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Westtown School Photo #1 - The Westtown School campus includes 600 acres of land, a 14-acre lake with a beach and boathouse, and an arboretum and natural forest.
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Westtown School Photo #1 - The Westtown School campus includes 600 acres of land, a 14-acre lake with a beach and boathouse, and an arboretum and natural forest.
Westtown School Photo #2 - At Westtown, athletics are as much a part of the student experience as performing a lab experiment, writing an essay, or giving a presentation.
Westtown School Photo #3 - Our LEED Gold Science Center. Science Center houses six labs, space for independent research, a Design Engineering/robotics space.
Westtown School Photo #4 - The visual and performing arts are an essential part of Westtown School`s educational program and community life. We believe the arts are integral to every child`s development. In each discipline, we emphasize collaboration and the creative process, and our innovative arts curriculum offers opportunities in all three divisions for creative exploration, performance, and the joy of self-expression.
Westtown School Photo #5 - The 14.5 acre Westtown Lake provides a living laboratory for students of all ages.
Westtown School Photo #6 - Westtown students have every possible advantage in the college process, because our college counselors really understand and are devoted to supporting students and families through the journey of college research, visits, applications, and decisions
Westtown School Photo #7 - The iLab was created to give students a specific space for the incubation of ideas, for invention, imagination and impact. It is a space for design thinking, which invites students to find and resolve problems. Design thinking combines the subjective inquiry of the humanities, the objective truth-seeking of the sciences, and the creative and open-ended investigation of art and engineering.
Westtown School Photo #8 - With a hands-on, inquiry-based approach developed at Berkeley, middles schoolers explore topics including chemistry, genetics, programming and electrical engineering. and the biology of emergency medicine
Westtown School Photo #9 - Students are called upon to discover their own voices and interests within the framework of rigorous, college-preparatory academics. The foundation of our Quaker education is built upon the ideal that students` quality of character what kind of people they are becoming is as important to their lives and to the world as their intellectual growth and exploration.
Westtown School, a Quaker, private, co-ed Pre-K-12 day school with boarding options in grades 9 -12, offers a challenging curriculum that emphasizes critical thinking, collaboration, and creativity combined with an exceptional level of attention. Westtown School fosters a culture of reflection and self-discovery in which students can ignite the unique spark that illuminates their passion and purpose. Westtown School inspires and prepares graduates to become stewards and leaders of a better world.

Quick Stats (2024)

  • Top Ranked PA School
  • Grades: Prekindergarten-12
  • Enrollment: 696 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $43,250
  • Acceptance rate: 57%
  • Average class size: 15 students
  • Application Deadline: Jan. 15 / rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

Top Rankings

Westtown School ranks among the top 20% of private schools in Pennsylvania for:

School Overview

Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades Prekindergarten-12
ADD/ADHD Support
Yes
Learning Difference Programs
Yes
Year Founded
1799
Summer School Offered
Yes
Summer Program Details

Student Body

Total Students
696 students
Student Body Type
Co-ed
% Students of Color
34%
State avg.: 26%
Students by Grade
Westtown School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
109 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
6:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
79%
Average Class Size
15 students
List of Courses Offered
Matriculation DataMatric. Data
Classroom Dress Code
Casual
Clean, whole, and appropriate

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
Jan. 15 / rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost
Tuition Notes
Tuition varies by division, day, or boarding from $17,325 to $70,250. See Tuition Breakdown by using this link: www.westtown.edu
Summer Program Cost Notes
Summer program cost varies for age and program
% on Financial Aid
43%
Average Financial Aid Grant
$34,327
Acceptance Rate
57%
National avg.: 85%
Admissions Director
Nathan Bohn
Admissions Associate
Samantha Jordan
Endowment Size
$110.7 million

Sports

Extracurriculars

Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.
60 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.
Club or Organization:
Admission Tour Guides, Amicus (Year book), Amnesty International, Art @ Westtown, Audio / Video Club, Bike Club, Book Club, Brainstorm Club, Brown & White (School Newspaper), Business and Entrepreneurship Club, Chess Club, Chinese Language & Culture Club, CITE (Culture & Identity Through Expression), Classics Club, Computer Science Club, Cooking Club, Dance Club, Debate Club, Debate Team, Disciplinary Council, Drama Club, Earth Club, Epiphanies (Literary Magazine), Fantasy Club, Feminist Advocating for Equality, Film Club, Focus Bible Study, Green Coalition, Habitat for Humanity, Hearts for Hearts (H4H), International Students Organization (ISO), Investment Club, Knitting Club, Magic Club, Math Club, Metal Moose - Team 1391 (Robotics), Mock Trial, Model UN, Photography Club, Poetry Club, Quaker Leadership Program, Rainbow Alliance, Rightly Political, Science Club, Sexual Health Awareness & Education (SHAE), Sports Nutrition Club, Step Club, Student Council, Students of Color Association (SOCA), The Buzz (Worldwide issues Newspaper), Ultimate Frisbee Club, Unite for Her (UFH), Westtown Democrats Association, Women in STEM, Work Program, WT Healthcare Club

