Haverford is easily accessible to public transportation, including SEPTA regional rail (Paoli/Thorndale), bus (#105), and trolley (#100), as well as buses from 20 districts, and many roadways including I-76 and 476
Founded 1884 as The Haverford College Grammar School; moved to current location in 1903, at which time the School’s name was changed to The Haverford School
Lower School (JrK-grade 5) ............ 334
Middle School (grades 6-8) ............ 229
Upper School (grades 9-12) ........... 438
Total ........................................... 1,001
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In 2005, Haverford discontinued its Advanced Placement program, migrating to an improved curriculum demanding more creativity, critical thinking, and independence. Haverford is distinguished for its writing-intensive curriculum, emphasis on the arts, decision education program, character mentor program, advanced laboratory science initiative with the University of Pennsylvania, and its senior independent project. Haverford has achieved notable distinction in VEX robotics, the DECA competition for emerging leaders and entrepreneurs, and the National Merit Scholarship program. Our academic program is complemented by student leadership opportunities (Honor Council, Signet Society, Service Board, and many others) and clubs and activities (see below).
Average SAT scores, classes 2010-14:
Critical Reading: 630; Math: 640; Writing: 630; Combined: 1900
Six Rhodes Scholars
National Merit Scholarship Competition, Classes 2010-14:
52 Commended; 30 Semifinalists, 30 Finalists recognized
All classrooms include interactive whiteboards, sound systems, and projectors. We provide full access to high-speed Internet; we support 800+ School-owned computers and a BYOD program in Upper School, multiple netbook/laptop carts school-wide, and the Lower School is implementing an iPad pilot program.
Haverford is a member of the historic Inter-Academic Athletic League, or Inter-Ac, formed in 1887 as the Inter-Academic Athletic Association. The Inter-Ac is the country's oldest inter-scholastic athletic conference and was expanded in 2013 to include girls' sports. The league consists of The Haverford School, The Agnes Irwin School, The Baldwin School, The Episcopal Academy, Germantown Academy, Malvern Preparatory School, The Academy of Notre Dame de Namur, Springside Chestnut Hill Academy, and William Penn Charter School.
Haverford fields 16 varsity sports. In the past decade, Haverford has won championships in cross-country, soccer, football, squash, hockey, lacrosse, baseball, tennis, crew, wrestling, and golf. In 2011, the varsity lacrosse team achieved a perfect 23-0 season, ranking No. 1 overall in the nation, and repeated this achievement in 2015 with a 26-0 record. The varsity tennis team achieved perfect seasons in 2012 and 2013, earned the Inter-Ac League title for the sixth consecutive year in 2015, and ranked 6th in the nation in 2015.
The Fords have won the Heyward Cup, awarded each year to the Inter-Ac school with the best overall league record, 15 times – more than any other Inter-Ac school – including 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1980, 1989, 1994, 2000, 2005, 2006, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, and 2015.
Varsity athletics teams
Fall: cross-country, football, golf, soccer, water polo
Winter: basketball, hockey, squash, swimming & diving, winter track, wrestling
Spring: baseball, crew, lacrosse, tennis, track & field
The School also offers non-varsity Crew (fall) and Ultimate (spring).
The arts program at Haverford is thriving. Our visual arts program includes 10 dedicated art studio spaces and several gallery/exhibition spaces; our acclaimed drama program stages several productions each year; and our choral ensembles have sung at The White House, Carnegie Hall, the Academy of Music, Lincoln Center, and on tour in Italy, Switzerland, Sweden, France, and Bermuda and earned honors as members of the regional and national honor boy choirs, children’s choirs, and men’s choirs of the American Choral Directors’ Association. Haverford boasts an outstanding lower school music curriculum and also a full-fledged voice and instrumental conservatory.
Clubs & Activities
A sampling of clubs includes: Dramatics Club, Diplomacy Society, The Index
(student newspaper), Guitar Club, Economics Club, Diversity Alliance, DECA Team, Academic Team, Pegasus
(literary & arts magazine), Mock Trial Team, Poetry Club, Film Club, Model UN, the Haligoluk
(yearbook), Sustainability Alliance, Robotics, Debate Team, Chess Team, Stage Crew, a fully-fledged service learning program, and many more (see our clubs page
for more information).
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