Westtown School

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.

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School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.Friends Council on Education (FCE)
National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
State or regional independent school association
The Association of Boarding Schools (TABS)
Religious AffiliationFriends
Grades OfferedGrades Prekindergarten-12
Year Founded1799
Summer School OfferedYes

Student Body

Total Students647 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
20%
State avg.: 23%
Students by Grade Westtown School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers109 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio6:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
79%
Average Class Size15 students
Number of AP Courses55 courses
List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses
Classroom Dress CodeCasual
(no uniforms)

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineFeb. 1 / rolling
Tuition NotesTuition varies by division and by day or boarding
% on Financial Aid
39%
Average Financial Aid Grant$24,989
Acceptance Rate
58%
National avg.: 85%
Admissions DirectorNathan Bohn
Admissions AssociateSamantha Jordan

Sports

Total Sports Offered14 sports
SportsBaseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Dance, Field Hockey, Golf, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball, WrestlingBaseballBasketball,
Cross CountryDance,
Field HockeyGolf,
LacrosseSoccer,
SoftballSwimming,
TennisTrack and Field,
VolleyballWrestling,

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. 
  • There are many things that distinguish Westtown from other schools. Innovations in teaching practices and curricula set us apart, as does our keen focus on Action-Based Education, Global Leadership Initiative, and educating students to be changemakers in the world. That we are a Quaker school grounds and guides us in all endeavors. Innovation is ot new at Westtown. From being the first school in the United States to educate both boys and girls in 1799 to being one of the pilot schools for the Physics First program, Westtown has long been in the vanguard of advances in education.Just as we prepare our students to be leaders and stewards in the world, we prepare ourselves to be leaders in education. Times change, technology changes, and what we know about how students learn best changes. We continually evaluate and revise our curriculum to adapt to an ever-changing world and engage our teachers in vigorous professional development programs. Education in the 21st century demands an emphasis on global competencies, collaboration, critical thinking, writing, and research skills and we rise to meet these demands. 

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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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