Arts and Music Programs:
LAD (Lighting & Design)

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Strength and Conditioning, WOC (Westtown Outing Club), WT E-Sports

School Notes

  • Westtown School is a Quaker, private, co-ed Pre-K-12 day school with boarding options in grades 9 -12 in Chester County, Pennsylvania. Westtown is located on600 acres of land, including a 14-acre lake, an arboretum, a natural forest, and an instructional organic farm.
  • Students at Westtown are challenged to realize their intellectual, physical, emotional, and spiritual potential. Truth, openness, and honesty are values which undergird the school community. A spirit of inquiry reigns in the classroom, and students are encouraged to think creatively, to feel the condition of others, and to listen to their inner selves. Westtown expects students to be critical, independent thinkers who can work with a spirit of cooperation, understanding, and tolerance of the views of others.
  • The Westtown experience is defined by rigorous academic preparation for college, community living in a diverse environment, weekly Meeting for Worship, and participation in the school`s unique Work Program. These shared events reflect and teach the fundamental Quaker values of consensus, nonviolent conflict resolution, and physical work dignity.
  • Sample of notable school alumni/alumnae:
    • Kevin Roose '15 - A technology columnist for the New York Times and a writer-at-large for the New York Times Magazine, the New York Times bestselling author of two books, named to Forbes' "30 Under 30" and Time's list of the 140 best Twitter feeds.
    • Jullee Wilson '00 - Senior Fashion Editor at The Huffington Post, and has written for Conde Nast Traveler, Vibe, Real Simple, and Parenting, in addition to serving on the advisory board for Harlem’s Fashion Row.
    • Don Wildman '79 - Current host and narrator of Off Limits, Mysteries at the Museum, and Monumental Mysteries on the Travel Channel, hosted and narrated Weird Travels that formerly aired on the Travel Channel
    • Mo Bamba '17 - Profession Basketball Player with the Philadelphia 76ers in the NBA. Mo was the 6th overall lottery pick to the Orlando Magic in the 2018 NBA Draft.
    • Celina Tio '88 - A James Beard Award Winning Chef and Certified Cicerone. She has appeared in several cooking series such as Top Chef Masters, Iron Chef America, and The Next Iron Chef.
Source: Verified school update

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does Westtown School cost?
Westtown School's tuition is approximately $43,250 for private students.
What is the acceptance rate of Westtown School?
The acceptance rate of Westtown School is 57%, which is lower than the national average of 86%. Westtown School's acceptance rate is ranked among the top private schools in Pennsylvania with low acceptance rates.
Who are famous alumni from Westtown School?
Westtown School famous alumni include: Kevin Roose '15, Jullee Wilson '00, Don Wildman '79, Mo Bamba '17 and Celina Tio '88.
Does Westtown School offer a summer program?
Yes, Westtown School offers a summer program. Visit their summer school page for more information.
What sports does Westtown School offer?
Westtown School offers 15 interscholastic sports: Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Dance, Field Hockey, Golf, Lacrosse, Rock Climbing, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, Winter Track and Wrestling. Westtown School is ranked as one of the top 20% of private schools in Pennsylvania for most sports offered.
What is Westtown School's ranking?
When is the application deadline for Westtown School?
The application deadline for Westtown School is Jan. 15 / rolling (applications are due on Jan. 15 but additional applications are reviewed year-round as space permits ).

