Phillips Academy Andover

5.00 5 1 (1 review)
Tel: (978)749-4050
  • Students come to Andover to join 1100 smart, engaged, passionate students from around the world; to work with brilliant, accomplished teachers; to have access to unparalled resources; and to feel a sense of limitless opportunity.
  • Imagine a school where it's cool to be smart. What if you could learn and grow in a warm, welcoming community surrounded by curious, motivated peers and inspirational teachers? At Andover, not only is it cool to be excited about Renaissance literature, a mysterious 19th-century skeleton, or AP math-your classmates are likely to share your enthusiasm. Conversations about issues like Middle East peace, gender roles, immigration, and sustainable energy, continue throughout the day.
  • Imagine teachers who give you the freedom to think openly and deeply, to question and make mistakes. With more than 300 dynamic courses, Andover's rigorous academic program offers a strong foundation in the arts, humanities, mathematics, and natural sciences.
  • Our more than 150 electives include student-faculty research, independent projects, and immersive learning opportunities locally and abroad. There is no single teaching method. Faculty share a philosophy of "learning by doing" and a zeal for using technology to inform and empower. The Academy's approach to teaching not only prepares students superbly for college, but also instills a lifelong love of learning.

School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc. New England Association of Schools and Colleges
Religious Affiliation Nonsectarian
Grades Offered Grades 9-12
Offers Post-Graduate Year Yes
Year Founded 1778

Student Body

Total Students 1150 students
Student Body Type Co-ed
% Students of Color
46%
State avg.: 23%
Students by Grade Phillips Academy Andover Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers 218 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio 5:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
83%
Average Class Size 13 students
Number of AP Courses 70 courses
List of Courses Offered Link to List of Courses
Advanced Courses A Room of Their Own: Women's Studies and Literature, A Social History of Latin America, Accelerated Advanced Chemistry, Advanced Biology, Advanced Chinese, Advanced College Chemistry, Advanced courses in painting, ceramics, drawing, photography, video, Advanced Electronic Music, Advanced Fourth-Level German, Advanced Latin Authors, Advanced Theory & Composition, Advanced Topics in French, African Literature, An Introductory Survey of African American Literature, AP AB Calculus, AP Accelerated AB Calculus, AP Accelerated BC Calculus, AP BC Calculus, AP Chemistry, AP Computer Science, AP Statistics, Applied Logic, Architecture, Asia (history), Atomic America: Service Learning, Calculus-Based Physics, California Dreaming, Chamber Music Performance Seminar, Children in Literature: Growing Up in a Changing World, Community Engagement in the City of Lawrence: We, the People (Spanish), Comparative Government, Contemporary American Poetry, Creative Nonfiction, Creative Writing: Fiction, Creative Writing:Poetry, Critical Race Theory: The American Dream Deferred, Current Events and Multimedia: Approaches to the Hispanic World (Spanish), Economics Research Colloquiem, Ethics:The Environment, Foundations of Modern Physics, Haunted by Shadows:Viewing African Independence through Lens and Literature, History of Art, Honors Computer Science Seminar: Software Design; Computer Graphics; Data Structures & Algorithms, Honors Math Seminar: Differential Equations; The Genius of Euler; Bayesian Statistics, Human Anatomy and Physiology, Introduction to Hispanic Literature (Spanish), Introduction to Theory and Composition, James Joyce, Justice and Globalization, Macroeconomics and the Global Consumer, Medieval Literature, Microeconomics and the Developing World, Molecular and Cellular Biology: Indepdendent Laboratory Research, Multivariable Calculus and Linear Algebra, Nonviolence and Social Change, Our Americas: Crossing Borders (Spanish), Out of Tune: Music and the State in the 20th Century, Playwriting, Race and Comparative American Literatures, Religion and Pilgrimage, Shakespeare, The American Civil War, The Internet in Print, The Middle East, The World in Pieces:Poetry and Cinema of the Avant-Garde, Twentieth Century Drama, U.S. History, Understanding Latin America (Spanish), Writers in Depth
Average SAT score 1419
Average ACT score 30
Matriculation DataMatric. Data Link to Matriculation Data
Classroom Dress Code Casual
(No dress code)

Finances and Admission

Admission Deadline Feb. 1
Yearly Tuition Cost $52,600
Tuition Notes Boarding Tuition: $52,600 Day Tuition: $41,000
% on Financial Aid
48%
Average Financial Aid Grant $39,800
Acceptance Rate
13%
National avg.: 85%
Admissions Director James F. Ventre '79
Admissions Associate Jill Thompson
Endowment Size 970 million

