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Address
8891 Germantown Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19118
Telephone
(215) 247-3811
Website

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Application Deadline
Application Fee
$110
Interview Required
No
Required/Recommended Tests

Tuition

Yearly Tuition
$13,445
Tuition is for the highest grade offered and may have changed for the current school year. For more information, please contact the school.
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From Norwood-Fontbonne Academy

Norwood-Fontbonne Academy is Philadelphia’s oldest Catholic, independent elementary school and a National Blue Ribbon School. NFA offers families the unique choice between the Montessori program or the Primary program for ages 3 - Grade 3, followed by challenging, active learning experiences in Grades 4 - 8. Students matriculate to the area’s best Catholic and independent high schools.

With service learning at all grade levels and 65+ annual co-curricular offerings on our 14-acre campus, NFA provides all the advantages of a large independent school in a small, nurturing community. NFA’s diverse student and parent community shares an appreciation for Catholic values, service to others, and reflective decision-making.

School Details

Grades
PK, K-8
Students
428
Student-Teacher Ratio
11:1
National
17:1
Full-Time Teachers
35
Part-Time Teachers
8

Students

Students
428
Gender
  • Female
    46%
  • Male
    54%
Student Diversity
  • White
    69.9%
  • African American
    16.1%
  • Multiracial
    7.9%
  • Asian
    4%
  • Hispanic
    2.1%
  • Native American
    0%
  • Pacific Islander
    0%
    Living in the Area
    B
    Overall Niche Grade
    How are grades calculated?
    1. Cost of Living
      C+
    2. Good for Families
      B-
    3. Housing
      C-
    Area Feel
    Urban
    Median Household Income
    $40,649
    National
    $55,322
    Median Rent
    $970
    National
    $949
    Median Home Value
    $151,500
    National
    $184,700

    Norwood-Fontbonne Academy Reviews

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    I am the mother of a pre-primary student who is in his second year at NFA. Our son is in a small class with an exceptional teacher. The classroom is warm and loving. The physical space is full of light and learning tools. NFA educates the whole child: with his teacher's support and guidance, my son has excelled both socially and academically. My son has forged strong relationships with faculty members and school friends. Since beginning at Norwood, he has grown so much in how he expresses his feelings as well as how he navigates friendships and interpersonal conflicts. Simultaneously, he has found his footing academically - impressing me daily with what he has learned and how enthusiastic he is to have learned it. The teacher uses technology to stay in touch with parents and keep us apprised of what is going on in the classroom each day: she organizes learning centers that deliver instruction in such a creative and fun way! I know he will be extremely well prepared for kindergarten.
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    NFA is a great school for typical learners. However, it doesn't suit the needs of anyone with a learning disability or developmental delay. My son falls into these categories and languished for a year at NFA and we were unable to get meetings with his teachers or administration to discuss a solution. He was well-liked by teachers and students but spent most of his time in his own world. He was shuffled from one teacher to another, but no one was able to help. Worse, communication from these teachers was non-existent. They were afraid to address the problem and instead buried their heads while our child suffered. It's perfectly fine if a school is not a good fit for a child; it's not acceptable to ignore them and pleas for help from parents in order to collect a tuition check. If your child has a disability, please consider a public school where services are guaranteed. NFA will not help.
    We have had a wonderful experience at NFA. The admissions department is fantastic. Our daughters teacher is one of a kind- she has been a wonderful resource for us as parents and the growth and development of our daughter has been by leaps and bounds. The parent community is excellent. Our daughter is enrolled in the Montessori program which is superb. We are very appreciative of the school and all that it offers to our family.