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  1. Academics
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  2. Diversity
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  3. Teachers
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Address
8891 Germantown Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19118
Telephone
(215) 247-3811
Website

Applying

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

Tuition

Yearly Tuition
$13,850
Tuition is for the highest grade offered and may have changed for the current school year. For more information, please contact the school.
Received Financial Aid
Average Financial Aid
From Norwood-Fontbonne Academy

Norwood-Fontbonne Academy provides an exceptional independent school experience deeply rooted in the Sisters of Saint Joseph’s commitment that “all may be one.” As a proven leader in Montessori education, the school empowers students through its self-directed approach to learning, its diverse and inclusive community of families, and its meaningful, face-to-face service experiences. Within a nurturing community, students feel a strong sense of solidarity with God, their “dear neighbor,” the school, and each other as they are challenged to shape a more compassionate and socially responsible society. A physical representation of the school’s core strengths, the expansive 14-acre campus in the heart of Chestnut Hill provides students with an environment that fosters independence, openness, and active experiences.

School Details

Grades
PK, K-8
Students
428
Student-Teacher Ratio
10:1
National
17:1
Full-Time Teachers
37
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%

Preschool

Annual Cost
$13,850
Cost is for the most complete schedule offered and may have changed for the current school year. For more information, please contact the school.
Starting Age
3
Pre-K Student-Teacher Ratio
10:1
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Schedule Options
  • Offers Full Week
    Yes
  • Offers Part Week
  • Offers Full Day
    Yes
  • Offers Part Day
    Yes
    Living in the Area
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    Overall Niche Grade
    How are grades calculated?
    1. Cost of Living
      C
    2. Good for Families
      B+
    3. Housing
      C
    Median Household Income
    $99,800
    National
    $55,322
    Median Rent
    $1,550
    National
    $949
    Median Home Value
    $486,206
    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.