Campus Project

A Transformed Campus Coming Fall 2020

Through everything that has come our way, we have continued to focus on our mission and the core values of individualized learning and support that influence everything we do. Although we are apart physically, the strength and ingenuity of our community has ensured that our students will continue to benefit from the specialized education we offer here at Woodlynde School through a robust and comprehensive distance learning program that we’ve named Distance Woodlynde.

While being apart has necessitated a few changes to how we interact as a community, namely moving much of our interaction online, we are all looking forward to when we can be together again. The transformed campus will be a welcome sight as our students and colleagues return in the fall. The new spaces are designed to future-proof the school, facilitate learning, and will function as the backdrop to the many student triumphs and successes that are still to come. 

A Transformative Campus for a Transformative Education

Woodlynde’s first phase of a three-phase, multi-year master plan will be an integrated campus, suffused with natural light and expanded spaces, that fully supports our students’ academic and social life and learning; faculty instruction; community engagement; the school’s competitive advantage in an independent-school-rich environment; and its position as a recognized regional and national resource.


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  • Student Commons

    The centerpiece of the Commons is a state-of-the-art, glass enclosed Dining Hall:

    -The Hall is a Flexible and Programmable Space that will seat 168 students for a meal; provide smaller gathering areas for before and after school clubs, student meetings, or learning groups; and expand to accommodate 256 for student performances, lectures, movie nights or socials, PCA activities, and more.

    -An adjacent Multi-Station Servery will provide creative and nutritious meals before, during, and after school.

    -An incorporated Performance Space with a mounted projector, drop down screen, flexible sound and light systems, and motorized shades will be used for expanded student programming and presentations in music, drama, media, debate, and more.

    -A visible Art Gallery will accommodate a prominent, rotating exhibition of student work across divisions and media.

    -New ADA compliant Restrooms will accommodate the increased activities of the Student Commons, Terrace, and Amphitheater.

    -A new two-story Glass Atrium will crown the school’s south end, introducing light and airiness to the Upper School Wing, and a new Elevator will provide ADA compliant access.
  • Student Commons Community Room

    The Student Commons Community Room adjacent to the Dining Hall will accommodate smaller hospitality events; Board, faculty, or parent meetings; or can be used as a flexible student classroom.
  • Student Commons Terrace (Amphitheater, South Lawn, Rain Garden)

    The Student Commons Terrace off the Dining Hall will offer optional outdoor seating for 20-40 and a sweeping view of the Amphitheater below and South Lawn and Rain Garden beyond.
  • New and Improved Classrooms

    -6 new Grades 9-12 Classrooms will create a lower level Humanities floor and an upper level STEM floor. 

    -A new Grades 6-12 Music Studio will be a center for additional vocal, instrumental, and performance programs.

    -A new Grades 6-12 Innovation Studio will be a center for new and mixed media and emerging technologies.
  • New and Improved Learning Centers & Faculty Spaces

    -4 new Flex Offices for faculty members, counselors, and learning specialists will support quiet work or collaboration with colleagues.

    -3 new Learning Centers will enable more 1-1 student support and small group instruction.

    -A new Faculty Lounge will create an engaging space for faculty collaboration and relaxation.
  • New Outdoor Learning Spaces

    -A new grass and stone Amphitheater below the Commons Terrace will seat 80-160 for outdoor classrooms, performances, and student use.

    -A new Playground next to the Upper Field will be an expansive outdoor recreational area for students before, during, and after school.

    -A new Reading Garden will be an engaging outdoor extension of the Library to further encourage a love of reading.
  • Improved Traffic Flow & Parking

    -Curb Cuts will provide a gentle entry and exit onto Campus Drive, and new Landscaped On-Site Parking will accommodate 70 additional parking spots.

    -A New Car Line Queue will increase the number of cars on Campus Drive during the busy afternoon pick up by 35 additional cars.

    -A new Service Drive will move all delivery activities off of Campus Drive and away from student campus activities.
Woodlynde School transforms lives and this campus project will completely transform the Woodlynde educational experience. It will further our students’ academic, social, and emotional success. It will enable us to recruit and retain the finest faculty possible. It will create a 21st century environment that supports and reflects the caliber of a Woodlynde education. 

Information on our Groundbreaking

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  • Groundbreaking Ceremony Kicks Off Multi-Million Dollar Campus Construction Project for Woodlynde School

    STRAFFORD, Pa. – On May 22, 2019, Woodlynde School held the Groundbreaking Ceremony for its $10.8M campus enhancement project, the school’s most significant building and grounds project in the last 30 years.
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Since the school's founding in 1976, over 1,000 intelligent, talented students who simply learn differently have graduated from Woodlynde School. These same alumni have then graduated from over 150 nationally-recognized colleges and universities, with many going on to pursue advanced degrees.
Theirs are stories of challenge and success; of opportunities met and obstacles mastered; of degrees achieved, careers launched, and dreams made a reality. What would these stories have been without Woodlynde School?

Before & After Photos

Live Feed of the Construction


The Campaign for Woodlynde

$7,000,000 Goal
by September 2020

$5,912,738.52 Raised
as of June 2020 

Lead Project Companies

Project Management Firm

Becker & Frondorf
Based in Philadelphia, Becker & Frondorf has completed project management in 20 states and provided cost estimates for clients throughout the world.

Architectural Firm

Founded in 1965, BCJ is noted for elegant and humane design, ranging from modest houses to large academic and corporate buildings. BCJ has received regional, national, and international design awards, including the AIA Architecture Firm Award.

Construction Firm

W.S. Cumby
W.S. Cumby provides a full spectrum of professional construction services including construction management, design/build, and general contracting. They proudly serve the Greater Philadelphia and Tri-State areas.

The $450,000 Francesco Charitable Trust Challenge

Woodlynde School has raised a record $5.8 million in lead and major gifts from its Board of Trustees and other significant donors through The Campaign for Woodlynde, the school’s first capital campaign in 30 years. Due to the generous philanthropic response to date from so many members of the Woodlynde School community, the Board of Trustees decided in May 2019 to expand The Campaign for Woodlynde goal from $6 million to $7 million, leaving $1.2 million left to raise.

If Woodlynde School can raise $300,000 in new campaign commitments before July 31, 2020, The Francesco Charitable Trust Challenge will contribute $150,000, for a total of $450,000 for the campaign!
Interested in learning more about the Francesco Challenge or The Campaign for Woodlynde as a whole?

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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.