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Westtown School Photo #1 - The Westtown School campus includes 600 acres of land, a 14-acre lake with 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 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 14.5 acre Westtown Lake provides a living laboratory for students of all ages.
Westtown School Photo #5 - 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 #6 - 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 #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 (2021-22)

  • Top Ranked PA School
  • Grades: Prekindergarten-12
  • Students: 695 students
  • Acceptance rate: 57%
  • Average class size: 15 students
  • Application Deadline: Feb. 1 / rolling

Top Rankings

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

School Overview

Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades Prekindergarten-12
Year Founded
1799
Summer School Offered
Yes
Summer Program Cost Notes
Summer program cost varies for age and program
Summer Program Details

Student Body

Total Students
695 students
Student Body Type
Co-ed
% Students of Color
35%
State avg.: 25%
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
Number of AP Courses
10 courses
List of Courses Offered
Matriculation DataMatric. Data
Classroom Dress Code
Casual
(no uniforms)

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
Feb. 1 / rolling
Tuition Notes
Tuition varies by division and by day or boarding from $16,400 - $63,650
% on Financial Aid
44%
Average Financial Aid Grant
$33,117
Acceptance Rate
57%
National avg.: 85%
Admissions Director
Nathan Bohn
Admissions Associate
Samantha Jordan
Endowment Size
$103 million

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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 on 600 acres of land including a 14-acre lake, an arboretum, natural forest, and 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 resolution of conflict, and the dignity of physical work.
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School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (10 reviews)
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 (2021-22)

  • Top Ranked PA School
  • Grades: Prekindergarten-12
  • Students: 695 students
  • Acceptance rate: 57%
  • Average class size: 15 students
  • Application Deadline: Feb. 1 / rolling

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The average private school tuition in Chester County, PA is $20,134 for elementary schools and $32,061 for high schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
The average acceptance rate in Chester County, PA is 75% (read more about average acceptance rates across the country).

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