In the 1850s, St. John Neumann revolutionized Catholic education in the United States by founding the first diocesan Catholic school system as the Bishop of Philadelphia. Almost 170 years later, the Regina Academies, founded in 2003, have reignited St. John Neumann’s legacy by becoming Philadelphia’s leader in the nation-wide return to Catholic classical education.
Perceiving a national decline in Catholic education, Barbara and Paul Henkels opened Regina Coeli Academy in Wyndmoor, PA in 2003 as an independent Catholic school but with the blessing of the archdiocese. Their desire was to provide a rigorous Catholic education firmly rooted in the Magisterium of the Catholic Church, and a curriculum designed to strengthen students in wisdom and virtue. Their desire was to introduce students to over two-thousand years of their intellectual and spiritual heritage as Catholics.
At the time, they never imagined that the demand for a Catholic classical education would continue to grow and result in the addition of 4 more schools over the next 13 years educating over 500 students. Word of the Regina Academies has spread, resulting in inquiries from Catholics around the United States who are interested in starting a Catholic liberal arts academy in their own community.
Founded on the classical liberal arts model of coming to know God as he is revealed in created, the human person, and the scriptures and Traditions of the Church, students at the Regina Academies come to know themselves as God’s unique and treasured creation. Children know they are loved, and come to love in return.
Visit the websites of each our schools by clicking on the links above and discover the amazing Catholic, classical education each of our schools is providing. The joy of learning and friendship shines forth from every page.