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Top Elementary and Lower Schools in Philly

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

Known as a trusted Facebook Group in our area, local families are always ready to share their expertise in the Philly Family Community. That’s why when we asked “Who are the top Elementary and Lower Schools in our area?” they helped us get started (but we still need YOUR HELP)!

First, we’re pleased to introduce you to our Philadelphia Family Education Partner Members, who support our Community and 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!

Other local elementary and lower schools we’ve received recommendations for in our School Survey are linked below so you can explore them as well. If your Elementary or Lower School isn’t on our list and you love them, please complete our School Survey or comment with a link to their website. We hope this list gets you started on a path to finding the right fit for your child and we invite you to share it with your friends!

Philadelphia Family Education Partner Members

Click through our Members’ Profile Pages below to learn more about their unique approach to education, read their parents’ endorsements, and plan a visit with our Open House and Admissions Events Calendar.

Kimberton Waldorf School

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

    Perelman Jewish Day School

      How speaking two languages prepares a child to excel in math, coding, literature and life.

      Bright Horizons Early Education and Preschool

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

        Main Line Classical Academy

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

          Gladwyne Montessori

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

            Friends’ Central School

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

              St. Peter’s School

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

                AIM Academy

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

                  Cupola Academy

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

                    Waldron Mercy Academy

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

                      Elementary and Lower School Friends of Philadelphia Family

                      Invited to join as Education Partner Members to support our Community and Education Guide

                      If your Elementary School isn’t on our list and you love them, please complete our School Survey or comment with a link to their website. 

                      Albert M. Greenfield School

                      “Albert M. Greenfield School has great teachers and community involvement. My son has friends, is learning, and his teachers are helpful with the areas he needs work on” – Diane S.

                      French International/ L’école Française Internationale

                      “Wonderful language immersion program, warm and kind teachers. Lots of diversity in the school, with many nations represented, so there is a lot exposure to other cultures.” – Erika H.

                      The Philadelphia Classical School

                      “Our school fosters a love of learning in all subjects from math,science, history and reading to music, art, theater and athletics. My child is excited to go to school every day. She has learned a lot and school is a positive experience for her.” – Allison N.

                      Thomas Mifflin School

                      “The community. Principal Mason, the faculty, staff, Friends of Mifflin organization, and Mifflin students and families make Mifflin a genuine, thriving, inclusive, dynamic, diverse, and holistic-learning community. Our daughter has been at Mifflin since Kindergarten and she is now in second grade. All of her teachers have been creative, honest, engaging, and inspiring, even throughout a pandemic. Our kiddo loves knowing so many kids and teachers at the school and Principal Mason and teacher Michelle Shaw-Carpenter are beacons for the students grades PK-8. The Friends of Mifflin and parent-teacher organization are also such supportive entities for the students and teachers, even raising funds and rallying with the district for a new playground to be installed at the school, a many, many year commitment and accomplishment. We feel quite fortunate to be a part of such an awesome community.” – Jill H.

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