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Woodlynde School

Private | K-12 & ungraded | 265 students

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Situated in a suburban neighborhood. The median home value is $425,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,410.

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Posted June 10, 2014

My son started in Woodlynde when he was 6 years old. He couldn't read, had been diagnosed with 1) Dysgraphia 2) Dysnomia 3) Dyspraxia 4) Dyslexia 5) Language Learning Disability 6) Nonverbal Learning Disability 7) Working memory disorder 8) Auditory Processing Disorder to name just a few of his learning differences. In his senior year of high school his required internship was with Wharton and MIT graduates in NYC which he achieved on his own. He also took physics, calculus and java programming. Incredibly, he worked in New York City, to our amazement! His executive functioning skills are better than mine. My older two sons--who graduated from Columbia University and Wharton (both ivy league colleges and they went there undergrad) never took physics nor programming. . When I look back at where he was--it was the education, culture, amazing teachers that gave our son the skills, executive functioning, strategies, and foundation that will give my son the ability to achieve his dream to be a software engineer. He graduates in three days and will go to college! Woodlynde is simply the most amazing school in the world! THEY ARE FABULOUS FOR ANY CHILD WITH LEARNING DIFFERENCES!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 5, 2014

I loved going to school here. If I had not ended up attending The Woodlynde School, I would not be the professional I am today. I am grateful for the wonderful teachers I had who gave me the support to explore my interests, the confidence to endure life's challenges, and the great example they set for us each and every day.


Posted May 5, 2014

As I wrap up my first year of college, I can not even begin to express my gratitude and appreciation for Woodlynde. I would not be where I am today without the amazing teachers and administration. I came to this school being shy and lacking self confidence. Today, I am proud of who I am and where I came from. I could write books on what Woodlynde has taught me, but the most important thing is that it gave me self confidence and taught me to believe in myself. Not only did the school support me and helped me grow throughout my 5 years there, but I continue to get support and love in college though emails, phone calls and letters from the school. Thank you Woodlynde!


Posted April 14, 2014

We have learned first hand that The Woodlynde School is not the institution it proclaims to be.Our daughter started in first grade and we had a positive experience.Second grade was an epic failure in a multitude of ways and we withdrew her in March. 1-There is a complete lack of communication unless parents proactively reach out. The first time our daughter s Wilson and math teacher reached out to us was mid January. This was only after we proactively reached out to her.2. Failure to keep our child safe.The teachers and administration also failed to keep her safe while in school from another student. This resulted in us having to withdraw her from the school midyear and uprooting her from all of her friends. 3.During our admission interview, we asked if there were many children in the school with behavioral issues and were told no. In our experience, the average student has multiple emotional and behavioral issues not a primary diagnosis of a learning disability.In our opinion, the financial health of the institution is the primary focus of the current administration, not the well-being and academic advancement of the child.We regret ever having enrolled our child at this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 3, 2014

We placed our son in the Kindergarten Class last year and kept him here for 1st grade. He did not know how to read in Kindergarten, and he's now reading at a 4th grade instructional level!!! We like the way they teach math too. We have a boy who "loves" school now! The teachers go above and beyond in everything they do. We considered moving him to another school, but decided not to, as he's been super successful here. We can't imagine a better education. Also, the teachers have many special certifications beyond advanced degrees.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 29, 2013

I attended Woodlynde from 2nd Grade-12th grade & received an incredible education. I entered this school as a shy Lower School student who struggled with reading and immediately made tremendous growth and progress, as the result of the support of my teachers. The small class sizes & research driven instruction enabled me to come out of my shell, become a confident learner, and achieve my academic goals. Throughout my years at Woodlynde, my classmates & I benefited from hands-on, creative instruction-this included learning multiplication facts by engaging in song and dance, creating an animal cell model in Biology with a cake, & acting out scenes from Shakespeare in English. In high school, there were many opportunities to take classes on the Honors or AP level and I constantly felt challenged, yet supported in my academic endeavors. There were also many opportunities to become involved in extracurricular activities, such as field-hockey, tennis, & the school play. I still remain close friends with many of the students in my grade and credit Woodlynde for preparing me for college. I recently graduated from college and got accepted into a Master s program at Columbia University.


