The Pembroke Hill School

Pembroke Hill is a community of learners - students, faculty/staff, parents and alumni.
We are dedicated to helping our students achieve educational excellence while guiding them to become individuals of character who believe that they can and do make a difference in our school community and the community beyond Pembroke Hill.

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School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
Independent Schools Association of the Central States (ISACS)
Grades OfferedGrades Nursery/Preschool-12
ADD/ADHD SupportYes
Learning Difference ProgramsYes
Learning Programs SupportedMild Learning Differences
Year Founded1910
Summer School OfferedYes
Summer Program Cost NotesVaries by weeks enrolled
Summer Program DetailsLink to Summer Program Details

Student Body

Total Students1,156 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 17%
Students by Grade The Pembroke Hill School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers139 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio8:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size16 students
Number of AP Courses20 courses
List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses
Advanced CoursesArt History, Biology, Calculus AB, Calculus BC, Chemistry, Chinese, Economics (Micro & Macro), English Literature, Environmental Science, French Language, Latin, Physics 1, Physics 2, Physics C, Psychology, Spanish Languate, Statistics, Studio Art (2-D, 3-D and Drawing), U.S. Government & Politics, U.S. History
Average SAT score1400
Average ACT score30
Matriculation DataMatric. DataLink to Matriculation Data
Classroom Dress CodeCasual

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineJan. 15 / rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost$25,745
Tuition NotesUpper school tuition listed.
% on Financial Aid
Admissions DirectorLaura Linn
Admissions AssociateSamantha Piper


Total Sports Offered17 sports
SportsBaseball, Basketball, Cheering, Cross Country, Dance, Diving, Drill Team, Field Hockey, Football, Golf, Lacrosse, Soccer, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball, WrestlingBaseballBasketball,
CheeringCross Country,
Drill TeamField Hockey,
Track and FieldVolleyball,


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.60 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Club or Organization:
Lower School Chess Club, Lower School Math Club, Lower School Recycling, Lower School Safety Patrol, Middle School Chinese Club, Middle School French Club, Middle School Math Club, Middle School Raider Club, Middle School Recycling, Middle School Sicence Olympiad, Middle School Spanish Club, Middle School Student Council, Upper School Asian Club, Upper School AWARE, Upper School Book Club, Upper School Campus Guides, Upper School Chess Club, Upper School Common Ground, Upper School Community Service Board, Upper School Cooking Club, Upper School Cum Laude, Upper School Environmental Club, Upper School Envirothon Team, Upper School India Club, Upper School International Club, Upper School Italian Club, Upper School L'Alliance Francaise, Upper School Latin Club, Upper School Leadership Advisory Board, Upper School Learning It Together, Upper School Link Crew, Upper School Math Team, Upper School National Forensics League, Upper School Peer Helpers, Upper School Pep Club, Upper School Robotics, Upper School Science Bowl, Upper School Science Olympiad, Upper School Social Media Committee, Upper School Spanish Club, Upper School Student Government, Upper School Youth In Government

Arts and Music Programs:
Lower School Chorus (51st Street Singers), Lower School Private Music Lessons, Middle School Art Club, Middle School Chamber Music, Middle School Collage - Fine Arts Magazine, Middle School Creative Writing Club, Middle School Foreign Language Film Festival Club, Upper School Art Club, Upper School Choral Groups, Upper School Garret - Fine Arts Magazine, Upper School Photo/Film Club, Upper School Pinnacle - Yearbook, Upper School Voice - Newspaper, Upper School Writers Club

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Lower School Field Hockey, Lower School Sports Teams, Lower School Track Club, Upper School Frisbee Club

School Notes

Our History
  • Pembroke Hill was created in 1984 through the merger of the all-girls Sunset Hill School (founded in 1913) and the all-boys Pembroke-Country Day School (founded in 1910).
Our Students
  • Nearly 1,200 students, age 2 years through 12th grade, are enrolled each year. Our students learn in an environment where expectations are high and excellence is expected. At PHS, all students work hard and find supportive peers in their academic and extracurricular endeavors.
  • Students from seven surrounding counties and 78 different zip codes, in both Kansas and Missouri, travel to Pembroke Hill each day. These students represent a variety of socioeconomic, religious, ethnic and racial backgrounds; students of color represent 30 percent of the school population. Over 100 of our current students have at least one parent who was born outside of the United States.
  • In the 2018-19 school year, $3.4 million in need-based financial aid was awarded to approximately 25 percent of the student body.
Class of 2019 Profile
  • Essentially 100 percent of PHS seniors go on to a four-year college. Last year, 104 students graduated from Pembroke Hill.
  • They matriculated to 72 different colleges and universities.
Our Faculty
  • The school has 139 faculty members; 76 have master`s degrees and seven hold doctorates. The average Pembroke Hill faculty member has 17 years of teaching experience.
  • The student-faculty ratio is 11:1 in the Lower School and 15:1 in the Middle and Upper School.
School Life
  • Pembroke Hill has a strong commitment to community service, from our youngest students through upper school. Sixty hours of service during upper school are required for graduation. A large majority exceed this requirement. In 2018-19, forty-nine students earned the Presidential Community Service Award (over 100 hours of community service in a single school year).
  • Our extracurricular program offers extensive opportunities for students beginning in kindergarten. Students may participate in chess, publications, community service, student government, interscholastic athletics (starting in middle school) and special interest clubs. Nearly 80 percent of our upper school students are involved in an extracurricular activity; 75 percent are part of an athletic team.
  • Our parent community is an integral part of PHS. The Parents Association provides tremendous support through volunteers, fundraising and input on school issues.
  • Pembroke Hill is operated by a Board of Trustees whose 24 members include parents, alumni and city leaders.
  • Pembroke Hill is accredited by the Independent Schools Association of the Central States (ISACS) and is a member of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS).

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