School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (10 reviews)
5  
Westtown prepared me for college both academically and personally. When it came time to send our children to school we chose Westtown. The boarding environment allows students to form strong, healthy relationships with each other and their teachers. Yes, the campus is gorgeous and the facilities like the gym and science center are beautiful, but it is Westtown's commitment to educating the whole child that is really outstanding.
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My son was passionate about Westtown`s Middle School (not many people can say that about their preteen years!) and is now fully in love with the Upper School. He boards, so he is living the Westtown experience, and I have never seen him happier or more himself. He has access to talented teachers who are committed to students beyond the classroom--a team of favorite individuals who live at school, coach, advise, volunteer, and give of themselves daily. His coursework is intelligent and challenging--ranging from Latin taught in an immersion setting, to an accelerated Algebra 2/ Trig class, to Peace and Justice, a class where students digest the news (as well as history) and share openly. Above all, Westtown offers a small and supportive community--not in word, but in action. They teach students that friendships and mentorships matter. They grow students` confidence, but also their grace. There are plenty of independent schools that are standouts for their academics, facilities, and college placement records. Westtown quite simply offers more.
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Westtown is an amazing educational experience. The teachers are very knowledgeable in their subject matter and teach with passion and enthusiasm. The classes are discussion based and this allows for every student to find their unique voice. The classroom experience at Westtown school is intellectually stimulating and socially engaging. The diversity of the student body allows learning about different places, people, and cultures through the eyes of its amazing international students a very exciting experience.
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5  
Westtown School has an amazing campus that provides a conducive atmosphere for learning, and the discussion-based teaching guides each student to discover their own unique voice.
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5  
One of my favorite things about Westtown is it's sense of community. When you go on a tour, it's something your tour guide is sure to mention, but you don't really begin to understand what they mean until you go to school at Westtown. The people at Westtown, all the people, are what makes it so great. Before I went to school at Westtown, I didn't know the name of every person in my grade, let alone most of the teacher`s names. Now, I can name most people`s full names from my graduating class just because I got to know them on a deeper level. I love that I have become so close to my teachers and that now, even after I graduated, I can go to them with any problems I have or simply come back and visit and be welcomed with open arms.
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5  
Westtown's particular academic and social atmosphere truly brought out the best of me during my four years there. Each teacher had a style of teaching that was not only unique to themself but one that was catered to suit any learning style of a student. Likewise, classrooms were set up in such a way that stimulated critical thinking and intellectual discussions. Outside of the classroom I was able to participate in many extracurricular activities such as orchestra and lacrosse which allowed me to interact with a large array of other students and develop close bonds. Not only did Westtown provide me with the education to succeed in my lifetime it also provided memories I will remember for a lifetime.
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5  
I graduated a year ago from Westtown and I am very thankful of the four years I spent there with the community. If I had stayed in Korea instead of going to Westtown School, I would have never set foot on this path I am on today. The Westtown community and everything they taught me revolutionized the way I think. Especially the two classes I took, "Religion & Social Change" and "From Hiroshima to 9/11", made me identify my true values. Through individual research papers to group presentations and debates, I gained a lot of knowledge of conflicts around the world and the right set of skill on how to vocalize action to approach them. From helping me have a multicultural and international mindset to expanding my knowledge and set of skills, Westtown taught me how to be a true global citizen.
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5  
We looked at many schools in New England and Pennsylvania and liked Westtown very much as soon as we - parents and daughter - visited. Our daughter boarded for three years and did extremely well, academically and socially. As parents, we wanted our daughter to grow in values as well as in intellect. She did and Westtown was a great help. She got into her first choice for college, too. We wish we had sent our son there, too.
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5  
I attended Westtown for fourteen years and boarded my junior and senior year. I am so grateful for the education it gave me- it was truly a unique experience. the community at Westtown is one you will not find anywhere else, and the dedication of it's teachers to giving students new perspectives was something I valued very much. I feel that I came out of high school as a much more socially conscious, responsible, well-informed, and independent person than I would have if I didn't go to Westtown.
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5  
I graduated from Westtown School in 2014 and it was my home away from home for 13 years. I grew up with most of my classmates there, and at the time, I didn't think it'd be possible for us to get any closer. To my surprise, that's exactly what happened. After entering the Upper School, I watched as my class almost doubled in size when students started coming from all over the world. My peers and I were able to forge new connections and our bonds only grew stronger when we moved in on dorm together. Living with my classmates helped me to learn more about them in ways that weren't possible within the academic day. Not only did Westtown give me a strong student community, but it also gave me teachers who made me feel like I was a part of a larger family.
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Quick Stats (2024)

  • Top Ranked PA School
  • Grades: Prekindergarten-12
  • Enrollment: 696 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $43,250
  • Acceptance rate: 57%
  • Average class size: 15 students
  • Application Deadline: Jan. 15 / rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

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The average private school tuition in Chester County, PA is $22,168 for elementary schools and $30,071 for high schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
The average acceptance rate in Chester County, PA is 79% (read more about average acceptance rates across the country).

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