Oldest Private High Schools in Pennsylvania

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The average private high school in Pennsylvania was founded around 1951 (2021).
The oldest private high school in Pennsylvania is William Penn Charter School, founded in 1689.
The oldest private high schools are listed below (where sufficient data available).

Oldest Private High Schools in Pennsylvania (2021)

  • School Founding Date Grades Location
  • Rank: #11.
    William Penn Charter School
    (Friends)
    Founding Date: 1689
    Grades: PK-123000 W School House Lane
    Philadelphia, PA 19144
    (215) 844-3460

  • Rank: #22.
    Abington Friends School
    Abington Friends School Photo
    (Friends)
    Founding Date: 1697
    Grades: PK-12575 Washington Ln
    Jenkintown, PA 19046
    (215) 576-3984

  • Rank: #33.
    Linden Hall
    Linden Hall Photo
    All-girls
    Founding Date: 1746
    Grades: 6-12212 E Main St
    Lititz, PA 17543
    (717) 626-8512

  • Rank: #44.
    Germantown Academy
    Germantown Academy Photo - Second grade students research various species in the Wissahickon Creek, which runs through the heart of GA's campus.
    Founding Date: 1759
    Grades: PK-12340 Morris Rd
    Fort Washington, PA 19034
    (267) 405-7070

  • Rank: #55.
    Harrisburg Academy
    Harrisburg Academy Photo - Upper School Students take a moment to discuss the period's lecture.
    Founding Date: 1784
    Grades: NS-1210 Erford Road
    Lemoyne, PA 17043
    (717) 763-7811

  • Rank: #66.
    The Episcopal Academy
    (Episcopal)
    Founding Date: 1785
    Grades: PK-121785 Bishop White Drive
    Newtown Square, PA 19073
    (484) 424-1400

  • Rank: #77.
    Westtown School
    Westtown School Photo - The Westtown School campus includes 600 acres of land, a 14-acre lake with beach and boathouse and an arboretum and natural forest.
    (Friends)
    Founding Date: 1799
    Grades: PK-12975 Westtown Road
    West Chester, PA 19382
    (610) 399-0123

  • Rank: #88.
    Pennsylvania School For The Deaf
    Pennsylvania School For The Deaf Photo - Best of Friends
    Special Education School
    Founding Date: 1820
    Grades: PK-12100 W School House Ln
    Philadelphia, PA 19144
    (215) 951-4700

  • Rank: #99.
    Sewickley Academy
    Sewickley Academy Photo - For Who You Are. For Who You Will Become.
    Founding Date: 1838
    Grades: PK-12315 Academy Avenue
    Sewickley, PA 15143
    (412) 741-2235

  • Rank: #1010.
    Malvern Preparatory School
    Malvern Preparatory School Photo
    All-boys (Roman Catholic)
    Founding Date: 1842
    Grades: 6-12418 S. Warren Avenue
    Malvern, PA 19355
    (484) 595-1100

  • Rank: #1111.
    Wyoming Seminary Upper School
    Wyoming Seminary Upper School Photo - Are you ready for a change? Are you ready to be transformed? As a student at Sem, your life will change in the best possible ways.
    (Methodist)
    Founding Date: 1844
    Grades: 9-12201 N Sprague Ave
    Kingston, PA 18704
    (570) 270-2100

  • Rank: #12-1312.- 13.
    Friends' Central School
    Friends' Central School Photo - Friends' Central School is an independent, coeducational, Quaker, college-preparatory day school for Nursery through grade 12 students. Located on 41 acres across two campuses in Wynnewood, Pa., Friends' Central cultivates the intellectual, spiritual, and ethical promise of students. Since 1845, Friends' Central has been educating for excellence, inspiring tomorrow's leaders, honoring each individual, and encouraging students to peacefully transform the world.
    (Friends)
    Founding Date: 1845
    Grades: NS-121101 City Avenue
    Wynnewood, PA 19096
    (610) 649-7440

  • Rank: #12-1312.- 13.
    Germantown Friends School
    Germantown Friends School Photo
    (Friends)
    Founding Date: 1845
    Grades: NS-1231 W Coulter Street
    Philadelphia, PA 19144
    (215) 951-2300

  • Rank: #1414.
    Girard College
    Girard College Photo - Field trips take advantage of the numerous and varied museums and historic sites in Philadelphia. These first graders are sketching at PAFA (Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts).
    Founding Date: 1848
    Grades: 1-122101 S College Ave
    Philadelphia, PA 19121
    (215) 787-2600

  • Rank: #15-1615.- 16.
    The Hill School
    The Hill School Photo - Students enjoy a beautiful spring day walking to the Alumni Memorial Chapel.
    Founding Date: 1851
    Grades: 9-12860 Beech Street
    Pottstown, PA 19464
    (610) 326-1000

  • Rank: #15-1615.- 16.
    St. Joseph's Preparatory School
    St. Joseph's Preparatory School Photo - St. Joseph's Prep
    All-boys (Roman Catholic)
    Founding Date: 1851
    Grades: 9-121733 W Girard Ave
    Philadelphia, PA 19130
    (215) 978-1958

