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Main Line Parent-to-Parent School Directory (with Fall 2018 Open House Dates)

Get to know local schools from their families, faculty, and staff.

The Agnes Irwin School

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

 

Open Houses:
Tuesday, October 23, 6:00 pm (All School)
Monday, October 29, 7:00 pm (Athletic)
Touring Tuesdays (see agnesirwin.org/openhouse for dates)

 

“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

Coed, Independent, For students with
language-based learning differences,
grades 1 – 12 / Conshohocken
215-483-2461 aimpa.org

 

Open Houses:
Friday, October 5, 9:00 – 11:00 am | Friday, November 9, 9:00 – 11:00 am
Sunday, December 16, 11:00 – 1:00 pm

 

“The information just sticks. There is a specialness to it. They are given their own costumes and a character to identify with that helps them encompass and personalize the learning.”
—Jill Sides, Bryn Mawr

 

As seen in Main Line Parent magazine:

AIM students are exceeding national fluency norms for average rate of improvement, not simply compared to peers with learning differences.


Ardmore United Methodist Preschool / AUMP

Coed, Methodist, Preschool / Ardmore
610-642-5741 | aumpreschool.com

 

Look out for our Fall Fun Fair in October!
Fun for families with children six years old and younger. AUMP provides a caring, loving, and fun learning environment for children, ages 12 months to 4 years. We provide two-, three-, and five-day options with traditional preschool morning hours and an extended day program until 2 pm. Children participate in music, gym, and science classes. AUMP offers an exciting program for our 4 year olds on Wednesday afternoons called the All Stars, where children “visit different countries.” We are a peanut-free school. Sibling discounts are available.

 


The Baldwin School

Girls, Independent, grades pre-K – 12
Bryn Mawr | 610-525-2700 | baldwinschool.org

 

Open Houses:
Thursday, October 11, 8:30 – 11:00 am (Middle and Upper School)
Thursday, October 25, 8:30 – 11:00 am (Lower School)
Thursday, November 1, 8:30 – 11:00 am (Middle and Upper School)

 

“Baldwin has given my daughters so much. It has made them learners instead of memorizers. It has made them ask why and how…and it has done all this in the most welcoming and warm environment. Both of my daughters found their home away from home; a school that challenges them to stretch their minds, to not be afraid to raise their hands and voice their opinions and to think on a more global scale. Baldwin has imbued my daughters with the self-assurance to do whatever they choose in life and I am certain that because of Baldwin they will make a difference.”
—Claudia Baldassano P ’18, ‘23, Bryn Mawr

 

As seen in the Main Line Parent Community:

The Bryn Mawr school's innovative program makes developing skills and strokes fun.

 


Barrack Hebrew Academy

Coed, Jewish, grades 6-12
610-922-2350 | jbha.org

 

Open Houses:
Friday, October 19, 9:30 am- 12:00 pm
Wednesday, December 12, 9:30 am- 12:00 pm
Wednesday, January 16, 9:30 am- 12:00 pm

 

“Barrack treats each student individually and with respect, while encouraging all students to see themselves as integral parts of a community grounded in Jewish values. The curriculum is intellectually rigorous, but Barrack’s innovative curriculum and resources provide students with the knowledge and skills they need to succeed. As a college professor, I can always pick out the Jewish Day School students on the first day of freshman year: they are confident, articulate, and not afraid to ask tough questions.”
—Emily Steiner, PhD

 

As seen in the Main Line Parent community:

Jack Barrack Hebrew Academy

With rigorous academics, this culturally rich and diverse school is teaching its students to think critically.

 


Benchmark School

Coed, grades 1-8,
Media | 610-565-3741
benchmarkschool.org

 

Open Houses:
Thursday, October 25, 8:30 – 10:30 am
Thursday, November 8, 9:00 – 11:00 am (Admissions)
Thursday, February 7, 9:00 – 11:00 am (snow date Feb 14)

 

“Benchmark School is planting seeds of understanding in their students. They are learning how to set and reach goals, and with the addition of the Innovation Lab, they can take that even further now.”
—Kendra Viner, Media

 

As seen in Main Line Parent magazine:

Benchmark School recently opened an Innovation Lab. Learn how this technology-driven space is helping students expand their learning beyond the traditional classroom.