Sports

Total Sports Offered 26 sports
Sports Ballet, Baseball, Basketball, Crew, Cross Country, Cycling, Dance, Diving, Fencing, Field Hockey, Football, Golf, Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, Nordic Skiing, Soccer, Softball, Squash, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, Ultimate Frisbee, Volleyball, Water Polo, Winter Track, WrestlingBalletBaseball,
BasketballCrew,
Cross CountryCycling,
DanceDiving,
FencingField Hockey,
FootballGolf,
Ice HockeyLacrosse,
Nordic SkiingSoccer,
SoftballSquash,
SwimmingTennis,
Track and FieldUltimate Frisbee,
VolleyballWater Polo,
Winter TrackWrestling,

Extracurriculars

Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric. 54 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric. 3D Printing Club, ARC Buddies, Academy Manor Nursing Home volunteers, ActiveMinds Andover, AdoptaPlatoon, Afro-Latino-American Society (Af-Lat-Am), Alianza (Latino Student Alliance), Amnesty International Club, Andover Ambassadors, Andover Art Society, Andover Japanese Connection, Andover-Lawrence String Program, App Development, Archaeology and History Club, Architecture Club, Art Exchange, Art Music Society, Art for Expression, Asian Society, Astronomy Club, Azure, Babel Foreign Language Magazine, Backtracks Magazine, Baking Club, Ballroom Dance Society, Bancroft Elementary Teachers Aides, Big Idea Club, Birding Club, Blue Key Society, Blue Strut, Boss Magazine, Bread & Roses community kitchen volunteers, Bread Loaf Pen Pel Program, Bread Loaf Writing Workshop, Campuses against Cancer, Catholic Student Fellowship, Chess Club, Chinese Language & Culture Club, Chinese Taiwanese Student Association, Christian Fellowship Club, Classical Music Forum, Classical Physics Club, Classics Club, Cluster Ultimate Frisbee, Clutch Collaborative, Coed Crew, Community Awareness For Everyone (CAFE), Computer Science Club, Constructed Languages Club, Courant Art & Literary Magazine, Culinary Appreciation Club, Culture Politics & Religion (CPR), Cyber Security and Forensics Club, blue.print ARC Buddies, AdoptaPlatoon, Art Exchange, Asian Society, Astronomy Club, Azure, Baking Club, Big Idea Club, Birding Club, Blue Strut, Boss Magazine, Chess Club, Classics Club, Coed Crew, blue.print, 3D Printing Club,
Academy Manor Nursing Home volunteers,
ActiveMinds Andover,
Afro-Latino-American Society (Af-Lat-Am),
Alianza (Latino Student Alliance),
Amnesty International Club,
Andover Ambassadors,
Andover Art Society,
Andover Japanese Connection,
Andover-Lawrence String Program,
App Development,
Archaeology and History Club,
Architecture Club,
Art Music Society,
Art for Expression,
Babel Foreign Language Magazine,
Backtracks Magazine,
Ballroom Dance Society,
Bancroft Elementary Teachers Aides,
Blue Key Society,
Bread & Roses community kitchen volunteers,
Bread Loaf Pen Pel Program,
Bread Loaf Writing Workshop,
Campuses against Cancer,
Catholic Student Fellowship,
Chinese Language & Culture Club,
Chinese Taiwanese Student Association,
Christian Fellowship Club,
Classical Music Forum,
Classical Physics Club,
Cluster Ultimate Frisbee,
Clutch Collaborative,
Community Awareness For Everyone (CAFE),
Computer Science Club,
Constructed Languages Club,
Courant Art & Literary Magazine,
Culinary Appreciation Club,
Culture Politics & Religion (CPR),
Cyber Security and Forensics Club,

School Notes

  • One of the Latin mottoes on our seal translates as "The end depends on the beginning." Andover is a place where we're always beginning. We're always discovering new opportunities, experimenting with an approach, finding the courage to take risks. We're always looking for new ways to reach out to people in need, to work together with new communities. Always making room for you to be your most honest, authentic, daring self.
  • We are a culturally rich, intentionally diverse community. With nearly every U.S. state and 45 countries represented on our campus, we have much to learn from one another. Learn more about 10 years of needs-blind admission: https://youtu.be/HzLS7cJp85s
  • We offer over 300 courses with an average class size of 13. They are intensely interactive, all designed to inspire a lifelong love of learning.
  • We have hundreds of friendly, caring faculty and staff members, including more than 200 classroom teachers-nearly all of whom live on campus. They are ever-present as teachers, coaches, academic advisors, house counselors, mentors, and lifelong resources. 
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School Reviews

5  5/17/2016
If you are a hardworker, Andover is the right place for you. Truly the best school out there, and prepares you for college extremely well. You won't think that anything is hard after 4 years at this place...GO BIG BLUE!
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