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 (2022-23)

  • Top Ranked PA School
  • Grades: Nursery/Preschool-8
  • Enrollment: 428 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 Nursery/Preschool-8
ADD/ADHD Support
Year Founded
 Blue Ribbon School - Selected in 2014

Student Body

Total Students
428 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
43 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).

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Quick Stats (2022-23)

  • Top Ranked PA School
  • Grades: Nursery/Preschool-8
  • Enrollment: 428 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $13,850
  • Average class size: 15 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

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