At-a-Glance

Location

450 Lancaster Ave., Haverford, PA 19041  [Map→]

School composition

Nonsectarian college preparatory day school for boys
Grades preschool through 12

Campus & facilities
  • 30 acres, suburban
  • 10 buildings, including our LEED Gold-certified Upper School building constructed in 2008 (read more)
  • 4 athletic fields
    (See detailed list of facilities at right)
Transportation

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

Date of establishment

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

Accreditation and memberships

National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
Pennsylvania Association of Independent Schools (PAIS)
Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools (MSACS)
National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
International Boys' Schools Coalition (IBSC)
Multicultural Resource Center (MCRC)
Coalition for Youth of Lower Merion and Narberth (Coalition)

Headmaster

John A. Nagl, D.Phil. P'20
B.S., United States Military Academy
M.Phil., St. John's College, Oxford University
D.Phil., St. Antony's College, Oxford University
M.M.A.S., United States Army Command and General Staff College

Enrollment

Lower School (JrK-grade 5) ............ 344
Middle School (grades 6-8) ............ 227
Upper School (grades 9-12) ........... 438
Total ........................................... 1,009

Faculty

Total: 120 full-time (62 men, 58 women)
Degrees Held by Faculty:
  Doctorates: 6
  Master's: 63

Average class size, Upper School

16

Advanced-level courses, Upper School

34 

Student profile

24.0 percent students of color
Students come from more than 90 different ZIP codes

Tuition & Tuition Assistance

Tuition: $21,000-$34,800
$5.9 million granted in need-based tuition assistance
29 percent of families receive assistance
Average grant: $19,000
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Total number of graduates
2009: 88
2010: 96
2011: 96
2012: 87
2013: 103
 
Top colleges & universities attended by
the most graduates in the last five years
University of Pennsylvania (35), Penn State (21), Bucknell (15), Georgetown (13), U. Pittsburgh (13), Wake Forest (12), Lafayette (11), Princeton (12), Syracuse (10), U. Virginia (10), Duke (9), Harvard (9), Drexel (8), Temple (8), U. Richmond (8)
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Graduates admitted to four-year colleges & universities

100 percent

Academic profile

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 2009-13: 
Critical Reading: 630; Math: 640; Writing: 630; Combined: 1900

Academic achievement

Six Rhodes Scholars
National Merit Scholarship Competition, Classes 2009-13:
52 Commended; 35 Semifinalists, 35 Finalists recognized

Technology

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.

Athletics

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. The varsity tennis team achieved perfect seasons in 2012 and 2013, amassing a 48-0 record, and earned the Inter-Ac League title for the fourth consecutive year. The Fords have won the Heyward Cup (awarded each year to the Inter-Ac school with the best overall league record) 14 times – more than any other Inter-Ac school – including 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1980, 1989, 1994, 2000, 2005, 2006, 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2013.

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

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). 

Questions?

Please feel free to contact our Communications Office by email at communications@haverford.org or call 484-417-2763.

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Community Impact

Just as we believe our students should be caring and compassionate members of our School community, we believe that our School should play an active role in the community at large. Learn more about how we engage and support our community.

School facilities

  • 80 classrooms
  • 2 libraries with more than 40,000 combined volumes
  • 11 science labs
  • 5 computer labs
  • 1 innovation lab
  • 2 auditoriums
  • 2 theaters
  • 10 art studios
  • 9 music studios
  • 3 gymnasiums
  • 4 athletic fields (three field turf, one grass)
  • 4 tennis courts
  • 25-meter pool
  • 4 international-size squash courts
  • 1 full quarter-mile outdoor rubberized athletic track
  • Full fitness and weight training center
  • Wrestling pavilion