The Haverford School

Pre-Kindergarten students visit the office of The Haverford School's ninth Headmaster, Dr. John Nagl, and use a press to make stickers with the School seal on them.
Pre-Kindergarten students visit the office of The Haverford School's ninth Headmaster, Dr. John Nagl, and use a press to make stickers with the School seal on them.
Our best-for-boys curriculum and unparalleled academics have set us apart for more than 130 years. Here, Middle School boys study planarian flatworms in biology lab.
Lower Schoolers have an astronomy lesson and chart constellations inside a 15-foot inflatable planetarium.
Haverford's visual arts program includes 10 dedicated art studios and several gallery spaces; our acclaimed drama program stages award-winning productions each year; music offerings begin in Lower Schooler with violin in kindergarten, a band, chime choir, and more.
Haverford fields 17 interscholastic sports. In 2015, the varsity lacrosse team ranked No. 1 in the nation, the varsity football team went undefeated, tennis captured its sixth consecutive Inter-Ac title, soccer earned its fourth consecutive Inter-Ac title as well as the state title, and cross country finished second in the state.
The crew team spent one of its preseason practices at Rushton Farm, a local CSA, harvesting potatoes, weeding the greenhouses, and clearing tomato plants.
Our graduating seniors, 70 of which have been recognized by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation over the past five years, have received presidential and chancellor scholarships at highly reputable institutions.
Seniors continue the tradition of escorting kindergarten students through the Walk of Virtues to The Haverford School's opening day assembly.
Sixth-grade art students engineer and design 'amazing mazes.'
Mr. Palmer, a Haverford Lower School Science teacher, has a greenhouse adjacent to his classroom. Mr. Palmer teaches students how ecosystems work, as well as how to take care of their own plants, which they help grow each school year.
The Haverford School, a nonsectarian college preparatory day school for pre-kindergarten-grade 12, provides a superior liberal arts education for qualified boys of differing backgrounds.
We are committed to developing the full intellectual, artistic, athletic, and moral potential in each boy, and we aim to graduate young men with strong character who possess a passion for learning and the necessary problem-solving skills to make a difference in the world. The Haverford School prepares boys for life.

School News

  • VI Former Wows with Woodworking - 03/09/2016 - VI Former David Chikowski has honed his woodworking technique in the Engineering and Design Studio. In his creation of trays, bowls, coffee tables, and boutonnieres made from wood shavings, David exhibits a tremendous amount of technical skill.
  • Philadelphia Day 2016 - 05/24/2016 - Whether they traveled 10 miles down the road into the city, or hundreds of years into the past through a simulation on campus, the III, IV and V Forms learned about Philadelphia's history and culture on May 18.
  • Haverford crew brings home six gold from City Championships - 05/04/2016 - The Haverford School Crew team started their championship part of their season with the PSRA City Championships this past weekend.
  • The Haverford School's musical, "Guys and Dolls," wins two Cappie Awards - 05/20/2016 - The Haverford School Upper School spring musical "Guys and Dolls" won two Cappie Awards at the annual Greater Philadelphia Cappies Awards Gala at Unionville High School on May 15.
  • For the Love of Mathematics - 06/06/2016 - On May 9, after weeks of preparation, some of The Haverford School's best mathematicians competed at the Temple University OWLympiad, an annual mathematics competition.
  • The Idea That Is America - 07/06/2016 - Headmaster John Nagl presented this speech as part of the Independence Day celebration held by the Sons of the American Revolution, at Independence Hall in Philadelphia.

School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc. National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
Association of Delaware Valley Independent Schools (ADVIS)
Pennsylvania Association of Independent Schools (PAIS)
International Boys' Schools Coalition
Religious Affiliation Nonsectarian
Grades Offered Grades Prekindergarten-12
Year Founded 1884

Student Body

Total Students 981 students
Student Body Type All-boys
% Students of Color
State avg.: 22%
Students by Grade The Haverford School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers 120 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio 9:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size 16 students
Average SAT score 1910
Average ACT score 28
Matriculation DataMatric. Data Link to Matriculation Data
Classroom Dress Code Formal
(See school website)

Finances and Admission

Admission Deadline None / Rolling
Tuition Notes Tuition ranges from $22,300-$37,500. $7 million is granted in need-based tuition assistance, with 32% of families receiving aid.
% on Financial Aid
Average Financial Aid Grant $22,500
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions Director Brian McBride
Admissions Associate Jennifer Miles


Total Sports Offered 18 sports
Sports Baseball, Basketball, Crew, Cross Country, Diving, Football, Golf, Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, Soccer, Squash, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, Ultimate Frisbee, Water Polo, Winter Track, WrestlingBaseballBasketball,
CrewCross Country,
GolfIce Hockey,
TennisTrack and Field,
Ultimate FrisbeeWater Polo,
Winter TrackWrestling,


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric. 13 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric. Clubs include: DECA, Debate Team, Diplomacy Society, Diversity Alliance, Economics Club, Guitar Club, Mock Trial Team, Pegasus (literary & arts magazine), Robotics Team, Stage Crew, The Haligoluk (yearbook), The Index (student newspaper), and more. Debate Team, Economics Club, Guitar Club, Robotics Team, Stage Crew, and more., Clubs include: DECA,
Diplomacy Society,
Diversity Alliance,
Mock Trial Team,
Pegasus (literary & arts magazine),
The Haligoluk (yearbook),
The Index (student newspaper),

School Notes

  • "At Haverford, we create a culture that celebrates boys. We recognize their innate competitiveness, their boundless energy, their need to learn with their hands and by doing, their sense of humor, their sense of justice and fairness, and their age-appropriate learning needs, and we teach accordingly. We develop compassion and empathy, and teach that such traits are the full expression of being a man." John A. Nagl, D.Phil, Headmaster.
  • Boys' schools enjoy a superior opportunity to help young men reach their full potential: Non-threatening environment for self-expression * Wider range of individual expression * Safe atmosphere in which to explore sensitive gender and sex-related issues * Conducive to intellectual risk-taking * Male development expertise * Faculty experienced in teaching and coaching boys * Instruction tailored to style and tempo of boys' learning * Absence of cross-gender distraction * Heightened focus on academic tasks, on learning * Atmosphere of frank, direct communication * Absence of posturing, gender stereotyping * Camaraderie and friendships * Positive male role modeling * Distinctive esprit de corps * Special depth of friendships for life * 
  • At The Haverford School, boys are talented scholars, artists, and athletes and so much more. Our extraordinary educators challenge and inspire every student, while our best-for-boys programs and facilities empower students to reach their full potential. The Haverford School is committed to developing our students` academic, artistic, and athletic skills. As importantly, the School focuses on creating young men of character with the confidence to lead, the resilience to endure setbacks, and the empathy to understand and contribute to their world.
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School Reviews

5.0  5/4/2016
My son has been at Haverford for 9 years, starting in kindergarten and he is very excited about starting in the upper school next year. The Haverford School really understands boys and embraces the unique aspects of teaching boys and channeling their energies. On daily basis, they bring out the best in my son and his classmates - in the classroom, the art studio, the debate stage, the robotics arena and sports fields. The teachers, coaches and administrators indeed know boys, but they also know my son individually as well as his classmates and the faculty and staff are always accessible to my wife and me.
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