  • Rank: #1717.
    Grier School
    Grier School Photo
    All-girls | Special Program Emphasis
    Founding Date: 1853
    Grades: 7-122522 Grier School Road
    Tyrone, PA 16686
    (814) 684-3000

  • Rank: #18-1918.- 19.
    Gwynedd Mercy Academy High School
    Gwynedd Mercy Academy High School Photo
    All-girls (Roman Catholic)
    Founding Date: 1861
    Grades: 9-121345 Sumneytown Pike
    Gwynedd Valley, PA 19437
    (215) 646-8815

  • Rank: #18-1918.- 19. Founding Date: 1861
    Grades: NS-12500 W Willow Grove Avenue
    Philadelphia, PA 19118
    (215) 247-4700

  • Rank: #2020.
    Sacred Heart Academy
    Sacred Heart Academy Photo - Sacred Heart Academy Bryn Mawr is a Catholic, independent college preparatory school for girls K-12, founded in 1865 by the Religious of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Known as SHA, the private girls' school is located in PA outside of Philadelphia with elementary, middle and upper school divisions located on one campus.
    All-girls (Roman Catholic)
    Founding Date: 1865
    Grades: K-12480 S Bryn Mawr Ave
    Bryn Mawr, PA 19010
    (610) 527-3915

  • Rank: #21-2221.- 22.
    The Agnes Irwin School
    The Agnes Irwin School Photo
    All-girls
    Founding Date: 1869
    Grades: NS-12275 S Ithan Ave
    Bryn Mawr, PA 19010
    (610) 525-8400

  • Rank: #21-2221.- 22.
    Western Pennsylvania School For The Deaf
    Special Education School
    Founding Date: 1869
    Grades: PK-12300 East Swissvale Avenue
    Pittsburgh, PA 15218
    (412) 371-7000

  • Rank: #2323.
    Villa Maria Academy High School
    Villa Maria Academy High School Photo
    All-girls (Roman Catholic)
    Founding Date: 1872
    Grades: 9-12370 Central Ave
    Malvern, PA 19355
    (610) 644-2551

  • Rank: #2424.
    Perkiomen School
    Perkiomen School Photo - Innovation Center
    Founding Date: 1875
    Grades: 6-12200 Seminary Street
    Pennsburg, PA 18073
    (215) 679-9511

  • Rank: #2525. Founding Date: 1876
    Grades: 9-122815 Benade Cir
    Bryn Athyn, PA 19009
    (267) 502-2539

  • Rank: #2626.
    MMI Preparatory School
    MMI Preparatory School Photo - MMI Preparatory School Campus
    Special Program Emphasis
    Founding Date: 1879
    Grades: 6-12154 Centre St
    Freeland, PA 18224
    (570) 636-1108

  • Rank: #2727.
    HMS School For Children With Cerebral Palsy
    HMS School For Children With Cerebral Palsy Photo - Physical therapy
    Special Education School
    Founding Date: 1882
    Grades: K-124400 Baltimore Ave
    Philadelphia, PA 19104
    (215) 222-2566

  • Rank: #2828. Founding Date: 1883
    Grades: 9-12423 Fox Chapel Road
    Pittsburgh, PA 15238
    (412) 968-3180

  • Rank: #29-3029.- 30.
    The Haverford School
    The Haverford School Photo - The crew team spent one of its preseason practices at Rushton Farm, a local CSA, harvesting potatoes, weeding the greenhouses, and clearing tomato plants.
    All-boys
    Founding Date: 1884
    Grades: PK-12450 Lancaster Ave.
    Haverford, PA 19041
    (610) 642-3020

  • Rank: #29-3029.- 30.
    Merion Mercy Academy
    All-girls (Roman Catholic)
    Founding Date: 1884
    Grades: 9-12511 Montgomery Ave
    Merion Station, PA 19066
    (610) 664-6655

  • Rank: #3131.
    Christ Academy
    (Anglican)
    Founding Date: 1886
    Grades: K-12523 Clifton Ave
    Darby, PA 19023
    (610) 461-1522

  • Rank: #3232.
    Winchester Thurston School
    Special Program Emphasis
    Founding Date: 1887
    Grades: NS-12555 Morewood Avenue
    Pittsburgh, PA 15213
    (412) 578-7518

  • Rank: #33-3433.- 34.
    The Baldwin School
    The Baldwin School Photo - Girls sometimes learn that the effect they predicted on paper isn't always what happens in the test tube, and that rethinking a reaction-- or learning about the world and coming up with a smart, new prediction-- is the real solution.
    All-girls
    Founding Date: 1888
    Grades: PK-12701 Montgomery Avenue
    Bryn Mawr, PA 19010
    (610) 525-2700

  • Rank: #33-3433.- 34.
    The Kiski School
    The Kiski School Photo - Kiski students learning the skills required to be an arborist.
    All-boys
    Founding Date: 1888
    Grades: 9-121888 Brett Ln
    Saltsburg, PA 15681
    (724) 639-3586

  • Rank: #35-3635.- 36.
    George School
    (Friends)
    Founding Date: 1893
    Grades: 9-121690 Newtown Langhorne Road
    Newtown, PA 18940
    (215) 579-6547

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