Open Door Christian Academy

1260 Ft. Washington Ave.
Fort Washington, PA 19034-0190
Tel: (215)542-9795
Grades: NS-8 | 145 students
Open Door Christian Academy was established in 1975 and it espouses the historic Christian view of life as presented in the Bible.
The goal of our education process is the Godly development of the student both Spiritually, Intellectually, Emotionally, Socially and Physically.
Open Door Christian Academy is an educational ministry to children operating as an extension of the Christian home to prepare students spiritually and academically to live the Christian life in our contemporary society.
The function of the School Board is to establish the basic policies within which the principal, Mrs. Meg McHale, is to administer the school.
It consists of members from the school and church along with members of the elder board of COD. They function as a legislative resource, a spiritual guidepost, a sounding board, and a tool for making recommendations in support of the overall ministry and approval of Church of the Open Door as it pertains to the school.
The proper participants in a Christian education include the parent, teacher, church and pupil.
The first line of Christian education is not the school teacher.
Deuteronomy 6 points out that it is the home.
Christian parents have the obligation to live, talk and teach the "Fear of the Lord" in the home.
Furthermore, God holds them responsible for the education their children receive.
They must therefore be vitally involved in their childrens' learning processes.

School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc. Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI)
Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools
Religious Affiliation Christian
Grades Offered Grades Nursery/Preschool-8
Year Founded 1975

Student Body

Total Students 145 students
Student Body Type Co-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 22%
Students by Grade Open Door Christian Academy Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers 12 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio 13:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size 15 students
Classroom Dress Code Formal
(Specific colors/styles allowed - dress color vs an acutal pre-purchased uniform.)

Finances and Admission

Admission Deadline None / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost $6,500
Tuition Notes see our website for tuition rates as they vary by grade level.
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions Director Mrs. Meg McHale-Principal
Admissions Associate Lisa Thomas


Total Sports Offered 4 sports
Sports Basketball, Cross Country, Soccer, Track and FieldBasketballCross Country,
SoccerTrack and Field,


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric. 7 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric. ACSI Fine Arts Competion, ACSI Math Olympics, ACSI Speech Meet, Chess Club, Drama, Piano Lessons, Violin Chess Club, Drama, Piano Lessons, Violin, ACSI Fine Arts Competion,
ACSI Math Olympics,
ACSI Speech Meet,

Nearby Private Schools:

The nearest high school is Lakeside School (0.9 miles away)
The nearest elementary school is Lakeside School (0.9 miles away)
The nearest preschool is Village Schoolhouse (1.2 miles away)
All Schools High Schools Elementary Schools Preschools Public Schools
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  • School Location Miles Grades Students
  • Fort Washington
    Lakeside School
    Alternative School
    Grades: 7-12 | 96 students
    0.9 miles
    Po Box 127
    Fort Washington, PA 19034
  • Ambler
    Grades: K-9 | 414 students
    1.2 miles
    29 Conwell Dr
    Ambler, PA 19002
  • Dresher
    Village Schoolhouse
    Daycare / Preschool
    Grades: NS-PK | 39 students
    1.2 miles
    1465 Limekiln Pike
    Dresher, PA 19025
  • Dresher
    Chelten Child Development Center
    Daycare / Preschool (Baptist)
    Grades: NS | 90 students
    1.3 miles
    1601 N. Limekiln Pike
    Dresher, PA 19025
  • Ambler
    Grades: 5-12 | 88 students
    1.3 miles
    701 S Bethlehem Plz
    Ambler, PA 19002

School Reviews

We love this school! I have my three children there! My oldest is in 6th grade and started at ODCA when he was 3yrs old! It like a second family to us! We rest secured in knowing our kids are getting a great foundation both spiritually and academically! It has been worth every penny! I strongly encourage you to make the sacrifice for Christian education!
- Posted by Parent, 04/20/15
My two children have attended from 3yrs old up through eighth grade. I could not be happier with my decision to send them here. The teachers are intimately involved with each child, drawing out children who may be overlooked in larger classes. The academic standard is high (92 is a B, not an A) and living out what the Bible preaches is expected (no bullying, lying, etc.) Of course no school is perfect, but I wholeheartedly recommend ODCA. They may not have all of the amenities that a public school has, but what they lack in "stuff" and programs, they make up for in heart. It truly is a loving, family feel at Open Door.
- Posted by Parent, 11/28/14

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