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Philadelphia Family Parent-to-Parent School Directory (with Spring 2021 Open House Dates)

Get to know Philadelphia area city and suburban schools from the families, faculty, and staff that know them best!

This Philadelphia Family Parent-to-Parent School Directory was built to help you get to know our Education Partners AND to share the wealth of experiences from our Community. 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.


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 5,000 members!) If you would like to see YOUR school featured in our directory, please encourage them to join us as an Education Partner.

Our Philadelphia Family Education Guide Interactive Map features the schools our team has worked with since 2013 to bring you the most comprehensive resource to help you focus your school search. Want to see more options around the Main Line and Western Suburbs? Visit mainlineparent.com/edu to connect with the Main Line Parent Community’s recommended schools.



Philadelphia Family Education Partners

Fishtown MontessoriFishtown Montessori

Toddler – Kindergarten | Fishtown
215-821-1455 | fishtownmontessori.com


Open Houses:

The virtual tour will be a small group meeting via zoom to take a look at what makes Fishtown Montessori such a wonderful place for children to grow and learn together. We will meet for about an hour to tell you about who we are, our facility, our program, and we’ll answer any questions you may have.


Mention Philly Family when you contact Fishtown Montessori and they’ll waive your application fee!

“We love the attention and dedication to the children of the teachers/staff and seeing how much our daughter has developed over the past few months. Without hesitation, we would recommend the school to anyone asking about it.” -Mark T.


Friends Central School

Co-ed, Independent, Quaker | Nursery – Grade 12 | Wynnewood
610-649-7440 | friendscentral.org


Open Houses:

All School Virtual Open House: April 20th at 9:30 am

Virtual info sessions:

Wednesday, March 3rd at 9 am
Wednesday, April 7th at 9 am
Wednesday, May 5th at 9 am


“When you walk into the classroom, you’re just immediately drawn to the experience they want to cultivate.” – Ali G.


Friends School Haverford

Co-ed, Independent, Quaker | Nursery – Grade 5 | Haverford
610-642-2334 | friendshaverford.org

Guided by Quaker principles since its founding in 1885, Friends School Haverford provides an intellectually rich program to an intentionally diverse school family. We promote academic scholarship, creativity, respect, integrity, and self-awareness with a commitment to creating a culture of stewardship and kindness. Friends School Haverford graduates are uniquely prepared to go forth with boldness of intellect and character.


Open Houses:
Call Lisa Buscaglia to schedule a virtual tour at 610-642-0354 or email lbuscaglia@friendshaverford.org.


“We have seen such a significant blossoming effect with our son since being a part of Friends School Haverford. We know it is deeply influenced by the intentional ways the teachers validate feelings, model kindness and respect, encourage resilience and flexibility, and celebrate individuality. Every day, our son looks forward to going to school and spending the day with his teachers and all his friends. As a parent, it is the most wonderful thing to witness – seeing how happy he is to go to school and seeing his amazing growth as a result of these phenomenal teachers. Lastly, the teachers have been extremely kind to our family. They always attend to our experience (as parents) and make time to talk to us – both to validate and allay our worries. Friends School Haverford is a phenomenal educational experience and community!” – Patricia F., parent


Read more about Friends School Haverford:

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

Greene Towne Montessori School

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

Greene Towne Montessori School instills in young children an understanding of learning as a personal process, a sense of agency in building self and community, and the joy of possibility. “I can do it!” Since 1966, Greene Towne Montessori School has provided a quality Montessori education to Philadelphia children. Each classroom, with a mix of ages, encourages children of different abilities and backgrounds to interact and learn from each other in a non-competitive environment. Every aspect of Greene Towne stimulates creativity and learning, from Toddler through Kindergarten. At Greene Towne, your child builds the skills and self-assurance that lead to a lifetime of learning.

Open Houses:

Thursday, February 11, 6:30-7:30 pm
Wednesday, March 3, 6:30-7:30 pm
Tuesday, April 6, 6:30-7:30 pm


“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, Greene Towne Montessori Parent


Read more about Greene Towne Montessori:

toddlers playing at Montessori school

Discover Montessori learning with your infant or toddler!

