Special education schools in Pennsylvania: Private schools in Chester County for kids with disabilities, Waldorf kindergarten, special needs elementary, high, middle school, residential programs for children, teens with intellectual, developmental disabilities
Camphill Special School: Camphill Special School is a non-profit private Waldorf school located in Glenmoore, Chester County, PA. We offer residential and day academic and prevocational programs, as well as therapeutic care, for children and youth with intellectual and developmental disabilities in kindergarten through grade twelve. We also offer a Transition Program for young people aged eighteen to twenty-one which prepares them for adult life.
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Our students have disabilities that may include, but are not restricted to, mental retardation (MR), Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Pervasive Developmental Disorders (PDD), Down Syndrome, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS), Fragile X Syndrome, Williams Syndrome, and other syndromes associated with intellectual disability.
Camphill Special School is part of the worldwide Camphill Movement and the only Camphill community in North America for children, as well as the only Waldorf school in the country for children with developmental and intellectual disabilities. We are accedited by the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America (AWSNA).
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We offer K-12 education for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities:
- Elementary School
- Middle School
- High School
- Transition Program for young adults (18 - 21)
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Lehigh Christian Academy, located in Allentown, Lehigh County (60 miles north of Philadelphia), Pennsylvania, is an accredited preschool, elementary school and middle school offering grades Prekindergarten - 8. Founded in 1973, Lehigh Christian Academy is the oldest evangelical Christian school in the Lehigh Valley. It was established in order to provide a thorough, complete, and consistently Christian education for the area’s Christian families. Lehigh Christian Academy's administration, faculty and staff partner with the home to meet the intellectual, physical, emotional, social, and spiritual needs of each student.
Portside Arts Center is a private arts school in North Philadelphia PA. We provide a comprehensive range of courses for toddlers, kids, teens, and adults in a wide variety of arts-related subjects. From 1-day workshops to 8-week courses, our classes are taught by local teaching artists and certified arts instructors. Topics and genres include drawing, painting, acting, stitching, yoga, dancing, and more.
Our mission is to empower the children and adults of our community with opportunities to develop their artistic abilities, awaken the imagination, and build self-esteem and confidence. We also provide Summer Camp programs.
Westtown School, located in Chester County (22 miles west of Philadelphia), southeastern Pennsylvania, is a private, co-educational, Quaker school for grades pre-K through 12. Westtown School offers an essential education where young children continually find wonder in learning, middle schoolers turn their volatile energy into academic and personal momentum, and high school students move forward into advanced academic exploration, self-knowledge, and independent purpose. Westtown School was founded in 1799 and for over 200 years has offered young people a rigorous college preparatory education along with the Friends’ values of Simplicity, Peace, Integrity, Community & Equality.
With three campuses in the North Hills area of Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, western PA, Eden Christian Academy is the largest non-denominational school in the greater Pittsburgh area. Established in 1983 we offer programs from preschool through twelfth grade. Eden is an independent Christian school founded as an alternative for parents who desire to send their children to a school that teaches Christian values and has strong academic expectations. This Christ-centered learning environment has made an impact in the lives of many students throughout the Pittsburgh area.
Eden's proven college preparatory curriculum with advanced placement courses, PSAT, SAT and ACT college prep has resulted in high academic achievement earning the Academy the distinction of being dually accredited by the Association of Christian Schools International and Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.
We also offer in-house tutoring and student mentoring as well as special education, discovery and learning enrichment programs, speech and language therapy in conjunction with the NILD and Allegheny Intermediate Unit.
Educational Programs from Preschool through 12th Grade:
- College Preparatory Curriculum with math, English, science, social studies, foreign languages
- Early Childhood Education
- Elementary School
- Middle/Intermediate School
- Upper School
- Advanced Placement Courses
- College Preparation Courses PSAT, SAT and ACT
- In-house Tutoring
- Student Mentoring
- Special Education
- Discovery Program
- Speech and Language Therapy
- Learning Enrichment
Philadelphia Montgomery Christian Academy, Erdenheim
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Philadelphia Montgomery Christian Academy in Erdenheim, in the Springfield Township just north of Philadelphia in Montgomery County, is one of the premier independent Christian co-educational day-schools in the state of Pennsylvania. We teach Pre-K through 12th Grade programs, and have been fulfilling our mission of providing students with an excellent education from a Christian world-and-life view since 1943. We uphold the Bible as the living core of the Academy’s program by ensuring that every subject in our curriculum is taught from a distinctly Christian perspective.
This dedication to excellence is supported by a faculty of committed Christians, 47% of whom hold advanced degrees, and whose average tenure with Phil-Mont is 13 years. Our small class sizes and 9:1 student-teacher ratio ensure that each student gets the attention he or she requires in order to excel academically. The results speak for themselves: 98% of our graduates go on to 4-year colleges, with 75 percent receiving at least 1 award or scholarship, and 50% graduating as members of the National Honor Society. As well as our domestic school offer, we have an International Program that welcomes overseas students.
The City School serves K-12 students throughout Philadelphia, with separate campuses for Elementary, Middle, and High School students across the city. Our rigorous college-preparatory program prepares students for success in their lifelong pursuit of learning. We instill a genuine love of learning in our students.
The City School provides an academically excellent Christian education. By training the minds and discipling the hearts of our students, we prepare them for excellence in their life-long pursuit of learning. Our dedicated staff teach and model the Christian worldview as the context for life.