If the prospect of finding the right school for your child sounds about as daunting as finishing a science fair project in two days flat, don’t worry. Our team spent the summer interviewing local families and educators around the Main Line to give you a personal look at the best private and independent schools, all without the mess of baking powder and vinegar.
Scroll and click through this guide to learn about these amazing Delaware Valley independent schools. We’re pretty sure by the time you reach the end you’ll have some great contenders for your student in mind. Have questions or experiences to share? Leave a comment on any of the stories highlighted below and our team will put out a call in the community to get some more direct feedback. 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.
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