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The Crefeld School

Private | 7-12 | 99 students


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Posted September 28, 2014

There is a lot of favoritism that goes on in this school. If you are part of the popular crowd, you will be fine. If you are a little unique, you will hate the place. As much as they pitch you with being open minded and inclusive, they are far away from this mindset. The head of school is extremely afraid of offending students from the inner city that are there on a free ride. Those kids know this fact, and will do whatever they want without any recourse. There are so many situations where some of them cause trouble and get off with a warning. The paying students end up on the short end of this situation. If the paying students complain, it is as if they are talking to a wall. George will sometimes dismiss you and tell you that you are the source of the problem instead when you have done nothing. I HATE this place. I have been at Crefeld for 3 years, and I am begging my parents to let me go somewhere else for my last two years. I talked to one of my teachers who left before the summer and she told me that she was sick of the situation too, and that that was why she was leaving.

Posted August 23, 2014

I went to this school this year for 11th grade. Some of the students are really nice, but some were so mean to me that I ended up leaving the school. I had a constant problem of being bullied there by this group of girls. And the head of school "George" is completely incompetent. When I brought the issue of being bullied to him, he completely brushed me off and actually punished me for trying to "cause trouble". He also has flawed decision making skills and relies on the assistant principal to make all the decisions. If you love your child, do not send them to this school that will make your child feel horrible about themselves.

Posted June 27, 2014

This school looks good on paper. Admissions will wow you. However there are many issues with how the administration handles things. The new head of school (George) is confused and should not be running a school. He may have been a decent teacher, but he doesn't have the leadership skills or the ability to handle things properly. His decision making is flawed and biased. In all some of the staff are good, but it is hit or miss. My son graduated from the school, but it wasn't a great experience.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted January 21, 2014

As a student of Crefeld, I can say that their mission is a success. I am finally accepted as more than "that little annoying dumb kid, and my strengths- and weaknesses- are recognized and accommodated.

Posted October 1, 2013

I am the parent of a student who graduated from Crefeld this past June after attending for all six years of their program. The child who entered Crefeld in 7th grade, and the one who graduated 12th are not the same, and I credit Crefeld for that change. They took a child who suffered from anxiety and supported him, encouraged him, taught him and gave him the confidence to pursue his dream of attending Penn State. Crefeld is not for everyone, but of course, no school is. If you have a child that needs support, would benefit from 1:1 attention, a caring staff, and an educational experience that is both academically & community-focused, and is headed to college upon graduation, then Crefeld is definitely worth a look.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 1, 2013

My son graduated in 2012 after four years at Crefeld, 3 under the preceding administration, 1 under the current administration. I am happy to announce that my son is thriving in the college of his choice and is the most well-adjusted teenager I know, a huge surprise to me after his elementary school social struggles. Crefeld's integrative and supportive approach certainly played a huge part in getting him from that place to where he is now. Of course no school is perfect, but Crefeld makes the most of its strengths, from a dedicated staff to its small size (not for everyone, but perfect for those that need it) to its progressive approach to education. The graduation portfolio requirement more than prepared my son for college work. I am sorry that some parents had a poor experience; my son turned out to be a poor fit for some of his earlier schools as well. With some kids who turn out to be "tough nuts to crack," this happens sometimes. But from my experience and that of most fellow parents I have talked with, this is the unfortunate exception and in no way the norm. I could go on about many wonderful specifics, but I'm almost at the end of my character limit!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 1, 2013

My son attended Crefeld for grades 9-12, graduating in 2012. He had attended a school for children with learning differences through grade 8. Crefeld provided him the support he needed, particularly with the advisory program providing frequent updates and a single faculty member paying attention to his progress in all classes and to his social adjustment to high school. Crefeld s academic program, particularly the graduation by exhibition requirement, challenged him academically and prepared him for managing long term projects and taking leadership roles. He was admitted early decision to a private liberal arts college, receiving a substantial scholarship based on academic merit. Crefeld prepared him well for college: He did very well academically in his freshman year at college, and as a sophomore is taking senior-level courses in his intended major.
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Posted May 8, 2013

