Chestnut Hill/Mt. Airy: A list of when the schools open

Chestnut Hill


Springside Chestnut Hill Academy (SCH Academy preK-12)

First day of school for 6-12 is Tuesday, Sept 6

First day of school for preK-5 is Wednesday, Sept 7

500 West Willow Grove Avenue and 8000 Cherokee Street, Philadelphia, PA 19118

SCH Academy President: Priscilla G. Sands, Ph.D.

SCH Academy Head of School: Francis P. Steel, Jr.


Quick facts

– On July 1, 2011 the all-boys school Chestnut Hill Academy merged with the all-girls Springside School. The new name is Springside Chestnut Hill Academy.

The new school will continue with single-sex education in the lower and middle school divisions. The Upper School (high school), partially co-ed this year, will be fully co-ed in 2012-2013.


Crefeld School (7-12)

First day of school is Wednesday, Sept 7

8836 Crefeld St, Philadelphia, PA 19118

Head of School: George Zeleznik


Quick facts

– The Crefeld School welcomes new head of school George Zeleznik, who formerly served as assistant head of school.

-On September 15, the school will hold a back-to-school night in the form of a “Crefeld Potluck Dinner” for all students, families, and staff.


John Story Jenks School (K-8)

First day of school is Tuesday, Sept 6

8301 Germantown Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19118

Principal: Mary Lynskey


Quick facts

– The school offers “Life Skills” classes which promote social interaction and an afterschool “Charm School” where students can learn stage presence and modeling skills.


Norwood-Fontbonne Academy (PreK-8)

First day of school for grades 1-8 is Friday, Sept 9

8891 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia PA 19118

Head of school: Sister Mary Beirne

215-247-3811 ext. 203

Quick facts

– As this is the 91st year for Norwood-Fontbonne, their incoming class of kindergarteners will leave as the 100th graduating class for the school in their final year.

– The HERO (Help Everyone Respect Others) program, which started last year, promotes messages about anti-bullying and student empowerment.


Mt. Airy

AMY Northwest School (6-8)

The first day of school is Tuesday, Sept 6

611 Ardleigh St

Philadelphia PA 19119

Principal: Marco Zanoni


– The school is partnering with Artist in Residence to design and create artwork for local recreation center. Students will also learn to hand make stained glass-like pieces to be used in decorating the school.

– A new full time physical education teacher will promote more sports and fitness activities for students


Khepera Charter School (K-8)

First day of school for 1-8 was August 29

First day of school for Kindergarten is Tuesday, Sept 6

144 Carpenter Lane, Philadelphia, PA 19119

Acting Principal: Mama Verna Holmes


Quick facts

– The Wazuri Parents Association till be holding a Back-to-School BBQ Social on Saturday, Sept, 10 at noon.


Eleanor C Emlen School (K-6)

First day of class is Tuesday, Sept 6

6501 Chew Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19119

Principal: Nancy Lewis



Charles W Henry School (K-8)

First day of school is Tuesday, Sept 6

601 Carpenter Lane, Philadelphia, PA 19119

Principal: Caren M. Trantas


Quick facts

-The school is hosting Back to School night on Sept 20.

– Last school year, a student won a $5,000 music room makeover from NBC and Universal. Music teacher Nikki Paulino is currently shopping for new items with that budget, including new instruments and sound proofing for the classroom.

-Playworks, a form of socialized recess that was introduced as part of Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” initiative, will be implemented this school year.


Henry H. Houston Elementary (K-8)

First day of school is Tuesday, Sept 6

7300 Rural Lane, Philadelphia, PA 19119

Principal: Kimberly Newman



Parkway Northwest High School

7500 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19119

Principal: Ethyl McGee



Blair Christian Academy (PreK-8)

First day of school for 5-8 was Monday, Aug 29

First day of school for K-4 is Wednesday, Sept 7

200 W Upsal St, Philadelphia, PA 19119

Executive Director: Dr. Della Blair


Quick facts

– Blair Christian Academy assembles prayer, chess, and glee club for students.

– Last year, students helped manage a vegetable garden for a local café.


Project Learn School

6525 Germantown Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19119

Admissions Director: Aisha-Oberman




Martin L. King High School

6100 Stenton Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19138

Principal: William C. Wade


Quick facts

– Principal Wade is working to host a Battle of the Bands for students sometime in November.

– Since becoming a Promise Academy school this year, the school is embracing new initiatives. In a partnership with local museums, students will get to visit exhibits as part of the learning experience. Students are also required to wear uniforms.


Germantown High School (9-12)

First day of school is Tuesday, Sept 6

40 E High St, Philadelphia, PA 19144

Prinicpal: Margaret Mullen-Bavwidinsi


-The school offers clubs in Journalism, Guitar and Scrabble among others.


Germantown Friends School (K-12)

First day of school is Tuesday, Sept 6 (noon dismissal)

31 West Coulter Street, Philadelphia, PA 19144

Head of School: Dick Wade



Greene Street Friends School (PreK-8)

First day of school is Tuesday, Sept 6

5511 Greene Street, Philadelphia, PA 19144

Head of School: Edward Marshall



Theodore Roosevelt Middle School (7-8)

First day of school is Tuesday, Sept 6

430 E Washington Lane, Philadelphia, PA 19144

Principal: Cassandra Houston


Quick facts

– The school has Chess, Drama and Robotics clubs.

– The school is holding its “Red Carpet” themed Back to School night on Sept 22.

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