About

Woodlynde at a Glance

Woodlynde is one of the nation’s leading independent college prep schools serving students with learning differences.

Fast Facts

List of 12 items.

  • Identity

    a coeducational, nonsectarian, independent day school
  • History

    founded in 1976, with more than four decades of proven success
  • Students

    255 students in grades K-12
  • Curriculum

    a challenging, well-rounded college prep program integrated with extensive strategic support to address learning differences
  • Class Size

    Lower School—14 or fewer children with two master teachers
    Middle School—averaging 10 students
    Upper School—typically 8-12 students
  • Student-Faculty Ratio

    4:1
  • Student Life

    many clubs, activities, social events, and trips at all grade levels
  • Athletics

    17 Middle and Upper School sports for athletes at all levels of ability
  • College Guidance

    individualized counseling starting in grade 9; 100% average college acceptance rate
  • Campus

    being transformed with construction of a new Student Commons, added classrooms and learning centers, open plan gathering spaces, and outdoor learning opportunities
  • Location

    Strafford, PA, in the Main Line suburbs of Philadelphia, less a mile from Lancaster Ave. and SEPTA’s Strafford Regional Rail station (Paoli/Thorndale Line) and near the Schuylkill Expressway, Rt. 202, and the PA Turnpike 
  • Region Served

    73 towns across Greater Philadelphia, including southern New Jersey and Delaware

Special Programs

List of 7 items.

  • Responsive Classroom

    is a teaching methodology for creating joyful classrooms and guiding children’s social and emotional growth.
  • Metacognition

    Learning how one learns is a very empowering thing for students at Woodlynde School. It puts students' strengths and challenges into the appropriate context, and it clarifies that they are indeed intelligent, talented individuals who simply learn in their own unique way. The individual strategies they need to apply to turn their differences into positive learning outcomes are also a part of Metacognition, with each class led by one of Woodlynde's expert learning specialists.
  • L.E.A.D. Program (Leadership, Experiences, Adventure, and Discovery)

    provides outstanding opportunities for students to explore extracurricular interests, find success, and experience personal growth. 
  • CARES Program

    is a before- and after-school supervised time for fun activities and socialization for grades K-6.
  • HAP Program

    is an after-school homework assistance program guided by a learning specialist for grades 6-12.
  • The College Assistance Program

    provides recent graduates with a Woodlynde faculty mentor to offer continued guidance.
  • The Capstone Program

    is a post-graduate year, allowing students to earn up to 12 college credits at Rosemont College while continuing to receive support from Woodlynde faculty.

Woodlynde School serves students in Grades K-12 with:

  • Average to above average intelligence (IQ)
  • Language- or math-based learning differences
  • ADHD
  • Executive function challenges
  • Auditory Processing Disorder
  • A need for a small classroom environment

Students with average to above-average cognitive ability who experience academic difficulties related to Dyslexia, Dysgraphia, Dyscalculia, Auditory Processing Disorder, ADHD, and executive functioning deficits may be well served by Woodlynde School’s mission. Woodlynde School is not able to provide services to students with Autism Spectrum Disorder who need support to navigate the school day, or those with social-emotional or behavioral challenges.


Parent & Professional Programs

Woodlynde School has a positive impact on the whole family and is a valued and committed community leader and resource. The Woodlynde School Literacy Institute presents free speakers, panels, and workshops comprised of regional and national experts in the field of learning differences for Woodlynde families, educational and medical professionals, and those in the greater Philadelphia region. Past speakers and events include Dr. Ned Hallowell, Dr. Tamar Chansky, Dr. Kenneth Ginsburg, Dr. Jennifer Jackson Holden, and dyslexia simulations presented by PBIDA. Woodlynde also has an active Parent Community Association through which parent volunteers plan community-building activities for parents, faculty, and staff.
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.