Holy Child AcademyHCA Logo

Co-ed, Independent, Individualized| Age 2 – Grade 8 | Drexel Hill
610-259-2712 | holychildacademy.com


Virtual Visit at Holy Child Academy 

Schedule your personalized virtual visit to discover our unique co-curricular programs and learn about the highly individualized attention each student receives at Holy Child Academy. Now enrolling for Fall 2021. Age 2 through grade 8. Schedule your virtual visit here

Middle School Scholarship Opportunities

Academic Merit Scholarship Exam

Virtually, over Zoom on Saturday, April 17, 2021, at 9:30 a.m. Registration is required by Monday, April 5. Register here

STEAM Scholarship Exam

Scholarship candidates will be asked to complete a STEAM challenge and submit their results. Families will receive detailed instructions upon registration. Entries are due by Friday, April 23, 2021. Register here

Music  Scholarship Exam

Auditions will take place on Saturday, April 24, 2021. Register by Thursday, April 15, 2021. Register here 

*Please contact Cecilia Ulmer (culmer@holychildacademy.com) with any questions.


We wanted a quality education, first and foremost. We ended up getting far more than that. I’ll never forget the first time I stepped into HCA. We were taking a tour for my daughter to enter Nursery 3 and I was so impressed with the older students we met that day. I had never before seen children their age speak so articulately and offer such respectful and enthusiastic conversations about their studies and their school. It was that day I knew my child was going to be an HCA student. Since then, it has been a pleasure watching my daughter’s confidence develop and flourish each year. – Kim E.


Read more about Holy Child Academy:

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

Jack M. Barrack Hebrew Academy

Co-ed, Jewish | Grades 6-12 | Bryn Mawr
610-922-2350 | jbha.org


Open Houses:
Wednesday, February 24, 2021


“At Barrack, students are both challenged and nurtured. With a simulating and rigorous academic program, guided by timeless Jewish values in a warm and supportive environment, Barrack provides the opportunity for all kids to thrive . ”
-Barrack Parent


Read more about Barrack Hebrew Academy:


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


Co-ed | 6 weeks to 5 years old | several locations
833-905-3276 | kindercare.com/regions/philadelphia


“KinderCare has been our safe haven since day one. Our girls are growing up here and learning so much! During this global pandemic, KinderCare’s amazing Directors and Staff have went above and beyond to ensure the health, care, & safety of all the kids that attend. We continue to feel comfortable & blessed sending our girls to KinderCare!” 


Read more about KinderCare Learning Centers:

Experts at KinderCare discuss how you can turn parenting guilt into parenting glory!

La Salle College High School

Catholic, Independent, College preparatory school for boys | Grades 9 to 12 | Wyndmoor
215-233-2911 | lschs.org


Admissions Events:

6th and 7th Grade Practice Tests: Saturday, April 17, 2021 @ 8:15-11:45am Spend a Day at LaSalle – 7th Graders : Monday, March 1st – Friday, April 30th

Spring Open House – Sunday, May 2, 2021

La Salle’s Spring Open House will be held from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm. All of the school’s facilities and programs will be available to prospective students and their families. The program will include presentations, demonstrations, and guided tours.

Mornings at La SalleWednesday, March 3, 2021 and Tuesday, March 23, 2021 from 9:00 – 11:00am
Parents of prospective students are invited to attend a “Morning at La Salle.” The program provides parents with an academic presentation, classroom visits, and a question and answer session with faculty, administrators, and students.