CCA

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

 

Open Houses:
Thursday, October 11 at 6:30 PM
Monday, October 29 at 6:30 PM
Thursday, November 1 at 6:30 PM

 

“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

 

As seen in the Main Line Parent Community:

CCA's individualized courses are designed to match each child’s interests, skills, and educational needs.


Crefeld School

Coed, Public,
grades Kindergarten to 12 / Cyber
844-590-2864 | crefeld.org

 

Open Houses:
Friday, December 14 at 8:45am – 10:15am
Friday, February 22 at 8:45am – 10:15am
Saturday, April 27 at 10am – 12pm

 

“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

Coed, Christian, grades Pre-K – 12
Newtown Square & Devon
610-353-6522 | dccs.org

 

Open Houses:
Tuesday, November 6 (Upper School)
Thursday, November 15 (Lower School)
Tuesday, January 29 (Lower School)

 

“Our kids have benefited from being in an environment where the faculty are dedicated to educating and developing the whole person — mind, body, and spirit.”
—Wendy DeWall, Newtown Square

 

As seen in Main Line Parent magazine:

When this family moved to the King of Prussia area, they found the right fit for all four of their kids at DCCS. Find out why.

 


Episcopal Academy

Coed, grades Pre-K – 12 / Newtown Square
484-424-1400 | episcopalacademy.org

 

Open Houses:
Sunday, October 28 (Grades 6-12)
Saturday, November 3 (Grades Pre-K-5)
Tuesday, April 16 (All Grades)

 

“By birth I am an only child, but I consider my classmates at Episcopal to be my siblings. We are a family.”
—R.J. Glaser, Class of 2019

 

As seen in Main Line Parent magazine:

Modeled after a Yale University program, find out how two students are using independent study projects to make a positive impact.


Friends’ Central School

Coed, Quaker, grades nursery – 12 / Wynnewood
610-642-7575 (Lower School, Old Gulph Road)
610-649-7440 (Middle and Upper School, City Avenue )
friendscentral.org

 

Open Houses:
Saturday, September 22, 9:30 am (Early Childhood Open House)
Monday, October 8, 9:30 am (All-School Fall Open House)
Wednesday, November 7, Lower: 9 am, Middle & Upper: 8:30 am (Parent Info Session)

 

“The Friends Community “makes it a point to get to know the whole family.” When they visit, “everyone knows Phinneas” and when they attend events such as the pumpkin festival or the pajama movie night, their younger children feel right at home too.”
—Charisma and Joseph, Germantown

 

As seen in Main Line Parent magazine:

If instilling a life-long love of learning in your child is a priority, try Friends' Central School.

 


Friends School Haverford

Coed, Quaker
grades nursery – 8 / Haverford
610-642-2334 | friendshaverford.org

 

Open Houses:
Wednesday, October 3 | Saturday, October 20
Wednesday, November 7

 

“When we found Friends School Haverford we were immediately impressed by their kind, caring, and professional approach. We knew it was the place for Macy and our family.”
—Ginny and Nicole Perrine-Wilson, Haverford

 

As seen in Main Line Parent magazine:

Learn more about why Ginny and Nicole chose Friends School Haverford for their daughter.

 


The Grayson School

Coed, grades Pre-K – 10 in 2018-19,
grades 11 – 12 for 2019-20 / Broomall
484-428-3241 | thegraysonschool.org

 

Open Houses:
Wednesday, October 3 (Pre-K Open House)
Wednesday, October 10 (Upper School Open House)
Saturday, October 27 (Open House/Admissions Event and National Association for Gifted Children Speaker)

 

“The weight of raising a gifted child is enormous, but since our son started at The Grayson School, that weight has lifted. We know he is being challenged in ways he never would have if we had chosen a different path.”
—Melissa Repko

 

As seen in Main Line Parent magazine:

Looking for a school for a gifted student? Learn more about what the The Grayson School is doing for these unique learners at every age.


The Haverford School

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

 

Open Houses:
Wednesday, October 3 (Look and Learn Sessions starting)
Wednesday, October 17 8:30 – 10:30 am (Middle / Upper School Open House)
Tuesday, October 23 9:00 – 10:30 am (Lower School Open House)

 

“I would say the most amazing thing about Haverford is what they expect out of the boys,” she said. “I say to my boys, ‘Be the best version of yourself.’ You don’t have to be the best in the class, but be the best that you can be, and I feel like that’s what Haverford expects from the boys.”
—Cynthia Nemo, Bryn Mawr

 

As seen in Main Line Parent magazine:

With three sons, learn why the Nemo Family chose The Haverford School for all of them.

