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Philadelphia Private Schools

Visit the schools' websites to get an idea of programs offered. Then visit the school or schools which interest you. Observe a class or two. Ask parents, friends and community leaders their opinion of schools. Then make your final decision always trusting your own instincts.

The Agnes Irwin School, Rosemont
Religious affiliation: Nonsectarian
Grades: PK-12
School Type: Girls, day school
Comments: Agnes Irwin was the first dean of Radcliffe college. The school which bears her name is one of the leaders in girls' education. Rigorous academics and a host of athletics and extracurriculars are part of the school's comprehensive program.

Archbishop Prendergast Catholic High School, Drexel Hill
Religious affiliation: Catholic
Grades: 9-12
School Type: Girls, day school
Comments: Archbishop Prendergast Catholic High School was founded in 1956. It serves about 800 girls. The school is fully accredited by the Middle States Association.

Archbishop Ryan High School, Philadelphia
Religious affiliation: Catholic
Grades: 9-12
School Type: Coeducational, day school
Comments: Archbishop Ryan High School serves the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. The school offers comprehensive academics, sports and extracurricular activities.

The Baldwin School, Bryn Mawr
Religious affiliation: Nonsectarian
Grades: PK - 12
School Type: Girls, day school
Comments: The Baldwin School was founded in 1888. The upper school is small with just 210 students. The curriculum includes AP courses, honors courses and independent study.

Bishop McDevitt High School, Wyncote
Religious affiliation: Catholic
Grades: 9 - 12
School Type:
Comments: Bishop McDevitt High School is part of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. It draws students from 50 parishes in Montgomery, Bucks, and Philadelphia Counties.

Chestnut Hill Academy, Philadelphia
Religious affiliation: Nonsectarian
Grades: PK-12
School Type: Boys, day school
Comments: Chestnut Hill Academy is a fine old Philadelphia school which offers a strong college preparatory curriculum (11 AP courses), comprehensive sports and an array of extracurricular activities. It is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.

Crefeld School, Chestnut Hill
Religious affiliation: Nonsectarian
Grades: 6-12
School Type: Coeducational, day school
Comments: Crefeld School is a progressive, alternative school for students who cannot succeed in traditional learning environments. The school works closely to tailor a learning program to suit each student.

Devereux Philadelphia Area Centers
Religious affiliation: Nonsectarian
Ages: 5 to adult
School Type: Special needs
Comments: Devereux operates special needs schools throughout the northeast. It has a well-deserved reputation for providing excellent programs for all kinds of special needs situations.

Drexel Hill School of the Holy Child, Drexel Hill
Religious affiliation: Catholic
Grades: N-8
School Type: Coeducational, day school
Comments: Drexel Hill School of the Holy Child is an independent Catholic day school. Small class sizes and the latest educational methods are part and parcel of this distinguished school's approach to teaching.

The Episcopal Academy, Merion
Religious affiliation: Episcopal
Grades: Pk-12
School Type: Coeducational, day school
Comments: The Episcopal Academy offers a sophisticated, experiential approach to learning. The school has the resources and capabilities to carry out that mission with excellent results. Episcopal is a top mainline school.

Father Judge High School, Philadelphia
Religious affiliation: Catholic
Grades: 9-12
School Type: Boys, day school
Comments: Father Judge High School was established in 1954 and is operated by the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales. In addition to all the usual academics, sports and extracurriculars, FJHS has its own TV station.

Friends Select School, Philadelphia
Religious affiliation: Quaker
Grades: PK-12
School Type: Coeducational, day school
Comments: Friends Select School is located in Center City, Philadelphia. It was established in 1833. It combines superb academics with community service and a positive approach to a whole host of cultural and societal issues including diversity.

Friends' Central School, Wynnewood
Religious affiliation: Quaker
Grades: PK-12
School Type: Coeducational, day school
Comments: Friends' Central School was founded in 1845. It has two campuses with the the lower school occupying the Wynnewood location and the middle and upper school situated on City Avenue. FCS offers a challenging, comprehensive college preparatory curriculum.

