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.

Quick Stats (2024)

  • Top Ranked PA School
  • Grades: Prekindergarten-8
  • Enrollment: 380 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $13,850
  • Average class size: 15 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

Top Rankings

Norwood-fontbonne Academy ranks among the top 20% of private schools in Pennsylvania for:

School Overview

Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades Prekindergarten-8
ADD/ADHD Support
Year Founded
 Blue Ribbon School - Selected in 2014

Student Body

Total Students
380 students
Student Body Type
% Students of Color
State avg.: 26%
Students by Grade
Norwood-fontbonne Academy Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
39 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size
15 students
Classroom Dress Code

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
None / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost
Tuition Notes
Pre-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 Director
Erin Wallin



Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.
27 extracurriculars
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."
Source: Verified school update

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does Norwood-fontbonne Academy cost?
Norwood-fontbonne Academy's tuition is approximately $13,850 for private students.
What sports does Norwood-fontbonne Academy offer?
Norwood-fontbonne Academy offers 11 interscholastic sports: Baseball, Basketball, Cheering, Field Hockey, Flag Football, Football, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Swimming and Track and Field.
What is Norwood-fontbonne Academy's ranking?
Norwood-fontbonne Academy ranks among the top 20% of private schools in Pennsylvania for: Highest percentage of faculty with advanced degrees, Largest student body, Most extracurriculars offered and Oldest founding date.
When is the application deadline for Norwood-fontbonne Academy?
The application deadline for Norwood-fontbonne Academy is rolling (applications are reviewed as they are received year-round).
In what neighborhood is Norwood-fontbonne Academy located?
Norwood-fontbonne Academy is located in the Chestnut Hill neighborhood of Philadelphia, PA. There are 4 other private schools located in Chestnut Hill.

School Calendar

View the Norwood-fontbonne Academy yearly calendar below. Note key dates such as:

8th Grade Clothing Drive - First Day
May 01, 2024 (Wednesday)
8th Grade Clothing Drive - Last Day (Clothes will be picked up at 10am; Big House Back Porch)
May 08, 2024 (Wednesday)
Gift Card Sales (Last Day)
May 30, 2024 (Thursday)
Last Day of School
June 06, 2024 (Thursday)

School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (5 reviews)
NFA has been the best decision for our family. Our Kindergartner comes home each day happier and brighter than the day before. She is receiving a top-notch education in a safe place that values God, differences, and an individualized academic experience. The personal attention that students receive at NFA is unlike any other. The NFA community has become family to our family. It's been a pleasure to have the opportunity to serve along with other parents through the NFA Parents' Association. The fun and warm NFA community is exactly what our daughter needed. My only wish is that NFA would extend to 12 years of enrollment because I can't imagine our daughter anywhere else.
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We have been at NFA for 7 years and we love the community...from the Montessori program to small class sizes, teachers who pour their heart and soul into enriching the lives of our kids each and every day, opportunities in sports, arts, and will definitely be a sad day when we graduate!
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We have been part of the NFA community for 12 years now. We have 2 kids who have moved on and are doing very well at a local private high school. Our younger 2 kids are excelling in their grades with wonderful teachers and great groups of friends. The media/stem program has inspired my daughter to look for solutions for world wide problems. The new principal is engaging and a problem solver who really cares for the kids.
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NFA teachers are innovative and creative in teaching methods and are also grounded in the school's core values at the same time. The Montessori method continues to be an underlying theme and is integrated at the upper levels too. They guide students in student-led projects that promote critical thinking and independence.
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We have been at NFA for 6 years now, and we truly feel like we are part of a giant family here. My two children love getting up and going to school in the morning and are proud when they talk about their school with others. When we first enrolled, I questioned the strength of a lot of the STEM area-type subjects, but some newer teachers with the school have really advanced these programs, and I am optimistic they will continue to grow. My son was diagnosed with ADHD at the end of his pre-K year, and while we've used a lot of outside resources, the school has been helpful and supportive. Both of my children have thrived/are thriving in the unique Montessori program, and I'm really grateful that we were able to give them this learning experience for their early elementary years. The parent involvement is open and you can make what you want of it.
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Quick Stats (2024)

  • Top Ranked PA School
  • Grades: Prekindergarten-8
  • Enrollment: 380 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $13,850
  • Average class size: 15 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

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The average private school tuition in Philadelphia, PA is $8,688 for elementary schools and $15,444 for high schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
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