 


Insight PA Cyber Charter School

Public, grades K – 11, adding 12 / Tuition-Free,
Public Charter School | 855-667-4536
PA.InsightSchools.net

 

Open Houses:
Please visit our calendar at PA.InsightSchools.net for a scheduled Information Session

 


Holy Child Academy in Drexel Hill

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

Open Houses:
Saturday, October 20, 10:00 – 11:30 am
Thursday, November 8, 8:30 – 10 am
Thursday, November 8, 5:30 – 7 pm

 

“We were both extremely impressed by the level of maturity, confidence, poise and speaking ability of these eighth graders! After leaving the tour, we both agreed that if our son embodied these traits as an eighth grader, we would be proud and feel
we had provided a great start to his education.”
—Kim Lewis, Drexel Hill

 

As seen in Main Line Parent magazine:

Discover how Kim and John Lewis found the right fit for all six of their children at Holy Child Academy.

 


Holy Child School at Rosemont

Coed, Catholic, Independent, grades preschool – 8
Bryn Mawr
610-922-1000 | holychildrosemont.org

 

Open Houses:
Wednesday, October 10
Wednesday, November 14
Wednesday, December 12

 

“One of the greatest gifts you can give a child is a welcoming place that encourages them to try new things and Holy Child does that. Our kids look forward to going to school. Not only do they love learning, they are building self-confidence and making lifelong friendships.”
—Sean and Megan Bergin, Wayne

 

As seen in Main Line Parent magazine:

Learn more about the rich learning experience that Erin, and her fellow teachers, are fostering at Holy Child School Rosemont


Kimberton Waldorf School

Coed, grades early childhood – 12
Phoenixville | 610-933-3635 x108
kimberton.org

 

Open Houses:
Saturday, September 15 10:30 – 12:00 pm
Tuesday, October 9, 8:30 – 10:30 am
Sunday, February 24, 1:00 – 4:00 pm

 

“My daughter is now in first grade. She loves to go to school every day. I am constantly amazed by what she has learned, her creativity and her desire for knowledge. I’m so happy to have discovered Kimberton Waldorf School and for my daughter to have this experience.”
—Arlen B., Malvern

 

As seen in the Main Line Parent Community:

Being joyfully present is a natural state of being for the young child. When we fully show up and work with joy our children learn to do the same.

 


Malvern Preparatory School

Boys, Independent, Catholic,
grades 6 – 12 / Malvern
484-595-1100 malvernprep.org

 

Open Houses:
Thursday, October 11 (Preview Morning)
Sunday, October 28 (Open House and Entrance Exam)
Wednesday, November 7 (Preview Morning)

 

“The Center for Social Impact is a tangible, tactile of the commitment Malvern Prep is making towards serving the needs of others.”
—Ron Algeo ’86, Assistant Head of School for Student Leadership

 

As seen in Main Line Parent magazine:

As an Augustinian School, Catholic and Independent, Malvern Preparatory School’s student-centered, design-based approach to education sets it apart.

 


Montgomery Early Learning Centers

Preschool, Ages 6 weeks – 12 years
Narberth, Wynnewood, Philadelphia, Pottstown, Colonial School District
610-617-4550 | melc.org

Open Houses:
Interested families are welcome to call the center and schedule a tour.

 

“MELC is truly an amazing place, and Tyler learned so much in his time there. You can tell by the look on his face at pick up that he loved his school and teachers. Every day, the teachers made us feel so comfortable and confident leaving our son at MELC each day. As a parent, there’s nothing better than knowing your child is in such good hands while you’re at work. It was comparable to leaving him with a family relative. MELC deserves so much credit for creating such a positive learning environment and hiring such amazing teachers.”
—Lauren H.

 

As seen in the Main Line Parent Community:

Choosing a Child Care Center? Here’s What to Think About

Each child — and each family — is unique, so finding the right early learning program for your child can be a personal endeavor.