Posted June 11, 2013

The Woodlynde School has made enjoyable for my niece. Reading is not a chore but an activity she enjoys doing independently. No more slaving over homework. Thank you Woodlynde for the "community" support and concern that she feels from the time she arrives each day until she returns home.


Posted June 6, 2013

Thank you Woodlynde School !!! This was my daughters 1st year in high school. She absolutely LOVED it. I didnt have to remind her about doing homework or projects. She got A's every report period and had perfect attendance. The instructors were supportive and really related to my daughter and her peers. Once again THANK YOU
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 23, 2013

My son is graduating from Woodlynde as a National Honor Society student and going to Franklin and Marshall this Fall. The best educational decision my husband and I ever made was choosing Woodlyne. Nine years later and we still love it!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 23, 2013

was a great choice for our son, he started there in 5th grade and immediately blossomed into a happy student. He was challenged along the way and was able to take classes at a college campus in his senior year. He just finished his freshman year at Emerson, he transitioned to college very well and had a great year finishing with a 3.33 GPA. Our investment in his education at Woodlynde has paid off ten fold.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 23, 2013

As a parent of a bright child with learning differences, I cannot imagine a better learning environment than that provided by the Woodlynde School. The small student-teacher-ratio (6:1), open access to a variety of supplemental learning resources, supportive atmosphere, and dedicated teachers helps students achieve their optimal academic performance. As far as college preparation is concerned, our son was accepted into all universities to which he applied, with most of them offering scholarships. Likewise, virtually all students in my son's graduating class were accepted into their top-choice colleges. Woodlynde is a relatively small school, which has advantages and disadvantages related to athletics and clubs. The disadvantage is that there is not the same range of sports and extracurricular activities that might be available at much larger schools. On the other hand, if a student wishes to participate in these activities there is always a place for them. I would urge any parent of a child with learning differences who is struggling academically in traditional schools to visit Woodlynde. I know you will be impressed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 23, 2013

Woodlynde is an excellent choice for children who learn differently. I am a parent who has a daughter that has attended Woodlynde for over 10 years. She has benefited immensely from the small class sizes, individualized learning strategies and dedicated and caring faculty which define Woodlynde. She has become a self empowered learner with high self confidence. What Woodlynde is NOT is a school for children with behavioral problems as they are not accepted or are asked to leave. We could not recommend Woodlynde more highly based on our experience and are fortunate to have this option on the Main Line.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 23, 2013

Woodlynde School transformed my sons life for the better. He is in sixth grade now and he is confident, energetic and engaged. A traditional school with large class sizes was challenging for our son due to the additional time he needs to process information. The incredible student/teacher ratio allows him to LEARN. I've found the faculty to be tireless in their efforts to use every means necessary to build successful and resilient youngsters. The children are wonderful and they are empowered to create new and exciting programs. Because many of the older students struggled in the earlier grades, they are a tremendous resource for the younger ones. They take this mentoring very seriously.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 21, 2013

Awful place don't waste your money stay far away! Filled with kids with emotional problems. Complete waste of time our child did not improve at all instead got worse and they are raising their outrageous tuition!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 12, 2012

We are huge fans of Woodlynde! The school has spirit! The teacher's go above and beyond to help "each" and "every" child reach their fullest potential. The kids are 100% College Bound, College Ready! The faculty is well educated with advanced degrees, special certifications, and the student to teacher ratio is one of the best in the area. My child loves going to school each day, and when we drop him off we know that he's going to have a "great" day!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 9, 2009

My daughter started the school in 7th grade - we are in our second year and I have seen a 360 degree change in her. We came from an 'excellent' public school district and were extremely disappointed in her 6th grade experience there. If anyone has ever experienced what it's like for a child to have an IEP (individualized Education Program) in the public school system you understand what it's like. My daughter is finally living her life to it's fullest. She is completely organized and needs no help with homework (never was before), she is involved in the theatre and afterschool sports and activities (never was before) and has made some of the best friends she's ever had. I highly recommend this school to any parent who's child learns differently. Our lives have completely changed over the course of a year thanks to the Woodlynde School.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 8, 2009

Our daughter has been at Woodlynde since first grade and I can't imagine her finding the success that she has seen in any other school. The class sizes are small, the instruction methods are cutting edge, the teachers are incredibly dedicated, and the administration is incredibly receptive to problems that arise. For the college bound student who needs a supportive environment there is no equal on the Main Line!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 15, 2009