Little City Montessori

Co-ed, Montessori | Preschool –  Kindergarten | Olde Kensington/ Fishtown/Northern Liberties
215-764-0633 | littlecitymontessori.com


Open Houses:
Wednesday, March 10, 2021
6:00 – 7:00 PM


“Our 5 year old daughter couldn’t be happier at Little City. Not only is her curiosity and creativity being fostered, but she is also gaining knowledge and independence. During this difficult and unprecedented time the staff and teachers have gone above and beyond to create a safe and healthy learning environment. We are very grateful.”
– Little City Montessori Parent


Mi Casita Preschool

Co-ed, Infant – Preschool | Fairmount
215-232-3222 | micasitapreschool.com


“We could not be more certain that Micasita is the best choice for our son. Over the past year that he has been there, he is excited each day to go to school and we are rest assured that he is nurtured & stimulated to the greatest degree possible. The staff has served as key partners in our son’s growth and development, helping make developmental transitions as smooth as possible between home and school settings. They are always extremely present, available, and responsive to any of our questions or concerns. The communication is frequent and clear and the extracurricular activities are top notch. And this is all without even mentioning the invaluable benefit of providing our son with a bilingual foundation from early in life.” – Emily F.

Olde City Day Schoolold city day school

Co-ed | Infants –  Kindergarten | 219 Cuthbert Street, Cuthbert / 5534 Pulaski Avenue, Germantown / 1930 S. Broad Street, Newbold
215-925-0200 | oldecitydayschool.com


Click here for admissions information.


Mention Philly Family when you contact Olde City Day School and you’ll receive 10% OFF of your tuition!


“We have been here for over 6 years with 3 kids and its hard to imagine going anywhere else. It’s a great school and we’ve had a great experience. Over the years our children have had many amazing and caring teachers who they have looked forward to seeing everyday.” – Jane D.


The Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School

Public, Cyber | Kindergarten – 12
888-722-9237 | pacyber.org


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


“Enrolling our daughters in PA Cyber has been one of the very best decisions we have made as a family. Thanks to PA Cyber, we as parents are able to take a very active role in our children’s education; from daily class in the living room to field trips around the state.  Because of our ability to set our own schedules, our girls have learned important lessons about time management, priorities, and self-discipline. We take advantage of big things like the ability to travel and attend class “on the road,” to little things like sleeping in after a rough night of sleep. PA Cyber allows us to create a routine that best fits our needs.”
—Reed and Katy V


Read more about PA Cyber:

female children in art class

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.


Play-based , arts immersion preschool | 1241 N Front St.
267-255-8434 | playartsphilly.com


Check out their Information Session recording and form for more info HERE

Upcoming Info-Sessions: February 17, 2021 February 23, 2021 March 10, 2021 March 16, 2021

Enrollment will open February 18, 2021* PlayArts Creative will open April 5, 2021* *date is tentative


“[Our daughter] has been attending classes at Play Arts since she was about 6 months old. Without a doubt, the music and movement classes have significantly contributed to her verbal, social, cognitive, and emotional development. We know she will be exceptionally prepared for preschool because of her time at Play Arts and are so thankful to the teachers and the staff for all of their care.”
-Samantha Z.

St. Peter’s School

Non-sectarian, independent, co-ed | Preschool (age 3) to grade 8 | 319 Lombard St., Philadelphia
215-925-3963 | st-peters-school.org

St. Peter’s School is an inclusive community of engaged learners and dedicated teachers, nestled in the Historic Philadelphia neighborhood of Society Hill, educating students to be kind, generous, and committed citizens of the world since 1834.

At SPS, we honor the time for childhood in the lives of our students and their families. We strive to foster an early and lifelong love of learning, cultivate inclusivity and compassion, and instill honesty and respect for ourselves and others in our community.


Open House:
Although the school building is not currently open to visitors, the faculty and staff look forward to connecting with you virtually to start a conversation about the Admissions process. 

Virtual Admissions Info Sessions
Interested families can join one of our hour-long informal virtual chats hosted through Zoom, to speak with their Admissions Team and members of the Administration, and ask questions about our curriculum and community. EVENING SESSIONS NOW AVAILABLE!

Thursday, February 25 at 7:30 PM
Tuesday, March 9 at 9:00 AM
Thursday, March 18 at 7:30 PM
Tuesday, March 23 at 9:00 AM
Tuesday, April 13 at 9:00 AM
Tuesday, April 27 at 9:00 AM


“From the minute you enter those red doors you are met with the warmth, kindness, and smiles from parents teachers and children alike. For us; St Peter’s has been a loving and nurturing environment that celebrates its children for who they are and helps them blossom into confident individuals.”
-Paulina G., SPS Parent ’25


Read more about St. Peter’s School:

little girl and children playing outdoors

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.

