Tower Hill School

2813 W 17th Street
Wilmington, DE 19806-0198
Tel: (302)575-0550
Grades: NS-12 | 749 students
Tower Hill School is a co-educational, non-denominational school, preschool through grade 12, dedicated to its motto, Multa Bene Facta -- Many Things Done Well. Tower Hill encourages diversity in the religious, racial, economic, and ethnic composition of its student body.
Tower Hill provides an enriched and challenging college preparatory program in which each student's abilities and talents are recognized and respected.
The curriculum incorporates both traditional and innovative approaches to learning within an educational environment that nurtures each student's moral, intellectual, creative, and physical development.
Tower Hill is committed to perpetuating a school community founded on personal integrity, mutual respect, and collective responsibility.
The school prepares its students for citizenship in the global community and encourages an appreciation for the lifelong process of learning.

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)
Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools
Grades Offered Grades Nursery/Preschool-12
Year Founded 1919

Student Body

Total Students 749 students
Student Body Type Co-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 26%
Students by Grade Tower Hill School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers 118 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio 7:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size 14 students
Average SAT score 1913
Average ACT score 28
Matriculation DataMatric. Data Link to Matriculation Data

Finances and Admission

Admission Deadline Jan. 2 / Jan. 4 / rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost $26,425
Tuition Notes Additional fees include dining room, book fees and Home and School Association.
% on Financial Aid
Average Financial Aid Grant $11,798
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions Director Kelly DeShane
Admissions Associate William Ushler


Total Sports Offered 14 sports
Sports Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Field Hockey, Football, Golf, Lacrosse, Soccer, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball, Winter Track, WrestlingBaseballBasketball,
Cross CountryField Hockey,
Track and FieldVolleyball,
Winter TrackWrestling,


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric. 30 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric. Animal Awareness, Baking, Baking Club, Blue-Gold Club, Books for Children, Chess Club, Community Service, Contemporary Issue & Current Events, Culture Club, Debate Team, Dial School Paper, Diversity Club, Forum Council, Functional Fitness Club, Green Keys, Indoor Mini Soccer, Jefferson Awards, Lit Page, Math League, Math League, Mock Trial, Photography, Physics Club, Public Speaking Club, Robotics, Sportsmans Club, Winter Sports, Yearbook, Young Democrats, Young Republicans Baking, Baking Club, Blue-Gold Club, Chess Club, Culture Club, Debate Team, Diversity Club, Forum Council, Green Keys, Lit Page, Math League, Math League, Mock Trial, Photography, Physics Club, Robotics, Winter Sports, Yearbook, Animal Awareness,
Books for Children,
Community Service,
Contemporary Issue & Current Events,
Dial School Paper,
Functional Fitness Club,
Indoor Mini Soccer,
Jefferson Awards,
Public Speaking Club,
Sportsmans Club,
Young Democrats,
Young Republicans,

School Notes

  • Today, everyone at Tower Hill continues to build on the strong foundation established by our 11 founders in 1919. Our exceptional teaching and learning environment provides a superior education conducive to the intellectual, emotional and physical growth of each individual student. Our goal is to develop students who are ethically responsible and prepared to meet the challenges of society with confidence by bringing their best to all that they do. Tower Hill graduates are offered admission to some of the best colleges and universities in the nation.
  • We have a renowned academic program. Tower Hill provides a traditional independent education with innovative approaches to learning. Our academic curriculum is characterized by a spirit of inquiry, an appreciation for innovation and an outward-looking perspective.
  • We have an excellent faculty who are passionate and at the forefront of education. These caring and accomplished individuals, who have a multitude of talents, have chosen to put their life’s energy into teaching, coaching, advising and guiding students.
  • We have unparalleled learning resources. In addition to our faculty, we have key resources to enhance the learning experiences of our students. These resources include state-of-the-art facilities, programs, philosophies and practical approaches that we apply to learning support, college counseling and technology. A new Math and Science Center will open fall of 2013. We know our students.
  • Our faculty know our students and nurture their particular talents. Our teachers work with them in a small class setting, fostering individual strengths and building self-confidence. Each student is part of a true community. Our single campus encourages connections and meaningful learning opportunites between students of every age. And the community includes a warm, supportive and learning partnership with parents.
  • We are committed to character education and ethical decision making. At Tower Hill we teach character by living our core values: honesty, respect and responsibility. These virtues are embedded in all that we do. Recognizing that character growth, self-advocacy and independence build from early education, Tower Hill consistently provides students with tools to facilitate collaboration and citizenship.
  • We are committed to diversity and attract talented faculty and students who represent the diversity of our region. Our students and faculty, through involvement in national programs, have helped shape the path to make Tower Hill more inclusive and multicultural.
  • We have a vibrant arts program that is often integrated into the core curriculum. Students have numerous opportunities to participate in music, drama and the visual arts. We have a lower school drama program where everyone gets to be "on stage." Step through our front door and be greeted by the explosion of visual arts in our hallways and in our art gallery. We support athletics for everyone.
  • We believe in school-based athletics and the importance of lessons learned about sportsmanship, teamwork and healthy living, which students are taught beginning in preschool. We field 23 competitive varsity teams, and there is a team in every season on which any interested and dedicated student can participate regardless of skill level. Tower Hill ranks 3rd in the state for the highest number of state championships and has been awarded sportsmanship state championships for seven consecutive years.
  • We provide a world of opportunities. Tower Hill goes beyond small classes and challenging programs by offering something more—skill-based, applied, experiential and service learning opportunities to help prepare students for a rapidly changing world. We have a tradition and history of excellence. For nearly 100 years, in an environment espousing high expectations, we've been preparing students for college and beyond and building a school community that values service to others.

Profile last updated: 08/24/2015

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