Phillips Exeter Academy

20 Main St,
Exeter, NH, 03833-0383
Tel: (603)777-3401
Grades: 9 - 12 | 1032 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 Membership(s)School Assoc. National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
State or regional independent school association
The Association of Boarding Schools (TABS)
Religious Affiliation Nonsectarian
Grades Offered Grades 9 - 12
Offers Post-Graduate Year Yes
Year Founded 1781

Student Body

Total Students 1032 students
Student Body Type Co-ed
% Students of Color 48%
State avg.: 10%
Students by Grade Phillips Exeter Academy Students by Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers 151 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio 7:1
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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  • Exeter Exeter Day School
    Early Childhood / Day Cares
    11 Marlboro Street
    Exeter , NH , 03833
    (603)772-3342
    Early Childhood / Day Cares
    0.6  mi  |  282  students  |  Gr.  PK-K
  • Exeter
    Appleseeds Day School
    Early Childhood / Day Cares
    15 Hampton Rd
    Exeter , NH , 03833
    (603)772-9995
    Early Childhood / Day Cares
    2.1  mi  |  119  students  |  Gr.  K
  • Hampton Falls Heronfield Academy
    (Episcopal)
    356 Exeter Rd
    Hampton Falls , NH , 03844
    (603)772-9093
    (Episcopal)
    2.4  mi  |  90  students  |  Gr.  6-8
  • Exeter Building Block School
    Early Childhood / Day Cares
    125 Kingston Rd
    Exeter , NH , 03833
    (603)778-1383
    Early Childhood / Day Cares
    2.4  mi  |  69  students  |  Gr.  K
  • Exeter
    Seacoast Learning Collaborative
    Special Education School
    87 State Route 27
    Exeter , NH , 03833
    (603)679-2021
    Special Education School
    3.8  mi  |  55  students  |  Gr.  2-12

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