Germantown Academy, Fort Washington
Religious affiliation: Nonsectarian
Grades: PK-12
School Type: Coeducational, day school
Comments: Germantown Academy was established in 1759 as The Public School of Germantown. The school has approximately 1100 students. It offers 19 AP courses as part of a rigorous academic program.

Girard College, Philadelphia
Religious affiliation: Nonsectarian
Grades: 1-12
School Type: Coeducational, boarding school
Comments: Girard College owes its existence to the munificence and vision of Stephen Girard (1750-1831). He chose to educate the children from poor families with no fathers. The school admits children from 1st grade through 10th grade.

Gladwyne Montessori School, Gladwyne
Religious affiliation: Nonsectarian
Grades: PK-6
School Type: Coeducational, day school
Comments: Gladwyne Montessori is one of the oldest Montessori schools in the U.S. It offers a full Montessori program through 6th grade.

The Haverford School, Haverford
Religious affiliation: Nonsectarian
Grades: JK-12
School Type: Boys, day school
Comments: The Haverford School was founded in 1884. It offers college prep courses to an upper school of almost 400 students. The school has 2 campuses and a wide array of electives, athletics and extracurricular activities.

The Hill School, Pottstown
Religious affiliation: Nonsectarian
Grades: 9-12
School Type: Coeducational, boarding/day school
Comments: Founded in 1851 The Hill School offers a solid college preparatory curriculum, a wide array of sports and extracurricular activities as part of its program.

Holy Ghost Preparatory School, Bensalem
Religious affiliation: Catholic
Grades: 9-12
School Type: Boys, day school
Comments: Founded in 1897 by the Congregation of the Holy Spirit, Holy Ghost Preparatory School is now a non-profit school governed by its own board of trustees. The school is renowned for academic excellence and superb athletics.

Little Flower Catholic High School, Philadelphia
Religious affiliation: Catholic
Grades: 9-12
School Type: Girls, day school
Comments:
Little Flower High School exists today because of the determination and persistence of parents and alumnae. They value the traditions, core values and high academic standards in women's education which Little Flower symbolizes.

Miquon School, Conshohocken
Religious affiliation: Nonsectarian
Grades: N-6
School Type: Coeducation, day school
Comments: Founded in 1932 Miquon School is a small school specializing in elementary education. It graduates go on to fine middle and prep schools in the Philadelphia area as well as further afield.

Monsignor Bonner High School, Drexel Hill
Religious affiliation: Catholic
Grades: 9-12
School Type: Boys, day school
Comments: Monsignor Bonner High was founded in 1953. It offers a Catholic education in the Augustinian tradition. The school is accredited by the Middle States Association.

Overbrook School For The Blind, Philadelphia
Religious affiliation: Nonsectarian
Grades: K-12
School Type: Coeducational, day school
Comments: Overbrook School For The Blind traces its origins back to 1832 when it was founded as The Pennsylvania Institution for the Instruction of the Blind. The school is accredited by the Middle States of Colleges and Schools.

The Phelps School, Malvern
Religious affiliation: Nonsectarian
Grades: 7-12
School Type: Boys, boarding/day
Comments: The Phelps School serves underachievers, students with learning disabilities, individuals with Attention Deficit Disorder and dyslexic students. It is also accredited by the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators.

The River Valley Waldorf School, Upper Black Eddy
Religious affiliation: Nonsectarian
Grades: K-8
School Type: Coeducational, day school
Comments: The River Valley Waldorf School offers learning based on the Steiner Method which we know as Waldorf. Arts and creativity are all fundamental parts of the school's curriculum.

Roman Catholic High School, Philadelphia
Religious affiliation: Catholic
Grades: 7-12
School Type: Boys, day school
Comments: Roman Catholic High School is located in Center City. It draws young men from all over the Philadelphia area with its excellent college preparatory academics and strong sports programs.

