Our History

Moravian Academy traces its origins to the Moravians who settled Bethlehem, Pennsylvania in 1741. The Academy descends from the first school for girls founded in the American colonies in 1742. We are the ninth oldest independent school in the United States. Moravian Academy was incorporated in 1971 with the merger of Moravian Seminary for Girls and Moravian Preparatory School.
The early Moravians who founded our school viewed education as a sacred responsibility. They were guided by the wisdom of John Amos Comenius, the Moravian bishop who lived in 17th century Europe. Comenius is known to educators everywhere as the Father of Modern Education.
Comenius envisioned an education in which all would participate, and an education that would allow each individual to develop fully in mind, body, and spirit. Early Moravian schools also emphasized music, which continues to be a vital part of our education.
Moravian Academy's goal is to create an atmosphere of love and understanding. As an independent school, we welcome people of all religious faiths, and live our religious identity in ways that honor and celebrate this diversity. As a church-related school, we value the beliefs and traditions of the Moravian Church, a heritage that both formed and informs our collective identity. Click HERE to read more about the role of religion at Moravian Academy.

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