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 2018, RCS will serve students in grades K – 4.


RCS is always keeping an eye out for PA certified teachers who love Jesus and are committed to growing minds and hearts.  We have hired all our teachers for 2017/18.  We are looking for volunteers to help teach special classes. Contact us if you are interested.

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An Incredible Faculty

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

Sarah Granahan, Kindergarten

Ms. Granahan earned her degree and K-6 teaching certification from Penn State University. She not only has experience teaching in a Christian school setting, but also spent a year teaching English to students in Madrid, Spain. 

Jill Barber, Second Grade

Mrs. Barber 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.

Kate Frank, Third Grade

Miss Frank comes to us with seven year of education experience. A graduate of Millersville University with a Bachelors degree in education. Miss Frank is state certified level I and is pursuing level II certification and reading certification.


Our administration team has a combined 50 years of education experience.

Cindy Fleming-Powell, Administrator

Cindy has over 20 years of experience in private education.  She has been a teacher, fund-raiser, HR leader, manager, and administrator. She currently runs the summer camps for Miquon School in Philadelphia. She has a masters degree.

Cindy and her husband live in Germantown.  They have grown children.

Vickie Clugston, Bookkeeper

Vickie has done bookkeeping for Roxborough organizations for over 20 years.  From the Boy Scouts to Community Bible Fellowship she is able to graciously serve our community.  Vickie was a founder of God’s Garden Preschool and Green Woods Charter School.

She and her husband Rick live in Roxborough with their two boys.

School Board

George McClennen, Board Lead

George is a Financial Services Professional at MassMutual Greater Philadelphia.  He is also the Founder of Global Assurance LLC.  George is an elder at Leverington Presbyterian Church in Roxborough and has a life long commitment to education.   He serves on a financial board of the  Waldron Mercy Academy.

George and his wife Karen live in Roxborough.  They have 2 grown children.

Michelle Garcia, Board Secretary

Michelle 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

Christina is the Founder of the Philadelphia Project Preschool in Roxborough. She studied at Eastern University. She taught for many years and earned her principal certification.

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

Amanda Larsen

Amanda 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 is the mother of 2 RCS students.

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

John Della Rocca

John is a Defense Attorney in Pennsylvania.  He graduated from Temple University with a degree in pre-law and then a J.D. from Temple Law School. He is the father of 1 RCS student.

He lives in Mt. Airy with his wife Victoria and their four children. 

Reverend Dr. Jade King Bass

Jade is ordained in the Presbyterian Church (USA) and is a Minister at Large in the Philadelphia presbytery.  Prior to being ordained, she spent 31 years in the School District of Philadelphia as a teacher and administrator. Jade earned her Doctor of Ministry degree from the Lutheran Theological Seminary in Mt. Airy.

She lives in Germantown with her husband Aaron. They have 5 grown children. 

Advisory Board

Krystle Johnson

Langdon Palmer

Ana Shoemaker  

Mary Mancini

Elisabeth Collela

Bill Krispin

Erik Larsen