The City School (Pre-k(4)-12)

910 N. 6th Street (Multiple Campus Locations)
Philadelphia, PA 19123
The City School provides an academically excellent Christian education.
By training the minds and discipling the hearts of our students, we prepare students for excellence in their life-long pursuit of learning.
Our dedicated staff teach and model the Christian worldview as the context for life.

Quick Stats (2024)

  • Top Ranked PA School
  • Grades: Prekindergarten-12
  • Enrollment: 546 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $11,080
  • Acceptance rate: 90%
  • Average class size: 15 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

Top Rankings

The City School (Pre-k(4)-12) ranks among the top 20% of private schools in Pennsylvania for:

School Overview

Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades Prekindergarten-12
Year Founded

Student Body

Total Students
546 students
Student Body Type
% Students of Color
State avg.: 26%
Students by Grade
The City School (Pre-k(4)-12) Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
60 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size
15 students
Number of AP Courses
3 courses
Advanced Courses
Calculus, Honors American Literature, Honors Modern Literature, Honors Spanish IV – independent study, We partner w/ local colleges to provide a Dual enrollment program and robust advanced placement course offerings
Classroom Dress Code
School uniform

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
None / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost
Tuition Notes
We offer over $1 million per year in financial aid to make our education accessible for families in the city.
% on Financial Aid
Average Financial Aid Grant
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions Director
Kimberly Jones
Admissions Associate
Jean Marie Staico



Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.
13 extracurriculars
Club or Organization:
National Honor Society, Photography, SAT Prep, Strategic Gaming Club, Student Ambassadors, Student Government, Yearbook, Yes there are more

Arts and Music Programs:
Advanced Art, Choir, Dance, Drama, Handbells/Chimes (Lower School)

School Notes

  • The City School is a multi-campus Pre-k(4)-12 private, Christian,college preparatory school in the city of Philadelphia, PA
  • The City School`s mission is to train students`minds,disciple their hearts and bring light to the city-onechild at a time. For over 40 years, our commitment to this mission has guided us as we prepare students to thrive in school, in college, at home and in life.
  • Training Minds: Our rigorous college-preparatory program prepares students for success in their lifelong pursuit of learning. We instill a genuine love of learning in our students.
  • Discipling Hearts: We care for the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of each student.Values like love, forgiveness and grace are taught and modeled every day. The name of Jesus is glorified, and students are taught to see all truth in light of the Christian worldview.
  • Bringing Light to the City: Our students engage in their communities to enhance the neighborhoods they love by using their gifts and talents for the greater good. We view the city from a perspective of hope and renewal, celebrating its beauty and actively working to heal its brokenness.
  • One Child at a Time: We value each student as an individual, uniquely created in the image of God. Small class sizes ensure each student is given the one-on-one attention they need to succeed.
Source: Verified school update

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does The City School (Pre-k(4)-12) cost?
The City School (Pre-k(4)-12)'s tuition is approximately $11,080 for private students.
What is the acceptance rate of The City School (Pre-k(4)-12)?
The acceptance rate of The City School (Pre-k(4)-12) is 90%, which is higher than the national average of 86%.
What sports does The City School (Pre-k(4)-12) offer?
The City School (Pre-k(4)-12) offers 10 interscholastic sports: Basketball, Bowling, Cheering, Cross Country, Dance, Indoor Soccer, Track and Field, Volleyball, Weightlifting and Winter Track.
What is The City School (Pre-k(4)-12)'s ranking?
The City School (Pre-k(4)-12) ranks among the top 20% of private schools in Pennsylvania for: Highest percentage of students of color and Largest student body.
When is the application deadline for The City School (Pre-k(4)-12)?
The application deadline for The City School (Pre-k(4)-12) is rolling (applications are reviewed as they are received year-round).

School Reviews

The City School is a school that cares. It cares about each and every family and each distinct child within a family. I have been on a first name basis with each of my children's teachers & principals over the last five years and have the permission to dialogue with and about particulars related to their educational & disciplinary processes. The City School also cares about making its tuition affordable to every family that wants to invest in its education. I have been blessed with financial aid that makes it possible for me to afford the education and I know there has been much unseen fundraising & grant writing that has made this all possible. The City School especially cares about its students' spiritual, social and emotional health & is intentionally staffed & programmatically aligned accordingly. Just tonight at dinner my first graded declared, "Oh, tomorrow is Friday...I can't wait for chapel. I love chapel!" Routines of weekly Friday chapel, Morning Meetings, uses of 'I messages' & staff counselor options for pulling students out of class or leading guided coping strategies to a whole class of students are all a part of the intentional care the City School has for its students. I have been very thankful to have this school in this city be there for my children.
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Quick Stats (2024)

  • Top Ranked PA School
  • Grades: Prekindergarten-12
  • Enrollment: 546 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $11,080
  • Acceptance rate: 90%
  • 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 $8,595 for elementary schools and $15,444 for high schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
The average acceptance rate in Philadelphia, PA is 71% (read more about average acceptance rates across the country).

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