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In the realm of education, one size does not fit all. For students with unique learning styles and needs, alternative education serves as a beacon of hope and opportunity. Wyncote Academy, a distinguished special needs private academy in Pennsylvania, stands as a testament to the importance of providing tailored education to every student. Let's delve into why alternative education is so crucial,...

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Art education holds a transformative power that transcends barriers, a truth that is particularly poignant for special needs students. At Wyncote Academy, we believe in harnessing this magic to unlock the full potential of every individual.

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Discover Wyncote Academy, a secondary school in Melrose, Pennsylvania, dedicated to providing a unique and supportive educational experience for students. Since 1973, we've been committed to offering a safe and nurturing environment tailored to learners who require specialized attention and support.

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At Wyncote Academy, a beacon among alternative schools in Melrose Park, PA, we believe every student is a unique individual with extraordinary potential. As a premier special education school, our mission is to nurture and develop the innate abilities of each student, particularly those who may not find their best fit in traditional educational...


Nothing is as good as a field trip unless it's a winter field trip! While there are lots of opportunities for "active" field trips at other times of the year, there are not as many in cold and often rainy days of winter. Wyncote students were treated to two hours of ice skating at the Independence Blue Cross River Rink (who generously donated the tickets!) followed by time in the arcade, lodge tent, and food! Nearly everyone skated,...

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Traditional classroom settings have their merits, but for students in alternative education programs such as Wyncote Academy’s middle and high school programs, there's something particularly magical about the world beyond the classroom walls. At Wyncote Academy, field trips are an integral part of our program, offering benefits that extend far beyond the academic classroom. They are another way to reinforce lessons in the classroom but also...

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Alternative schools provide unique educational environments for students who may not thrive in traditional school settings. When considering alternative schooling options, it is important to consider certain key factors that will ensure a successful learning experience. Wyncote Academy, a trusted institution since 1973, offers an alternative school option that caters to students with learning...


Dual exceptionality, often referred to as "twice-exceptional" or "2e," is a term used to describe individuals who possess both exceptional intellectual or creative abilities and disabilities or learning differences. These students present a unique set of challenges and opportunities for teachers, students, and parents alike.

To grasp the complexities of dual exceptionality, it's essential to recognize the two exceptionalities at...

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At Wyncote Academy, we believe that every student deserves an inclusive and nurturing environment to thrive in their educational journey. Our commitment to special needs education is unwavering, and we've crafted a unique approach that sets us apart in the field. Read all about what you can expect from our passionate staff, then contact us to...


As education continues to evolve, alternative schools have risen in popularity as a valuable option for students who need a different type of learning experience than what traditional schools can provide. These alternative schooling options take a unique approach to education that addresses students’ diverse needs. Keep reading as we explore the importance of alternative schools and...


At Wyncote Academy, we understand that not every student is college bound. That's why Wyncote Academy is excited to announce our partnership with the Laborers District Council (LDC) of the Metropolitan Area of Philadelphia and Vicinity. Starting in the Fall 2023 Semester, Wyncote Academy and the LDC will collaborate to implement a trades-based program for students interested in exploring a career...

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Graduation is the highlight of the Wyncote Academy school year. It is a time of celebration and recognition for both graduates and faculty and we reflect on the growth we have watched take place right before our very eyes! Fourteen new graduates join our alumni and their futures are in focus!

Our graduates will be moving on to greater achievements at the following institutions:

  • Clark Atlanta University
  • Community...
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Education is a fundamental right for every child, regardless of their abilities or challenges. For students with special needs, Individualized Education Plans (IEPs) play a crucial role in ensuring they receive the tailored support necessary to thrive academically, socially, and emotionally. IEPs provide a roadmap for educators, parents, and specialists to collaborate effectively and create an inclusive learning environment that maximizes a...


Over the year, our students have been honored with a visit from Kerri, the therapy dog. Kerri spreads joy wherever she goes and we are grateful that our students get to spend time with such an affectionate and understanding canine! A HUGE thank you to Ms. Lois and Mr. John for sharing Kerri with our students.


Reading students were treated to an outdoor field trip to Winterthur and Longwood Gardens in Delaware! It was a beautiful day to explore the outdoors and escape the classroom!

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As summer approaches, students nationwide eagerly await the luxury of relaxing and enjoying the sunny weather. But for some students, particularly those who require additional assistance in their academic and personal development, summers can be a challenging time full of gaps in learning and social isolation. Luckily, there are solutions. Wyncote Academy acknowledges these challenges, and we...

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Special needs education plays a crucial role in providing individualized support and tailored learning environments for students with learning disabilities. In the realm of alternative education, schools like Wyncote Academy in Melrose Park have established themselves as the best schools for learning disabilities, offering specialized programs that cater to diverse learning styles. These programs...


Kudos to our amazing manager of Wyncote Farm, Nala Bloom! Thank you for your leadership, vision, and hard work! Your positive spirit and your tireless efforts have been an integral to the growth of Wyncote Farm over the past year.

  • Thanks to all of the team members who have helped to make this dream a reality: Nick Lodise, Sue Joell-Lyons, Adrienne Redd, Jethro Heiko, Howard Schatz, Wayne Skilton, Kristi Lynn,...
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State Representative Napoleon Nelson presents Wyncote Academy with two checks to support its growing urban agriculture program. Both checks are grant awards, one from the PA Dept of Agriculture and the other from the PA Dept. of Education. One of the grants - for $30,000 - comes directly to Wyncote Academy. The other grant - for $45,815 - is split between Wyncote Academy and Cheltenham High School's environmental science program.


This week was full of Irish culture and good food provided by Ms. Kristi's mom who came to visit and participate! Corned beef and cabbage and potatoes. Plus traditional Irish soda bread! Yummy!

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One of Ms. Kristi's English classes has been reading a graphic novel called, New Kid. The author, Jerry Craft, was recently at the African American Children’s Book Fair at the Convention Center in Philadelphia. Student, Isaiah, went to get his book signed! Sometimes finding the right hook into learning comes from an unconventional source,


Learning occurs in and out of the classroom while sharpening academic skills, fostering creativity, and encouraging teamwork!

Ms. Kristi Bornstein’s 7th and 8th grade English class is reading a short story called "Amigo Brothers." They are using graphic organizers to understand literary elements to develop the plot. The 6th and 7th grade English class just finished the book “Frindle” which is about a boy who develops a new word for PEN....

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This was the inaugural Thanksgiving Day Lunch here at Wyncote! Staff members cooked and organized and our student council members helped to serve the yummy lunch to students. We are please to say there weren't many leftovers for this event!

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