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An Evening With Josh Ritter

On Friday, January 10, 2014, singer-songwriter Josh Ritter is stopping by the Academy of the New Church. Josh will sing and play guitar at the same time on the Mitchell Performing Arts Center stage at 8:00 PM. Doors open at 7:30 PM.

While the event is free, donations are genuinely appreciated. Seating is limited, so please arrive promptly.

If you have questions, please contact Doug Reuter ( | 267.502.2643).



Spanish Exchange Comes Full Circle

There was much excitement as the bus pulled into our parking lot; friendships that had been made in March picked up where they had left off as the pen-pal pairings reunited. The ANC students took their hosting responsibilities seriously, taking their guests to typical American outings such as Phillies games, Flyers games, concerts, Rita’s, Starbucks and, their favorite, Wawa.

The Spanish students attended classes on Monday and Friday, noting differences in our two educational systems such as our students changing classrooms for each class whereas in Spain the students stay in one classroom and change teachers! They experienced ANC’s pretzel Monday and donut Friday as well as the annual dance dress code fashion parade for the girls.

On Tuesday they explored historic Philadelphia with a guide, Wednesday the Spanish and American students took a tour of City Hall, and Thursday the staffs of Cairnwood, the Cathedral and Glencairn gave the exchange students a thorough tour of the Bryn Athyn Historic District, including snacks and gifts to take home.

Of course the weekends were full of ANC’s typically fun-filled social events including the Phi Alpha/AKM hoedown. Many tears were shed as the Spanish students boarded the bus Sunday morning to head to NYC for two days of sight-seeing before flying back to Spain. They thoroughly enjoyed their time at ANC and hope to return soon!



ANCSS Awarded Model School Status

One of our goals is to become the recognized model in secondary school education, leading the way in the integration of natural and spiritual knowledge and complementary gender education. For over a century, we have been successful in these efforts thanks in large part to our educational philosophy which is firmly rooted in our theology.

Last year, we partnered with the Gurian Institute which provides compelling scientific evidence for the significant differences in brain chemistry between males and females. The mission of the Gurian Institute is to provide evidence and strategies around the concept that "understanding the physiological and chemical brain differences between boys and girls and learning gender-friendly strategies can make a positive difference in their academics and behavior."

ANCSS has sent several faculty to the Gurian Summer Institute and the Gurian Institute has sent trainers and evaluators to work with our staff and review our practices and procedures. On July 16th, we were awarded "Model School Status" and were provided the opportunity to talk to the Summer Institute Attendees about our wonderful institution.

We are fortunate to be two schools in one academy. Our ability to serve boys and girls independently and cooperatively is effective and powerful. Increasingly, educators and families across the nation are recognizing the value of identifying and working with gender-specific traits in order to best serve our youth. Our partnership with the Gurian Institute is another important step in our efforts to be the best we can be for our students.




Campers Act, Sing and Dance into Wonderland


The ANC Performing Arts Camp has 30 6th, 7th & 8th graders learning about theatre and rehearsing for a final performance of Disney Junior's Alice in Wonderland

The campers have been learning jazz technique, stage combat and blocking as well as technical aspects of production such as costuming and set painting. The camp runs 9am-3pm June 17-June 28 and the culmination of their hard work will be a performance which is open to the public. 

Join Alice's madcap adventures in Wonderland as she chases the White Rabbit, races the Dodo Bird, gets tied up with the Tweedles, raps with a bubble-blowing Caterpillar, and beats the Queen of Hearts at her own game! See all the classic characters come to life, including three Cheshire Cats and dozens of other wonderfully wacky characters.

Alice in Wonderland Jr. will be performed Friday, June 28 at 7pm in the Mitchell Performing Arts Center (800 Tomlinson Road, Bryn Athyn). Tickets are $5 cash or check only at the door.


School Calendar for Next Year Updated

The calendar for the 2013-2014 school year has been updated. Although this calendar can be considered essentially correct, it is important to keep in mind that due to unforeseen circumstances, some adjustments might be necessary at a later date. 

The year begins with Back to School Night for parents on Sunday, August 25th, registration for students on Monday the 26th, and the first full day of classes is Tuesday the 27th. Charter Day is Friday, October 18th, and this year the Senior Trip will happen the following Monday and Tuesday; underclassmen will have that Monday off, with Experiential Learning Day happening on Tuesday.

Graduation will take place on Saturday, June 7.


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