Grades: PK-8 | 396 students
Norwood-Fontbonne Academy is Philadelphia’s oldest Catholic, independent elementary school and a 2014 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.
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|School Membership(s)School Assoc.||American Montessori Society (AMS)
Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools
|Religious Affiliation||Roman Catholic|
|Grades Offered||Grades Prekindergarten-8|
|Awards||Blue Ribbon School - Selected in 2014|
|Total Students||396 students|
|Student Body Type||Co-ed|
|% Students of Color||
State avg.: 22%
|Students by Grade|
Academics and Faculty
|Total Classroom Teachers||42 teachers|
|Student : Teacher Ratio||9:1
National avg.: 13:1
|% Faculty w/Advanced Degree||
|Average Class Size||13 students|
|Classroom Dress Code||Formal
Finances and Admission
|Yearly Tuition Cost||$12,300|
|Tuition Notes||Tuition ranges from 10,055- 12,300|
|Admissions Director||Erin Wallin|
|Total Sports Offered||10 sports|
|Sports||Baseball, Basketball, Cheering, Field Hockey, Football, Indoor Soccer, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, SwimmingBaseball, Basketball,
Cheering, Field Hockey,
Football, Indoor Soccer,
|Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.||13 extracurriculars|
|ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.||Band, Ceramics, Choir, Community, Cooking, Knitting, Math, Oratory, Reading, Robotics, Running, Writers, Yoga Band, Ceramics, Choir, Community, Cooking, Knitting, Math, Oratory, Reading, Robotics, Running, Writers, Yoga,|
- Norwood-Fontbonne Academy, founded in 1920 by the Sisters of Saint Joseph, is an independent Catholic Academy for boys and girls from preschool level through grade eight. The student population reflects ethnic, racial, religious and geographic diversity. NFA's curriculum includes a Montessori program, as well as a creative interactive classroom program. The Academy features small class sizes and the option of an extended day program. NFA continues to respond to the ever-evolving needs of its students. Norwood-Fontbonne Academy exists to convey Gospel values and the enjoyment of learning so that students may be better able to make reflective choices as self-directed persons who treasure themselves, all others and the earth. The resulting faith formation and social consciousness are lived out through prayer and actions in a school-wide Service Learning program. A rich tradition of striving for excellence through diversified academic, co-curricular, and enrichment programs is augmented by the development of the person. Preparation of students for leadership roles in the multicultural and technological future is an integral part of the teaching philosophy. Norwood-Fontbonne Academy continues to find creative ways to embody the mission of the Sisters of Saint Joseph, "to live and work so that all people may be united with God and one another."
Profile last updated: 03/07/2016
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