Delphian School

At Delphian, you won't find teachers lecturing while students rotely take notes. You will find students studying independently, actively engaged in learning,  and moving at the speed that is right for them.
At Delphian, you won't find teachers lecturing while students rotely take notes. You will find students studying independently, actively engaged in learning,  and moving at the speed that is right for them.
At Delphian, you'll design your own high school education, much like at university. There are core courses which everyone does, but many others that you can choose based on your own interests.
Then you'll study these subjects on your own, or maybe along with another student, learning from your materials instead of from a teacher lecturing to the whole class at once.
Not sure about studying independently, without a teacher? Most people don't know there is an actual technology of study - ways to learn without memorization or memory tricks. With the right study tools, a student can be his own best teacher. At Delphian, you'll learn how to be just that.
Shouldn't education be about more than studying to pass a test? Our students spend at least 50% of their academic day on practical drills and projects - time spent relating a subject to how it can be used in life. When you study with a mind to how you will use the information, the subject becomes useful to you.
Practical projects often involve career interest areas. Songwriter? Game designer? Mathematician? You can explore any subject of your choosing. Delphian students design and create their own practical projects.
Delphian seniors often take on community outreach projects involving global citizenship as part of their academic programs.
When the academic day is over, our students participate in afternoon classes of their choosing - music, art, theater, athletics, game design, film, photography...on average 22 elective activities to choose from throughout the year.
We think of these as complimentary 'co'-curriculars, not 'extra'-curriculars, because music, art, athletics and all the rest are part of a well-rounded education.
Shouldn't your education be about you? Shouldn't it give you the freedom to explore subjects you're interested in? Visit and learn how to create your own education.
  • Delphian School is an independent, coeducational day and boarding school located in Sheridan, Oregon open to students from around the world.
  • We offer a rigorous academic independent-study mastery program with a strong emphasis on practical learning for primary through high school students.
  • 87% of our graduates are admitted to their first choice colleges. Delphian students score an average of 25% higher on the SAT than the national average.
  • Delphian offers a highly regarded English-Language-Learning program and boasts a diverse, international student body representing over eighteen countries.

School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc. Other associations(s) for exceptional children
National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
The Association of Boarding Schools (TABS)
NWAIS (Northwest Association of Independent Schools
Grades Offered Grades Kindergarten-12
Year Founded 1976

Student Body

Total Students 249 students
Student Body Type Co-ed
Students by Grade Delphian School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers 33 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio 8:1
National avg.: 13:1
Average Class Size 15 students
Number of AP Courses 9 courses
List of Courses Offered Link to List of Courses
Advanced Courses Calculus AB, Calculus BC, English Language, English Literature, French Language and Culture, Macro Economics, Micro Economics, Physics B, Spanish Language
Average SAT score 1376
Matriculation DataMatric. Data Link to Matriculation Data
Classroom Dress Code Casual

Finances and Admission

Admission Deadline None / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost $28,270
Tuition Notes Day and boarding rates vary. Visit for more information on fee structures, scholarships and financial aid.
% on Financial Aid
Average Financial Aid Grant $12,000
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions Director Thomas Keough
Admissions Associate Bridgette Rappoport
Endowment Size 1.5 million


Total Sports Offered 15 sports
Sports Archery, Basketball, Cheering, Cross Country, Cross Fit, Paddle Tennis, Rock Climbing, Snowboarding, Soccer, Softball, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball, Weightlifting, Winter TrackArcheryBasketball,
CheeringCross Country,
Cross FitPaddle Tennis,
Rock ClimbingSnowboarding,
TennisTrack and Field,
Winter Track


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric. 20 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric. Archery Club, Audio/Visual Class, Ceramics, Chess Club, Choir, Drama, Drawing and Painting, Guitar, International Club, Intramural Basketball, Intramural Soccer, Intramural Volleyball, Jazz Choir, Music, Photography & Darkroom Editing, Student Council, Weightlifting, Woodshop, Writing and Poetry, Yoga Archery Club, Ceramics, Chess Club, Choir, Drama, Guitar, Jazz Choir, Music, Weightlifting, Woodshop, Yoga, Audio/Visual Class,
Drawing and Painting,
International Club,
Intramural Basketball,
Intramural Soccer,
Intramural Volleyball,
Photography & Darkroom Editing,
Student Council,
Writing and Poetry,

School Notes

  • Shouldn't education be about more than studying to pass exams? Shouldn't your education be about you? What if you could design your own educational program? What subjects would you study? What skills would you learn? What roads would you explore? 
  • At Delphian, you won`t find teachers lecturing while students rotely take notes. You will find students actively engaged in learning, studying independently and moving at the speed that is right for them. You`ll see lively one-on-one and small group discussions on works of literature, art, business, science or current events. You`ll see students creating clay models to explain and demonstrate a concept. A student giving a presentation on his apprenticeship experience or a topic he`s just researched. And students heading to the science lab or out into the world to test or explore a theory.
  • The Delphi Program is designed to help students relate what they`re learning to how they will use this information to succeed in life, and you`ll find our students living their education from the moment they walk into our school.  Our faculty excel at keeping students motivated and on track with their studies, and you can be assured that each student receives highly personal attention-every academic program isindividually designed to best cater to the student's academic needs and interests. Each student at Delphian is treated as an individual, and we seek to help all of them find their own purpose and use for their education. 
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5  5/17/2016
As a parent, it's so important to me to be able to have direct access to my children's teachers and that they are willing and interested in communicating with me about my child. I get this in spades at Delphian. The teachers are wonderful and very interested in each individual child's future. I so appreciate that.
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