Academy of the New Church Secondary Schools
|Academy of the New Church Secondary Schools|
|2815 Huntingdon Pike
Bryn Athyn, Pennsylvania 19009
|Type||Private high school|
|School district||Bryn Athyn, Pennsylvania|
|Principal||Sue O. Odhner (Girls), Jeremy Irwin (Boys)|
|Grades||9 - 12|
|Color(s)||Scarlet and White|
The Academy of the New Church Secondary Schools consists of an accredited, private girls' school and boys' school providing 9th through 12th graders with an education inspired by the New Church, an international Christian faith based on the teachings of Emanuel Swedenborg.
The Academy began in Philadelphia in 1876, under the leadership of the Rev. Chancellor W. H. Benade. Its primary goal was to prepare men for the priesthood of the New Church. Following the establishment of the Theological School and a collegiate department, later to become Bryn Athyn College, the Boys School was established in 1881. In 1884, a Girls School, privately set up by Sarah DeCharms Hibbard, merged with the Academy.
At the start of the 20th century, the schools had been relocated to in what was then the countryside near Philadelphia, in Montgomery County. Funding from PPG Industries founder John Pitcairn enabled the construction of the new campus. Later, in the 1960s, the college moved to a separate, adjacent campus.
The Academy has two dorms. The girls dorm is named Glenn Hall and the boys is Stuart Hall.
The two schools today have an enrollment of approximately 250 students. The campus is located in Bryn Athyn, near Philadelphia, in a quiet, wooded setting. The campus is over one hundred years old, and contains academic, administrative, athletic, residential, and cultural facilities. Both schools are noted for their traditionalistic way of thinking, that is modernly considered sexist. Examples of this can be found in the three introduction videos on the schools' website's homepage.
- Rakeem Christmas – Power forward (basketball) at Syracuse University.
- John Rienstra - Guard (American football) at Pittsburgh Steelers (1986-1990) and Cleveland Browns (1991-1992)
- Marcus Gilbert - Small forward at Fairfield University
- http://cuse.com/roster.aspx?rp_id=10327/ Rakeem Christmas Syracuse Profile