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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 through 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 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 learning and/or emotional support in a college prep environment.

What is your teaching or educational philosophy?

Crefeld's Societal Vision

The Crefeld School envisions a world in which all students understand their inherent worth as individuals and their ability and obligation to powerfully impact society.

Crefeld's Values

- Trust-based system: Everyone at Crefeld is a member of the community. As members of this community, trust is essential to our functioning in everything we do.

- Commitment to social justice: We believe it is our responsibility to do what we can to eliminate bias based on race, ethnicity, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, age, political affiliation, national origin, or disability.

- Diversity, equity and inclusion: Crefeld is committed to building a culture that respects and embraces diversity, inclusion, and equity, believing that these values are critical for advancing knowledge, sparking innovation, and creating sustainable communities.

- Strength-based approach: At Crefeld, we celebrate what students do well every day and help develop compensation strategies for areas of growth.

- Embrace individuality Through the advisory system, each student is recognized as an individual and has a well-supported designated advocate monitoring their education at Crefeld.

What is your mission statement?

The Crefeld School graduates 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.




An intentionally different college prep program.