The Meadowbrook School
1641 Hampton Road, Meadowbrook, PA 19046
My school tours have taken me further outside the city recently. For many of you the Abington area is not even in your realm of options. For those families that live in Chestnut Hill and beyond the Abington area is right in their backyard and just as close as many Center City options (I know… I didn’t realize it either).
Families choosing Meadowbrook are looking for a personalized, small school, that treats its students like family. If you grew up like I did, going to a small suburban/ rural elementary school, this would probably be the closest thing to that. Meadowbrook has a very cozy and hometown feel. Meadowbrook is not flashy or in your face and it does not apologize for that. It is a love bubble where kids are expected to be kids, learn, and grow… you know a real elementary school… remember those? There is an authenticity there that you don’t find everywhere.
Meadowbrook is focused on elementary education and serves students from preschool to 6th grade. Today’s students still use the same three story building that was once the original school built in 1919. Meadowbrook started out as an all boys country day school for prominent families in the area. In the 1970’s Meadowbrook went co-educational and remains that way today.
Diversity is really important to parents looking at a school for their child. Because of that schools have diversity departments, charts, and it is a line item on all tours. During my visit at Meadowbrook something very unique happened. Meadowbrook was the first school that never mentioned diversity while giving me a tour. I am not faulting the other schools for mentioning it. Like I said it has become a necessary line item by us, the parents. Meadowbrook didn’t mention it because they didn’t have to. Visiting with the students and walking around the school it is very clear that the student population is the definition of diverse. Because this is how it has always been, it never occurred to them to mention to me their diversity numbers.
The staff and the curriculum are very dedicated to the growth of the students. Students have the opportunity to take French and Spanish starting day one. The art department is working on creating a maker’s space curriculum and there are entrepreneurial learning opportunities for the students as well. All students have Mrs. Mockaitis for Science. She knows her students well and has a very exciting room complete with a greenhouse, massive collections from the 16 acre wooded campus, a pair of finches, and everything else you can possibly imagine or find in owl pellets. If you don’t know about the owl pellet thing you should… it is crazy.
Meadowbrook students in 4th, 5th, and 6th grade have the opportunity to participate in an interscholastic sports program including boys soccer, girls field hockey, baseball, and softball. The Meadowbrook teams compete against other nearby independent schools.
As I mentioned Meadowbrook is on a 16-acre wooded campus that sits back from the main road. In the fall the campus practically swallows you up with all the turning leaves and it feel like a secret place. In the winter the students bring their sleds into school for recess sledding sessions. There is more than enough acreage, playspace, and playground equipment for the students to play, climb, pretend, and run to get their energy out.
I am going to wrap up my feature with a Meadowbrook tradition. A family style lunch is held everyday at Meadowbrook. The chef and sous chef prepare a hot meal for every table where teachers and students sit down together and serve each other. It is also not rare to see parents pop in for lunch. It is a really charming thing to see everyone sit down together in the lodge style cafeteria with its working, giant, stone fireplace right in the middle of the room. I can easily say that if we went to Meadowbrook I would be a pretty constant fixture around the lunch time hour.