Preparing Boys for Life

Lower School

In Haverford's Lower School, A pre-kindergarten-grade 5 elementary school, your family will be part of a community that strives each and every day to understand your son’s abilities, strengths, and areas of development.

Our best for boys approach to learning, including sensory-rich lessons, open classroom spaces, and twice-daily recesses, celebrates boys’ innate need for movement and activity, resulting in more focused and engaged learning. Through an emphasis on reading and writing, expressive language, fine motor development, and physical, social, and emotional growth, a Haverford boy becomes his best self.

Meet Fisher, fourth grade


41% of students who enroll in Haverford's Lower School attend Top 50 colleges and universities. The national admit rate is 14%.


85 points

Students who enroll in Haverford's Lower School achieve SAT scores 85 points higher than those who enroll later.


of our students engage in service learning, with boys completing about 100 projects annually.


of Lower School students perform at least two years above grade level in math by fifth grade.


of Lower Schools students perform at least two years above in reading by fifth grade.

Lower School Happenings

Haverford School boys and Timothy School students wave at camera

HAVERFORD TWP., Pa. (WPVI) -- Students at two local schools shared a special day together after spending the year corresponding as pen pals. The students first met face to face in the fall and then wrote each other letters over the course of the year. This was their second in-person visit. They have found they have a lot in common, like Haverford School's Chase and Timothy School's Zenia, who both love music. See the clip >

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By Michael Reichert, consulting school psychologist

When boys shut down and push everyone away, parents often become confused or upset. This can cause parents to pepper their son with questions, making it seem to the boy that their “need to know” is the real issue. Read the story, and register for Dr. Reichert's Best for Boys talk on May 8 >

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