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The Bear Facts 2018-09-18T13:46:14-05:00

2018-2019 Population

  • 416 Students (223 Boys and 193 Girls)
  • African American 16%
  • Hispanic, Native American, Asian or Mixed Race 14%
  • Caucasian 70%
  • 282 Families from 17 School Districts
  • 47 Parishes/Churches
  • Urban Students 60% and Suburban Students 40%
  • Roman Catholic 66% and Other Faiths 34%

Facility and Grounds

Norwood-Fontbonne Academy is located in the historic Chestnut Hill section of Philadelphia on 14 acres with 7 buildings across 2 campuses.

Classroom Staff

  • Teachers 37
  • Teacher Assistants 8

Includes specialists in Art, Music, Physical Education, Spanish, Media Studies (Library & Technology), and Student Development


  • Middle States Commission on Elementary Schools
  • Association of Delaware Valley Schools (ADVIS)
  • American Montessori Society (AMS)
  • Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD)
  • Chestnut Hill Community Association
  • National Catholic Educators Association (NCEA)
  • Philadelphia Area Independent School Business Officers Association (PAISBOA)

Faith Life

Committed to living Gospel values, we create a community of faith. We foster a positive and loving environment where children, staff, and families grow in faith through:

  • Religion and Family Life Curriculum
  • Reflection and Prayer
  • Liturgies
  • Service Learning Curriculum
  • Outreach Programs
  • Sacramental Preparation
  • Community Service Corps

Academic Life

Through small class sizes, our students experience individualized instruction along with experiential learning. Curriculum programs challenge all students to maximize their individual potential. Set in  creative and interactive learning environments, the curriculum begins with a dual track for 3-year-old through third grade:

  • Pre-primary:  3 & 4-year-olds and Kindergarten
  • Montessori Preschool:  3, 4, and 5- year-olds
  • Primary Grades:  1, 2, and 3
  • Junior Level Montessori:  6 to 9-year-olds

Merging and blending into:

  • Grades:  4 – 6
  • Grades:  7 – 8

Academic recognitions include:  Johns Hopkins Scholars, PA Mathematics League, Scripts National Spelling Bee, and a Terra Nova Aggregate School in the top 10% nationally.

Student Life

We offer a full array of co-curricular activities that enrich the academic program. Students explore their gifts and talents via multiple programs which cultivate teamwork and cooperation through:

  • Art, Music, and Theater
  • Student Leadership such as Student Council and Campus Ministry
  • Academic Clubs and Competitions
  • Wide variety of Sports, both competitive and intramural (members of the Catholic Academy League)
  • Special Interest Activities

Parent Life

The Parents Association sponsors events and activities that enrich the Norwood-Fontbonne Academy community spirit through:

  • Family Liturgies
  • Social Events
  • Family Outings
  • Outreach Opportunities
  • Parent Enrichment/Education Opportunities
  • Family Sporting Events
  • Fundraising Activities