Stem Prep Academy

Stem based, Co-ed, full-time and part-time Prekindergarten, Kindergarten, and Stem Summer Camp | Ages 2.7 to 5 years old | Fishtown
267-687-2402 | letsgostem.com


Open houses every 2nd Saturday of the month, 11 am-3 pm, visit letsgostem.com to schedule a visit.


“SPA has gone the extra mile with following Covid protocols while providing a place where my 4 years old can socialize and learn. They have made a huge difference in preparing her for Kindergarten.” – Ms. Allen, Stem Prep Parent

The Philadelphia School

Independent | Pre-K – 8 | Fitler Square
215-545-5323 | tpschool.org

There are a variety of ways for you and your family to get to know more about the TPS community virtually this year. As a first step, we encourage families to contact us directly at admissions@tpschool.org.

Sign up for a one-on-one virtual tour of the school with a member of our Admissions Team.

“We want our children to grow up and be the best version of themselves, and I think that a school like The Philadelphia School that allows creativity, and choice allows them to develop their own voice.”
– Sarah Campbell Cooper ‘93, Alumna and Current TPS Parent

Within a framework of evidence-based teaching methodologies, The Philadelphia School applies a distinct progressive educational approach that is renowned throughout the region and has established the school’s reputation as a center for joyful, life-long learning.

Waldron Mercy Academy

Co-ed | Catholic | Age 3 – 8th grade | Merion Station

Waldron Mercy Academy is proud to be a 2020 National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence where students ages three to grade 8 experience the joy of learning. Offering full day preschool, pre-k, kindergarten and Montessori.


Open Houses:
March 10 at 6 pm
April 13 at 6 pm
You can also email admissions@waldronmercy.org to start the conversation.


“We’re so thankful our children attend Waldron Mercy where they are well prepared and motivated for high school. WMA teaches respect, and we love that. We were so impressed with Waldron’s immediate pivot to virtual learning in the spring. Everything was well communicated so children understood what was expected of them and could manage their time and assignments appropriately.”
-Alex P.


The West Hill School

Co-ed | Preschool | Age 7 years 7 months – 5 years | Rosemont
610-525-7660 | thewesthillschool.org


Open Houses:
Request a tour here.


“The West Hill School is a place for kids to be kids. It is play based at its finest. Between the Discovery Room and the new Playscape, children actively engage with their environment on a daily basis. The warm and loving environment easily makes West Hill a second home. The community is like an extended family. We couldn’t be happier with the experience West Hill provided for our children.”
– Aimee, West Hill School Parent


Westtown School Westtown School logo

Co-ed | Grades Pre-K – 12 | West Chester


Open Houses:
For Lower or Middle School we will conduct guided virtual tours and in-person mini visits in the Admissions Office for assessment and to get to know your child. Contact Tearson Morrison, Director of Admission for PK-8th grade at 610-399-7904 or email tearson.morrison@westtown.edu.

For Upper School we will conduct guided virtual tours and interviews. Contact the Admissions Office at 610-399-7900 or email admissions@westtown.edu and your admission counselor will reach out to schedule. Applicants from China, see specific information here.


“At a World Economic Forum, a leader talked about education and what we need to teach our kids. He pointed out that knowledge is important, but the soft skills such as values, believing, independent thinking, teamwork, and compassion are what will help our kids stay competitive. I am a current Westtown parent, and I have witnessed how these soft skills are embedded into the school’s curriculum in every division.” 
-Westtown Parent of Class of 2021

Philly Family Community School Recommendations


Abington Friends School

Co-ed, Quaker | Grades Preschool – 12 | Jenkintown
215-886-4350 |  AbingtonFriends.net

“Two of my children attended AFS, from Kindergarten through 12th grade. They both graduated and were fully prepared and ready for college. In college they were honors and magna cum laude students. My daughters grew up very confident, outspoken and informed about real world issues, and were equipped to be innovative.”
– Alumni Parent

