’tis the season… mammoth school open house list

If you are considering your school options, we’ve compiled a large list of open houses happening this fall at schools frequently used by parents in the NW.  If you know of others we could add, please comment below, and we’ll be sure to add them.  So these are the dates, but who should go?  When should you go?  What should you look for?  And why go at all?


Who should go?  If you are considering any of these public, charter, or private options for your child, you should go!  (And many area public schools allow parents to tour if they call to make an appointment… I highly recommend that as well).  


Why go?  Open houses offer a snapshot glimpse of what these schools have to offer.  They can give you a real-world sense of the “goodness of fit” between your child and this school.  It is only a snapshot, and the schools are definitely in their “Sunday best” mode, but it still offers you a piece of the informational puzzle.  Once you’ve narrowed down the field to 2-3 schools, go back and spend time observing on a typical day, soak in the atmosphere, try it on, and see how it feels.


When should you go?  As early as possible.  If you are considering applying to these schools for the 2012-2013 school year, most of them have admissions deadlines in December and January.  For most, that means you have to have any testing requirements (for older grades), a parent admissions interview, a half or full day, or mutliple-day visit from your child, and all paperwork submitted in less than 2-3 months.  Visit now!  If you are looking ahead for subsequent years, visiting now is a very smart way to narrow down the field so that your fall admissions process goes smoothly.


What should you look for?  Look for a school that has the right feel for your child and for your hopes for their education… remembering that sometimes those two things look very different!  Finding the best fit for your child is the ultimate goal.  Sometimes our vision of the “best” school is not the best school for our children.  Think about who your child is and where he/she will be comfortable, cared for, engaged, challenged, and happy.  Now on to the list!


Abington Friends School 
10/15 9:30-11:30am

Chestnut Hill Academy and Springside Academy 
Sunday November 6, 2pm


Crefeld School
November 4, 2011
December 2, 2011
Time: 8:45 am to 10:15 am
Friends Central
Wednesday, October 15th Lower School 9:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Tuesday, October 21st Middle and Upper School 8:45 AM – 11:00 AM
Thursday, November 6th
Lower School Visitors’ Morning
9:00 AM – 11:30 AM


Friends Select
October 22: All grades Pre-K to 12 (note: 1-3 p.m.)
November 11: begins at 8:45AM
December 6: begins at 8:45AM


Germantown Academy 
October 20, 2011 from 8:30AM TO 10:30AM


Green Woods Charter 
(not yet scheduled)
Greene Street Friends 
Thursday, November 3, 2011, 8:45 to 10:30 am
Thursday, December 1, 2011, 8:45 to 10:30 am
Germantown Friends School
Friday, November 11, 2011 – 8:15 a.m.-11:00 a.m.
Registration: 8:15 a.m

John S. Jenks Elementary School
November 2nd, 2010, 5:30-7:30PM

Immaculate Heart of Mary
Sunday October 23, 10-1pm

Sunday, October 23rd, 2011 2-4p.m.
Thursday, November 17th, 2011, 9-11am
Thursday, December 8th, 2011, 9-11am

Norwood Fontbonne Academy
Tuesday, October 18, 2011     9:00 to 11:00 AM
Tuesday, November 15, 2011  9:00 to 11:00 AM
Tuesday, December 20, 2011   9:00 to 11:00 AM

Our Mother of Consolation
Tuesday November 15 10am
Friday December 16 10am


Plymouth Meeting Friends School
Saturday November 5 2pm (open house)
Thrusday Nov 15, 9:30am Talk & Tours Global Perspectives & Spanish Language
Tuesday Dec. 6, 9:30am Talk & Tours Kids as Problem Solvers & Leaders

Project Learn
Saturday, November 12th 10:30-12:30

Regina Coeli Academy
Monday October 11


Waldorf  School of Philadelphia
Observation Mornings- begin at 8:30am
Thursday, October 13th
Thursday, October 27th
Thursday, November 10th
Thursday, December 8th


William Penn Charter 
Saturday, Oct. 15, 2pm
Tuesday, Nov. 15, 8:30am

Wissahickon Charter School
November 19 – 6:30pm -7:30pm (Kindergarten open house)
Saturday, November 19th 10:00am-11:00am
Friday, January 20th 9:00-10:00am

6 thoughts on “’tis the season… mammoth school open house list

  • Anonymous

    The date for Wissahickon Charter – and the link – I’m pretty sure are wrong.

    Open house is THIS wednesday October 19th. The link is to an old version of their website, the new one is here:


  • Jen

    Thanks so much! I used the link from one of our old posts and did not notice the year was wrong. I’ll edit it above.

  • Anonymous

    Thank you for putting this together. We are all set but had a giant excel sheet for this purpose last year. I will direct parents to this because I have shared my sheet with many a random parent but it is out of date. I would add 2 more catholic schools that are well respected. ST Genevieve’s in Flourtown and ST Philip’s in Lafayette Hill.

  • Anonymous

    I would like to also add Immaculate Heart of Mary. Their Open House is on Sunday, October 23, 10:30am to 1:00pm.

  • Jen

    I added IHM, but couldn’t find open house dates for St. Genevieve’s or St. Phillips… please post if you know them, and I’ll add them to the list.

  • Sarah SD

    In addition to the dates above, Plymouth Meeting Friends School is also having an open house on Saturday, Nov. 5. Thanks!


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