Welcome to Haverford!

A few years ago, my family and I were looking for the right school for our son. When we visited The Haverford School, we knew immediately that we had found the right place. After one particularly invigorating discussion with some members of the faculty about how boys learn and what they need to learn to become men of character, Susi turned to me and said, “These are the people I want to teach our son.” Our decision was made.

At Haverford, we create a culture that celebrates boys. We recognize their innate competitiveness, their boundless energy, their need to learn with their hands and by doing, their sense of humor, their sense of justice and fairness, and their age-appropriate learning needs, and we teach accordingly. We develop compassion and empathy, and teach that such traits are the full expression of being a man. 

At Haverford, boys are artists, actors, musicians, athletes, and keepers of Haverford’s exceptional intellectual and moral reputation. They administer an Honor Code that governs the conduct of all members of the community. At Haverford, it is okay to like poetry, music, and art and, at the same time, compete in the oldest and most demanding secondary school sports league in the country, the Inter-Academic League.

The Haverford School has a consistent vision of the best that boys can be. We teach to the unique needs and strengths of boys. We provide a vibrant and challenging service learning curriculum. We focus on those things that make us human: empathy, compassion, and generosity. At Haverford, relationships with faculty and friends are gifts that last a lifetime.

For the past 130 years, The Haverford School has been dedicated to teaching boys and to helping them grow – in the arts, academics, athletics, and in moral character. Graduates of The Haverford School have consistently had national and international impact in government, business, entertainment, and the world of sports; the boys who are here now will do even better. When I met these boys, I saw the people I wanted to serve as role models and mentors for my own son. When you meet them, I’m confident that you’ll feel the same way.

Go Fords!

John A. Nagl, D.Phil. P'20
Ninth Headmaster 


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John A. Nagl, D.Phil. P'20
Ninth Headmaster

with preschoolers from
The Haverford Center

School accreditations

  • Pennsylvania Association of Independent Schools (PAIS), 2011
  • Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools (MSACS), 2011
  • National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), 2011

School memberships

  • National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
  • Pennsylvania Association of Independent Schools (PAIS)
  • International Boys' Schools Coalition (IBSC), Co-Founder
  • The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
  • Association of Delaware Valley Independent Schools (ADVIS)
  • Center for the Study of Boys and Girls Lives (CSBGL)
  • Multicultural Resource Center (MCRC)
  • Decision Education Foundation (DEF)
  • The Coalition for Youth of Lower Merion & Narberth (CYLMN)