The Montgomery School

Coed, grades Pre-K – 8 / Chester Springs
610-827-7222 | montgomeryschool.org

 

Open Houses:
Sunday, November 4, 1:00 – 3:00 pm

 

“Our kids have amazing experiences every single day. As a result, they love to learn, and are confident going out into the world.”
—Middle School Parent

 


PA Cyber Charter School

Public, grades Kindergarten to 12 / Cyber
888-722-9237 | pacyber.org

 

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

 

“It’s about building opportunities for yourself and knowing how to better your education and what works for you as an individual learner and student.”
—Melanie Hulse, Class of 2018

 

As seen in Main Line Parent magazine:

In the 2017-2018 academic year, more than 10,000 Pennsylvania students chose to get their education from one of the most successful online public schools in the nation. Find out why.

 


Phebe Anna Thorne School

Kindergarten / Haverford
610-645-0204 brynmawr.edu/thorne

Toddlers and Preschool / Bryn Mawr
610-526-7913 | brynmawr.edu/thorne

 

Open Houses:
Tuesday, October 22, 9:30 am
(Kindergarten, rsvp to cbrown@brynmawr.edu)

 

“Thorne is truly a play-based learning experience. Everything they do is play and that is the core of their approach. It really works for all kinds of kids. Thorne teachers know how to nurture children and help children work through their learning and their growth and learn who they are.”
—Matthew Reid, Bryn Mawr

 

As seen in Main Line Parent magazine:

With two very different children, find out why Phebe Anna Thorne school has been a perfect learning environment for both boys.

 


Quadrat Academy

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

 

Open Houses:
Wednesday, September 26, 4:00 pm

 

“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

 

As seen in Main Line Parent magazine:

Quadrat Academy pulls from a number of different educational models and philosophies to give students something truly unique.

 


Sacred Heart Academy Bryn Mawr

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

 

Open Houses:
Saturday, October 20 (Upper School)
Friday, December 7 (Lower School K-4)
Tuesday, October 23 (Grades K-12)

 

“Both the classes and the enrichment activities are set up to help girls realize community has great value, love comes in many forms, and being confident will lead to answers. “
—Lisa Briarton, Alumnae Parent

 

As seen in Main Line Parent magazine:

Learn more about how this international, independent Catholic school has been creating confident women for more than 150 years.

 

 


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

 

Open Houses:
Wednesday, October 3, 8:30 AM (Inside SCH for Lower School Boys (PK-5) and Lower School Girls (PK-4))
Thursday, October 4, 8:30 am (Middle and Upper Schools (Girls: 5-12, Boys 6-12))
Sunday, November 4, 2:00 pm (Fall Open House)

 

“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. Aloysius Academy for Boys

Boys, Catholic, grades Pre-K to 8 (preschool is coed) / Bryn Mawr
610-525-1670 | staloysiusacademy.org

 

Open Houses:
Thursday, October 25, 9:30 am
Tuesday, November 27, 9:30 am
Sunday, February 24, 1:00 pm

 

“At St Aloysius I have found that my son is an active participant in his learning. He has opportunities to make choices in what he is learning, as well as a hands on approach to what he learning. St Aloysius offers boys the opportunities to have it all. They are scholars, athletes, artists, singers, dancers, and musicians. The small class size and nurturing environment allows the boys to take risks and be all they can be. Through leadership and service, the boys learn more about themselves. They learn to be compassionate and humble. When I think about what I like best about this school, it is the spirit. It is contagious!”
—Mary Beth Guenthner, Malvern

 

As seen in the Main Line Parent community:

St. Aloysius Academy purposefully incorporates Science, Technology, Religion, Engineering, Art and Math – STREAM - into problem based learning.

 


St. Norbert Catholic School

Co-ed, Catholic, grades Pre-K to 8 / Paoli
610-644-1670 | school.stnorbert.org

 

Open Houses:
Tuesday, November 6th 9:00 am- 10:30 am
Tuesday, November 27th 6:00 pm- 7:30 pm

 

“My three children have each benefited in different ways from the strong academic curriculum that St. Norbert’s provides, enriched by extensive programs in the arts, technology, and foreign language. It has been incredible to watch them grow in their Catholic faith and to learn and actively participate in the call to serve others.”
– Amanda Barton, current parent

 

 


Stratford Friends

Coed, Quaker, K – 9 / Newtown Square
610-355-9580 | stratfordfriends.org

 

Open Houses:
Individualized Private Tours – call 610-886-4337 to schedule

 

The Student: “At Stratford Friends the teachers’ mission is to understand your disability and figure out how you learn best until you strongly understand the subject. I’ve grown close to so many of my teachers. I’ll always remember Stratford Friends as the place that helped me overcome my disabilities.”
The Parent: “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.”