The Agnes Irwin School

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


“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

Co-ed, Independent, For students with
language-based learning differences such as dyslexia, dyscalculia and dysgraphia | Grades 1 – 12 | Conshohocken
215-483-2461 aimpa.org

“Before our son moved to AIM he had started to hate school. Within 2 weeks of being at AIM he was smiling and happy about going. He was telling us stories about what he was learning. The teachers are supportive and responsive, and he is really developing confidence in himself as a learner and as a person through his experience as a student there. We are very happy! ”
– Traci C.


Alexander Adaire

Public, Philadelphia School District | Fishtown


“Community. Leadership. Excellent teachers. Families that step up and volunteer and support school needs. ”
– Denis, Alexander Adaire Parent

Amigos Spanish Immersion Preschool

Preschool | Old City


“The teachers are happy, engaged, and truly excited to see the students when they walk through the door each morning. My son comes home babbling and bubbly, and is making wonderful progress. The school provides ample opportunity for the children to play outside, go on field trips, and participate in experiential and play-based learning. One of the best decisions we have made in my two-year-old’s life is enrolling him at Amigos!”
– Carrie Beth, Amigos Spanish Immersion Preschool Parent

Arch Street Preschool (ASP)

Ages 2 to 5 years | Logan Square


“ASP is a utopia of a little preschool! One of the things I love most about it is how much they stand by their mission – to ensure every child has access to a high-quality early childhood education. The school is incredibly diverse in every aspect, but uniform in the sense that every family is warm and friendly.”
– Hilary, Arch Street Preschool (ASP) Parent

The Baldwin School

All Girls School | Pre-K through Grade 12 | Bryn Mawr
610-525-2700 | baldwinschool.org

“Your daughters are going to grow up being confident, having a voice, knowing who she is and ready to go out into the world and make it a better place.”
– Pat W.

Benchmark School

Co-ed, independent, for students who have been identified as having dyslexia, ADD/ADHD, auditory processing or other learning differences. | Grades 1-8| Media
610-565-3741 | benchmarkschool.org

“Benchmark has changed my son’s outlook on school for the better. Some of his struggles have become strengths and he has learned to self-advocate along the way. I’m still amazed at the writing pieces he comes home with.”
-Kim S.

The Big Backyard Nursery School

2.7 – 5 years | Mt. Airy


“Big Backyard (BBY) meets kids needs where they are. BBY has amazing staff that understands children and treats them respectfully as individuals. BBY allows kids freedom to play and grow both socially and emotionally. BBY is an amazing place that has helped both of my children grow immensely.”
– Bill, The Big Backyard Nursery School Parent

Bright Horizons – Center City

Infant to 6 years | Logan Square


“The staff is very professional and also make interactions fun. Education plans focus on the children and building their early skills. The staff is also very accommodating and is great at communicating issues, problems, or updates. School location is extremely convenient for two working parents in Center City.”
– Michael, Bright Horizons – Center City Parent


18 months to 5 years | Rittenhouse Square


“BZBI is such a warm, loving community. Both myself and daughter enjoy spending time there.” – Cara, BZBI Parent


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


“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

Children’s Community School

18 months to 5 years | Squirrel Hill


“Their commitment to diversity of all kinds, including openly and actively teaching young children about differences and acceptance. They actively participate in the education week for Black Lives Matter. That every child is treated with respect for the individual that they are. That gender norms are questioned and not reinforced. They have a wonderful play yard.”
– Katy, Children’s Community School Parent

Christopher Columbus Charter School (CCCS)

Kindergarten – Grade 8 | Bella Vista


“Christopher Columbus Charter School has amazing teachers, faculty, staff, and kids. The teachers are eager to teach and the children are eager to learn. All of the staff are always available to the children as well as parents if you have any questions and/or concerns, or if your child needs help. I have four children, two of which have already graduated from CCCS with straight As and two going into third grade who are also doing amazing.”
– Ginny, Christopher Columbus Charter School Parent


