Preparing Boys for Life

A Haverford School Education

The Liberal Arts are the foundation of a Haverford School education. In order to prepare our boys for life, we understand that they need to master a body of knowledge in a variety of disciplines, and develop a set of skills that allows them to be productive citizens in the world they will help shape.

From pre-kindergarten through graduation, our academic program provides not only a strong foundation for future learning, but as importantly, a skill set that will allow our students to navigate in and contribute to their world.

Explore our pre-k-12 programs

Lower School student

Our pre-k-fifth grade program develops capable and independent students. Education in the critical early years focuses on reading and writing, fine motor skills, and social and emotional intelligence. Our students leave the Lower School as self-directed learners with the academic foundation, organizational skills, and self-awareness they need to succeed in Middle School.



Middle School student

Middle School is a time of growth in intelligence, creativity, and strength – both physically and emotionally. Our teachers understand the needs of adolescent boys and focus on developing strong relationships to engage them in learning. Students are introduced to myriad extracurricular and sports offerings, forming connections with classmates, coaches, and mentors.



Upper School student

In Upper School, we focus on the wide range of skills, both academic and social, that are necessary for success in a rigorous college program. We aim to graduate young men who are prepared to contribute productively to society, and who are poised to succeed in college, in their careers, in their relationships, and in life.

Our academic program is intentionally designed for boys, and is both challenging and supportive. Our students learn to:
  • Build relationships with others to pose and solve problems collaboratively and cross-culturally
  • Design and share information from a variety of communities to meet a variety of purposes
  • Manage, analyze, and synthesize streams of information
  • Create, critique, analyze, and evaluate multimedia texts
  • Apply strict reasoning and interpret results
  • Attend to the ethical responsibilities required by living in a complex world

Acknowledgement is given to: National Council of Teachers of English, National Association of Independent Schools, and the International Society for Technology in Education.