NFA celebrates, prepares for the next 100 years

by Walt Maguire
Posted 10/14/21

The 100th Anniversary activities for Norwood-Fontbonne Academy were scheduled for last year, but like many other things, the schedule changed.

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NFA celebrates, prepares for the next 100 years

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The 100th Anniversary activities for Norwood-Fontbonne Academy were scheduled for last year, but like many other things, the schedule changed. After a commemorative mass at the end of September and a Gala October 2, the commemorative year is back on track. Not being able to do it last year made it more memorable.

After going virtual for the end of 2019, NFA returned to in-person on campus last year, in a limited capacity. They used the time to refurbish the Big House, the former home of Reed A. Morgan and the only original building left from 1919. Today the Big House holds administrative offices, a newly renovated Centennial Chapel, Art Room, a multipurpose/lunchroom, and a small school museum, assembled with the aid of Jay Susanin of Palladio Gallery.    In anticipation of the Centennial, President Ryan Killeen, Ed.D., started planning in 2019 for the next five years of development. In 2020 they launched Directed Toward Tomorrow, a comprehensive long-range campus plan to be released later this fall. Killeen, the first lay president of NFA, said, “The new campus plan sets our priorities for making the best possible facilities for our children to thrive and continue to grow spiritually, intellectual, and emotionally.”

The Sisters of Saint Joseph arrived in Philadelphia in 1847. They moved their Mother House to Chestnut Hill in 1858 and established Mount Saint Joseph Academy. In 1878 they started the boys school that became Norwood Academy. In 1919 they purchased Hillcrest (renamed Norwood by a subsequent owner), and Norwood Academy for Boys opened in 1920. Fontbonne Academy for Girls opened in 1924. Fontbonne and Norwood Academies merged into the co-educational Norwood-Fontbonne Academy in 1973, offering a Montessori preschool, a junior Montessori program for grades 1-3 and a parallel program with creative interactive classrooms for kindergarten through eighth grade. It’s one of only six schools in Pennsylvania accredited by the American Montessori Society. In 2014 they were awarded a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence and in 2019 celebrated their 50th year of Montessori education.

Homecoming

Founders Day and Fall Spirit Day
Friday, October 15
Pep Rally 2 p.m. Norwood Athletic Field
All alumni are welcome and encouraged to join. Please stop by the alumni table for some NFA swag.

NFA vs. Ancillae Assumpta Academy
Saturday, October 16
Field Hockey
10 a.m. Mount St. Joseph Academy
Soccer and Football
12:45 p.m. LaSalle College High School

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