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  • The average private school in Pennsylvania was founded around 1964 (2019-20).
  • The oldest private schools are listed below (where sufficient data available).
  • The oldest private school in Pennsylvania is William Penn Charter School, founded in 1689.

Oldest Private Schools in Pennsylvania (2019-20)

  • School Founding Date Grades Location
  • Rank: #11.
    William Penn Charter School
    Founding Date: 1689
    Grades: PK-123000 W School House Lane
    Philadelphia, PA 19144

  • Rank: #22.
    Abington Friends School
    Abington Friends School Photo
    Founding Date: 1697
    Grades: PK-12575 Washington Ln
    Jenkintown, PA 19046

  • Rank: #33.
    St Francis Academy
    (Roman Catholic)
    Founding Date: 1743
    Grades: PK-8668 Pine St
    Bally, PA 19503

  • Rank: #44.
    Linden Hall
    Linden Hall Photo
    Founding Date: 1746
    Grades: 6-12212 E Main St
    Lititz, PA 17543

  • Rank: #55.
    Germantown Academy
    Germantown Academy Photo - The Belfry tower atop the Administration Building.
    Founding Date: 1759
    Grades: PK-12340 Morris Rd
    Fort Washington, PA 19034

  • Rank: #66.
    Plymouth Meeting Friends School
    Plymouth Meeting Friends School Photo
    Founding Date: 1780
    Grades: NS-62150 Butler Pike
    Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462

  • Rank: #77.
    Harrisburg Academy
    Harrisburg Academy Photo - Upper School students took part in the all-school community service day. Students in all grads, preschool through twelfth, perform age-appropriate community service through on-site or off-site projects.
    Founding Date: 1784
    Grades: NS-1210 Erford Road
    Lemoyne, PA 17043

  • Rank: #88.
    The Episcopal Academy
    Founding Date: 1785
    Grades: PK-121785 Bishop White Drive
    Newtown Square, PA 19073

  • Rank: #99.
    Buckingham Friends School
    Buckingham Friends School Photo - BFS main building with students playing soccer at recess.
    Founding Date: 1794
    Grades: K-85684 York Road
    Lahaska, PA 18931

  • Rank: #1010.
    Westtown School
    Westtown School Photo - LEED Gold Science Center. Open to students in January, 2014, our new Science Center houses six labs, space for independent research, a Design Engineering/robotics space.
    Founding Date: 1799
    Grades: PK-12975 Westtown Road
    West Chester, PA 19382

  • Rank: #1111.
    Pennsylvania School For The Deaf
    Pennsylvania School For The Deaf Photo - Best of Friends
    Special Education School
    Founding Date: 1820
    Grades: PK-12100 W School House Ln
    Philadelphia, PA 19144

  • Rank: #1212.
    Frankford Friends School
    Frankford Friends School Photo - Our students are confident explorers who are curious about the world.
    Founding Date: 1833
    Grades: NS-81500 Orthodox Street
    Philadelphia, PA 19124

  • Rank: #1313.
    St. Peters School
    St. Peters School Photo
    Founding Date: 1834
    Grades: NS-8319 Lombard Street
    Philadelphia, PA 19147

  • Rank: #1414.
    West Chester Friends School
    Founding Date: 1836
    Grades: NS-5415 N High Street
    West Chester, PA 19380

  • Rank: #1515.
    Sewickley Academy
    Sewickley Academy Photo - For Who You Are. For Who You Will Become.
    Founding Date: 1838
    Grades: PK-12315 Academy Avenue
    Sewickley, PA 15143

  • Rank: #1616.
    Malvern Preparatory School
    Malvern Preparatory School Photo - Duffy Arts Center
    All-boys (Roman Catholic)
    Founding Date: 1842
    Grades: 6-12418 S. Warren Avenue
    Malvern, PA 19355

  • Rank: #17-1817.-18.
    Wyoming Seminary Lower School
    Wyoming Seminary Lower School Photo - Our STEM program at the Lower School prepares the students for high school and beyond.
    Founding Date: 1844
    Grades: NS-81560 Wyoming Avenue
    Kingston, PA 18704

  • Rank: #17-1817.-18.
    Wyoming Seminary Upper School
    Wyoming Seminary Upper School Photo - Are you ready for a change? Are you ready to be transformed? As a student at Sem, your life will change in the best possible ways.
    Founding Date: 1844
    Grades: 9-12201 N Sprague Ave
    Kingston, PA 18704

