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Philadelphia Family Parent-to-Parent School Directory (with Fall 2020 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 based on the submissions to our Philadelphia Family School Gratitude Survey. 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

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

 

Open Houses:
Virtual Events
10/28 6 pm
11/13 9 am
12/4 9 am
1/13 6 pm
1/29 9 am
2/10 6 pm

 

“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.

 

Read more about AIM Academy:

This year the Portal will stay for the fall, and will be used not just by Global Scholars, but will be integrated into everything from foreign language courses to geography, history, math, and beyond.

 


The Baldwin School

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

 

Open Houses:
Virtual Tour with Q&A
10/28 8:45 am or 2 pm – Middle and Upper School
10/30 12 pm – Lower School

Virtual Information Session
10/16 10 am –  Upper School
10/21 10 am – Middle School
10/23 10 am – Lower School

 

“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

 

Open Houses:
Virtual Events
10/5 6:30 pm Lower School
10/22 6:30 pm Lower School
11/9 6:30 pm Lower School

 

“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.


Friends School Haverford

Co-ed, Independent, Quaker | Grades Nursery – 8 | Haverford
610-642-2334 | friendshaverford.org

 

Open Houses:
Call to schedule a virtual tour 610.642.0354

 

“FSH truly is a unique school that offers a great sense of community, embraces diversity, and emphasizes outdoor experiences. The teachers take the time to really know the children, allowing them to individualize academic experiences so that the students feel supported and challenged. Students learn to think critically and expansively. While academically rigorous, FSH also places a premium on supporting students` social development. Knowing each child well means the teachers can offer just what each one needs to grow into a compassionate, empathic friend and socially-conscious citizen. Teachers at FSH see the best in each child and teach their students to look for that in others. Students graduate from FSH with a strong sense of themselves that fortifies them in the world beyond school. We couldn’t be happier with our experience at FSH.”
– Friends School Haverford Parent

 

Read more about Friends School Haverford:

“We want to help students feel good about finding their own voice, and to feel supported in sharing their truth.”


Germantown Academy

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

Open Houses:
Virtual am@GA events:
10/9, 8:30 am and 10 am
10/16, 8:30 am and 10 am
11/6, 8:30 am and 10 am
11/13, 8:30 am and 10 am

am@GA on Campus events:
10/10, 9:30 am, 10:30 am, 11:30 am
11/7, 9:30 am, 10:30 am, 11:30 am

 

“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

 

Read more about Germantown Academy:

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.


Greene Towne Montessori School

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

 

 

“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:

How can you design home spaces in a way that allows your child to be independent? Greene Towne Montessori School shares their tips!

 


The Haverford School

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

 

Open Houses:
Virtual Events
October 25, 12 pm Middle School; 2 pm High School
Various dates for Virtual Look & Learn events

 

 

“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

 

Read more about The Haverford School:

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.

 


Holy Child AcademyHCA Logo

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

 

Open Houses:

Sunday, 10/25 – Early Childhood: 1:00 p.m., Grades 1-8: 2:30 p.m.
Saturday, 11/7 – Early Childhood: 10:00 a.m., Grades 1-8: 11:30 a.m.

MS Scholarship Exam Saturday, 11/14 at 10:00 Current 4th through 7th grades *Registration is required by Tuesday, 11/3

 

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:
Virtual Events
10/14 7:00 pm
11/20 10:00 am

 

“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:

Education-at-Jack-Barrack-Hebrew-Academy

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


KinderCare

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:
8th Grade Scholarship/Entrance Exam Dates: 10/5, 10/7, and 10/13

Feature Program Information Nights: Explore The Arts at La Salle (Music, Speech & Debate, and Art) 10/19 6:30 pm

 

 


Little City Montessori

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

 

Open Houses:
10/15 6 – 7 pm
12/1 6 – 7 pm
Please register

 

“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

 


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:

As COVID changed the world, PA Cyber never stopped learning.

 


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

 

Open House:
Virtual Event
10/14 1 pm
Virtual Admissions Info Sessions on Tuesdays from 9 – 10 am
10/27
11/10
11/17
12/8
1/26
2/9

 

“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:

As students return to school in a volatile time, St. Peter’s School’s new initiatives build resilience, equity, and community.

 


Stem Prep Academy

Stem based, Co-ed, Preschool | Ages 2.7 to 5 years old | Fishtown
267-687-2402 | letsgostem.com

 

Open Houses
10/10 11 am – 3 pm
11/14 11 am – 3 pm
Please contact us to reserve a time.

 

“Stem Prep Academy is a great investment that my family has been proud to be a part of. Renee Harris (Owner/Director) has years of education experience and has proven to provide quality programming that has fun and interesting curriculum for a tremendous value. Renee focuses on more than just teaching the STEM related subjects, she finds ways to apply what is learned to our current environment. When you invest in SPA you will be sure to gain valuable experiences for your children as well as the support they need to grow”
-Kehnesha Mitchell (Parent)


Stratford Friends School

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

 

Open Houses:
Individualized private tours by appointment.

 

“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

 

Read more about Stratford Friends School:

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


Waldron Mercy Academy

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

Open Houses:
All Virtual
10/10 9 am
10/25 12 pm
11/10 9 am and 6 pm

 

“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:
Virtual
10/14 10:30 – 11 am
1/14 10:30 – 11 am

 

“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
westtown.edu

 

Open Houses:
10/14, 10/21, 10/28 7 pm Pre-K – 1st Grade Open House Experiences
10/22 or 10/29  7 pm Middle School Open House Experiences
10/29 7 pm Upper School Virtual Open House
More info and registration 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


Woodlynde School

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

 

Open Houses:
Virtual Events
10/13 9 – 10 am
11/20 9 – 10 am
12/8 9 – 10 am

 

“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

 

 

Read more about Woodlynde School:

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.

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

Alexander Adaire

Public, Philadelphia School District | Fishtown
adaire.philasd.org

 

“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
amigospreschool.com 

 

“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
archstreetpreschool.org

 

“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 Big Backyard Nursery School

2.7 – 5 years | Mt. Airy
thebigbackyard.net

 

“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
child-care-preschool.brighthorizons.com/pa/philadelphia/centercity

 

“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

BZBI

18 months to 5 years | Rittenhouse Square
bzbi.org/learn/preschool

 

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

CCA

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
childrenscommunityschool.org

 

“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
columbuscharter.org

 

“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
frankfordfriends.org

 

“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 )
friendscentral.org

 

“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
fusionacademy.org/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

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
greenestreetfriends.org

 

“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

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
independencecharter.org

 

“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
belmontcharternetwork.org/ics

 

“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 |
855-667-4536
PA.InsightSchools.net

J.R. Masterman School

Grades 5 – 12 | Spring Garden
masterman.philasd.org

 

“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
267-639-2528

 

“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
610-828-1231

 

“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

 

Nebinger 

Grades K – 8 | Bella Vista
nebinger.philasd.org

 

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

Parent Infant Center

Infant through 5 years | 4205 Spruce Street, Philadelphia
parentinfantcenter.org

 

“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
pjds.org

 

“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
philaclassical.org

 

“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

The Philadelphia School

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

 

“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

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
215-922-6590
societyhillsynagogue.org/playschool

 

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
sjprep.org

 

“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

Summit Children’s Program

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

 

“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
udcns.org

 

“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
phillywaldorf.com

 

“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
westernlearningcenter.org

 

“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

 

 

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

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