Montessori

                    Give your child the best foundation for a lifetime of learning at Gladwyne Montessori, the…

                    Greene Towne Montessori School

                      Guided by Montessori certified teaching staff, Greene Towne Montessori School cultivates in children respect, confidence,…

                      Hyacinth Montessori

                        Hyacinth Montessori is a child-centered and equity-focused Montessori elementary school serving children ages 6-12.

                        Insight PA Cyber Charter School
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                          Insight PA is an online, public charter school for students in grades K-12 throughout Pennsylvania…

                          Kimberton Waldorf School

                            Kimberton Waldorf School (KWS) is a nurturing, natural haven for students seeking an academically rich and…

                            La Salle College High School

                              La Salle College High School is a Catholic, independent, college preparatory school for young men…

                              Little City Montessori Preschool | Family Favorite Preschool – 2023 LOVE Awards

                                Little City Montessori preschool offers the following programs: Toddler (2-3y), Primary (3-6y), and Kindergarten (5-6y)…

                                Main Line Classical Academy

                                  With a 1:6 faculty-to-student ratio, Main Line Classical Academy is small by design -- creating…

                                  Mi Casita Preschool | Family Favorite Preschool – 2023 LOVE Awards

                                    Mi Casita Preschool is Philadelphia and the Main Line's premier Spanish immersion preschool. Through project…

                                    Open Connections

                                      At Open Connections, they empower young people and adults to create the life they want, full of…

                                      Quadrat Academy

                                        Quadrat Academy is an innovative education school for ages 11-18.

                                        Smith Urban Nature Preschool

                                          At SUN Preschool, children play and learn in nature, where the environment motivates them to…

                                          Spanish Workshop for Children | Best Language Program – 2023 LOVE Awards

                                            Spanish Workshop for Children is a Spanish immersion program for children (15 months and up).

                                            St. Peter’s School

                                              St. Peter's School strives to foster an early and lifelong love of learning, to cultivate…

                                              The Aspen Grove School

                                                The Aspen Grove School is a nature-based, Reggio-inspired program, dedicated to preserving and nurturing the magic and…

                                                The Learning Experience Northern Liberties

                                                  From preschool through kindergarten, the Learning Experience Northern Liberties makes early education and daycare joyful,…

                                                  The Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School (PA Cyber)

                                                    PA Cyber is a public charter school and the premier online K-12 educational provider for…

                                                    Valley Forge Educational Services

                                                      Located on a scenic, 28-acre campus in Malvern, PA , Valley Forge Educational Services (VFES)…

                                                      Waldron Mercy Academy

                                                        Waldron Mercy Academy, a Catholic School sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, is a diverse,…

                                                        Philadelphia Family Education Partner Enrichment Programs

                                                        Philadelphia Family Members are local community builders like us who would like to be more connected with families in Philly. The Members below support the Philly Family Community and our Education Guide. Have you had a great experience with any of them? You can help other families benefit from your experience with an endorsement on their Profile Page! SHOW YOUR SUPPORT WITH A 5-STAR REVIEW.

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                                                        EBL Coaching

                                                          EBL Coaching specializes in one-on-one HOME and virtual tutoring for students in grades preK-12 with…

                                                          Heyday Youth

                                                            Heyday Youth sports programs offer children a fun and engaging way to create memories that…

                                                            Kidology | Best Developmental Services – LOVE Awards 2023

                                                              Providing physical, occupational, and speech therapy along with our new behavior division is our passion.

                                                              Miss Minor’s Music School

                                                                Miss Minor’s Music School offers Philly’s highest quality, certified music classes with a commitment to authentic…

                                                                Mister John’s Music

                                                                  Mister John’s Music, a boutique music school in Philadelphia, serves hundreds of families every week…

                                                                  Music Theatre Philly | Best Specialty Camp & Family Favorite Performing Arts Program – 2023 LOVE Awards

                                                                    Music Theatre Philly is a vibrant professional training ground for young artists in theatre and…

                                                                    Natural Creativity

                                                                      Natural Creativity is a resource center for self-directed education located in Philadelphia's Germantown neighborhood.

                                                                      PAFA Youth and Family Programs – Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

                                                                        PAFA Youth and Family programs offer a variety of opportunities for young artists and their families…

                                                                        Philadelphia Ballet

                                                                          School of Philadelphia Ballet offers the highest caliber dance education of any program in the…

                                                                          Riverbend Environmental Education Center

                                                                            Riverbend Environmental Education Center teaches environmental principles to children in Southeastern Pennsylvania through a direct…

                                                                            Sawubona Creativity Project

                                                                              Sawubona Creativity Project weaves social emotional learning and character development skills into theater arts programs…

                                                                              Spanish Exploradores

                                                                                Looking for a fun and engaging way for your child to learn Spanish? Spanish Exploradores…

                                                                                Spanish Workshop for Children | Best Language Program – 2023 LOVE Awards

                                                                                  Spanish Workshop for Children is a Spanish immersion program for children (15 months and up).

                                                                                  The Philadelphia Dance Academy | Best Dance Studio – 2023 LOVE Awards

                                                                                    The Philadelphia Dance Academy offers the following programs: Early Childhood, Primary, Pre-Professional Ballet, Theater, Contemporary,…

                                                                                    Weitzman National Museum of American Jewish History

                                                                                      The Weitzman National Museum of American Jewish History in Philadelphia offers a captivating and educational…

                                                                                      Wolf Performing Arts Center

                                                                                        Experience the magic of theatre, year-round, at Wolf Performing Arts Center!

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