Crefeld School

Co-ed, Public, Cyber | Grades Kindergarten – 12
844-590-2864 | crefeld.org


“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

Co-ed, Christian | Grades Pre-K – 12 | Newtown Square & Devon
610-353-6522 | dccs.org


“We chose DC for our children because of the spirit of excellence in all areas. We are thrilled that beyond their scholarly pursuits, our children have the opportunity to be involved in a wide variety of competitive athletic programs as well as state-of-the-art visual and performing arts.”
– Delaware County Christian School Parent

Frankford Friends School

Pre-K – Grade 8 | Frankford


“My children are receiving an excellent education academically, but they’re also treated as unique individuals. They are given support and challenges that have helped shape them into critical thinkers that don’t just solve problems, but understand them.”
– Natalie, Frankford Friends School Parent

Friends’ Central School

Co-ed, Quaker | Grades nursery – 12  | Wynnewood
610-642-7575 (Lower School, Old Gulph Road)
610-649-7440 (Middle and Upper School, City Avenue )


“Every day, my teachers and coaches at Friends’ Central encourage and inspire me to set high standards for myself, to try new things, and to care about the world around me.”
– Friends’ Central School Student

Friends Select School

Co-ed, Quaker | Grades Pre-K – 12 | Logan Square
215-561-5900 | friends-select.org


“Friends Select has been a fabulous experience for my sons and our whole family! I can’t recommend them enough.”
– Jennifer, Friends Select School Parent

Fusion Academy

Co-ed, 1:1 instruction | Grades 6 – 12  | Ardmore


“His education is 100% individualized and tailored to his needs- from the classes down to the schedule! The staff is vested in his well being, and celebrates how far he has come as well as achievements.”
– Maya, Fusion Academy Parent

Germantown Academy

Co-ed, Nonsectarian, Independent day school |Grades Pre-K – 12 | Fort Washington
267-405-7070 | germantownacademy.net

“Our daughter gets in the car every day equally excited and exhausted. Her teachers push her to think critically, solve problems collaboratively, and express herself creatively all while spending lots of time outside on GA’s beautiful campus. Her friends come from diverse backgrounds and her teachers are truly passionate about their subjects.”
-Diana R., Chestnut Hill

Girard College

Co-ed, weekday residential | Grades 1 to 12 | Philadelphia
215-787-2600 | girardcollege.edu


“Girard College is a family. Students build lasting bonds with each other and staff that extend beyond our campus walls. It is a place that changes lives for the better.”
– Brandon Herbert, Girard College Parent

The Grayson School

Gifted, Independent | Pre-K – 12 | Radnor
484-428-3241 | thegraysonschool.org


“The Grayson School is a great school for my both of my daughters. It challenges them daily to think differently and all of the teachers are amazing. The teachers are passionate and work hard to give all that they can to the students. My oldest child has blossomed there in particular and loves coming to school each day.  She is able to be herself and not hide any part of her. She is learning to code and has a projects class where she is learning to never give up and learning all of her strengths she has to offer the world. Both girls are involved in a lot of clubs that are fun and different. The school celebrates diversity and individuality.  Each child is respected and loved for just being his/her authentic self.”
– Lauren, Grayson School Parent

Greene Street Friends School

Grades Pre-K – 8 | Penn Knox – Germantown


“It is a diverse, small, progressive school that is affordable. There is no pretense, and the class sizes are small with a strong focus on social-emotional learning and play-based education.”
– Joanna, Greene Street Friends School Parent

The Haverford School

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

“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

Holy Child Academy in Drexel Hill

Co-ed, Catholic | Pre-K – 8 / Drexel Hill
610-259-2712 | holychildacademy.com


“The teachers celebrate each child’s individual achievements and the children learn to be proud of their classmates as well as themselves. I couldn’t feel better about sending them to school. HCA is a place where each child is loved and is encouraged to grow in love for others.”
– Cecilia, Holy Child Academy Parent