I have a child that spent two years in the lower school and that was awesome. Penny Moldofsky is the best and makes the program great. Now that we are in the middle school, the teachers are attentive, and educating my child on the same level as public school but without the requirement for extraneous learning requirements or the need to self teach. The bottomline is that this is the place for any child that learns differently. They provide social integration as well as self advocacy and other tools that are far too important today. In addition, rather than division being taught in two days, it's taught over two weeks to ensure success when the need to use it comes up later. Reading and writing strategies are intensive. This is a successful school for the right kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 8, 2009

Woodlynde is an excellent school, conveniently located on the Main Line, that provides support for students from grade 1-12. I have been a parent there for 10 years, and my child has experienced enormous success. The teachers are highly trained and committed to the students' success, the class sizes are small (>15), and the administration is strong and engaged in the daily student life. I highly recommend the Woodlynde school to anyone whose child would be overwhelmed in a large school or that needs learning support to achieve success in college and beyond.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 8, 2008

The High school level programs did not prepare me for college level writing and testing
—Submitted by a student


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College readiness and student pathways

Percentage of students going to 4-year college 100% (2012)
Colleges most students attend after graduation Emerson College
Sarah Lawrence College
Franklin & Marshall College
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Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
College counselor(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Nurse(s)
Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
Reading specialist(s)
Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School social worker/counselors(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff None
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Special education / special needs

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Special education
Level of special education programming offered
  • Intensive - the school offers a full program for many needs and/or offers at least one very comprehensive program for very challenging needs such as autism or complete visual impairment
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Specific learning disabilities
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Science lab
Clubs
  • Science club

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Sculpture
  • Textile design
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Poetry
Clubs
  • Anime club
  • Art club
  • Dance club
  • Sewing/knitting club
  • Student newspaper
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • American sign language
  • French
  • Latin
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
Clubs
  • Cooking club
  • Yoga club

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Advanced placement courses
  • Honors track
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • Cabrini College Partnership
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • Community college courses
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
Clubs
  • National Honor Society
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:00 am
School end time
  • 2:55 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
School Leader's name
  • Dr. Christopher Fulco
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Phone
Gender
  • Coed
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Nonsectarian
Associations
  • NAIS
Fax number
  • (610) 687-4752

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Advanced placement courses
  • College prep
  • Honors track
  • Internships
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Special education
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

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  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Intensive - the school offers a full program for many needs and/or offers at least one very comprehensive program for very challenging needs such as autism or complete visual impairment
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Specific learning disabilities
Foreign languages taught
  • American sign language
  • French
  • Latin
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • None

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • College counselor(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
  • Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • None
Extra learning resources offered
  • Career/college counseling
  • Counseling
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Tutoring
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • Cabrini College Partnership
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • Community college courses
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
Transportation options
  • School shares bus/van with other schools
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Cafeteria
  • College/career center
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Playground
  • Science lab
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Sculpture
  • Textile design
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • None

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Anime club
  • Art club
  • Chess club
  • Community service
  • Cooking club
  • Dance club
  • Homework help/study buddy club
  • National Honor Society
  • Science club
  • Sewing/knitting club
  • Student council/government
  • Student newspaper
  • Yearbook
  • Yoga club
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Dress Code
  • Uniforms
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • Volunteer time after school
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  • For almost 40 years Woodlynde School has been the Main Line's leading college prep school for students in grades K-12 with learning differences. Woodlynde students GAIN access to our caring experts in education, THRIVE in our nurturing environment, BENEFIT from our specialized teaching methods and strategies, RISE to the challenge of our college prep curriculum, and EMERGE with the tools and self-confidence to be successful and happy in college, career, and life.
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Tuition range for the 2013-2014 school year
$10000 - $35000
Vouchers accepted
Yes
Financial aid offered
Yes.
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Outside scholarships
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Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
Emerson College
Sarah Lawrence College
Franklin & Marshall College
College preparation / awareness offered
College prep programs/courses during the year
College presentations or information sessions
Community college courses
SAT/ACT prep classes
Cabrini College Partnership
Students' post-graduation plans in 2012
4 year college - 100%
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445 Upper Gulph Rd
Wayne, PA 19087
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Phone: (610) 687-9660

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