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Haverford At-a-Glance

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The Haverford School Wilson Hall


450 Lancaster Ave., Haverford, PA 19041 Map→

The Haverford School is located 10 miles northwest of Center City Philadelphia, situated in the heart of the historic Main Line. Occupying 30 acres along Lancaster Avenue, the School is just minutes from SEPTA bus and rail stops.

School composition

Nonsectarian college preparatory day school for boys
Pre-kindergarten-12, and full child care center


Haverford is easily accessible by public transportation, including SEPTA regional rail (Paoli/Thorndale), bus (#105), and trolley (#100), as well as buses from 20 districts, and many roadways including I-76 and 476.

Date of establishment

Founded in 1884 as The Haverford College Grammar School; moved to current location in 1903, at which time the School’s name was changed to The Haverford School.

Accreditation and memberships

  • National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
  • Pennsylvania Association of Independent Schools (PAIS)
  • Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools (MSACS)
  • International Boys' Schools Coalition (IBSC)
  • Coalition for Youth of Lower Merion and Narberth

The Haverford School amphitheater


John A. Nagl
B.S., United States Military Academy
M.Phil., St. John's College, Oxford University
D.Phil., St. Antony's College, Oxford University
M.M.A.S., United States Army Command and General Staff College


Lower School (pre-kindergarten-grade 5) .......... 304
Middle School (grades 6-8) ............ 232
Upper School (grades 9-12) ........... 436
Total .............................................. 972


Total: 117 full-time (59 women, 58 men)
Degrees held by faculty:
  • Doctorates: 6
  • Masters: 66

Student-to-teacher ratio


Advanced-level courses, Upper School

40, including Contemporary African History, Advanced Music Theory, Engineering, Statistics, and more.

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Buildings, including our LEED Gold-certified Upper School


Athletic fields, tennis courts, and squash courts


Technology-enabled classrooms


Libraries with a combined 40,000 volumes


Science labs, including professional-grade equipment


Engineering and Design Studio


Performance theaters


Art studios, including ceramics, photography and woodworking


Music studios




25-meter pool, outdoor rubberized track, wrestling pavilion, and The James J. Barker Sculling Center

Student profile

  • 25 percent students of color
  • Students come from more than 90 different ZIP codes

Tuition & Tuition Assistance

  • Tuition: $22,300-$37,500
  • $7 million granted in need-based tuition assistance
  • 32 percent of families receive assistance
  • Average grant: $22,500

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Number of graduates

  • 2016: 103
  • 2015: 117
  • 2014: 101
  • 2013: 103
  • 2012: 87

Top colleges & universities attended by the most graduates in the last five years

U. of Pennsylvania (41), Penn State (22), Bucknell (17), Wake Forest (17), Georgetown (14), Syracuse (14), U. of Virginia (13), Boston College (10), Franklin & Marshall (9), Harvard (9), Johns Hopkins (9), Lafayette (9), Temple (9)

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Graduates admitted to four-year colleges & universities

100 percent

Academic profile

Haverford is distinguished for its writing-intensive curriculum, emphasis on the arts, decision education program, character mentor program, advanced laboratory science initiative with the University of Pennsylvania, and its senior independent project. Haverford has achieved notable distinction in VEX robotics, the DECA competition for emerging leaders and entrepreneurs, and the National Merit Scholarship program. Our academic program is complemented by student leadership opportunities (Honor Council, Signet Society, Service Board, and many others) and clubs and activities.

Average SAT scores, Classes 2012-16

Verbal: 630; Math: 630; Writing: 630; Combined: 1900

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Academic achievement

  • Six Rhodes Scholars
  • National Merit Scholarship Competition, Class of 2017:
    10% Commended; 6% Semifinalists/Finalists

The Haverford School Centennial Hall


Our network infrastructure provides high-performance connectivity throughout campus buildings and support for a 1:1 deployment of wireless devices, mobile devices, Apple TVs, email and file sharing, and video streaming. The Canvas learning management system in grades 5-12 connects instructors and students in and out of the classroom and provides a single space for sharing documents, submitting assignments, and assigning grades, as well as personalized features that enhance the learning experience for individual students. All classrooms include interactive whiteboards/projectors and full access to high-speed, wireless Internet. We support 1,100+ school-owned computers in a multi-platform environment, a bring-your-own device-program in the Upper School, 1:1 Chromebook/laptop carts in Middle and Lower Schools, and approximately 150 iPads.


Haverford is a proud member of the Inter-Academic League and fields 17 interscholastic sports. The varsity lacrosse team was the Inter-Ac champion in 2016 and achieved a perfect season in 2015, ranking No. 1 in the nation. The varsity tennis team achieved perfect seasons in 2012 and 2013 and has been Inter-Ac League champion for seven consecutive years. The varsity football team had an undefeated season in 2015, its third consecutive year as Inter-Ac Champions. Soccer has held this title for four consecutive years, and squash for two consecutive years. In 2016, six of the crew team’s boats were crowned City Champions. The Fords have won the Heyward Cup, awarded to the Inter-Ac school with the best overall league record, 16 times – more than any other Inter-Ac school.

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Varsity athletic teams

Fall: cross-country, football, golf, soccer, water polo
Winter: basketball, hockey, squash, swimming & diving, winter track, wrestling
Spring: baseball, crew, lacrosse, tennis, track & field

The School also offers non-varsity crew (fall) and ultimate (spring).

The Arts

Haverford’s visual arts program includes 10 art spaces and a design and engineering studio in which students practice drawing, painting, photography, website design, video and animation, ceramics, and woodworking. Our acclaimed theater program stages several productions each year and consistently earns Cappie Awards. The School’s choral ensembles have sung at The White House, Carnegie Hall, the Academy of Music, Lincoln Center, and on tour in Denmark, France, Italy, Sweden, and Switzerland. Haverford boasts a robust Lower School music curriculum, including violin in kindergarten and a full band, plus a voice and instrumental conservatory.

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Clubs & activities

The School’s more than 35 clubs include Robotics (2014-16 VEX Robotics State Champions, 2016 World Division Champions), Index newspaper (2013 gold medal, Columbia Scholastic Press Association), Pegasus literary magazine (2015 and 2014 silver medal, Columbia Scholastic Press Association), Diplomacy Society, Diversity Alliance, Mock Trial, Sustainability Alliance, and others.

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The Haverford School Commencement
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