Why Haverford?

The Haverford School prepares boys for life – in academics, athletics, the arts, and most importantly, in character development. It is the school Susanne and I chose for our son, and I hope it will be the school you choose for yours! – John A. Nagl, D.Phil. P'20, Headmaster

Here are the seven most cited reasons why students and parents choose Haverford:

1.  Preparing Boys for Life

Preparing your son academically for the future is undoubtedly one of the most valuable benefits of a Haverford education. But more importantly, we give boys a foundation of skills they need to lead a fulfilling and meaningful life. As our statement of vision reads, “the Haverford faculty prepares each boy to be future-ready through developing his character and his emotional intelligence, as well as his academic, artistic, and athletic talents.”

2.  Extraordinary Educators

Our educators have the vision, ability, compassion, and commitment to inspire and deliver the challenging educational program at Haverford. They possess the flexibility to respond to the needs of boys as they prepare to live and work in an increasingly interconnected, complex world. They employ best practices in boys’ education based on research, experience, and evaluation that effectively informs not only what they teach, but also how they teach.

3.  A Safe, Supportive Learning Environment

We offer a safe, supportive, diverse, and inclusive learning environment, fostering trust, understanding, appreciation, and mutual respect. Our dedicated faculty and staff actively build caring, supportive relationships with each boy as he assumes increased responsibility for his learning and personal development throughout his years at Haverford.

4.  Character Development

Character development is emphasized in all areas of school life at Haverford. We believe that our Honor Code and Principles of Community are important guiding principles for boys as they treat each other with respect, empathy, and kindness. While learning to respect themselves and their peers, our students become role models for younger boys.

5.  Global Readiness, Service Learning

We prepare boys to be global citizens through a dynamic curriculum, including the development of collaborative problem-solving skills, digital and information literacy and communication skills, and learning about, respecting, and valuing cultural differences. This learning is not confined to the classroom; we also offer a comprehensive program dedicated to community involvement and service learning.

6.  Leaders in Boys’ Education

Haverford is a world leader in boys’ education. In 2010, we hosted the International Boys’ Schools Coalition conference, with more than 500 educators from across the world in attendance. Our faculty is engaged in learning, research, and implementation of best practices in boys’ education, as well as professional development through top local, regional, and national independent school consortiums. More than two-thirds of our faculty hold advanced degrees.

7.  Relational Learning, Friends for Life

The Haverford School is a vibrant, spirited community designed just for boys, where relationships built upon trust, respect, and support inspire learning. The caring relationships at Haverford, and the active network of supportive parents, alumni, and friends ensures the strong sense of community that we cherish, and forges lifelong bonds between members of the Haverford School family.
 
 

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