The Haverford School has been a leader in boys’ education since 1884, and we are very proud of the many remarkable Haverford graduates who continue to serve our community and nation. However, we believe the best is yet to come and that we are now a school for boys more than we have ever been in the past.
We know more about how boys learn; we do a better job with each boy we teach; and we are a great place for boys to develop their full human potential in our classrooms, art studios, music rooms, and athletic fields. At a time when the advantages of single-sex education are so much in the news, we are proud of celebrating 125 years of being an outstanding school for boys. Please explore how we can best educate your son.
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 not feminine or masculine but the full expression of being a man.
At Haverford, boys play all the roles: they are the artists, the actors, the musicians, the athletes, and, most of all, the keepers of Haverford’s exceptional intellectual reputation. At Haverford, it is okay to like poetry and 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 know that boys and girls interact differently with the educational environment, and we teach to the unique needs and strengths of boys. We trust our boys to administer an Honor Code. We provide a vibrant and challenging service learning curriculum. We focus on those things that make us human: empathy, compassion, and generosity. When you talk to Haverford alumni, they always talk about the great relationships they have with their teachers and classmates. At Haverford, relationships with faculty and friends are unique, and they last a lifetime.
The goal of every school is for their students to become the best adults they can become. At Haverford we believe that our unique attention to how boys learn helps them realize their full human potential, socially, morally, and intellectually. At Haverford, young men get a strong academic foundation, make lifelong friends, and learn to serve their wider community. I hope you will come and see for yourself, and that I will have the pleasure of meeting you on our newly renovated campus.
Welcome to The Haverford School!
Joseph T. Cox, Ph.D.