Independence Charter School

Grades K – 8  | Fitler Square


“I love the bilingual and Spanish Immersion program supported at ICS. The teachers and staff are very supportive and caring. The Immersion program increases student awareness and view of their community in addition to offering such a valuable tool. The community and staff work together to offer many opportunities for the students.”
– Casandra, Independence Charter School Parent

Inquiry Charter School

Grades Pre-K – 5 | Inquiry Charter School


“Inquiry Charter School is one of just a few schools in the city with a K4 program. The K4 program is integrated into the school and is free, regardless of income. Our daughter just missed the Kindergarten cut-off with an October birthday, but she was really ready for school. We got into Inquiry and she has thrived there. They have Spanish, Art, Music, Gym, two recesses, and a weekly walking trip to a nearby pond where they learn science and environmental science. They have school values of curiosity, generosity, and growth, and they live it!”
– Melanie, Inquiry Charter School Parent


Insight PA Cyber Charter School

Public, Tuition-Free, Public Charter School | Grades K – 12 |

J.R. Masterman School

Grades 5 – 12 | Spring Garden


“It’s a diverse environment of students focused on learning and enriching their lives with education. Teachers have high expectations and support the students to achieve and pursue their goals. As a public school they offer sports and instrumental music lessons to enhance the child’s learning experience.”
– Casandra, J. R. Masterman School Parent

Learning Garden Philly

Infant – Pre-K | South Philly


“Incredibly nurturing caregivers and appropriately stimulating environment with lots of outside time.”
– Alisa, Learning Garden Philly Parent

Malvern Preparatory School

Boys, Independent, Catholic | Grades 6 – 12  | Malvern
484-595-1100 | malvernprep.org


“If you’re looking for a well-rounded education that prepares your son, Malvern is the place to be.”
– Allison Hall, Malvern Prep Parent

Mi Casita Philly

Spanish Immersion Preschool, Project Based Learning Curriculum | Ages 3 months – 5 years | Fairmount
215-232-3222 | micasitapreschool.com/philadelphia


“My daughter has been attending Mi Casita since she was 18 months old. She will be 5 in January.I commute 35-45 minutes each day from Mt. Airy to bring her to Mi Casita.The staff is very attentive and nurturing and my daughter is delighted to come to school everyday.Plus, she is learning Spanish in a fun, natural environment!Mi Casita is like a second home and family.”
– Herr-Perrin, Mi Casita Philly Parent

The Miquon School

Independent, Private | Pre-K – 6 | Conschohocken


“The thought, care, and intention that teachers at the Miquon School put into their lesson planning and curriculum design is beyond compare. The natural beauty of the campus is special and a true asset.”
– Stephanie, The Miquon School Parent



Grades K – 8 | Bella Vista


“Great music and art programs”
– Hilary, Nebinger Parent

Parent Infant Center

Infant through 5 years | 4205 Spruce Street, Philadelphia


“PIC is such a wonderful community! I love their focus on play-based curriculum, outdoor exploration, and celebration and support of all kinds of diversity.”
– Tamara, Parent Infant Center Parent

Perelman Jewish Day School

Grades Pre-K – 5 | Wynnewood


“I love the integration of spirituality and intellectual rigor in my child’s education, as well as the relative diversity of the school concerning families with different race, country, and class backgrounds, which is important to us as a multicultural family  It is a progressive and harmonious school. I think the Rabbi is really exceptional, as are the teachers.The coursework works within each child’s developmental needs through small groups, and I love the focus on learning and process as opposed to grades. There is a strong focus on literacy as well as STEAM through a coding/ robotics/ pre-engineering class called Makers’ Space. The campus is absolutely beautiful as are the classrooms, backdropping an ideal learning setting. It is also a small school community, and I very much like that all the teachers are familiar with my child. It’s a truly exceptional place and we feel incredibly blessed to be part of it.”
– Daniella, Perelman Jewish Day School Parent


Philadelphia Classical School

Grades K – 9 | Center City West


“This is truly an amazing school. The teachers have a passion to teach classical education in a way that is engaging the whole child. From physical education to theater to Latin, the school guides its students toward what is good and true and beautiful not only in the classical humanities curriculum, but in themselves, and the world around them.”
– Joanne, Philadelphia Classical School Parent

