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.
  • Please join us for one of our upcoming Open Houses or Montessori & Pre-primary Information Nights. Private tours are available Monday through Friday.

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School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.American Montessori Society (AMS)
Association of Delaware Valley Independent Schools (ADVIS)
Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools
Religious AffiliationRoman Catholic
Grades OfferedGrades Nursery/Preschool-8
ADD/ADHD SupportYes
Year Founded1920
Awards Blue Ribbon School - Selected in 2014

Student Body

Total Students428 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 23%
Students by Grade Norwood-Fontbonne Academy Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers43 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio10:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size15 students
Classroom Dress CodeFormal

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNone / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost$13,850
Tuition NotesPre-K 3 & 4 year olds have half day and full day options. 5 mornings/5 afternoons: $13,850 5 mornings/3 afternoons: $13,060 5 mornings/2 afternoons: $12,670Extended Day Programs: Before Care 6:45 AM - 7:45 AM Loft 3:00 - 6:00 PM (3, 4, and 5 year olds) After Care 3:00 - 6:00 PM (grades 1-6)
Admissions DirectorErin Wallin


Total Sports Offered11 sports
SportsBaseball, Basketball, Cheering, Field Hockey, Flag Football, Football, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Track and FieldBaseballBasketball,
CheeringField Hockey,
Flag FootballFootball,
Track and Field


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.27 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Club or Organization:
Bear Print Newspaper, Book Club, Campus Ministry Delegates, Community Service Coprs, Cooking Club, Debate, NFA Lego Club, Reading Olympics, Robotics, Science Explorers, Student Ambassadors, Student Council, The Green Team

Arts and Music Programs:
Band, Chorale, Digital Photography, Drama Club, Young Rembrandts Drawing Class, Zumba

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Cheerleading, Girls on the Run, Matt Paul All Ball, Matt Paul Basketball, Matt Paul Flag Football, Running Club, Soccer Shots, Yoga

School Notes

  • 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."
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    1.2 miles
    500 W Willow Grove Avenue
    Philadelphia, PA 19118
    (215) 247-4700
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    Philadelphia, PA 19118
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    Philadelphia, PA 19119
    (215) 438-6557
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    3.9 miles
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    Philadelphia, PA 19144
    (215) 438-7000
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