About Roxborough Christian School


Roxborough Christian School will educate children to the highest academic standards in an environment conducive to serving God and caring for the world from the Christian tradition.


A parent-led effort of the greater-Roxborough community among diverse congregations, races, ethnicities, education levels and incomes, RCS seeks to be a leader in excellent academic instruction and spiritual formation in Philadelphia, in an atmosphere of creativity, play, love and service, in order to create spiritual and educational opportunities for our neighbors. RCS seeks to stabilize and grow the Kingdom of God, to reverse unjust educational access in our City, and to make education affordable. 

We seek to build civic pride by serving our neighbors and our city, and look to serve the world by partnering with the Harambee Foundation in Tanzania. We aim to work with homeschoolers and homeschool co-ops, the City Library next door to our historic facilities on a major artery, and the many local green spaces including the world famous Fairmount Park and we’re investigating a partnership with the Harambee Foundation in Tanzania. 

Our History

Roxborough Christian School was started by a group of parents and supported by a number of local church congregations. 

Why start a school in Roxborough/Manayunk?

We really like living here. Great access to the city. Good restaurants. Neighborhood parks. Last minute neighbor dinners at the park around the corner. Bread on Main Street. Active churches. Neighbors whose families have lived on our street for over 100 years. Festivals, concerts, parades and bike races, and so much more.

But sometimes it feels really hard to live here with a family. How do you negotiate everyone’s schedule with 1 car? Where is the best place for your child to go to school? We are all asking those questions

So a group of parents got together to pray and plan for a neighborhood christian school here in Roxborough. We asked the local churches if they would support us with prayer and they said yes! And no one who was praying with us said this is a bad idea! NO ONE.

Then we looked at who actually lives here and what you actually need and what you can actually afford. Then we asked ourselves, what do we want for our own children. So here we are with a school…


In the fall of 2015, RCS started with 16 Kindergarten and First Graders. Each year RCS intends to add an additional grade. In the Fall of 2017, RCS will serve students in grades K – 3.


RCS is hiring teachers for the Fall of 2017. We are looking for PA certified teachers who love Jesus and are committed to growing minds and hearts.

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An Incredible Faculty

Our teachers are certified by the state of Pennsylvania and active in continuing education.

Kelly Whelan, Kindergarten

Kelly graduated from Holy Family University in Philadelphia with a B.A. in EarlyChildhood Education. She is certified in K-6 education and working on a Master’s degree at Temple University.

Heather Howard, First Grade

Heather holds a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education and is level 2 certified as a K-6 Teacher in the state of Pennsylvania. Even better, Heather is a reading specialist. She has taught in public and christian schools. Heather not only lives in Roxborough but went to Kindergarten at Leverington Presbyterian!

Jill Barber, Second Grade

Jill has taught for over 20 years in public, private and christian schools. She is certified in the state of Pennsylvania and working on her Master’s degree.

School Board

Reverend Erik L. Larsen, Board Lead

is pastor at Pilgrim Church on Terrace and Dawson Streets in Wissahickon; studied at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, Harvard University, Cedarville University and locally at Westminster Seminary. An experienced instructor, he taught junior high in a Christian school in Rhode Island. More recently, he served on the board of the New Life Nursery School in Glenside. He enjoys reading to children at Cook-Wissahickon School’s library.

He lives with his wife and 2 daughters in Wissahickon.

Michelle Garcia, Board Secretary

is a Real estate agent and non-profit organizer in Roxborough.  She studied at Eastern University.

Her husband, Ray, is the pastor of Roxborough Presbyterian Church. They have four children and live in Roxborough.

Christina Platt, Treasurer

is the Director of the Philadelphia Project Preschool in Roxborough.  She studied at Eastern University. She has taught for many year and earned her principal certification.

She lives in Roxborough with her husband Dan and their two boys.

Amanda Larsen

is principal of AWL Communications.  She has worked in freelance, non-profit, and agency public relations for over 10 years.  She studied at Cedarville College. 

She lives in Wissahickon with her husband Erik and their two girls. 

Advisory Board

Krystle Johnson

Langdon Palmer

Ana Shoemaker  

George McClennen 

Mary Mancini

Elisabeth Collela

Bill Krispin