About

The Woodlynde Difference

Woodlynde School welcomes and serves students who learn differently and empowers them to become strategic thinkers and self-advocates in a challenging and supportive college preparatory environment.

Our students enjoy the following benefits of a Woodlynde education:

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  • Expert and caring

    teachers, learning specialists, and school counselors who collaborate across disciplines and divisions to shape each student's educational path.
  • Nurturing

    small classroom environments that enable teachers to deeply understand each student's learning needs, support student achievement, and foster peer-to-peer friendships that will last a lifetime.
  • Comprehensive

    education programs of multi-sensory, evidence-based teaching methods; differentiated instruction; metacognition strategies; and innovative assistive technology.
  • A Challenging

    college prep curriculum, senior college courses, and a dedicated College Guidance Program.
  • A Focus on student personal growth

    that encourages participation in the Arts and Athletics, leadership and volunteer programs, and our active L.E.A.D. Student Life Program.
  • Student- and parent-centric support

    through our renowned Literacy Institute, with its expertise in the Wilson Reading System® as well as its comprehensive array of workshops, lectures, and national and regional speakers that provide information and guidance to families of students who learn differently. Woodlynde is one of a select group of private schools in the country that are Wilson® Accredited Partners.

Welcome from Interim Head of School

Welcome to Woodlynde School, where students who learn differently have excelled academically, athletically, and artistically for 42 years. If your child learns differently, you have come to the best place to obtain invaluable information about how to ensure that he or she achieves success in the classroom, at college, and in life.

Located in Chester County, Woodlynde School is the leading co-ed college prep school in the Philadelphia region for students in grades K-12 who learn differently. While many of our students may have a diagnosed "learning disability," at Woodlynde, we don't see them as disabled. Quite the contrary. Our intelligent, talented students are as "able" as other students to excel in the classroom. They simply need the opportunity and guidance to develop a clear understanding of their learning differences, acquire the learning strategies they can use to be successful, and evolve into confident young adults and self-advocates who are ready to embrace the lives they were meant to lead.

The typical Woodlynde student has language- or math-based learning differences (such as dyslexia, dysgraphia, or dyscalculia), executive function challenges, ADHD, auditory processing disorder, or they may simply need a small classroom environment in order to be successful. Typically, 100% of Woodlynde graduates attend the college of their choice. Woodlynde alumni have graduated from over 140 national and international colleges and universities and are enjoying success in a variety of careers including education, law, business, media, and technology.

Whether your student is just beginning their formal schooling or currently attending an elementary, middle, or high school, Woodlynde is prepared to meet their learning needs. Our hard-working, intellectually curious students and their dedicated, gifted teachers are prepared to welcome them into our nuturing community.

Learn more about our innovative programs and our need-based financial aid program by browsing this website, attending one of our 
Open Houses, or by scheduling a private visit with our Admissions Office. When you visit our Main Line campus, you will see our mission of creating a learning environment marked by both challenge and support in action. You will also see our students completely immersed in their own learning and teachers who know them well and genuinely care about them as students and as people. You will see students who are preparing to be ready for college and ready for life. 

Thank you for your interest in Woodlynde School, and we hope to see you on campus in the near future.

George N. King, Jr. 
Interim Head of School

Woodlynde's History

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  • History

    Woodlynde School is an independent co-educational college prep school located in suburban Philadelphia for intelligent, talented students with learning differences. Many of our students have been diagnosed with language- or math-based learning differences (such as dyslexia, dysgraphia, or dyscalculia), executive function challenges, ADHD, or auditory processing disorder, while others simply need a small classroom environment in which to be successful. 

    Founded in 1976 by a small group of parents led by Gordon A. Hughes, Janet and Robert M. Hewes, III, and first Board Chair Arthur M. Tofani, Jr., Woodlynde opened its doors on a former Episcopal diocesan estate called "Denbigh" in Gulph Mills. Starting with an enrollment of approximately 40 students, Woodlynde's student body grew each year under the first head of school, Jack Hughes.

    Appointed head of school in 1981, John M. "Hench" Murray implemented programs that established Woodlynde as a school that offers differentiated instruction to accommodate a wide variety of learning styles. Woodlynde flourished, and upon purchasing the former Strafford Elementary School in 1984, moved to its present campus. In 1990 then-Board Chair David P. Montgomery launched the "New Generation" campaign in support of a new Lower School wing, an additional cafeteria, and a photography dark room.

    Woodlynde continued to flourish under the leadership of Head of School Jack Rogers, with the support of Board Chairs Kay Thomas and Michael Stiles. New outreach programs were established and community service became a cornerstone of the Woodlynde educational experience.

    Upon Jack Rogers' retirement in 2004, Hench Murray returned as head of school until 2009 when Dr. Christopher Fulco became head of school. With the support of then-Board Chair Jane Mullany and current Board Chair Maryann O'Conor, Dr. Fulco led a dramatic expansion of Woodlynde's academic, learning support, college guidance, and student life programs. 

    In 2018, while the Board of Trustees conducted a nation-wide search for a permanent head of school, George N. King, Jr. was selected as Woodynde’s interim head. During his tenure, a broad range of initiatives--including a new marketing campaign, website and viewbook redesign, and increased Alumni Society activities--have been undertaken. On January 11, 2019, the Board of Trustees announced the selection of Amy L. Clemons as Woodlynde’s next head of school starting in the 2019-2020 school year.
     

Mission Statement

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  • Mission Statement

    Woodlynde School welcomes and serves students who learn differently and empowers them to become strategic thinkers and self-advocates in a challenging and supportive college preparatory environment.

Diversity Statement

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  • Diversity Statement

    Woodlynde School is committed to fostering, cultivating, and preserving a culture of diversity and inclusion in order that its students, faculty, and staff achieve their full potential. We believe that everyone's unique life experience and background adds valuable perspective to our community and that our community is stronger because of the differences represented by our students, faculty, and families. We embrace community members of all ages, races, ethnicities, religions, gender identities and expressions, physical and learning abilities, languages, national origins, political affiliations, sexual orientations, and socio-economic statuses. Woodlynde is a safe space with a zero-tolerance policy toward identity-based harassment of any kind. In addition to adopting non-discrimination best practices, Woodlynde School seeks to proactively include community members of all backgrounds through curriculum, staff development, hiring practices, admissions, and event programming.

Testimonials

Accredited by the Pennsylvania Association of Independent Schools (PAIS), which is a member in good standing of the National Association of Independent Schools' Commission on Accreditation (NAIS), and the International Dyslexia Association (IDA). Woodlynde is an active member of the Association of Delaware Valley Independent Schools (ADVIS).
Woodlynde School is a private, co-ed college prep day school located in suburban Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, that serves intelligent, talented students with learning differences in grades K - 12. Woodlynde provides a comprehensive, evidence-based Kindergartenelementarymiddle and high school program in a challenging yet nurturing environment for students with average to above average cognitive abilities (IQ) who have language- or math-based learning differences (such as Dyslexia, Dysgraphia or Dyscalculia), Executive Function Challenges, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), or Auditory Processing Disorder. Even for those students without a diagnosed learning disability (LD), Woodlynde offers expert and caring teachers in small classroom settings that support academic success. Woodlynde School also offers a post-graduate (PG) program in partnership with Rosemont College as well as a regional Summer Camp for students who learn differently.