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History & Mission

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 disorder, ADD/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 Woodlynde's previous head of school, Dr. Christopher Fulco, was selected by the Board, faculty, and staff. With the support of past 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. He also led the school's first major gift campaign in over 20 years in support of Woodlynde's newly enhanced campus.

Our Mission:

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.

Woodlynde School

445 Upper Gulph Road, Strafford, PA 19087-5498
Tel: 610.687.9660 
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 Kindergarten, elementary, middle 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 Disorder, Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), 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.