Phillips Exeter Academy

     Tel: (603)772-4311
Grades: 9 - 12 | 1026 students
The founder of Phillips Exeter Academy defined its mission more than two centuries ago.
"Above all," John Phillips stated, "it is expected that the attention of instructors to the disposition of the minds and morals of the youth under their charge will exceed every other care; well considering that though goodness without knowledge is weak and feeble, yet knowledge without goodness is dangerous, and that both united form the noblest character, and lay the surest foundation of usefulness to mankind." It seeks students who combine proven academic ability, intellectual curiosity, and tenacity with decency and good character.
At the Academy, exacting inquiry and thoughtful discourse foster the life of the mind, instruction and activity promote fitness and health, and the daily interactions of a residential school nurture integrity, empathy, and kindness.
Because learning and growth at Exeter arise from each individual's engagement with others, the richness of education here requires diversity in all its dimensions; students and faculty value the differences they bring to the community they share.

School Overview

School Type School with Special Program Emphasis
School Membership(s)School Assoc. National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
State or regional independent school association
The Association of Boarding Schools (TABS)
Grades Offered Grades 9 - 12
Offers Post-Graduate Year Yes
Year Founded 1781

Student Body

Total Students 1026 students
Student Body Type Co-ed
% Students of Color 52%
State avg.: 14%
Students by Grade Phillips Exeter Academy Students by Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers 161 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio 6:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree 82%
Average Class Size 12 students
Average SAT score 2085

Finances and Admission

Admission Deadline None / Rolling
% on Financial Aid 43%
Average Financial Aid Grant $29
Acceptance Rate 25%
National avg.: 85%
Admissions Director Michael Gary

Nearby Schools:

The nearest high school is Seacoast Learning Collaborative (3.8 miles away)
The nearest elementary school is Exeter Day School (0.6 miles away)
The nearest preschool is Exeter Day School (0.6 miles away)
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  • ExeterExeter Day School
    Daycare / Preschool
    11 Marlboro Street
    ExeterNH 03833
    (603)772-3342
    Daycare / Preschool
    0.6 mi | 282 students | Gr. PK-K                      
  • ExeterAppleseeds Day School
    Daycare / Preschool
    15 Hampton Rd
    ExeterNH 03833
    (603)772-9995
    Daycare / Preschool
    2.1 mi | 106 students | Gr. PK-KG                      
  • Hampton FallsHeronfield Academy
      (Episcopal)
    356 Exeter Rd
    Hampton FallsNH 03844
    (603)772-9093
      (Episcopal)
    2.4 mi | 90 students | Gr. 6-8                      
  • ExeterBuilding Block School
    Daycare / Preschool
    125 Kingston Rd
    ExeterNH 03833
    (603)778-1383
    Daycare / Preschool
    2.4 mi | 67 students | Gr. PK-KG                      
  • ExeterSeacoast Learning Collaborative
    Special Education School
    87 State Route 27
    ExeterNH 03833
    (603)679-2021
    Special Education School
    3.8 mi | 55 students | Gr. 2-12                      

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