Applying to Haverford

Choosing the right school for your son is very important. We urge you to take the time to investigate your options and decide as a family what will be best for him. We are committed to making the process as pleasant and informative as possible. Use the tabs below to learn more.

The Admissions Process: Overview

Entry Level Grades

Our entry level grades are Junior Kindergarten, 5th, 6th, and 9th grades. We may also have a few openings in Kindergarten.

All other grades have openings ONLY through attrition.

How to Apply

Completing the application begins our formal dialogue to decide if Haverford is the right match for your son. You may apply online or download, complete, and submit a printable copy of our application (see the 'Forms & Downloads' tab above). If you choose to download the application, please return it to us with a check for $60. The online application fee is $40.

Visiting Us

We enjoy meeting families and talking about Haverford; especially discussing your son. Please call the Admissions Office to arrange a visit. We look forward to the opportunity to discuss your hopes for your son and how we can best meet his needs.

Building Your File

Your son’s admissions file will consist of:

  • Thoughts you’ve shared with us about your son
  • Your son’s application
  • Teacher recommendations
  • School records
  • Independent School Entrance Examination – grades 6-12   (Learn more and register for the ISEE here)
  • All students for whom English is not their first language are required to take the TOEFL test and earn a score of 100 or greater (Learn more and register for the TOEFL here). In addition to the TOEFL test , a Skype interview must be conducted with the student applicant.
Making Decisions

You and your son will be deciding where he will thrive. At the same time, experienced teachers and administrators at Haverford will carefully evaluate your son’s file. We enroll only boys who we believe will enjoy and be enriched by their Haverford experience. We urge you to call us at any time to help in your family deliberations.

Timing it Right

The sooner you apply, the sooner we may begin the evaluation process. We enroll the majority of new students in junior kindergarten, 5th, 6th, and 9th grades. In other grades, we cannot predict how many openings will occur. Accordingly, when the file is complete and an admissions decision is made, we will give you a clear assessment of the enrollment picture in your son’s grade.

Keeping in Touch

We encourage you to let us know your thoughts and to ask questions as they occur. Your feedback will help us do a better job of serving you. Please let us know your decision as soon as you can; there are far more applicants than openings in most of our grades, and the sooner we are aware of your decision, the sooner we can inform other families about their options. We always look forward to hearing from you.

Status Report

In order to be considered for admission into The Haverford School, your son’s application file must be complete. For your convenience, we have included a link below enabling you to check on the status of your son’s file at any time. You may also contact our office to check on your son's status.

Check the Status of My Son’s Application >


Henry Fairfax
Director of Admissions


Suzanne Tassoni
Admissions Office Manager

For Inquiries & General Questions:
Robin Roach
Administrative Assistant

Nondiscrimination Policy

At The Haverford School, we believe that our dynamic learning community is strengthened in all ways with many different voices, viewpoints, and backgrounds. We administer our educational and admissions policies, tuition assistance program, athletic program, and other school programs, including the hiring of faculty and staff, without discrimination based on race, color, religion, gender, age, national or ethnic origin, sexual orientation, or any other category to the extent protected by applicable laws.