FAQs

The following are answers to some of the most frequently asked
questions about our Admissions process and The Haverford School:

Q: What is the current enrollment?

Lower School (JrK-5) ................... 350
Middle School (6-8) .................... 225
Upper School (9-12) ................... 438
Total Enrollment (2012-13) ..... 1,013

Q: What is the average class size?

Lower School, JrK-K: No greater than 16 per class
Lower School, grades 1-5: 17
Middle School, grades 6-8: 17
Upper School, grades 9-12: 16

Q: What is the percentage of students of color at Haverford?

23.0%

Q: What does Haverford look for in candidates for admission?

In every applicant’s case, the Admissions Committee looks for a "best fit.” They look to determine if the student is a fit academically, socially, and behaviorally. While many of our applicants are qualified to succeed at Haverford, the process is very competitive and we have many more applicants than spaces available. Our goal is to admit students who possess the skills, abilities, and potential to be successful at Haverford, and who have diverse interests and backgrounds.

Q: What is the dress code?

The Lower School Dress Code:
*School shirt: white, yellow, maroon, or gold; collared, knit polo, or turtleneck; either
long or short sleeves, or Oxford button-down. Shirts must be tucked in!
*School pants: khaki or navy. Shorts of these colors are permitted during the warm-weather months from September through Oct. 15, and April 1 through the first week of June. Cargo pants and shorts are not permitted.
*School shoes: sneakers with Velcro, shoes with laces tied, or slip-on shoes.
*Physical Education classes: all boys in kindergarten through grade 5 will need a
Haverford School reversible gym shirt. Only sneakers are allowed on the gym floor.
*Hair should be neatly groomed and out of the eyes of the student.
*Jewelry is not allowed in any form.

The Middle and Upper School Dress Code:
The School's Dress Code speaks to the principle that what students and faculty do at Haverford is important. Upon their arrival at school, students should be properly dressed. A coat and tie are required in all buildings throughout the academic day (8 a.m.-3:15 p.m.) and students are expected to be neat and well groomed. Teachers reserve the right to allow students to remove their jackets while in class, and at times the Division Head may declare that coats are not necessary during the academic day when the weather is hot.

Students may wear:
*A sports coat or blazer
*Dress shirt with tie
*Trousers with belt loops and a belt or shorts with belt loops and a belt
*Socks and shoes
*Boots (in bad weather only)
*Hair - neat, above the shirt collar, and of natural color

Students may NOT wear:
*Levis, jeans, cargo pants, cargo shorts, or pants without belt loops and a belt
*Shorts on the first day of school or on the day of any formal assembly (sports, Honors’ Day, etc.)
*Clogs, sandals, Tevas, Birkenstocks, backless shoes, sneakers, or sneaker-like varieties
*Hats
*Sweatshirts or fleeces
*Winter coats in any building during the academic day
*iPod/MP3/music players, sunglasses, visible chains, earrings
*Hair longer than collar length, beards, ponytails, sideburns, and/or mustaches

Q: How long is the school day?

Lower School
Begins at 8:20 a.m. and the dismissals are as follows:
Grades JrK-K: 2:30 p.m.
Grades 1-3: 3:00 p.m.
Grades 4-5: 3:15 p.m.

Middle School*
8:15 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Upper School*
Monday and Thursday: 8:30 a.m. - 3:15 p.m.
Wednesday: 9 a.m. - 3:15 p.m.
Tuesday and Friday: 8:30 a.m. - 2:45 p.m.

*Athletic practices and games, theater rehearsals, and other extra-curricular activities occur outside of the normal academic day. Athletic contests usually occur on Tuesday and Friday afternoons.

Q: What is the best way to contact my son’s teachers?

Email seems to be the best way to reach out to the faculty. Most teachers don’t get the opportunity to answer the phone or respond to emails until the end of the academic day, or at night, so please be patient when contacting them. If you do not receive a response from an email within a reasonable amount of time, please call the teacher. If you still do not receive a response, please call their respective Division Head.

Q: Where can I find information on the summer reading lists?

During the summer months, our website contains summer reading lists for each grade. Please consult the Academics, Parents, or Students sections to find this information.

Q: What is the tuition to attend Haverford?

Tuition varies by grade. Please visit the Tuition & Financing tab in the Admissions section to learn more.

Q: Does applying for tuition assistance have any effect on my son’s admission?

There is a limited amount of tuition assistance available for current and new families each year. All tuition assistance awards are need-based. There is no impact on your child’s application if you are applying for assistance.

Q: How do I apply for tuition assistance?

To learn more about our tuition assistance program, please visit the Tuition & Financing Your Education tab in the Admissions section. The Haverford School requires that the family file a Parents’ Financial Statement (PFS), which is the official application provided by School and Student Service for Financial Aid (www.nais.org/financialaid/sss). In addition, The Haverford School requires that a copy of the previous year’s 1040 and W-2 tax forms and supporting tax schedules be sent directly to SSS.

All information relating to the parents’ financial position is treated confidentially.

Q: How is financial need determined?

Financial need is defined as the difference between the cost to attend The Haverford School and a family’s ability to pay. The Parents’ Financial Statement (PFS) is sent by SSS to The Haverford School (and to the family, as required), and it provides the school with a general recommendation on a family’s ability to pay for education. Major factors in determining financial need include, but are not limited to, net income, assets, tax returns, and the number of children attending tuition-charging educational institutions.

Q: Is tuition assistance automatically renewed each year?

The Haverford School requires families receiving tuition assistance to reapply each year.

Q: How soon should I apply for tuition assistance?

Because requests for tuition assistance often exceed the funds available, it is important to apply as early as possible. Funds are allocated first to current families who meet the deadlines. Funds are awarded to new students on a first-come, first-served basis.

Q: How is tuition assistance handled if parents are separated or divorced?

The School and Student Service for Financial Aid (SSS) policy for determining the financial need of students is based on the principle that both parents are responsible for the support and educational expenses of their children, to the extent that they are financially able to assume responsibility. The Haverford School supports this policy and requires that both the noncustodial and custodial parents provide financial information.

Each parent’s financial information is kept confidential. Failing to make sure that your son’s tuition assistance file is complete in this respect can affect the amount of the grant offered. Please contact the Admissions Office for guidance in handling unusual circumstances.

Q: What is the deadline for applying for tuition assistance?

The Haverford School requires that parents send their Parents’ Financial Statement to SSS by Jan. 1. Copies of tax schedules should be sent directly to SSS by mid-March. The Tuition Assistance Committee will notify families of grants in early spring. A tuition assistance grant will not be made until a student has been accepted into the School, and the enrollment contract and deposit have been returned. Parents who do not meet the deadlines will greatly jeopardize the opportunity to be considered for aid.

Q: Does Haverford offer merit-based scholarships?

We do not offer merit-based scholarships. All tuition assistance offered is need-based.

Q: What is Haverford's college matriculation?

Please visit the College Counseling section under the Academics tab to learn more about our college process and our acceptance and matriculation lists.