Norwood-Fontbonne Academy

Tel: (215)247-3811
  • 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.

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 Prekindergarten-8
ADD/ADHD SupportYes
Year Founded1920
Awards Blue Ribbon School - Selected in 2014

Student Body

Total Students396 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
18%
State avg.: 22%
Students by GradeNorwood-Fontbonne Academy Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers42 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio9:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
85%
Average Class Size15 students
Classroom Dress CodeFormal
(Uniform)

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNone / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost$13,050
Tuition NotesPre-K 3 & 4 year olds have half day and full day options.
Admissions DirectorErin Wallin

Sports

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

Extracurriculars

Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.12 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Band, Book Club, Ceramics, Choir, Community Service Corps, Cooking, Forensics, Reading Olympics, Robotics, Write Brain, Yoga, Young Artists Society Band, Book Club, Ceramics, Choir, Cooking, Forensics, Robotics, Write Brain, Yoga, Community Service Corps,
Reading Olympics,
Young Artists Society,

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."
Show me:
People Also ViewedPeople Also Viewed Nearby SchoolsNearby Schools
All Schools High Schools Elementary Schools Preschools
Show me:
  • School Location Miles Grades Students
  • Philadelphia
    Grades: PK-12 | 1101 students
    1.2 miles
    500 W Willow Grove Avenue
    Philadelphia, PA 19118
    (215)247-4700
    1.2PK-12
    1101
  • Philadelphia
    Grades: PK-8 | 222 students
    0.3 miles
    17 E Chestnut Hill Avenue
    Philadelphia, PA 19118
    (215)247-1060
    0.3PK-8
    222
  • Philadelphia
    Grades: PK-8 | 318 students
    3.9 miles
    5511 Greene St
    Philadelphia, PA 19144
    (215)438-7000
    3.9PK-8
    318
  • Philadelphia
    Grades: NS-8 | 360 students
    6.8 miles
    6445 Bingham St
    Philadelphia, PA 19111
    (215)725-3383
    6.8NS-8
    360
  • Philadelphia
    Grades: NS-8 | 205 students
    10.1 miles
    319 Lombard Street
    Philadelphia, PA 19147
    (215)925-3963
    10.1NS-8
    205

School Reviews

Endorsements should be a few sentences in length. Please include any comments on:

  • Quality of academic programs, teachers, and facilities
  • Availability of music, art, sports and other extracurricular activities
  • Academic or athletic awards

I am a:

Name or Alias:

Your review:

Endorse this school:
Recent Articles
October 18, 2017
The Seattle area is home to many fine private schools as well as to major companies such as Microsoft, Boeing and Starbucks.
September 30, 2017
Scandals in private school are bound to raise questions for those of us thinking about sending our children to private school. Regardless of how sensational these scandals may appear, they are actually few and far between.
September 29, 2017
Parents have many reasons for deciding to take their children out of public school and enrolling them in private school. This circumstance is something which can happen at any stage of your child's education.
Request Information
I am a:      
Email:
Name of parent:
Student First name:
Student Middle name:
Student Last name:
Student date of birth:
Student is:
     
Currently in grade:
Seeking entry for grade:
Target start date:
Name of current school:
School type:
        
Applying for financial aid?:
        
Please describe academic, athletic, and extracurricular interests of the student.:
Address:
City:
Country:
State:
Zip:

(enter "N/A" if not applicable)
Phone:
Did You Know?
The average private school tuition in Philadelphia, PA is $7,397 for elementary schools and $12,717 for high schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
The average acceptance rate in Philadelphia, PA is 62% (read more about average acceptance rates across the country).
Related School Videos