The Crefeld School

Type: Day
Gender: Coed
8836 Crefeld Street
Philadelphia, PA

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The Crefeld School is an intentionally different, gender inclusive, college prep school for students in grades 7-12. Located in the Chestnut Hill neighborhood of Philadelphia, Crefeld empowers every student to grow to their strengths, find meaning in their learning, and feel ownership of their school community. Challenging academics, a focus on social justice and service, and authentic relationships, allow students to become their best selves. In a school that is small by design with a robust advisory system, students are trusted and respected as individuals, supported and challenged, and become empathetic, lifelong learners. After completing the culminating experience of Graduation by Exhibition, students have identified their passions, know how to address their challenges, and are equipped to achieve their full potential in college and as engaged citizens.

Who comes to Crefeld?
Smart, creative, collaborative students from varied backgrounds & walks of life, who want to take ownership of their learning, and are looking for: a progressive, student-centered school; a safe school that values each student; extra support in a college prep environment.

Awards or Certifications:

Accredited by: Pennsylvania Association of Independent Schools (PAIS), and Middle States Association Commissions on Elementary and Secondary Schools (MSA-CESS).
Member of: National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), Association of Delaware Valley Independent Schools (ADVIS), and the Progressive Education Network (PEN).

What is your teaching or educational philosophy?

Crefeld is a different kind of school where nobody is the same and everybody can succeed. Everyone has
their own unique strengths that add value to the community. Small class sizes, close relationships with
teachers and peers from all backgrounds, along with responsive academic and emotional support creates a
challenging, creative, and flexible learning environment tailored to each student's strengths.

What is your mission statement?

To graduate self-aware, empathetic, lifelong learners, who possess an appreciation for diverse perspectives, their role in society, and their ability to act as agents of change.




Intentionally different college preparatory school for grades 7-12.