The Haverford School

The Haverford School Photo #1 - Our best-for-boys curriculum and unparalleled academics have set us apart for more than 130 years. Here, Upper School students conduct an independent research project to design, build, and program an entry for the Soft Robotics Toolkit competition hosted by Harvard University.
The Haverford School Photo #1 - Our best-for-boys curriculum and unparalleled academics have set us apart for more than 130 years. Here, Upper School students conduct an independent research project to design, build, and program an entry for the Soft Robotics Toolkit competition hosted by Harvard University.
The Haverford School Photo #2 - Lower Schoolers have an astronomy lesson and chart constellations inside a 15-foot inflatable planetarium.
The Haverford School Photo #3 - 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.
The Haverford School Photo #4 - Haverford fields 17 interscholastic sports. 2017-18 accolades include: squash- No. 2 national ranking, MASA Champions for third consecutive year; tennis- Inter-Ac Champions for ninth consecutive year; swimming-Inter-Ac Champions, Eastern Interscholastic Swimming Champions; basketball- Inter-Ac Champions, PAISSA tournament finalist.
The Haverford School Photo #5 - The crew team spent one of its preseason practices at Rushton Farm, a local CSA, harvesting potatoes, weeding the greenhouses, and clearing tomato plants.
The Haverford School Photo #6 - Seniors continue the tradition of escorting kindergarten students through the Walk of Virtues to The Haverford School's opening day assembly.
The Haverford School Photo #7 - Sixth-grade art students engineer and design "amazing mazes."
The Haverford School Photo #8 - 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 Photo #9 - The Haverford brotherhood is evident from our boys' first days. Here, Upper School language students teach pre-kindergarten boys to write and speak the numbers 1-5 in Chinese.
The Haverford School Photo #10 - 95% of the Class of 2018 was admitted to one of their top three college choices, while 14% of the senior class was recognized by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.
  • 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.

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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 AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades Prekindergarten-12
Year Founded1884

Student Body

Total Students977 students
Student Body TypeAll-boys
% Students of Color
State avg.: 22%
Students by GradeThe Haverford School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers114 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio9:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size16 students
List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses
Average SAT score1360
Average ACT score29
Matriculation DataMatric. DataLink to Matriculation Data
Classroom Dress CodeFormal
(polo shirt and khaki pants in Lower School; jacket and tie in Middle and Upper School)

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNone / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost$38,800
Tuition NotesTuition ranges from $23,000-$38,800. $8.4 million is granted in need-based tuition assistance, with 36% of families receiving aid.
% on Financial Aid
Average Financial Aid Grant$24,000
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions DirectorBrian McBride
Admissions AssociateCourtney Sanchez
Endowment Size$76 million


Total Sports Offered18 sports
SportsBaseball, 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.33 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Club or Organization:
Academic Team/Quiz Bowl, Astronomy Club, Athletes Helping Athletes, Business Club, Ceramics Club, Chess Club, Chinese Club, Creative Writing Club, Debate Team, Diplomacy Society, Diversity Alliance, Economics Club, Fantasy Football Club, Film Club, Gender Club, Haligoluk (yearbook), Improv Club, Mock Trial, Model UN, Paddle Tennis Club, Pegasus (literary magazine), Philosophy Club, Photography Club, Ping-Pong Club, Poetry Club, Robotics, Software Club, Stage Crew, Student Technology Advisory Group (STAG), Sustainability Alliance, TED Club, The Index (school newspaper), Video Game Clu

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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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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