Primrose School of Center City Philadelphia

Co-ed | Infants to PreK and After-School K- 5 | Center City
215-485-6896 | primroseschoolcentercity.com


“Thank you so much for all the support, love, and kindness Primrose has given to our family. Our son has a great time here, and he is growing up so cheerfully, largely thanks to the care that his teachers have given over the years. The meals here are awesome, and we are so spoiled that now we have to figure out his meal prep when he goes to school in the fall.”
– Allison P. Wilson-Maher, Primrose School of Center City Philadelphia Parent


Quadrat Academy

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


“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

Sacred Heart Academy Bryn Mawr

Girls, Catholic |  Kindergarten – 12 | Bryn Mawr
610-527-3915 | shabrynmawr.org


“Warmest school on the Main Line! Invested teachers, kind, intelligent girls. This gem feels like home! Small classes challenge these young women, giving them wings to soar! Best decision we ever made.”
– Mare, Sacred Heart Academy Parent


The School in Rose Valley

Nonsectarian, Co-ed, Progressive | Grades Preschool – 6 | Rose Valley
610-566-1088 | theschoolinrosevalley.org


“Probably the most fundamental effect SRV has had on [our daughter’s] character is her self-reliance, backed up by a thoughtful and kind outlook toward others, including, and perhaps especially, regarding anyone different, disadvantaged, or left out. While she has come away from her elementary school with a profound trust in her instincts and abilities to manage her own path through life, she knows that every other person has inherent value, and an outlook of their own, from which she can learn.”  
– SRV Parent

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


“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

St. Joseph’s Preparatory School

Grades 9-12 | Cecil B. Moore


“I love the dedication of the faculty and staff, as well as the community culture. It’s cool to be smart, unique, and involved at SJP. The boys learn what it takes to demonstrate good character and to be a man for others.”
– Jeanne, St. Joseph’s Preparatory School Parent

Stratford Friends School

Co-ed, Quaker | Grades K – 9 | Newtown Square
610-886-4337 | stratfordfriends.org

“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.” —Rick Bayan, father of Guy Bayan

Summit Children’s Program

Ages 18 months – 5 years | 6757 Greene Street, Philadelphia


“LOTS of outside time! Teachers that connect with the kids.”
– Sarah, Summit Children’s Program Parent

The Upper Dublin Christian Nursery School

Preschool 2 – Pre-K | Ambler


“Small class size, experienced teachers, supportive parent community, positive behavior supports. The Director, Stacey Condeelis, has been wonderful and welcoming to our family since our summer tour. She supports her staff through continuing education courses, personal engagement with each student and their family, and her connection to the larger Ambler/Upper Dublin communities.”
– Upper Dublin Christian Nursery School Parent


The Waldorf School of Philadelphia 

Grades Nursery – 8 | Germantown


“The play-oriented, engaging activities (puppet play, making snack, cleaning, painting, coloring, playing outside) that these little ones enjoy make the nursery a magical place. We trust the teachers wholly, as they are gentle, patient, and always seem to know the best way to encourage and redirect the children when needed without coercion. They truly have a rhythm to their day and our son thrives with knowing it.”
– Kelly, The Waldorf School of Philadelphia Parent

Western Learning School

Pre-K | Graduate Hospital


“The teachers work with the parents on helping them with behavioral issues. The teachers always make you feel that your kid is being taken care of like their own.”
– Anat, Western Learning School Parent


Woodlynde School

Co-ed, College Prep, Mission-Driven School | Grades K – 12 | Strafford
610-687-9660 | woodlynde.org

“Transitioning to a new school is hard for everyone, even parents. All of our hesitation and anxiety were put to rest right from the start. I literally cried at my first back-to-school night because I couldn’t believe how blessed we were to have found such an amazing school.”
– Charlie & Denise Thorne, Current Parents ’23

Content Director, Main Line Parent & Philadelphia Family. Email me at pamela@familyfocus.org