The Crefeld School

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

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A gender-inclusive school for students in grades 7 through 12, The Crefeld School has an intentionally different approach to a college prep education - one that 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 and talents, know how to address their challenges, and are equipped to achieve their full potential in college and as engaged citizens. Come visit our campus in the Chestnut Hill neighborhood of Philadelphia to learn more.

Awards or Certifications:

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

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, while supporting areas of growth. Crefeld is a community built on trust and mutual respect.

What is your mission statement?

Crefeld's mission is 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.




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