  • Rank: #19-2019.-20.
    Friends' Central School
    Friends' Central School Photo - Friends' Central School is an independent, coeducational, Quaker, college-preparatory day school for Nursery through grade 12 students. Located on 41 acres across two campuses in Wynnewood, Pa., Friends' Central cultivates the intellectual, spiritual, and ethical promise of students. Since 1845, Friends' Central has been educating for excellence, inspiring tomorrow's leaders, honoring each individual, and encouraging students to peacefully transform the world.
    Founding Date: 1845
    Grades: NS-121101 City Avenue
    Wynnewood, PA 19096

  • Rank: #19-2019.-20.
    Germantown Friends School
    Germantown Friends School Photo
    Founding Date: 1845
    Grades: K-1231 West Coulter Street
    Philadelphia, PA 19144

  • Rank: #2121.
    Girard College
    Girard College Photo - Lower School "Bubble Day" is fun for the younger students.
    Founding Date: 1848
    Grades: 1-122101 S College Ave
    Philadelphia, PA 19121

  • Rank: #22-2322.-23.
    The Hill School
    The Hill School Photo - Faculty and students enjoy a meal together during one of Hill's seated lunches in the Dining Room.
    Founding Date: 1851
    Grades: 9-12860 Beech Street
    Pottstown, PA 19464

  • Rank: #22-2322.-23.
    St Joseph's Preparatory School
    St Joseph's Preparatory School Photo - St. Joseph's Prep
    All-boys (Roman Catholic)
    Founding Date: 1851
    Grades: 9-121733 W Girard Ave
    Philadelphia, PA 19130

  • Rank: #2424.
    Seton Catholic School
    Seton Catholic School Photo
    (Roman Catholic)
    Founding Date: 1852
    Grades: PK-8385 Pine Street
    Meadville, PA 16335

  • Rank: #2525.
    Grier School
    Grier School Photo
    Founding Date: 1853
    Grades: 7-122522 Grier School Road
    Tyrone, PA 16686

  • Rank: #2626.
    Greene Street Friends School
    Greene Street Friends School Photo - Spring Concert 2019
    Founding Date: 1855
    Grades: PK-85511 Greene St
    Philadelphia, PA 19144

  • Rank: #2727.
    St Boniface Elementary School
    (Roman Catholic)
    Founding Date: 1856
    Grades: PK-39363 Wattsburg Road
    Erie, PA 16509

  • Rank: #2828.
    St Malachy School
    St Malachy School Photo - We are... St. Malachy Proud!
    (Roman Catholic)
    Founding Date: 1860
    Grades: PK-81012 W. Thompson St
    Philadelphia, PA 19122

  • Rank: #29-3129.-31.
    Gwynedd Mercy Academy High School
    Gwynedd Mercy Academy High School Photo
    All-girls (Roman Catholic)
    Founding Date: 1861
    Grades: 9-121345 Sumneytown Pike
    Gwynedd Valley, PA 19437

  • Rank: #29-3129.-31.
    Gwynedd-mercy Academy Elementary
    Gwynedd-mercy Academy Elementary Photo - Gwynedd-Mercy Academy has kept pace with developing technology by equipping our classrooms, library and computer lab with interactive whiteboards, wireless Internet and Microsoft Surface tablets, iPads and computer work stations. Full-time Directors of Informational Technology and Educational Technology support technology integration in innovative curriculum.
    (Roman Catholic)
    Founding Date: 1861
    Grades: K-8816 Norristown Rd
    Spring House, PA 19002

  • Rank: #29-3129.-31. Founding Date: 1861
    Grades: PK-12500 W Willow Grove Avenue
    Philadelphia, PA 19118

  • Rank: #3232.
    Sacred Heart Academy
    Sacred Heart Academy Photo - Sacred Heart Academy Bryn Mawr is a Catholic, independent college preparatory school for girls K-12, founded in 1865 by the Religious of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Known as SHA, the private girls' school is located in PA outside of Philadelphia with elementary, middle and upper school divisions located on one campus.
    All-girls (Roman Catholic)
    Founding Date: 1865
    Grades: K-12480 S Bryn Mawr Ave
    Bryn Mawr, PA 19010

  • Rank: #3333.
    St. Luke Lutheran School
    (Lutheran Church Missouri Synod)
    Founding Date: 1866
    Grades: PK-8330 Hannahstown Road
    Cabot, PA 16023

  • Rank: #34-3534.-35.
    The Agnes Irwin School
    The Agnes Irwin School Photo
    Founding Date: 1869
    Grades: PK-12275 S Ithan Ave
    Bryn Mawr, PA 19010

  • Rank: #34-3534.-35.
    Western Pennsylvania School For The Deaf
    Special Education School
    Founding Date: 1869
    Grades: PK-12300 East Swissvale Avenue
    Pittsburgh, PA 15218

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