The Crefeld School provides a challenging, individualized educational program and environment for bright, sensitive, and creative students in grades 7-12. A school of Progressive Education, Crefeld develops critically engaged citizens through a learner-friendly curriculum in a community of individuals.
Founded in 1970, The Crefeld School’s mission is to pioneer a progressive learning community for secondary school students. Crefeld’s primary strategies for student success are personal attention, flexible and creative approaches to problem-solving, focus on demonstration of essential skills and knowledge, and respect for both individual and community values. Crefeld is located in the Chestnut Hill neighborhood of Philadelphia. The school is housed in two buildings, utilizing the historic Highfields mansion, originally built for the Rex family. They are located on a beautiful campus that borders the Wissahickon portion of the Fairmount Park system, which is often used as a resource in science, physical education, and other classes.
As a progressive school, we promote the actively engaged citizenry of our student body. We do this with an enriched, independent curriculum with opportunities for experiential learning, collaborative learning, interdisciplinary learning, research, inquiry, and writing.
Crefeld is guided by the principles of the Coalition of Essential Schools and research on multiple intelligences and learning styles. Crefeld seeks students who are able and interested in participating fully in Crefeld’s educational community with the purpose of preparing them for higher education, citizenship in a democracy, and a happy and healthy life.