Parents do not be fooled by the comments that are being written saying how wonderful the school is. They are being done by the administrators of the school. This place is not what they claim to be. It is a sham and your child will suffer because of it. If you love your child do not send them here. I promise you will regret it.
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Posted January 25, 2013

Crefeld is not for everyone, but those searching for a creative, challenging learning environment where differences are accepted, if not celebrated, you owe it to yourself (or your child) to take a look. The school administration, and most of the teachers, are committed to progressive education - it is not your public high school, and for many, that is a very good thing. Some people seem to think that because it's progressive, it's not academically challenging but my experience has been the exact opposite. Although the small size provides some limitations in terms of course offerings, it's still a very encouraging academic environment where students are encouraged to think creatively and independently. A great school doing great things for kids who probably wouldn't flourish the same way in a more traditional environment.
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Posted October 29, 2012

My daughter is new to Crefeld this year as a sophomore. I could not disagree more with the comments regarding the new head of school. My daughter regularly sees him in her classroom and when problems arise he makes personal phone calls to the parents. Everyone with whom we have dealt is extremely committed to the well-being of the students. They definitely take a whole person approach to education, however, for students used to a very rigorous academic life, they may need to advocate for more challenging work.
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Posted October 1, 2012

I was a student at Crefeld from 7-12th grade. I'm now out of college (graduated May, 2012), having graduated with a Bachelors degree. Randomly I fell upon this site, and saw some negative reviews. I smirked as my 6 years at the school were beyond incredible. While this was 5 years ago, I know a great deal of the teachers are still there, and the head of the school was one of the best. I'm very successful now, landed in an excellent job, and credit Crefeld a great deal for all of this. The experience was different than any other public school I'm sure, and boy am I glad that it was. It allowed me to break out of the "norm", learn differently and better than other students out there, and in today's college/job world, being "average" simply doesn't help you any more. Crefeld made me anything but average, and if you bypass this school for your student, you're making one of the biggest mistakes of your life. And if you think this was a review of the school, by the school, don't kid yourself. :) Thank you, Crefeld.

Posted June 1, 2012

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Posted May 19, 2012

This is one of the few schools out there which actually encourages creativity. They even have a glass furnace for glass-blowing!

Posted April 17, 2012

I am a current student at this school. My experience with the school has been great. I have wonderful teachers and the electives a student can take are amazing. I have one teacher who I really connected with and she helps me with my poetry. When I won a contest with one of my poems she came to the award presentation. That's the relationship students have with teachers at Crefeld, they really become part of a wonderful support system. With the exception of two teachers all the teachers whose classes I've taken here are great! They are teachers but they are also people who tell you about their lives and their interests and who are always happy to here about yours. I honestly can't express in this review what a great place Crefeld is. If you come here and met the teachers you will see that the negative reviews are wrong. However please make sure that Crefeld is the right place for you. If it's not the right place for you then don't come, because Crefeld is only wonderful when it is the right school for you.

Posted February 6, 2012

This school has been profoundly disappointing. I was attracted to the school by their wonderful admissions director and by the curriculum. Unfortunately, in many cases, they don't have the resources to deliver. My child absolutely hates it, and after dealing with incompetent and self-righteous teachers and administrators, I can understand why.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted April 13, 2011

We enrolled our son here this year. He is doing very well. He seems to have more self confidence. He loves going to the Crefeld School.
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Posted April 9, 2011

Crefeld works with each child to ensure that they achieve to their true potential.they offer classes that aren't found in other schools like glass blowing and forensic science.they truly nurture the whole child.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted April 7, 2011

What a fantastic place! My son transfered to Crefeld in 11th grade from a large Friends school. He LOVED Crefld and all of the teachers and administrators. I cannot thank them enough for preparing him for college and for restoring his self-confidence after two hard years in his former school!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted March 26, 2011

Horrible place. If you love your child and want them to succeed do not send them here. It is a terrible place run by selfish ignorant people who care more about themselves than the students.
—Submitted by a parent

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Ethnicity This school State average
White 75% 71%
Black 15% 15%
Two or more races 5% 2%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 3%
Hispanic 2% 9%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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8836 Crefeld Street
Philadelphia, PA 19118
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