Rosemont School of the Holy Child, Rosemont
Religious affiliation: Catholic
Grades: N-8
School Type: Coeducational, day school
Comments: Rosemont School of the Holy Child was founded in 1949. It has been operated according to the values and philosophy of the Society of the Holy Child.

Saint Cyril of Alexandria School, East Lansdowne
Religious affiliation: Catholic
Grades: K-8
School Type: Coeducational, day school
Comments: Saint Cyril of Alexandria School offers a traditional Catholic education for primary and middle school age children.

Saint Hubert Catholic High School, Philadelphia
Religious affiliation: Catholic
Grades: 9-12
School Type: Girls, day school
Comments: Saint Hubert Catholic High School gives young women a unique and enriching high school experience which lays the foundations for life.

Saint James Catholic School, Sewickley
Religious affiliation: Catholic
Grades: PK-8
School Type: Coeducational, day school
Comments: Saint James Catholic School combines traditional Catholic teachings with solid academics to stimulate and inspire young minds in their formative years.

Saint Joseph's Preparatory School, Philadelphia
Religious affiliation: Catholic
Grades: 9-12
School Type: Boys, day school
Comments: Saint Joseph's Preparatory School gives young men a challenging and stimulating high school experience designed to provide a solid foundation for achievements in later life. This Jesuit school was founded in 1851.

Saint Norbert School, Paoli
Religious affiliation: Catholic
Grades: K-8
School Type: Coeducational,day school
Comments: Saint Norbert School combines traditional Catholic teachings with solid academics to stimulate and inspire young minds in their formative years.

The School at Church Farm, Paoli
Religious affiliation: Episcopal
Grades: 7-12
School Type: Boys, boarding/day
Comments: This is one of those schools blessed with that marvelous combination of vision and the financial wherewithal to make that vision a reality. 100% of the young men who attend CFS receive financial aid AND a laptop which becomes theirs when they graduate.

The Shipley School, Bryn Mawr
Religious affiliation: Nonsectarian
Grades: PK-12
School Type: Coeducational, day school
Comments: The Shipley School is committed to educational excellence and dedicated to developing in each student a love of learning and a compassionate participation in the world. It is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.

Springside School, Philadelphia
Religious affiliation: Nonsectarian
Grades: PK-12
School Type: Girls, day school
Comments: Springside School gives young women a unique and enriching high school experience which lays the foundations for life. It is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.

Valley Forge Military Academy and College, Wayne
Religious affiliation: Nonsectarian
Grades: 7-12
School Type: Boys, boarding/day school
Comments: Valley Forge gives young men a challenging and stimulating high school experience designed to provide a solid foundation for achievements in later life. It is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.

Villa Maria Academy, Malvern
Religious affiliation: Catholic
Grades: 9-12
School Type: Girls, day school
Comments: Villa Maria Academy gives young women a unique and enriching high school experience which lays the foundations for life. It is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.

West Chester Friends School, West Chester
Religious affiliation: Quaker
Grades: PK-5
School Type: Coeducational, day school
Comments: West Chester Friends School teaches an enriched preparatory curriculum in a community which prizes diversity and self-discipline.

West Philadelphia Catholic High School, Philadelphia
Religious affiliation: Catholic
Grades: 7-12
School Type: Coeducational, day school
Comments: West Philadelphia Catholic High School offers a structured and challenging environment that encourages spiritual, moral, academic and social growth in an urban setting. It is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.

William Penn Charter School, Philadelphia
Religious affiliation: Quaker
Grades: K-12
School Type: Coeducational, day school
Comments: William Penn Charter School was established in 1689 by William Penn. The school educates the whole child spiritually, academically, physically, and socially in a caring, intimate environment that embraces diversity.

Wyndcroft School, Pottstown
Religious affiliation: Nonsectarian
Grades: N-8
School Type: Coeducational, day school
Comments: Wyndcroft School teaches an enriched preparatory curriculum in a community which prizes diversity and self-discipline.

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