 

As seen in the Main Line Parent Community:

Under the guidance of Jill Dougherty, a certified reading specialist, this Quaker-based school is creating a seamless learning environment that leads students who learn differently to a lifetime of success.

 


Villa Maria Academy

Coed, preschool and Pre-K; Girls,
grades Kindergarten to 8 / Immaculata
610-644-4864 | villamaria.org

 

Open Houses:
Wednesday, October 17, 9:30 – 11:00 am
Wednesday, November 14, 9:30 – 11:00 am
Tuesday, December 11, 9:30 – 11:00 am

 

If you’re looking for a school your daughter can call home, Villa Maria will be it.
—Keely Morrissey, Devon

 

As seen in Main Line Parent magazine:

With three daughters, find out why the Morrisseys enrolled all of them at Villa Maria Academy Lower School.

 


The West Hill School

Ages 2 to Pre-K / Rosemont
610-525-7660 | thewesthillschool.org

 

Open Houses:
Wednesday, Oct. 17, 10 – 11:30 am
Thursday, Jan 10, 10 – 11:30 am

 

“We now have our 4th child at The West Hill School, and couldn’t be happier with the school. We especially love how they recognize the importance of emotional development at West Hill. They teach students how to develop skills and language related to empathy, and teach children to be “bucket fillers” by helping others and caring for one another. My children have truly blossomed at West Hill, and the school community is very welcoming and supportive. This place is amazing!”
—Susie Clune, Havertown

 

As seen in the Main Line Parent Community:

It is not the quantity of time, but the quality of time spent together that is most impactful-- the act of being in the moment with your child.


Westtown School

Coed, grades Pre-K to 12 / West Chester
610-399-0123 | westtown.edu

 

Open Houses:
Sunday, October 21st, 1:00 pm

 

“Westtown truly uses their campus, and I love that. For my kids, I see how the connection with being outside and learning something really happens when they’re touching and feeling it. The amount of movement and outdoor time that they have is really special.”
— Silenia Rhoads, Malvern

 

As seen in Main Line Parent magazine:

Join us for an opportunity to meet faculty and students, witness our program in action, and explore our 600 acre campus on Sunday, October 21 at 1 p.m.

 


The Wetherill School

Coed, creative modified Montessori,
ages 2 years 7 months by September 1 through Kindergarten / Gladwyne
610-649-2299 | wetherillschool.org

 

Open Houses:
Individualized school tours available by appointment.

 

“It gives you a good feeling knowing the teachers really understand your child and can give them the tools to improve the things they need to work on, and to pursue the things they enjoy.”
—Laura Tseng, Gladwyne

 

As seen in Main Line Parent magazine:

With three young children, find out why this local family chose The Wetherill School for all of them.

 


William Penn Charter School

Coed, Quaker, grades Pre-K – 12 / Philadelphia
215-844-3460 x103 | penncharter.com

Open Houses:
Saturday, October 13 (grades pre-K to 5, 10:00 am; grades 6-12, 2:30 pm)
Tuesday, November 6 (grades pre-K to 12, 8:30 am)

 

“Watching my Lev carefully and delicately consider his country’s resources and needs and negotiate with other countries blew my mind. A 10-year-old’s ability to dig deep and analyze many world issues not only created a life skill, but also showed how Penn Charter prepares our children to tackle complex situations.”
—Lysa Puma, Philadelphia

 


Woodlynde School

Coed, Independent,
grades K – 12 / Strafford
610-687-9660 | woodlynde.org

 

Woodlynde School is a coed college prep school in the Philadelphia region for students in grades K-12 who learn differently.

 

Open Houses:
Tuesday, October 9
Tuesday, November 13
Tuesday, December 11

 

“The classrooms here are responsive—meaning the kids learn to respond to their own learning needs and the needs of those around them. A responsive setting leads students to realize when they are getting off task and what they have to do to get back on the path to completing the day’s goals.”
—Scott Purdy, Parent

 

As seen in Main Line Parent magazine:

After putting their son Colin in the summer program at Woodlynde, find out why the Purdys chose to have him continue on into the academic year.

 

Publisher & Editor. Get in touch at sarah@familyfocus.org or connect with me on Twitter and Instagram at @SarahBondffm.

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